We read about Estancia Cristina in the New York Times piece on Patagonia-- it essentially said if you can splurge for one night this was the place to do it. That is just the start. This was the highlight of my family of six's entire two week holiday in Argentina. I think what tipped me over the edge was the website which does give you a pretty good sense for what you will see. The boat ride to get to the Estancia is amazing, the food was awesome (though service a little slow), the rooms are phenomenal, peaceful and have unreal views of the mountains. We went on the trek to the Upsala glacier, which was four hours and absolutely amazing. You will literally see the geological trauma and evidence of the collision of the Pacific and South American plates. I just wish I had read up on the geology of the region more before the hike. We also did the horse back ride which was excellent. I can't recommend this enough. Even for a one night excursion out of El Calafate it is well well well worth the money-- two nights would have been fun too but one night is definitely worth it (my dad had thought it might be too much trouble, but it really wasn't) and you will leave in awe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Northwest shore of the Lake Argentino Lake on the far of Cristiana’s arm, Estancia Cristina is located in a unique corner in Los Glaciares National Park. Founded in 1941 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, this stunning place still maintains its essence, keeping the history of this family alive, that with great effort and perseverance, made this lonely and inhospitable place a small paradise a home.Estancia Cristina is a unique Lodge; it count with 20 comfortable rooms distributed in 5 elegant cabins and exclusive access to the most stunning sights of the Upsala Glacier. An enchanting and warm place, that just like in the past grants the best Patagonian hospitality. The only access to the Estancia is by boat; the full board Lodge program offer exquisite Patagonian gastronomy, a museum and a variety of activities to enjoy of this wonderful region. There are many activity options for you to choose: Walks of different demands, 4x4 wheel drive rides, horse riding, mountain bike or fishing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estancia Cristina Lodge El Calafate, Argentina - Patagonia