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Address: Av. del Libertador 1114, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 2902 49-2808
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

4x4 - Horseback Ride - ZIP LINE- TREKKING

Nature and adventure in...

4x4 - Horseback Ride - ZIP LINE- TREKKING

Nature and adventure in Estancia Alice, El Calafate

The Frias Mount, 1095 mt high, is located in the middle of a valley, offering unique views of the Argentino Lake and Andes Mountains: to the South, the “Cordon de los Cristales” and “Torres del Paine” (Chile’s National Park); to the West, Magallanes and Avellaneda peninsulas, and to the North, Fitz Roy Mount. Also, potencial wildlife viewing.

Located in “Estancia Alice” (ranch), 23 kms West of El Calafate, heading to the same direction as the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Mount Frias is a great opportunity to enjoy regional wild fauna and flora, as well as typical estancia animals. Besides the characteristic shrub of Patangonian steppe, a lenga forest in the East slope of the mount can be appreciated.

In the Estancia we offer 4 guided activities (4x4 – Trekking – Zip Line– Horseback riding). Although each of them has a particular circuit in the mount, they are carried out simultaneously by each guide and his group, allowing them to do differents activities and joining them together in the ranch, before returning to town.

The morning trip offers the possibility (optional) to enjoy a traditional barbecue (Argentinian asado) with grilled vegetables, cooked in clay ovens. Otherwise, midday (12:00) and afternoon (15:30) trips offers fast-food service and drinks (not included) available in the ranch of the estancia, where passengers relax and end enjoy the surroundings before returning to El Calafate.


We start the 4x4 trip from the farm gate ascending the Mount Frias, for trails with views of the main body of the Argentino Lake. After twenty minutes we stop in the first viewing point at 450 meters, watching at the Centinela river valley. We continue rising to the second viewing point at 1030 meters with incredible views of Torres del Paine, Southern and Northern channels of the Argentino Lake, the highest picks of the Andes mountain chain and the Fitz Roy mount, if the weather allows us. We continue the 4x4 adventure descending the Frias Mount trought the lengas forest in the east slope of the mount, finishing in the Quincho (country restaurant) of the estancia Alice main house where we’ll have meals before returning back to El Calafate.


Whatever your age or level of riding is, you’ll enjoy this excursion. Beginners can experience a leisurely walk with our experienced guides.

At the ranch you will meet your guide, who will explain some basic trail riding guidelines.

The wide, well – sheltered trail leads you along the valley to the Frias. And is considered easy to moderate for trekking enthusiasts.

We start the trekking or horseback riding going up to the Frias Mount, taking differents trails with your guides. After 30’ you can enjoy the valley of Centinela River and the Torres del Paine (Chile National Park ). There is potencial wildlife viewing (guanacos, hares, foxes-, armadillos and skunks), and cattle hill. Following the trail, it is possible to admire fantastic landscapes of Argentino Lake and the valley of Estancia Anita. After that, the group return to the main house of Estancia (Quincho).


                      “Consists of a pulley suspended on two cables mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on harnesses through polleys. The users are phisically attached to the cable by wearing a harness which it is hooked to a removible trolley. A Helmet is required among other security devices such as harness”


              Once we have arrived in the Ranch we will provide you the necessary gear to be ready to enjoy an amazing adventure under the highest security conditions.

                After an instructive explanation, we depart in direction to the Southern slope of Frias mount where the launch pad is placed, at 1680 feet altitude (part of a trail is done by 4x4 and the rest it is done on foot).

                  We check out again all the equipment and we get ready to cross the 1410 feet of cable. During the cross you will be able to enjoy an amazing view of the Payne Towers, the CENTINELA Valley, ROCA Lake, Southern arm of Argentino Lake… After crossing, we reach a last platform from where we start walking the way back to the ranch.

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Fun Fourwheeling In The Mountains.

We took a 4x4 tour shared-Cerro Frias, with lunch back in March this year. We had a super cool young French lady as our guide. She knew her stuff, and thankfully, was a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Key Largo, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a half day in Calafate before departing for our flight to Buenos Aires, so we needed an excursion that would only be a few hours long. With only a few options, we chose Horseback riding with Cerro Frias. The beginning of the experience got off to a rocky start, with the bus arriving about 45 minutes after they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We took the Zip line tour with our 5 children, they really enjoyed it. Beautiful landscape, a great Franco-Argentinian crew, very helpful and friendly. Located close to El Calafate but in a different valley, a much nicer surrounding in a real Estancia. One regret we did not have enough time to take a horse ride. They offer free transportation from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We went on the horseback riding excursion and would definitely recommend it. You are picked up at your hostel by bus and then taken to a beautiful ranch with a lovely setting and views of Torres Del Paine. There was minimal instruction about the ride but the horses did all the work and followed the path up the hill and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The most stunning location and then you get to do stuff like 4x4 and zip lines - what's not to like? We did this as a birthday treat for our 9 year old - "best birthday ever!" It was a lovely day out and the location is just breathtaking - the zip-lining is a really cool experience - not scary... More 

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Muchas Gracias por dejarnos su opinión. Nos alegramos mucho que haya disfrutado de la tirolesa. Sin duda, es un actividad,... More 

Key Largo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We took a 4x4 tour shared-Cerro Frias, with lunch back in March this year. We had a super cool young French lady as our guide. She knew her stuff, and thankfully, was a good driver. There's a couple of fun stretches along the way to add some extra excitement to this scenic adventure. We saw lots of Hares, and LLama... More 

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Thank you very much, for leaving your comment. Best Regards, Cerro Frias Team. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My friend and I went to Estancia Alice with Cerro Frias to do horseback riding in the morning and zip lining in the afternoon. It was only the two of us and our guacho in the morning and the ride was amazing! Gorgeous views and we really got to roam around rather than staying in a single-file line. He even... More 

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Nos alegramos mucho que hayan pasado un lindo día en el Cerro. Nos esforzamos mucho, para que eso pase. Gracias... More 

El Calafate, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

When arriving on an early flight, or leaving on a late one, you might not have enough time to do a whole day tour. That's when you want to go to Cerro Frias. It's a 3 hour tour with different options : trekking, 4 by 4, horseback ridding and zip line. I did the zip line, and the activity in... More 

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Muchísimas gracias por dedicarnos tiempo para compartir su experiencia en Cerro Frias. Definitivamente recomendamos la visita en el día de... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Did a short afternoon trek with this operator. The company owns and farms the estacion and also provides a range of activities - horse riding, zip wire and trekking The walk was fairly steep but the views from the top were worth the sweat and toil Our guide was Nicole who was lovely however the business seemed to be a... More 

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Muchas gracias por sus comentarios y sugerencias. Hemos tomado nota y hablado con el Staff, para mejorar en el aspecto... More 

Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A fabulous hike, guanacos, foxes, hares, condors, and the Patagonian wind to blow us right off the peak.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We took the 4x4 drive on the mountain Cerro Frias. It was a very nice experience with magnificent views and we saw a lot of guanacos.

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