Patagonia wildlife & cultural holiday, tailor made

“The nature and landscapes on this tailor made Patagonia tour are out of this world – you’ll ride a horse across wild, empty plains and get up close to penguins, southern right whales, sea elephants and sea lions, both above and under the water”


Puerto Madryn | Valdes Peninsula | Caleta Valdes | Golfo Nuevo bay | Snorkel with sea lions | Bahia Bustamante | Versace Archipelago | horseback ride through the Patagonian steppe

Description of Patagonia wildlife & cultural holiday, tailor made

An incredible wildlife experience awaits you on this tailor made Patagonia wildlife and cultural holiday. The first three days are spent in the former Welsh colony of Puerto Madryn, where, as well taking a boat trip to see southern right whales and a colony of sea elephants, you’ll also get right up close to sea lions on a snorkelling adventure led by a professional guide.

The small village of Bahia Bustamante, where you’ll spend your next two nights, is the jumping off point for numerous wildlife spectacles, and was described by the New York Times as “your own private Galapagos.” Here you’ll sail over fields of seaweed on the Calera Malaspina, see colonies of sea lions, Magellanic penguins and Cormorants and go horse riding across the Patagonian steppe.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Patagonia wildlife & cultural holiday, tailor made


As a locally owned Argentine business, we strive to operate all of our tours in a responsible manner. We work with local tour operators, tour guides and properties to ensure that they understand the importance of protecting the environment as it is a finite resource that, if managed properly, can provide economic benefit to the local community.

We follow all local environmental laws and legislation, and work with local partners that minimally impact the natural surroundings to ensure that we protect the national parks and destinations that we visit for future generations. For example on this trip, you will visit Caleta Valdes, a large natural creek that is home to a colony of sea elephants and take a boat trip around the Golfo Nuevo bay to (responsibly) watch for whales.

Activities are as low carbon as possible - for example horse riding and sailing in Calera Malaspina which allow you to explore your environment in a non infringing way.

National Park entrance fees are paid directly to the national parks by the clients to ensure that they directly support the parks´ maintenance and preservation.

During our trekking tours with overnight camping in a national park, local or wilderness site, we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter behind, keeping all water sources clean and leave the camp sites cleaner than we found them. At the core of this effort is the desire to leave no trace behind and to minimize our impact on the beautiful lands that we visit.

We are working to keep our operations green and are utilizing web/e-communication to reduce paper consumption. We have taken the decision to no longer produce 75 page printed brochures and focus on web/e-communications. We utilize low energy lightbulbs in our offices, recycle paper/glass and try to minimize our water consumption. We also reduce our plastic bottle waste by providing refillable large water coolers. Additionally, we are constantly assessing our operations to see how we may partner with and support local communities, NGOs, wilderness areas, regional and national parks that we visit.


As an Argentine owned travel business, we understand the importance of supporting our local partners during both the good times and the bad times. By partnering with locally owned hotels, activity providers, guides, restaurants and properties over the years, we not only ensure a high level of quality and that our clients' needs are satisfied, but we also develop long term relationships with local business owners and help them plan and prepare for the busy and slow times of the year. And this also helps our clients to better experience the local culture.

We hire local guides and pay them a solid wage (which is generally higher than the local average). We also train our guides and cover the associated costs with the training program.

We prefer small, family run operations to ensure that we help sustain the community economy, and actively seek them out rather than using international chains. For example, we visit a local ranch on this trip. Bahia Bustamante is part of the land of a group of three ranches that are inland from the bay: Las Quebradas, Las Mercedes and Las Margaritas. Depending on the season of the year, a field trip is organized to allow visitors to watch and/or participate in the production process of wool, lamb and mutton, giving you a real experience of local culture.

We donate each month to the Argentine not-for-profit organization, “Por los Chicos” and our support benefits poor and vulnerable street children in Argentina.

In addition, we also share our ethos of cultural and environmental respect with our local partners. Be it a small hotel, mountain lodge, kayak or hiking guide/outfitter, we ensure that they work their best to incorporate environmental and culturally sensitive best practice in their operations, so as to benefit the diverse communities in which we operate.

On this trip in particular, we work closely with the El Chalten community and in our pre-departure materials (and on tour) we recommend local cafes, restaurants and shops to ensure that our clients support the local businesses. In addition, we hire certified and local Argentine mountain guides to ensure that those clients interested in guided hiking will have the best local leaders available.

We also work closely with our local, family owned partners in Ushuaia to ensure that we visit these pristine environments and are able to responsible observe the marine life.

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