Estancia Nibepo Aike in El Calafate
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Estancia Nibepo Aike Tour from El Calafate

An amazing full-day tour in the Estancia Nibepo Aike.

Why choose this excursion?

  • Transfers from/to your hotel included
  • English speaking guide
  • Visit a Patagonia ranch

Estancia Nibepo Aike Tour from El Calafate

Enjoy a ranch day in the Estancia Nibepo Aike, a wonderful tour in the Argentinian Patagonia. Located in El Calafate, Santa Cruz.

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English Speaking Guide and Small Groups

Almost all of our tours are done in small groups. All of them have english speaking guides.

Overview

Nibepo Aike keeps the essence of the old Patagonian estancias. It is located inside Los Glaciares National Park, on the margin of the South Arm of Lake Argentino. It covers an area of more than 12,000 hectares and extends to the border with Chile. It was formerly dedicated to sheep production; nowadays, it maintains a small flock, although its main production is Hereford breeding, from which they have developed a prestigious herd. The hull is a relic of typical Patagonian architecture: all its buildings are very uniform in style. Guests at the Hosteria experience authentic Patagonian ranch life. The view of the Andes Mountains is breathtaking.
Meanwhile, rural life continues, and it is common to see men on horseback herding cattle and sheep until they are lost on the horizon. Behind the house is the vegetable garden, where the vegetables that accompany the exquisite asados and other homemade meals are harvested. Its proximity to El Calafate, Puerto Bandera, and the Perito Moreno Glacier make Nibepo Aike an ideal refuge for travelers.

itinerary

Departing from El Calafate (9:00 a.m or 5:00 p.m) along the unmade road of the Provincial Route 15, also known as “the road to the estancias”. Along the way, it is common to come across condors, foxes, and hares, with Cerro Frías taking center stage.
After crossing over the Río Rico, the landscape changes suddenly from the steppe land to mountain scenery. The Estancia Nibepo Aike is reached after traveling along the edge of Lago Roca and entering Los Glaciares National Park.
The host guide welcomes you to the ranch and takes you to the Quincho [rustic dining room], where you will be invited to have a hot drink (tea, coffee, or mate) accompanied by homemade cakes and pastries. A good moment to pause and enjoy a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range. The walk starts around the main building, the perfect example of a typical Patagonian estancia that was formerly devoted to sheep rearing and now has become the most prestigious Hereford breeding ranch of these latitudes while retaining a small herd of sheep. At the stables, those who have paid the extra to do a horse ride will be given a mount and go out to explore the surroundings accompanied by a guide.
Meanwhile, the rest of the group has a good long walk during which there are excellent views of the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino, discovering the diverse rocky outcrops eroded by glacial action and the changes of water level in the lake (due to the periodic closure of the way out by the Perito Moreno glacier and its subsequent breaking).
The folds of the earth’s crust can be appreciated there, differentiated by the variety of sediments from which they originate. These formations continue until they reach a point where the rocks form a natural amphitheater, creating quiet beaches of curious shapes. The footpaths lead through the native woodland of lenga and ñire, a habitat for caranchos, Austral parakeets, hares, woodpeckers, eagles, and an abundant variety of native flora and fauna.
The route may vary according to weather conditions. After the walk or horse ride, the group meets up again at the door of the shearing shed.
This is a chance to see inside such a shed with all its skilled hands and understand the work of the shearing teams. The process is described from the shearing of the animal to the baling of the fleece, ready for the wool to be stored and transported. Manual shears are used for the shearing as they were on all the estancias until the appearance of the mechanical handle with cutting comb, a much faster and more practical system, although not so kind to the animal and does not give such a good cut. Then a demonstration of horse handling skills is given, or according to the rural activities of the day, working with the herd in the corrals close to the main buildings. Between the daily activities, the guest could also participate in the morning of cow milking and the afternoon of herding sheep, concluding with a typical work day at the Estancia.
These activities are subject to weather conditions. Returning to the Quincho, where a whole lamb is being roasted on a vertical stake in traditional Patagonian fashion, the emphasis is on the history of the place, retelling anecdotes and stories from the early settlers. Crossing through the vegetable plot where most of the vegetables consumed on the Estancia are grown, we arrive at the Quincho, where the person doing the roasting has the meat ready to delight the diners with tasty Patagonian lamb while enjoying the impressive view of the mountain range. Meanwhile, the life of the Estancia carries on, and it is not uncommon to see the gauchos ride past herding the cattle or sheep and disappearing over the horizon. After lunch, people who choose the Ranch Day Program + 3-hour horse ride will meet the guide to start with the long ride through the different trails around the property. Back in El Calafate, the experience of life on a typical Patagonian estancia will have given a fresh outlook on things, making more sense of the wide-open Patagonian landscapes characteristically stretching out into the remoteness of infinity.

Duration: Full Day
Cancellation Policy: 72 hours before the date of your tour
Availability: All year
Starting Time: 09:00 am or 5:00 pm
Finishing Time: 2:00 pm or 10:00 pm
Pick Up: From Your Hotel
Drop Off: At Your Hotel
Language: English and Spanish
Minimum Booking: 1

What is Included

  • Transfer from your hotel
  • Transfer to your hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Food (traditional argentinian asado)
  • Drinks
  • Horse riding (can be added as an option)
  • Tips

Optionals

  • Horseback Riding
    Add a horseback riding in the booking form and complete your ranch-day in Nibepo Aike!

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, you decide to cancel the activity or excursion, the cancellation conditions specified in the product description or in the voucher will be valid.

If the cancellation conditions in the product description do not differ, the provider of tourist services will charge you the following cancellation fees:

a. Up to 72 hours before the start of the activity: full refund (again, we indicate that in certain specific cases, the term may differ from this general policy)
b. After 72 hours before the start of the activity: no refund.

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