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Estancia Cristina Tours

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.

Practical Info

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.

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Estancia Cristina Full-Day Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, null
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Estancia Cristina Full-Day Tour from El Calafate

Enjoy a different excursion, during a whole day, ideal for those who want to keep exploring all that Argentinean Patagonia has to show us. In an ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $277.00
4-Day Tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate, Full-day Tours
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4-Day Tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

What was once a wool-trading outpost lost in the immensity of Southern Patagonia is now El Calafate, an adventure and nature lover's paradise. Today it is one ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,084.00
5-Days Adventure Trip in El Calafate, El Calafate, Multi-day Tours
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5-Days Adventure Trip in El Calafate

Get to know the world of the glaciers from a privileged place, by performing unique excursions. Go trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, travel to El Chalten ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,585.00
Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina, El Calafate, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

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Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $180.00
6-Day Glacier and Hiking Tour in Patagonia, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
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6-Day Glacier and Hiking Tour in Patagonia

This 6 day El Calafate and Torres del Paine Glacier and hiking tour has been specially designed to experience the natural wonders of Patagonia. In the heart ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $2,770.00
Viedma Glacier and El Chalten Day Trip from El Calafate, El Calafate, Multi-day Tours
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Viedma Glacier and El Chalten Day Trip from El Calafate

Get up close to Viedma Glacier in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park! This day trip to El Chalten from El Calafate takes you right up to ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.00
Viedma Peninsula Trek from Puerto Bahia Tunel, El Chaltén, Day Trips
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Viedma Peninsula Trek from Puerto Bahia Tunel

During this 5.5-hour excursion you will learn the history of the largest glacier in Argentina and its behavior over the past 10 years, during which it has ...  Read more

Location: El Chaltén, Argentina
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.00
Trekking Cañadón de los Fósiles, El Calafate, Hiking & Camping
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Trekking Cañadón de los Fósiles

TREKKING details & inclusions: Transfer to Harbor + Sailing the Northern Arm of the Argentino Lake (Icebergs watching and panoramic view of the ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $330.00

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