• Location: El Calafate, Argentina
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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 4x4 tour to Upsala Glacier or a walk to a pristine nearby waterfall.


  • Estancia Cristina tour from El Calafate
  • Sail among icebergs up to Onelli Bay
  • Tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch
  • Walk 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

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What You Can Expect

Sailing to Upsala Glacier and 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 Lake Argentino, 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 going the Caterina River to the estancia's other historical buildings, including its chapel.
Following lunch (own expense), continue with the activity you have selected, an off-road excursion by 4x4 vehicle to Upsala Glacier or a guided visit 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.
4x4 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 Tour On the waterfall tour, 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We were fortunate with no wind and hence a calm lake. Otherwise the 3 hour boat trip to Estancia Cristina would have been rough. A good experience overall.

Nga Thai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent, a must to do.

Jill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What a great tour... different than Perito Mereno for sure.

Would have liked to get closer to the glacier on the boat, but walking up the hill and seeing the top of it with the clear, blue lake was amazing and made this a great tour. So cold at the top and windy - but the views were gorgeous!

The 4x4 ride was so interesting - and not what I was expecting but was better... crawled up the high mountain to the camp base for the glacier...

Long day... but great time!

Cristina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

was amazing I saw one puma, unfurgareble!

Maya United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Stunning! Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing! It is a bit pricey but so worth it!
Caution - the lake is rough!
Estancia Cristina - bring packed lunch (lunch tho fab costs ARS600)
All guides were awesome! Views were out of the world! You get the lake, mountains, icebergs, fields and the glacier (awesome if u choose 4WD).

Isabelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic organisiation with an absolutely stunning daytrip! Coming from central Europe, this is a place were you enjoy the rest and peace far away from all war situations... Thanks for this beautiful day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Εμπειρία ζωής

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.

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