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Address: Avenida Del Libertador 1114, El Calafate Z9405AHW, Argentina
Phone Number:
+54 2902 49-2808
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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Stunning views by horseback

We did the afternoon horseback riding trip and it was amazing! We got picked up from our hostel and it was about a 45min drive from El Calafate to the station. Once we were there... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the afternoon horseback riding trip and it was amazing! We got picked up from our hostel and it was about a 45min drive from El Calafate to the station. Once we were there we were introduced to our horses and off we went. The guide Gabriel didn't speak English but he always made sure we were OK and... More 

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fantastic full day. We did the 4X4 tour in the morning and ziplining in the afternoon, enjoyed a great lunch and the best afternoon nap before the second activity in the most comfortable sofa enjoying an amazing view of which you never get bored and the whole place to ourselves. Anna and all the guides / staff... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We all enjoyed the zip wires. Our guide Anna and her colleague were enthusiastic and encouraging. We felt totally safe. The location is beautiful and very peaceful. The whole set up was very efficient.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did 4x4-ing and their horseback tours in early December. The activities take place right next to the Eolo lodge that we were staying at so it was extremely convenient. They also do hotel pickup/drop off from in town as part of the price. The 4x4 driver up to the top of the mountain provided great views of the surrounding... More 

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments. We are very happy, that you have enjoyed your excursions with us. 90% of the people that take the horse back tour, have no experience, that´s why the horses are so tame. Hope to see yo back again some day. Best regards, from the hole staff, of Cerro Frias. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Great "last minute" excursion which resulted in a great experience. It began around 09:00hrs and finished at 16:00hrs (two activities). 4x4 Offroad The tour was on a Land Rover defender and we were very lucky to be with ALEX their best and wildest driver! We climbed 1100m in two stages and managed to see the breathtaking views that Patagonia provides... More 

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Muchas gracias por los comentarios. Que bueno que hayan podido disfrutar el día al máximo, haciendo dos actividades. Siempre que... More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

My husband and I flew in early into El Calafate. I wanted to find an activity we could do after we landed. I contacted Cerro Frias and made plans to go straight to their office, pay and leave our luggage, zip-line/have lunch, return to the office for our luggage, and then have their shuttle service drop us off at our... More 

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Estimada Señora, nos alegra mucho que haya disfrutado de la actividad. Por otro lado agradezco que nos haya manifestado sobre... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I were in calafate in the autumn and after doing perito Moreno, didn't know what to do. We decided to book this 4x4 tour of the lago Argentina. We weren't expecting anything but we had an amazing afternoon. Our guide was called Gustavo. He picked us up from our hostel and took us on the rough tracks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

I chose to do horseriding from the options of 4x4, zip lining or trekking. I am glad I did as this was a relaxing, serene experience although be warned - you need to bring warm clothing as it was freezing even in March. The staff were obviously highly experienced riders, spoke perfect English, and were caring and reassuring to novice... More 

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this review
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Muchas Gracias por sus comentarios. Nos alegramos muchos haber cumplido con sus expectativas. Sin dudas, es una buena opción para... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

Summary: half day horseback riding with great guides PROS: roundtrip transfers to the ranch followed by a quick orientation. The guides set us up on horses, ensured we were comfortable and commenced the ride. The guides helped keep the horses in order and helped snap great photos of us along the way. CONS: the wind is a bit unbearable, but... More 

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We will look in to the smells of cigarette in the bus, that can't happen. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Tito and ANA run a nice shop. Land Rover excursion to just over 1000m. It is what you expect. A very nice ranch. A crew of dusty older Rovers that carry 8 people. Some up close and personal photo opp w local native animals. We saw jack rabbits, Eagles and tons of local Juarnitos. A few scenic views for great... More 

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments. We are glad to hear you had a nice time. Best regards, from the team of Cerro Frias. More 

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