Estancia Cristina Tours

Estancia Cristina
Patagonia, Argentina, is a place that makes people want to pack up their bags and move to this natural paradise. Estancia Cristina, an old sheep ranch (estancia) dating back to 1918, makes that a possibility. In 2005, the site opened its doors as an inn, as well as an agro-tourism day trip destination.

A visit to the estancia provides background information about the history of how Argentine Patagonia was settled, in addition to explaining the functions of the farm.  A Patagonian barbecue is a highlight of the region and to this site specifically, which normally features spit-roasted lamb, often accompanied by a glass of Argentina’s iconic Malbec wine.

Access to Estancia Cristina is on a boat from Puerto Bandera, itself only a 40-minute drive from El Calafate. It is easy to combine a trip to Estancia Cristina with a visit to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most active in the area.

Other activities from the estancia include horseback riding with local gauchos, hiking to waterfalls and a canyon hike with fossil spotting. Keep your eye out for Andean condors, a species of bird with a wingspan of up to 10.5 feet. They can often be seen coasting on thermal updrafts in the late afternoon.

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Estancia Cristina is accessible via boat from Puerto Bandera, which itself is a 40-minute drive from El Calafate. The two-hour-long boat ride is on the milky blue waters of Lago Argentino, Argentina’s largest source of fresh water, whose color is influenced by glacial silt that calving icebergs and glaciers deposit into the lake.
Address: 9 de Julio 57, El Calafate, Argentina
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Vivac Cagliero Ice Trekking & Via Ferrata with Overnight

We invite you to discover a new activity, where we combine trails, rock and ice so you can reach an overwhelming Mountain Experience.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Trekking Cañadón de los Fósiles

The Cañadón de los Fósiles is located in the Los Glaciares National Park and is renowned for its ancient marine fossils, remarkably preserved by glacial activity. On this full-day adventure tour, set sail across Lake Argentino, climb through the Feruglio mountains in a 4WD, and enjoy spectacular views across Lake Guillermo, the Upsala Glacier, and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, before hiking through the Cañadón de los Fósiles.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Estancia Cristina Full-Day Trip from El Calafate

Immerse yourself in the ranch culture of Argenitinian Patagonia on this 13-hour tour from El Calafate. Visit Estancia Cristina via a boat trip through the icebergs that abut Upsala Glacier, then spend time at the ranch learning about the history and culture of the historic ranch.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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4-Day Tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Discover Ice Age history, modern Patagonian culture, and some of Argentina's most stunning scenery on a 3-night tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. Ice trek across the ancient Perito Moreno glacier, sail past Upsala Glacier on the icy waters of Lake Argentino, and ride a 4x4 to a lookout above the city of El Calafate. You'll also have lunch and learn about the local wool industry at a traditional Patagonian 'estancia,' or ranch, on this immersive tour near the ends of the earth.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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5-Days Adventure Trip in El Calafate

Planning a comprehensive 5-day adventure through Patagonia and the surrounding wilderness may be a daunting prospect, but by booking this tour with all details arranged in advance, you can relax and enjoy. With a guide in the lead and all transportation provided, you'll visit the area highlights such as Estancia Cristina, El Chalten, and Perito Moreno Glacier. Trekking and rafting excursions are included and planned in advance, as well as nightly accommodations and some meals.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Ice Trekking Cagliero Glacier

08:00am Departure from El Chalten (Pick up from Hotel between 08:00 / 08:15hrs ) 08:45am Meeting Time at Los Huemules Visitor Centre 09:00am Trekking begins 10:30am Meeting at Laguna del Diablo trails, with participants coming from PUESTO CAGLIERO & walk up to the Via Ferrata Area 12:00pm Via Ferrata path up to the Glacier 01:00pm Ice Trekking Cagliero Glacier 03:00pm Return the same way up to Los Huemules Visitor Centre. 05:30pm End of activity and transfer to El Chalten. Arrival 18:30pm
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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6-Day Glacier and Hiking Tour in Patagonia

Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on a 6-day adventure tour through El Calafate and Torres del Paine. Visit and hike on the Perito Moreno and Upsala Glaciers and see a number of native animals in their natural environment. Experience the rough beauty of the area with mountains, forests, lakes and the extensive glaciers while following your guide with all the necessary equipment provided.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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