Estancia Cristina, El Calafate

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A veritable outdoor wonderland, Estancia Cristina organizes tours that will get you out on all kinds of adventures in the Patagonian mountains. Take a cruise out on Lago Argentino, navigating between icebergs as you approach the spectacular Upsala Glacier. Test out your fitness with a hike around the area, enjoying the scenery along the way. You can even go horseback riding through wild expanses of nature. The lodge offers accommodations, as well; if staying here, you can enjoy some brilliant stargazing by night. Plan your visit to Estancia Cristina and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our El Calafate trip maker tool.
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  • we sailed to the estancia,drove to a point and had a short hike to a breath taking view of Uppsala glacier. The scene was so perfect that we have been asked if it was a fake background. We also... 
    we sailed to the estancia,drove to a point and had a short hike to a breath taking view of Uppsala glacier. The scene was so perfect that we have been asked if it was a fake background. We also...  more »
  • Wonderful day, starting with a fabulous boat ride. Very attentive staff. Trekking was great. A real adventure! 
    Wonderful day, starting with a fabulous boat ride. Very attentive staff. Trekking was great. A real adventure!  more »
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  • Their new motto should be: over promise; under deliver. The nature near the estancia is bushes, shrubs, dead trees, desolate forest, and hills. I wanted to see the Upsala Glacier, which seems basic enough. I was told we would trek near it. This was the furthest thing from the truth. I only got a slight glimpse of the glacier, which was several kms away. One of the worst experiences in my 11 months of traveling this year; also one of the most expensive.
  • Estancia Cristina is possibly the best experience in all of Argentina’s Patagonia region. The boat ride to get there is an epic crossing on Lago Argentino, passing through Boca del Diablo towards Brazo Upsala, where fantastical icebergs float around the milky-turquoise water. The crew let the boat gently sway up close to the immense chunks of calved glaciers, giving everyone a chance to get an unforgettable photo. Rocìo, our guide on board the boat was super friendly and full of knowledge and geological information of the region. The lunch provided was plentiful and we even managed to have cups of mate without spilling any in the rocky crossing. We were welcomed onto the estancia’s private deck by Barbara, who was so enthusiastic and warm towards everyone. The Octagon (main building) are filled with soft ranch-style textiles and décor and it’s a super cosy place to sit with a coffee, and the rooms have a beautiful homely feeling to them. Our best experience was a full day of horse-trekking with a gaucho, Mateo, where we crossed valleys, waded through rivers and ate beef grilled by Mateo in a little hut by Lake Pearson. Estancia Cristina is truly a special place (their museum gives a wonderful insight into the long history of the ranch) and we’d recommend staying for as many days as you can spare. We loved every minute. Many thanks for a wonderful stay, Anna and Jenna

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