From the land, Orcas, Penguins, Sea Lions and Elephant Seals can all be seen (at different times of the year) and it is this that attracts people from all over the world to come and spend a few days at this wonderful place

Historical Estancia in the Heart of the Beautiful Peninsula Valdes

Estancia La Ernestina was founded in 1907 when a pioneer to the area called Don Santiago Copello bought the land of Estancia Ernestina which got its name from his wife. The Estancia established itself as a Merino Sheep farm and its main export was the Merino Wool. For 94 years the Estancia has remained in the same family and today the fourth generation look after the Estancia. They were the generation who decided to open the doors to travellers and share the natural wealth of wildlife that the Estancia is blessed with. On the land, Orcas, Penguins, Sea Lions and Elephant Seals can all be seen (at different times of the year) and it is this that attracts people from all over the world to come and spend a few days at this wonderful place.

Located at the Northern tip of Peninsula Valdes,  Estancia La Ernestina is a perfect base to explore the area. In 1925 a lighthouse was built at Punta Norte to guide passing ships in the area. This lighthouse is still here today and very much stands as a landmark of the area.

The house itself consists of just 6 warm and cosy rooms that overlook the sea. There is a family dining room, smokey asado room and library with open fireplace great place to relax when on your holiday in Argentina. Meals are included in your stay at La Ernestina and home cooked local recipes are the speciality. Meals are taken communally with fellow guests and you are very much welcomed to La Ernestina as part of the family.

From the Estancia they will take you out in their 4x4 for excursions into the local area spotting wildlife, walking and visting local attractions. It has been known during the season, that the Orcas come right up to the beach at La Ernestina to try their luck at grabbing an unsuspecting sea lion. An amazing spectacle for the lucky few.

Highlights
  • Wildlife in the area is fantastic - Sea Lions, Penguins, Whales, Orcas to name just a few
  • Lovely intimate atmosphere with the family and fellow guests
  • Great history to the Estancia and Area
  • Range of excursions to enjoy in the Estanica's 4x4
  • Some of the freshest possible seafood to enjoy
 
In Our Opinion

"A really unique place that for wildlife lovers will not disappoint. It is worth noting that everything is done with fellow guests and the family so it is very intimate, but this is also as much part of the reason to visit"

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The small Estancia has an intimate atmosphere and the facilities do reflect this. However the main reason to be here whilst on holiday in Argentina is to get out and see the wildlife and for that, Estanica Ernestina is the perfect base. Service is second to none with every guest being welcomed into the family and everything being done to make the best of your stay.

  • Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Excursions
  • Estancia has its own 4x4
  • Heating
  • Lounge
  • Dining Room
  • Library
  • Smokey Asado room
  • Internet Access
  • Private Bathrooms

 

 

Estancia La Ernestina is at the most northern point of Peninsula Valdes and the lighthouse that occupies Punta Norte is part of the Estancias land. This makes it the furthest of our accommodation from the airport in this area with a journey from Trelew of around 220 kms, however the drive is well worth it once you reach it. From the Estancia the other attractions of Peninsula Valdes are a convenient distance away as well as you have the wildlife and sights all around you.

  • Puerto Piramides - 73kms
  • Puerto Madryn - 160kms
  • Trelew - 220kms


There are six rooms at La Ernestina which are all standard in category.

Standard room 

Standard rooms at La Ernestina are simply decorated with cozy comforts needed for a few days at the Estancia. All rooms have private bathrooms, heating and fabulous views to the sea.

  • Check-In: 3pm
  • Check-Out: 11am
 

Below is a list of some of the wildlife that can be encountered at Peninsula Valdes;

  • Southern Elephant Seals
  • Southern Right Whale
  • Magellan Penguins
  • Killer Whales
  • Dusky Dolphins
  • Commerson Dolphin
  • One Hair Sea Lions
  • Patagonic Guanacos
  • Lesser Rhea
  • Grey Fox

 

Prices

We specialise in holidays to Argentina and Estancia La Ernestina is a great choice to make the most of your holiday to Peninsula Valdes.

Standard Room - FB & Activities

Low Season - from £691 per room per night
High Season - Please enquire

Prices maybe based on minimum number of nights and twin / double occupancy. Rates include tax and subject to availability. For more information or single supplements please contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist.

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