Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina: Our most recommended tours and activities

El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

1. El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

Located on the northwest coast of Lago Argentino (Argentino Lake), the historic sheep ranch of Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, and on this full-day tour from El Calafate you will explore the estancia to discover how it maintains the history of the family. First, you will sail among the icebergs and mountains of Lago Argentino to Upsala Glacier, the 2nd largest within Los Glaciares National Park. Departing from Punta Bandera by modern and comfortable boat, enjoy the most stunning up-close views of the blue ice. Upon arrival at the Estancia you will learn how the sheer perseverance of the Masters family made the inhospitable place a small paradise that they could call home. Visit the Estancia’s museum, and the old shed where the sheep were sheered. Next, take a short walk to see the estancia’s chapel and country house. From here, you will embark on a 2.5-hour hike to the surprising waterfall of Cascada de los Perros, surrounded by native ñires shrubs. Enjoy panoramic views of the Caterina River valley, and Patagonian wilderness, back across to Estancia Cristina.

From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

2. From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

On this excursion from El Calafate you’ll spend a day in awe of the spectacular natural wonders of Los Glaciares National Park. Begin with a sail from the Punta Bandera port on board a modern and comfortable boat. You’ll be surrounded by icebergs as you sail on Argentino Lake and marvel at the stunning views. Continue the sail through the North Arm and the Cristina Channel, finally disembarking at Estancia Cristina. When you arrive at the Estancia you’ll enjoy a history tour, and a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Head out on a guided walk up to the Caterina River, where you’ll see the chapel and the old house of the Estancia. From here you’ll ascend by 4x4 vehicle to the 9.5-kilometer continental ice shelter, which is an area of significant geological interest. From the shelter you’ll take a 20-minute walk to the Upsala viewpoint, along terrain that has been eroded by the glacier. From the viewpoint you’ll enjoy stunning views of the glacier, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and the Andes Mountain Range.

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What people are saying about Estancia Cristina

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Very nice navigation, especially if you have never seen icebergs. 4x4 ride a little uncomfortable but maybe it's also its beauty and the vision of the Upsala glacier repays the effort. If you don't understand lunch (which in my opinion has a disproportionate cost) you have to bring something because there is nothing where you can buy something. I found the visit to the estancia a little unnecessary but overall I enjoyed the excursion

Excellent experience and varied activities. Nice views during navigation, we were able to observe Icebergs very closely. We learned about the interesting history of the estancia and its founders. We toured the ranch through a walk and contemplated beautiful landscapes.

Good way to see both estancia and the landscape

Wonderful views from the boat ride. Estancia activity of hiking was fun too. Would recommend you contact the estancia directly and book the 4x4 excursion instead of the hike.

The catamaran trip on Lake Argentino is an unforgettable experience. Estancia Cristina is the essence of Patagonia and its landscape

Good but expensive. On the ship you can get an overview again and possibly choose another option.