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El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier with Estancia Cristina

An amazing 4-night program to visit Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate, finalizing with a 2-night stay at Estancia Cristina!
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El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier with Estancia Cristina


A wonderful 4-night program to visit Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate and visit the Estancia Cristina in the national park!

A package that includes two nights in El Calafate, to visit the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, the main attraction of the area, and then continue to Estancia Cristina in Los Glaciares National Park where we will spend two nights.

Immerse yourself in a unique experience at Estancia Cristina, a remote refuge located in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. Your journey begins in El Calafate, where you’ll be greeted by the vast expanses of Patagonia and the promise of adventure in an incomparable natural setting.

The activity starts with a boat navigation. Departing from El Calafate, you’ll embark on a journey that will take you across Lake Argentino.  Once at Estancia Cristina, you’ll immerse yourself in the rustic yet comforting charm of its accommodations. You can choose from cozy rooms in the main lodge or charming cabins scattered throughout the property.

During your two-night stay, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural beauty surrounding Estancia Cristina. From thrilling excursions to nearby glaciers to horseback riding and birdwatching, each day will be filled with new adventures.

One of the highlights will be exploring the awe-inspiring glaciers that surround the lodge. Accompanied by expert guides, you’ll trek across rugged terrain and marvel at the magnificence of the glaciers, their blue hues, and towering formations.

In addition to outdoor adventures, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Estancia Cristina. From visits to historical sites to demonstrations of gaucho skills and traditional asados, you’ll experience authentic Argentine hospitality.

Between activities, you’ll find time to relax and reflect in this serene environment. Away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, you’ll enjoy moments of peace and connection with nature in a place where time seems to stand still.






Arrive to El Calafate

Arrival in El Calafate. This is the gateway to one of the most spectacular natural wonders in South America and indeed the world! Yes, the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and the glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park.

Once you arrive to El Calafate, check in the selected hotel and free time. You can add any of the following activities listed below


5 things to do at Perito Moreno Glacier


Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier

After breakfast, we start a wonderful visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia is an unforgettable adventure that immerses visitors in the raw beauty of nature. Starting with a scenic drive from El Calafate, guests are greeted with awe-inspiring views of the Patagonian landscape before reaching Los Glaciares National Park. Upon arrival, they’re treated to panoramic vistas of the glacier from strategically positioned viewing platforms, witnessing the dramatic spectacle of ice calving into the turquoise waters below.

You can include lunch in the restaurant located in front of the glacier. Check that option in the booking process.

Optional boat tours offer an even closer perspective, while adventurous souls can opt for mini-trekking excursions, traversing the glacier’s icy terrain under the guidance of experienced guides. Whether exploring the glacier’s face or delving into its icy depths, the excursion promises an unforgettable experience amidst the breathtaking surroundings of Patagonia.

Return to the hotel. If you´re active and want to continue, check the Nativo Experience, a good optional activity you can add to enjoy a cultural experience in a cave with an exquisite dinner included!


From El Calafate to Estancia Cristina

After pick up from your hotel in El Calafate, we will go directly to the pier called Puerto Bandera. Departing from El Calafate, you’ll embark on a journey that will take you across Lake Argentino, Argentina’s largest freshwater lake.

Surrounded by towering glaciers, rugged cliffs, and occasional wildlife sightings, the boat ride offers unparalleled views of Patagonia’s natural splendor. After several hours of navigating through ice-strewn waters and marveling at the breathtaking scenery, guests arrive at the remote haven of Estancia Cristina. Here, amidst the pristine beauty of Los Glaciares National Park, visitors are welcomed into a world of tranquility and adventure, ready to begin their exploration of this secluded wilderness retreat.

Arrive to Estancia Cristina, disembarkation and check in! Please remember, that the package includes all activitites and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Feel free to enjoy any of the trekkings, horseback ridings or any of the other activities available. There are many activities. Find some of them below:

We invite you to discover a selection of short paths by yourself. Get on a bike, or stroll at your own pace to bond with the natural and historical landmarks within this wild territory. You will see: Cristina Boat, Noria, the Chapel, the Laguna de Los Patos and the Cascada de Los Perros.

We leave Estancia Cristina’s main lodge behind, and as we head deep into Río Caterina’s valley, we identify a great variety of native flora and fauna. An ideal hike for bird and photography lovers.

We will head north into the deepest area of Río Caterina’s valley, an untouched glacial landscape. Lagoons, mountains, and Cerro Norte will appear along our 2-hour journey to Lago Pearson, where we will find a shelter strategically located on its shores, blending in with the native vegetation.

We will head northeast and leave Estancia Cristina’s main lodge on an uphill hike among woods of ñires and lengas. At our first lookout point, Lago Argentino and Lago Pearson come into view, and then we will continue hiking until we reach Cascada de Los Perros.





Estancia Cristina, Patagonia


Enjoying Estancia Cristina

After breakfast, your day is free to explore the estancia on your own, relax and see the incredible landscapes, or take any of the activities available:

We will head off in a 4×4 vehicle for 9.5 kms, climbing through the Feruglio mountain range to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking Glaciar Upsala’s former domain. We will contemplate the signs of time left behind and witness how the glaciers scrape the earth and leave their tracks as they recede, leaving exposed countless marine fossils along a deep-red canyon called Cañadón de Los Fósiles.

We will cross Río Caterina and head northwest, ascending the Feruglio mountain range. Once we leave the native forest behind, we will begin a challenging hike to reach the breathtaking views of Glaciar Upsala and Lago Guillermo. Another favorite on our expedition is the massive Cordillera de Los Andes, featuring the peaks of Bertrand, Cono, and Murralon.
Our return will be along a different trail, during which we will continue to discover new landscapes.

We will head northwest and stroll through woods of ñires and lengas to identify the native vegetation in the Patagonian steppe. At our first stop, we will find the valley extending from Lago Argentino to Lago Pearson. Then, we will keep ascending until we get to Cascada de Los Perros and, finally, the Mirador Cristina: a stunning view of the mountains, the Campo de Hielo Patagónico Sur, and Glaciar Upsala.
Continuing, a pleasant slope towards the east will lead us to Lago Tanhausser. As we reach the Andean meadow over Cerro Cuchillo’s slopes, we will gain a panoramic lookout of Río Caterina’s valley and the mountains embracing its amplitude.
As a last delight, 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.

As we follow the path used by the Masters family for cattle raising, we will take in the beauty of Lago Argentino and ascend gradually to appreciate Canal Cristina, the main lodge of the Estancia, and a complete view of the valley.

Once we cross the forest and ice-melting waterfalls, we will reach Cerro Carnero and gain a complete view of the valley and the lavish Cordillera de Los Andes with the glaciers cradling it.

Our return will be along a different path, bordering the Canal Cristina and finally arriving at the Estancia.

We will meet at the Monturero to head northwest, riding through forests of ñires and lengas and becoming familiar with the typical vegetation of the Patagonian steppe. At our first stop, we will be able to see the valley from Lago Argentino to Lago Pearson. We’ll keep ascending, passing Cascada de Los Perros and continuing on to Mirador Cristina, where we will have a panoramic view of the surrounding hills, the Campo de Hielo Patagónico Sur, and Glaciar Upsala. From here, we will hike to Lago Tanhausser, following the trail eastward. We make our way through the high vegetation and across the high Andean meadow over Cerro Cuchillo’s slopes, to be greeted by a dramatic scene of Río Caterina’s valley and the mountains embracing its amplitude. As a last delight, and after surpassing a rock edge that even glaciers couldn’t erode, we will see Lago Tanhausser and the glaciers descending from the hills of Cerro Pintado, Sombrero, and Masters into the lake. Finally, we return to the Cristina lookout point to mount our horses and ride back to the Estancia.

Weight limit for riding:
Please respectfully note that we have a riding weight limit of 15stone / 95kg / 210lbs.

Fishermen who visit us have access to the sacred headwaters of the mighty Río Caterina, where the king salmon is widely considered the fisherman’s ultimate dream. From the end of December through mid-April, massive amounts of King salmon run upriver, and from January to mid-March, the sheer number and size of fish are spectacular.

Breakfst, lunch and dinner included. Overnight.


Good bye Estancia Cristina!

After breakfast, free time to enjoy Estancia Cristina until your boat navigation back to Puerto Bandera and from there, transfer to El Calafate town or airport. You can add an extra night in a hotel in El Calafate, just contact us.

What is Included

  • Transfer from El Calafate hotel or airport to Puerto Bandera
  • Boat navigation to Estancia Cristina watching glaciers in the Argentino Lake
  • 2 nights of accommodation with full board included
  • Activities available in the estancia
  • Return boat navigation back to Puerto Bandera + transfer back to El Calafate
  • Tips


Check with us, the estancia can be closed during winter period (june-july-august)

Sure, no problem. We can add nights, or even prepare a 3-night package for you

Yes, check with us special rates for special dates

Absolutely! We can add a couple of nights, and make a wonderful 5 or 6-night tour for example to enjoy the amazing trekking activities in El Chaltén and Fitz Roy Massif area.


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