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“One of the most intense, beautiful, and unique experience I ever have” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina
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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina
Ranked #4 of 48 things to do in El Calafate
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Owner description: The Upsala Glacier is one of the largest in Los Glaciares National Park. To sail through the Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains and then visit Estancia Cristina is an interesting combination of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure.This full day program offers alternatives such as those who prefer a quite day of touring and history as well as those who look forward to activities with adventure like trekking and riding a four wheel drive.The excursions that are surrounded by the Andes mountains, glaciers and Argentino Lake leads us to get in touch with a natural, unique, remote environment, with culture and lifestyle of the pioneers and the interesting relationship of them with famous explorers of past century.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“One of the most intense, beautiful, and unique experience I ever have”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

When I was planning my trip to Argentina, heard about a tour through the icebergs in the Lake Argentina in the Calafate. But… I wanted more! Although I was planning on visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, I was looking for a different tour and found it in Estancia Cristina. A one day trip for Calafate. The excitement began on the port before leaving and never ended. Just being in the lake around icebergs that looked like they were carved to form beautiful structures was enough, but the trip was just beginning.
After arriving in this isolated paradise in the middle of the glacier, we took a 4x4 to get to the top of the mountain. Amazing views! Then we walk and the geology of the place was incredible. Looking at the rocks you feel like you are in another planet, maybe in Mars. After getting to the top, the spectacular view of the Upsala glacier is a breathtaking experience. It is one of the most intense, beautiful, and unique experiences you will ever have. If you have in your bucket list to see a glacier, this is an excellent trip.
My recommendation, ask your travel agent to add this one day tour to the traditional “package” they will sell you that includes the Perito Moreno. It is worth every single dollar you pay for it.

Visited June 2012
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Thank you very much for shearing with us your experience. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Full day tour!! Best regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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“Fabulous view from the top of the mountains!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Our 4x4 trip to the top of the mountain was fun...our driver/guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and passionate about the environment at the Estancia. The view after the walk to the top was one of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen...with mountain tops, glaciers, gorgeous blue lake and even an avalanche 'plume'!! Also enjoyed the lunch and the walk to see the salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Don't miss it!

Visited March 2013
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for your comment! We are happy to know that you enjoyed the ride and the views.
Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We booked three days at the Estancia Cristina through Alejandro Varrente at Breaking Trails. It is a magical place, with views that go on forever. The rooms were very lovely with views of the mountains, and the meals were delicious. An excursion to the glacier in a four-wheel drive vehicle, followed by a hike through the canyon of fossils was spectacular. Also memorable were the horseback rides, one of which included a barbecue lunch prepared by the charming gaucho by a lagoon. Because it is located in a national park, there is nothing but astonishing landscapes for miles in every direction.

Visited March 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Quite a history! Be sure to visit...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Sheep shearing once happened here and so did many mountaineers travel through here. For those of us even now, it is a wonderful place to stop and see the scenery at a remote location and have delicious hot meals served to us. Sort of a paradise in the middle of nowhere! I took the 4x4 ride an additional 45 minutes away to see another edge of the glacier and some interesting geology and fossils. Would have been even better if I could have stayed a few days here, but not this time.

Visited March 2013
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you Mary for your comment!! We will be waiting you at our exclusive Lodge your next time at El Calafate!!! Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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“A gem in the wilderness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Arriving by a boat ride through amazing icebergs we approached Estancia Christina. We spent 2 nights here with Backroads. The rooms were lovely, very cozy. We were in the middle of a huge valley with spectacular views in all directions. A former ranch turned into a national park. A absolute must is a hike through the fossil canyon. Take a four wheel drive to the hut above the fossil canyon and hike back through the canyon to the lodge. Horseback riding was spectacular also. The hike to the waterfall was gorgeous. This is a very special place. We were blessed with mostly good weather which was a huge factor. Te food was reasonable especially considering how remote you are.

Visited March 2013
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Lucia2620, Commercial Assistance at Estancia Cristina, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your opinion. We are glad to know that you stayed at our exclusive Lodge, and that you enjoyed all the activities included. Regards, Estancia Cristina staff.
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