4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location:El Calafate, Argentina
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Sailing, Hiking and Off-Road Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago Argentino and tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch. In the afternoon, choose between a short and easy trek to a beautiful waterfall or an off-road tour to the beautiful Upsala Glacier.


  • Estancia Cristina tour from El Calafate
  • Sail among icebergs to view the Upsala Glacier
  • Tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch
  • Hike to a waterfall or take an off-road tour to the Upsala Glacier viewpoint
  • Learn about the the Patagonia region from your local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A great way to experience all that Patagonia has to offer. With hotel pickup and drop-off included, it’s also a convenient way to tour the region.

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What You Can Expect

Sailing, Hiking and Off-Road Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

Sailing, Hiking and Off-Road Patagonia Adventure

Your Patagonian adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the 28-mile (45-kilometer) journey to the port at Punta Bandera, where your three-hour boat cruise departs.

Enjoy croissants and hot drinks served on board the comfortable boat as you glide among icebergs, past the stunning scenery of snow-covered peaks. Sail to the western front of the Upsala Glacier, then cruise along Cristina Channel to Estancia Christina.

Disembark at the historic estancia, and learn the history of the sheep and cattle ranch on a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Enjoy a snack break before continuing your tour of the estancia.

Take a short guided walk up to Caterina River to visit the estancia’s chapel and other historic buildings.

After lunch (own expense), take an off-road trip for fantastic views of the Upsala Glacier, or an easy trek to see the beautiful waterfall of Los Perros. This trek is included if you select the Sailing Tour option.

The three-hour off-road trip takes you along a scenic mountain trail, following a route of great geological interest, until quite recently covered by glaciers. Reaching a mountain refuge, take a 20-minute walk over terrain eroded by glaciers to reach the Upsala Glacier. From here you can see amazing views of Lake William, the Patagonian ice field and the Andes mountains. This off-road trips is included if you select the ATV Tour option.

If you choose the walk to the cascading waters of Los Perros waterfall, the two-hour trek takes you through beautiful woodlands for lofty views of Caterina River and the estancia below.

In the late afternoon, relax on the boat ride back to the port of Punta Bandera, arriving at around 7:30pm, then be dropped off at your hotel at El Calafate.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Was great tripp

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fantastic tour. Views were amazing, guide was fantastic. Tour went like clockwork. Snacks offered on boat to and from ranch, but will either need to bring your own lunch or pay for lunch at ranch. Lunch is huge and two people can share. Pick-up/drop off from hotel included. Is FULL DAY--pick up before 8 AM and drop off was at about 9 PM so plan accordingly. A must-do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

An excellent, varied day. The pick-up from our hotel in El Calafate was prompt and efficient; the initial cruise up Lake Argentino was a pleasure with the sun beginning to strike the surrounding mountains; the close-up view of the glacier and the huge blue iceberg 'calves' was breath-taking; and the visit to the Estancia was efficiently organised so that there was never many visitors doing the same thing. We opted for the walk up the valley to the waterfall. Our guide was a friendly and engaging young man who spoke impeccable English. The views across to the expanse of the glacier and back down the valley to the estancia and lake were a great reward. The tour of the estancia was conducted by another guide who spoke perfect English, was most informative about the history, geography and economics of the place and had an engagingly wry style that was perfectly suited to the group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Most incredible day of my entire month-long visit to Argentina. Take the 4x4 tour! The view of the Upsala glacier from above is AMAZING! You get to see Upsala from a boat as well as many icebergs in Lago Argentino. Guides speak English very well. Be prepared for cold and wind, though the day was never really uncomfortable. This tour makes for a long day, but SO worth it!
I took my lunch for this tour and was glad I did. The meal on the Estancia was quite pricey ($40/person), though it looked and smelled amazing. The restaurant is happy to serve you wine, coffee, dessert, etc, even if you don't buy the full meal offered.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

We were picked up at our hotel on time. The boat trip to Estancia Cristina was spectacular. The Off road trip to see the Upsala Glacier was the best part of the package and an incredible experience! The hiking is not strenuous and very doable. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. You may want to pack light snacks for the boat trip. You can get a lunch at the Estancia Cristina Restaurant.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Fascinating nature.
Good organisation.
Worth the money.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Unfortunately we had poor weather on this day and visibility on the boat was poor so we hardly saw the Glaciers (a shame as this was the whole point!). The waves were really choppy so several people onboard were sea sick- not pleasant to watch! We did the off road tour rather than the hike which was great but Very bumpy. Having come off a choppy boat this made several people feel even worse so would advise to do this on a calm day!
The tour around the Estancia was ok, due to the poor rainy weather the arrangment of the language groups were not properly organised ahead of us disembarking the boat, so most of us stood in the rain until we could work out where the English tour was vs the Spanish groups! Inside the museum our guide explained clearly about its history which was really interesting, then we went for a 3 course meal (where you pay extra) but we really enjoyed it sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and lamb stew! (there was a pasta option if you preferred). He also showed us around the Ranch outside, including the chapel and waterwheel but as it was cold, windy and rainy most people wanted to head back inside the warmth! Well worth seeing on a good sunny day- or dress warmly and come with a rain mac or brolly- I thoroughly enjoyed it!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2015

Well organised but pretty tame. The English transaltion/guide was very poor, with limited information and very little time on land. Probably good for families with young children.

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