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“Consider if you have kids or have been nowhere else”
Review of Cerro Frias

Cerro Frias
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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. THE 4x4 CIRCUIT 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. THE TREKKING / HORSEBACK RIDING CIRCUIT 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). FLYING FOX / ZIP-LINE/ ZIP-WIRE / AERIAL RUNWAY / DEATH SLIDE / TYROLEAN CROSSING: “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” DESCRIPTION OF FLYING FOX EXCURSION 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
Danville, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
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“Consider if you have kids or have been nowhere else”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We visited Cerro Frias on our last day in Patagonia after 3 weeks. The airline changed our flight so we had nearly a day to kill and decided to do this. We did the 4wd tour with lunch so I can not comment on the zipline or horses, which would be fun for kids. We opted for this as we were going straight to the airport. The Land Rover wound its way up and down the mountain with numerous stops and brief comments and ended up at the lodge with a very leisurely huge lunch that was nice. Ultimately we were underwhelmed as we had been to every major site and park in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia previous to this.
So, if you have not been anywhere else in Patagonia and need to go to a vista to view mountains and lakes and a ranch this might be your cup of tea. In retrospect we should have strolled along the esplanade in town and gone to the Glacier Museum. Our excursion cost USD$240.

Visited February 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Fun times”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We enjoyed the ziplining excursion. The view isn't unique to the ziplining tour but it is exciting, especially for the kids.

Visited December 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great horseback ride and half day excursion but little English”
Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We did this as a half day excursion to do something in between glacier tours. We saw the brochure on horseback riding and the views looked spectacular. We arrived at the ranch and the gentleman that greeted us spoke a little English so he grouped us with the other horseback rdiers.

However, when we got to the horses, we discovered our gaucho only spoke Spanish, German, and Portuguese. This was a major let down as it was our first time on horses in years. We managed to get up the mountain and the views are fantastic. Pictures do it no justice. I would highly recommend if you want to see El Calafate from a new, high altitude perspective. However, due to the lack of English we couldn't get the amazing pictures we wanted with us in them. Additionally, my horse kept veering off the path and it was difficult to communicate how to get the horse back on track.

Again, the views alone made this excursion worth it.

On the way back we had to wait for over 40 minutes for the other excursions to finish. This was a disappointment at first but we ordered a bottle of Malbec in the dining hall and all was well. The views from the dining hall are great as well.

Overall an ok experience.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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“A Horseback ride to the top of the World”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We took this trip not expecting how wonderful it would turn out. The gaucho was so helpful/skillful as we ascended up the tall mountain to reach plateau overlooking El Calafate, Lake Argentino and the opposite Valley facing Chile. the view is breathtaking and the entire experience was priceless. This is not just a horseback ride on flat ground, as some of the other ones offer. Make no mistake, this is the one to take.

Visited December 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Great view ....”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We did a half day excursion to Cerro Frias. The climb by jeep has allowed us to see beautiful landscapes: the Lake Argentino, guanacos, hawks and wild steppes.
Apart from that, I must say that it is also possible to do horseback riding and some other stuff. Lunch was very good, at the Estancia.

Visited November 2012
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