Tour code: 6049CRISTINA
Discover Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina on this full-day adventure from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs on Patagonia's Lago Argentino to Estancia Cristina, a historical sheep and cattle ranch at the end of the world. Tour Estancia Cristina, then choose between an off-road ATV tour to Upsala Glacier or a relaxed trek to a pristine nearby waterfall.

Highlights

  • 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

After pickup at your hotel in El Calafate, drive 28 miles (45 km) to the Patagonian port of Punta Bandera. Board the sightseeing boat for the 3-hour trip to Estancia Cristina and enjoy hot drinks and croissants to welcome you aboard.

Settle in to the comfortable boat as it glides among icebergs of all sizes that have calved off the nearby glaciers. View the snow-covered peaks of the surrounding mountains as you sail along the western front of Upsala Glacier, arriving at Estancia Cristina via the Cristina Channel.

Disembark to visit the ranch's museum and the former sheep-shearing shack to learn about what life was like here when it was a functioning sheep and cattle ranch. Break for a snack before taking a short walk up the Caterina River to the estancia's other historical buildings, including its chapel.

Following lunch (own expense), choose between an off-road excursion by ATV to Upsala Glacier or an easy guided hike to Los Perros waterfall (see options below). Take in the otherworldly scenery on the boat ride back to Punta Bandera during the late afternoon, then board your bus back to El Calafate. Your day of Patagonian adventure ends with drop-off at your hotel.

ATV Tour
Choose the off-road trip for a 3-hour adventure along a scenic alpine trail. At a mountain refuge, climb out of your vehicle for a short walk over terrain that was recently covered by the glacier to get right up close to Upsala Glacier itself. Enjoy amazing views of the Andes, the Patagonian Ice Field and nearby Lake William.

Waterfall Walk
On the waterfall walk, follow your guide for 2 hours through native woodlands and along the Caterina River. Reach the thundering waters of pristine Los Perros waterfall and enjoy views of the estancia far below.

Customer Reviews

gayle d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

absolutely fantastic, an amazing experience

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

It was a full day with a great tour and service.

Erla C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Was great tripp

Bettina G

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.

C P H

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.

Casana B

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!
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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.

Mark B S

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

The nicest part was the walk of 15 minutes to the Upsale Glacier and the 4x4 ride. It was too long the Museum visit and explanation as well as the Chapel visit at the Estancia. The food at the Estancia was not very good. We did not eat lamb so could not try the cordero. Pasta was ok, not special and the empanadas the meat inside smelled too strong. We thought it was lamb.
We should have more time after the 4x4 ride, it's the best part.

William M

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Very professional tour but could have benefited from a guide with better English. It's a long day but well worth the time as the views of the glaciers and the ice falls are great. The hike up to the falls was ok but the falls themselves nothing special

Adam T

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

A much better day that I originally expected. Awesome scenery and great guide. A long day but it is not boring at all. Plenty of options to choose from.

Suzanne S

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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