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Bahia Bustamante

BAHIA BUSTAMANTE: ARGENTINA’S PATAGONIAN COAST

Bahia Bustamante is a private, 200,000-acre ranch on the scenic Patagonian Coast. Located roughly 155 miles south of Trelew, these wild shores were little known to the outside world before 2005, when European travelers stumbled upon them, marveling at the abundant coastal wildlife.

“Nature is the art of God.”

Dante Alighieri

Today, Bahia Bustamante offers eleven comfortable seafront and steppe cottages. Meals are prepared fresh from the farm’s organic orchard and gardens.

Traditional asado barbecues at the ranch are accompanied by fine Argentine wine.

Large piece of Petrified wood sitting on a sandy beach in Patagonia, Southern Argentina.

Patagonia Austral National Park: Penguin Watching and More

From October to March, an estimated 100,000 Magellanic penguins nest on the coast of Bahia Bustamante and its nearby islands. Another island supports a colony of over 3,000 sea lions, whose ranks swell to more than 4,000 during the breeding season.

From February to April, orcas cruise these waters in search of unwary sea lion pups or flightless steamer ducks. Other islands and coves are home to petrels, terns, flamingoes, cormorants and Orlog gulls. Since December 2009, Bahia Bustamante has been protected as the Patagonia Austral National Park.

Visitors can sail the coast with naturalist guides, or ride horses to natural pools and white-sand beaches. Other Bahia Bustamante day trip destinations include the Aristizabal lighthouse, a sheep shearing station, the seaweed harvesting plant, and a 100-year old shipwreck. Sea kayaks (experience required) and mountain bikes are available for independent explorations.

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Las Mercedes

At Las Mercedes ranch, 19 miles from the coast, you can examine the petrified remains of a 65-million-year-old forest. The surrounding desert landscape is rich in fossils and unusual rock formations. Guanacos, rheas, and foxes can be seen crossing the dry hills and dunes.

During the summer months—December to February—temperatures range from 82°F to 53°F. Winter months are much chillier, with highs near 60°F and lows near freezing. Strong winds occur year-round.

Vacations in Bahia Bustamante are easily combined with extensions to the Valdes Peninsula, Bariloche, or El Calafate. Flights from Buenos Aires to Trelew take about two hours.

Are you ready to visit Bahia Bustamante? LANDED delivers the finest in custom travel to Central America, South America, and Antarctica. These regions are our passion; we know them first-hand and by heart. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100. We’ll create the most exceptional trip of your life.

Pousada Picinguaba & Fazenda Catucaba

Pousada Picinguaba: One of Our Favorites

West of Rio de Janeiro, the BR-101 highway divides forested mountains from steep coastal cliffs. This is the Costa Verde—the Green Coast—admired for its tranquil bays, isolated beaches, sparkling islands such as Ilha Grande, and the historic port of Paraty.

Continuing southwest, the coast curls in emerald arcs and secret coves. Inland, green hills and fertile farmland roll toward Sao Paulo.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”

Eleonora Duse

Just 45 minutes south of Paraty, a small hotel overlooks the traditional caiçara fishing village of Picinguaba.

This hotel predates the state park that now surrounds and protects it. Park regulations limit further development and expansion.

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The Pousada Picinguaba hotel consists of ten simple rooms, cozy living and dining areas, swimming pool, sauna, and gardens. This is one of our favorite seaside locations in South America.

Luxury in Tranquility

At Picinguaba, luxury is found in tranquility, authenticity, and perfect sunsets.

While guests visit for as few as three nights, four are recommended. Each day brings new pleasures—guests of Picinguaba can enjoy:

  • Visits to Paraty
  • Kayak Explorations
  • Schooner Cruises
  • Waterfall Hikes
  • Heavenly Hammock Naps

Picinguaba’s food is another highlight, prepared with the freshest local ingredients and loving care.

Fazenda Catucaba: Active Adventure

Guests regularly combine vacations at Pousada Picinguaba with rural relaxation and active adventure at its sister property, Fazenda Catucaba.

Set in a 1,100-acre private estate, 90 minutes southwest of Picincuaba and 2.5 hours from Sao Paulo, Fazenda Catucaba continues the tradition of fuss-free Brazilian elegance.

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Here, three charming farmhouses have been converted into eight rooms and two suites.

Brazilian Holiday Adventure

Each offers views of the surrounding mountains, forested hills, and pasturelands. The main house dates to the 1850’s, serving unforgettable meals to fortuitous guests.

Guests can enjoy riding, hiking, canoeing, rafting, and exploring the onsite organic vegetable garden and coffee plantation.

As at Picinguaba, outside distractions don’t disturb the peace at Catucaba—television and internet are mercifully unavailable.

LANDED arranges personalized travel in Brazil and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

Delfin Amazon Cruises

Cruise the Amazon Basin

The Amazon Basin covers roughly 60% of Peru. One of the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, this densely forested region is home to just over 44% of Peru’s avian species and 65% of its mammals.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

J. Lubbock

Peru’s tributaries merge with rivers from across the northern half of the continent, flowing more than 3,000 miles from the Andes to the Atlantic.

Iquitos, in Peru’s far northeast, is an island city surrounded by three such rivers: the Nanay, Itaya, and the Amazon.

Golden sunrise over dense forest of Tambopata in Peru's Amazon region

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Delfin Amazon Cruises

Since 2006, Delfin has been a pioneer in luxury Amazon cruising. Iquitos is the departure point for luxurious multi-day river cruises.

Passengers can choose either a 3 or 4-night stay on one of the three Delfin cruise ships. All of their programs are designed to showcase the best of the Marañon and Ucayali Rivers in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and other places throughout the Peruvian Amazon.

Activities available to passengers include:

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Fishing for piranhas
  • Birdwatching
  • Trail walks
  • Visits to local communities
The exterior the delfin cruise ships has wood beams, white wash walls and sails on Amazon river.

Cuisine

Dining aboard the Delfin cruise ships is a sophisticated experience. The staff prepares fresh and exotic dishes inspired by the Amazon region.

This Relais & Châteaux dining atmosphere invites guests to kickstart their tastebuds and sample food they’ve never tasted before.

An aerial view of sliced avocado, tomatoes, lettuce and veggies sit in a bowl.
Layers of colorful fruit with garnished leaves and roses sit on a platter.

Delfin I

The flagship Delfin I was fully refurbished in 2010. It houses two Deluxe Suites (360 square feet, private whirlpool decks) and two Master Suites (340 square feet, with private decks).

All cabins may be set up as triple-occupancy, giving the Delfin I a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.

Up to 32 guests are supported by a staff of 27 crew members, including three naturalist guides and a top-notch culinary team. Each of the 16 suites features air conditioning and outward-facing panoramic windows.

In-room amenities include:

  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
The Delfin 1 deluxe suite features an indoor hot tub, king bed, and sitting area.
A man and wife sit at a table of food on the deck of their Delfin 1 cruise ship.

Delfin I Amenities 

Common area amenities include an indoor bar/lounge, indoor dining room, outside lounge, jetted tub, and observation deck.

A dark wooded lounge is fit with white coaches, tables and deck views.

Delfin II

The Delfin II has 14 cabins including 4 Master suites and 10 suites; 2 sets can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each room is fitted with panoramic windows that ensure a front seat view of the Peruvian Amazon.

In-Suite amenities include:

  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
A wood paneled room is fit with a king size bed and panoramic window views.
A white king bed with large windows on the Delfin 2 cruises.

Delfin II Amenities

This cruise ship is equipped with a dining room, an observation deck and lounge, a bar, an entertainment center, and a lecture room.

The dining room at Delfin is equipped with tables and chairs and large windows and curtains.

Delfin III

The Delfin III is the largest of the cruises, housing 22 suites and accommodating up to 43 passengers.

The first deck features 8 Suites with with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 Corner Suites. The second deck has 10 Upper Suites and the Owner’s Suite.

In-Suite amenities include:
  • Deluxe beds and linens
  • Bath amenities
  • Daily maid service
  • Hairdryer
  • Security box
  • Climate control
  • Bedside table and lamps
  • Luggage Storage
This suite features a king size bed, large panoramic windows, wood floors and sitting area.
A suite with large window walls is fit with a sofa and wood floors.

Delfin III Amenities

The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and a bar.

This massage room is fit with a massage bed, sofa couch, large window and wallpaper.
An outdoor swimming pool sits on a deck overlooking the Amazon river.

Sample Itineraries

Three and four-night cruise programs are available year-round. During the November to May high-water season (monthly rainfall of approximately 12 inches), launch boats can venture deeper into the flooded forest. Average high temperatures reach 90°F year-round, with humidity above 80%.

Each day, guests are presented with full or half-day options to explore narrow river branches, visit indigenous communities, or view exotic wildlife.

Longer cruise programs visit the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, spanning more than five million acres. Here, visitors can observe pink river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, caimans, and a rainbow of birds.

A large flock of Scarlet Macaws, photographed around a salt lick on a birding expedition in the Amazon

Delfin I: 3 nights, 4 days

Day 1:

  • Depart from Iquitos, happy hour and orientation

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Fundo Casual in skiff boats and take a jungle trail walk
  • In the evening, visit to Ribereno community in an Amazon Village

Day 3:

  • Go to Amazon Park and take a jungle trail and canopy walk
  • Visit Yanayacu Pucate and swim near dolphins

Day 4:

  • Disemark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos airport.
A group of tourists sit on the river in a canoe.

Delfin II: 3 nights, 4 days

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Iquitos, transfer to Nauta, VIP reception at private port, embark

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Belluda Cano Creek, skiff exploration and encounter pink dolphins
  • In the evening, visit Dorado River, skiff exploration, piranha fishing & night safari

Day 3:

  • Explore Clavero Lake on skiff boats
  • Visit Yarapa River and kayak. Stop at Puerto Miguel village

Day 4:

  • Disemark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species en route to Iquitos airport.
A man and woman canoe on the Amazon river.

Delfin III: 4 nights, 5 days

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Iquitos, transfer to Nauta, happy hour and orientation

Day 2:

  • In the morning, visit Fundo Casual in skiff boats and take a jungle trail walk
  • In the evening, visit to Yanayacu Pucate and swim near dolphins

Day 3:

  • Skiff exploration through Simiria River
  • Visit Nauta Caño via skiff boats, piranha fishing

Day 4:

  • Visit local community and school in San Francisco
  • Birdwatching at Marayali River
  • Disembark in the morning at Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) to learn about manatees and other threatened species
A woman looks through binoculars on a canopy tour.

Iquitos is 1.5 hours from Lima by air. Contact LANDED for rates, departure dates, and more information. Delfin I, II and III are available for exclusive family and corporate charters. We can also help your combined your cruise with extensions to Machu Picchu or the Galapagos. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

Aqua Expeditions: Aria Amazon Cruises

AMAZON RIVER CRUISES

The Amazon Basin covers roughly 60% of Peru’s total territory.

This densely-forested region is one of the most biodiverse habitats on Earth; over 44% of Peru’s avian species and 65% of its mammal varieties are found here.

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt–it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Hal Boyle

Peru’s tributaries merge with rivers from across the northern half of the continent, flowing over 3,000 miles from the Andes to the Atlantic.

Iquitos

Iquitos, in Peru’s far northeast, is an island city surrounded by three such rivers: the Nanay, Itaya and the Amazon.

Glass smooth water of the Amazon River in Peru, surrounded by dense green rainforest

Iquitos is the departure point for luxurious multi-day Amazon river cruises, including the M/V Aria, a 147-foot river expedition vessel, launched in 2011.

Naturalist Guides and Top-Notch Culinary Team

Guests (up to 32) are supported by a staff of 27 crewmembers, including three naturalist guides and a top-notch culinary team. Each of the 16 suites features air conditioning and outward-facing panoramic windows.

Two sets of first deck suites are interconnecting.

Common area amenities include an indoor bar/lounge, indoor dining room, outside lounge, jetted tub, exercise room, massage room, and observation deck.

Exotic Wildlife Watching & Birding

Three, four, and seven-night cruise programs are available year-round.

Each day, guests are presented with full or half-day options to explore narrow river branches, visit indigenous communities, or view exotic wildlife.

Longer cruise programs visit the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, spanning more than five million acres. Here, visitors can observe pink river dolphins, monkeys, sloths, caimans, and a rainbow of birds.

From the town of Shell, a 35-minute scenic flight reaches the Amazon community of Quehueri´ono.

Closeup shot of eye of partially submerged sub-adult caiman.

The remaining journey to the lodge is made by dugout canoe. Total travel time is approximately six hours, with numerous stops along the way.

The return trip includes a land transfer from Shiripuno River Bridge to the town of Coca, followed by a 30-minute commercial flight to Quito.

As this is a rainforest region, the climate is humid and tropical—the average temperature is 90° F, with averages varying from 80° F to a steamy 100° F. March through June is rainy season, known for its swollen rivers.

Contact LANDED for rates, departure dates, and more information. We can also help your combined your cruise with extensions to Machu Picchu or the Galapagos. Speak with a private travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.

Villa Rentals in Uruguay

Private Luxury Villa Rentals

If you’re planning to enjoy one area of Uruguay for five nights or longer, renting a private villa is an excellent lodging option. LANDED arranges private villa rentals in Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, and La Paloma.

We have access to a broad selection of luxury vacation villas, some contemporary beachfront homes with panoramic ocean views.

“He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy, whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude.”

Aristotle

Other options include lovingly restored historic houses and tranquil countryside retreats.

A firey orange sunset over the beach at Punta del Este, Uruguay

Kitchen Staff, Drivers, Privately-Guided Tours, and More

While most feature two to four guest rooms, a handful offers as many as six. Features can include swimming pools, saunas, private docks, professional-grade kitchens, home theaters, and direct beach access.

LANDED can also arrange kitchen staff, housekeeping, and drivers. We can stock the kitchen and coordinate dinner parties.

If you’d like, we can round out your days with privately-guided tours or deliver rental vehicles to your door.

Most homes are rented by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. Shorter stays are often accepted, as long as the requested dates are outside the peak months of December, February, and March.

Additional nights can usually be added on a pro-rata basis.

Punta del Este Beach Pier

LANDED delivers the finest in custom, private travel to Central America, South America, and Antarctica. These regions are our passion; we know them first-hand and by heart. Speak with one of our expert travel planners today at 801.582.2100. We’ll create the most exceptional trip of your life.