Check Our Suggested Itineraries at Estancia Cristina

   One Night Stay

Well worth the boat trip out and back on different days, a one night stay allows guests to experience the highlights of viewing the Upsala Glacier via 4×4, learn of the fascinating history behind the Estancia, and opt for a horseback ride or a short walk to a waterfall.

DAY 1

A dramatic three-hour navigation across Lake Argentina, skirting around massive icebergs, culminates with viewing the face of the Upsala glacier from the water. Upon arrival at the Estancia, staff will assist you with checking into your cozy room for the night and lunch will be served in the “Octogano” – our exclusive restaurant for overnight guests.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided historical tour of the Estancia – first visiting the onsite museum to learn about the history of the Masters Family, and their awe-inspiring life pioneering a successful sheep ranch in this remote corner of wilderness some 100 years ago. There will also be a guided walk by the Caterina River, the well, the Chapel and the Estancia’s colonial main house.

*Overnight guests can choose to arrive to Estancia Cristina via the shared day trip boat departure at 9:00 am or take the private departure, exclusive for overnight guests at 11:00 am, if coming from Buenos Aires the same day, or just preferring a later start or a more exclusive experience.

DAY 2

Accompanied by one of our professional guides, we will ascend in specialized 4×4 vehicles up the Feruglio Cordon. From the road’s end, it is a short 20 minute walk up to the Upsala Glacier lookout point. One of the most impressive viewpoints in all of Patagonia, from here we can take in sweeping views of the Upsala glacier and her three feeder glaciers, the vast Southern Patagonia ice cap and the azure Lake Guillermo below. We will return to the Estancia via 4×4 vehicle for lunch.

This afternoon, join one of the Estancia’s gauchos for a relaxing horseback ride up the Catarina river valley or opt for an easy hike up the valley to “Cascada de los Perros” (The Dog Waterfall)

*Guests can choose to depart at 3:00pm on the private boat for overnight guests, getting them back to El Calafate in time to catch a flight back to Buenos Aires – or opt to stay later and return on the shared boat departure at 5:30pm

   Two Night Stay

For a less hurried, and more in-depth visit, a two night stay at Estancia Cristina is ideal for most travelers. Two nights allows you to not only see the highlights, but to explore more of Estancia Cristina. The serenity one feels in this remote setting only grows stronger the longer you stay.

DAY 1

A dramatic three-hour navigation across Lake Argentina, skirting around massive icebergs, culminates with viewing the face of the Upsala glacier from the water. Upon arrival at the Estancia, staff will assist you with checking in, and lunch will be served.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided historical tour of the Estancia – first visiting the onsite museum to learn about the history of the Masters Family, and their awe-inspiring life pioneering a successful sheep ranch in this remote corner of wilderness some 100 years ago. There will also be a guided walk by the Caterina River, the well, the Chapel and the Estancia’s colonial main house.

DAY 2

This morning, ascend in specialized 4×4 vehicles to the Upsala Glacier lookout point. One of the most impressive viewpoints in all of Patagonia, from here we can take in sweeping views of the Upsala glacier, the vast Southern Patagonia ice cap and the azure Lake Guillermo below.

This afternoon, join one of the Estancia’s gauchos for a relaxing horseback ride up the Catarina river valley to one of the many fishing lagoons and lookout points.

DAY 3

For your last morning, enjoy an easy walk up the east margin of the Cristina valley to the waterfalls on the Rio de los Perros (Dog River). This route crosses gentle grasslands and has a short ascent through groves of native southern birch trees. Even this short ascent rewards you with wondrous views of the Cristina valley and her various lakes.

This route is only about 3 miles total and involves a 700 ft ascent. Horses or 4×4 vehicles can also be arranged up to a point on this route for those unable to walk that distance.

   Three Night Stay

For the active and adventurous, a three night stay at Estancia Cristina is a must. All three classic full day hikes can be accomplished, still with time to horseback ride and learn about the Estancia history. The urge to explore only grows stronger the more you discover at Estancia Cristina.

DAY 1

After a dramatic navigation across Lake Argentina, culminating in viewing the face of the Upsala glacier from the water., arrive at Estancia Cristina to check in and have lunch.

In the afternoon, enjoy a horseback ride up the wild Caterina valley, and take a guided historical tour of onsite museum to learn about the history of the Masters Family who founded Estancia Cristina some 100 years ago.

DAY 2

This morning, ascend in specialized 4×4 vehicles to the Upsala Glacier lookout point and return to the Estancia by hiking the 8 mile descent, down through “Canadon de los Fosiles “, a splendid, red and black rock canyon, cutting through millions of years of seabed deposits where an array of Fossils reveal themselves as you descend.

DAY 3

Today enjoy a hike along historic trails up into lush native forests of Southern Beech, past the impressive “Cascada de los Perros” to reach “Mirador Cristina” one of the best lookout points in the area to appreciate the glacial movements which carved out the valley where Estancia Cristina sits.

The full hike is 9 miles in total and ascends approximately 2,200 ft of elevation. Shorter variants are possible.

DAY 4

Saving one of the most dramatic hikes for last, set off with your guide towards the summit of “Cerro Carnero”. The views from Cerro Carnero encompass the entire valley where Estancia Cristina sits, the ice cap, a panorama of no fewer than 8 glaciers and the entire Cristina channel of Lake Argentina.

This hike can be done as a 6.5 mile round trip with 1,500 ft of elevation gain, or for the more adventurous, reaching the very top requires a 8 mile round trip and 2,500 ft of elevation gain.

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