La Ernestina is an historic 15,000-hectare estancia (ranch) with 20 kilometres of private coastline that now offers guest accommodation. It has typical Patagonian architecture with 6 en suite rooms, and a separate family dining room and library with fireplace.
The estancia has been in the Copello family for four generations and was until recently a Merino sheep farm until it was decided to open the property to guests wishing to experience the unique wildlife of the Valdes peninsula.
Electricity is provided by a generator which is switched on in the morning and evening. Due to the remote location there is no mobile phone signal.
There are six warm and comfortable en suite rooms with attractive bedspreads and bright, colourful Argentine décor. In the dining room delicious meals are served: farm-bred lamb and mutton BBQs (asados), local fresh fish and vegetable dishes, pasta, paella, home-made desserts and fine regional wines.
Juan Copello, the owner, host and guide, is the great grandchild of Santiago Copello who bought the estancia in 1907 and named it after his wife. Juan has dedicated his life to orca watching in particular and participates in scientific programmes to study the orcas’ behaviour. During March and April Juan’s only focus is the orcas, and guests gladly adapt their day around the unique wildlife phenomenon of the orcas mounting daring raids onto the shore to snatch sea lions from the shallows.
Dining room, lounge and bar service, a TV is available in the communal lounge.
Orcas, South American sea lions, southern elephant seals, southern right whales, and thousands of Magellanic penguins as well many other terrestrial mammals and birds.
Wildlife watching, horse-riding, hikes and treks, 4x4 excursions, landscape and wildlife photography.
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The best time to watch orcas hunting the sea lions is between March and April. Sea lions return to the beaches to breed between January and May. The southern right whales are seen offshore between May and December; elephant seals are present on the beaches from May to December and the penguins breed between September and April.
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