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Estancia Cristina

A remote estancia with exclusive access to Los Glaciares National Park...

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Estancia Cristina - External View
Estancia Cristina - External View

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A secluded lodge with exclusive access to the Upsala Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina is one of the more difficult places to get to in and around El Calafate but is more than worth the effort once you do. Offering a range of activities and an insight into the history of this remote and challenging region, it’s a great add on to a trip to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Estancia Cristina is located in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park on the northwest shore of Lago Argentino. To get here from El Calafate involves taking a 50-minute transfer from town to the pier at Punta Bandera, followed by a three-hour boat ride via the Upsala Glacier to Estancia Cristina.

An old working estancia which was founded in 1914, the hotel is made up of an octógono; an octangular building which houses the restaurant and cosy sitting room and 5 cottages with four guest bedrooms in each. Each cottage has its own outdoor deck for and the option to convert two rooms into a private apartment for families.

Rooms are large and spacious with big bay windows to make the most of the stunning views. All are simply decorated in keeping with the style of the estancia but are designed not to detract from the views and to get guests outdoors and enjoying the surroundings as much as possible.

The main focus at Estancia Cristina is the activities, with trekking, 4x4 excursions, boat trips, fishing and horse riding all on offer. With access to some of the remotest parts of the National Park, guests are taken to nearby waterfalls, canyons, ice fields and lagoons in activities designed to suit all levels of fitness and activity. It’s worth mentioning that this is a place to truly connect with nature and Patagonia and therefore there are no TVs or wifi available in the lodge.

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