RIDE THROUGH THE WILDERNESS AS THE PIONEERS DID. THE WIND AND WHINNIES WILL GUIDE OUR WAY.
Join our galloping adventures guided by expert gauchos and suitable for all skill levels. Ride along a valley embedded with glaciers and mountains.
We will ride along the east side of Estancia Cristina’s valley over loose rocky terrain that was once the path used by pioneers to reach other hidden spots in the endless valley. We will arrive at a fantastic waterfall of glacial melt water, from where we can see Laguna Pearson, the confluent glaciers, and Estancia’s main lodge.
On this ride, we will head north to enter the deepest area of Río Caterina’s valley, an untouched glacial landscape. Lagoons, mountains, and Cerro Norte will watch our 2-hour journey to Lago Pearson, where we will find a shelter strategically located on its shores, merging with the native vegetation.
This outing is an ideal choice for beginner riders and a must for bird lovers. From the Monturero, we will head north into Río Caterina’s valley to observe royal geese, black-necked swans, and spectacled ducks, among other species. After fording a creek and a river, we will arrive at the Laguna de la Pesca.
We will meet at the Monturero to head northwest, riding through forests of ñires and lengas and recognizing the typical vegetation of the Patagonian steppe. Our first stop will show us the valley from Lago Argentino to Lago Pearson. We’ll keep ascending until Cascada de Los Perros and continue to Mirador Cristina, where we will gain a panorama of the surrounding hills, the Campo de Hielo Sur, and Glaciar Upsala. From here, we will hike to Lago Tanhausser, following a pleasant slope to the east. Our way across the high vegetation and the high Andean meadow over Cerro Cuchillo’s slopes will reveal a dramatic scene of Río Caterina’s valley and the mountains embracing its amplitude.
As a last treat, and after surpassing a rock edge that glaciers couldn’t erode, we will see Lago Tanhausser and the glaciers descending from the hills of Cerro Pintado, Sombrero, and Masters to end in the lake.
Finally, we return to the Cristina lookout point to mount our horses and ride back to the Estancia.
I stayed at the Estancia for 3 days and 2 nights. I must say, you get what you pay for. Everything was perfect! My bedroom was absolutely beautiful, big, and comfortable with a view of the mountains.
The food was delicious, whether it was the buffet or off the menu. I did three days of horseback riding and my guide took me to different places each day. Being inside a national park you can only imagine how extraordinary the views are. I felt safe. It’s a peaceful place.
Highly recommend it if you can afford it.