Estancia Cristina

El Chalten & Los Glaciares National Park, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

At a Glance

  • Spectacular setting amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in Patagonia

  • Just 20 rooms, creating a homely atmosphere

  • Guests can choose from a range of exciting activities such as 4WD excursions, horse riding, trekking and fishing

  • Off the beaten track adventure at one of the oldest ranches in Argentina

  • Sail past amazing scenery and the face of the stunning Upsala Glacier

  • Incredible horse riding passing simply breathtaking landscapes

  • Combines perfectly with a stay in or around El Calafate visiting the famous Perito Moreno glacier

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November to April brings the best weather, downpours are rare, and there’s usually enough sun to get fabulous photographs of the ice, with bright sunshine most days. In March and April, Fall colors are spectacular, as the lenga on upper slopes of the mountains turns scarlet. The majority of the region is closed for winter June to August, when weather makes the area very inhospitable. December and January are high season and the glacier trips are at their busiest. September, October and March is a great time to visit, when there are fewer crowds, and the weather can still be beautifully mild. Bear in mind, though, that weather on the glacier is completely unpredictable all year round, since the winds coming over the Andes, are constantly changing.

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Insider's View

While here make sure you do a trek up to the Upsala glacier viewpoint, with a panoramic vista of the glacier and the surrounding Andes, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular views in Argentina

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your vacation to Estancia Cristina or take a look at our itineraries to Southern Patagonia


Estancia Cristina is a homely and authentic ranch style lodge with a wonderfully remote setting on the shores of Lake Argentina surrounded by forests, dramatic glaciers and towering mountains in one of the beautiful and untouched corners of Patagonia.

After a magnificent trip along the blue-watered Northern Branch of Lake Argentina, you arrive at Estancia Cristina. Stunning in its remoteness, Estancia Cristina has a natural lookout point to the Upsala Glacier, which is the largest in South America.

Estancia Cristina has 20 cosy guest rooms designed in an elegant rustic style. The rooms are housed in five individual lodges and have stunning views to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. All meals are included at Estancia Cristina and the cuisine has a distinct regional influence, with mouth watering Argentinean meats a main feature. Full day excursions are sometimes accompanied by a delicious Argentinean asado (barbecue).

There are a variety of guided excursions and activities to choose from during a stay at Estancia Cristina including horse riding, 4WD excursions, trekking and fishing, all amongst simply breathtaking scenery, with sweeping views of the Andes, vast ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes and picturesque forests.

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Estancia Cristina has 20 guest rooms distributed amongst five individual lodges. The rooms are furnished in a simple yet elegant rustic style and have picture windows with spectacular views to the mountains. Each lodge has a front porch area, perfect for chilling out and enjoying the views.


Children are welcome at Estancia Cristina although there are no formal children's facilities. A stay at the estancia will appeal to children and families who love the outdoors and soft adventure. For some of the rides and hikes children must be aged 7 years or over as a certain amount of stamina is required and the terrain can be challenging in places.


Estancia Cristina has a cosy lounge and a restaurant serving regional cuisine. Within the property there is also a small museum exhibition housed within one of the original estancia outbuildings.


Activities on offer at Estancia Cristina include 4x4 excursions, boat trips, horse riding, trekking and fishing. The activities and excursions are lead by the estancia's guides and are a chance to fully appreciate the stunning Patagonian scenery and learn about the natural history of the region.




If seclusion is the new luxury, this estancia is the ultimate indulgence. Situated at the end of the north arm of Lago Argentino, it's the well-preserved former ranching outpost of the Masters family, early-20th-century British pioneers. To get here, you take a spectacular 4-hour boat trip, sailing past floating icebergs and the enormous Upsala Glacier. One- and 2-night packages allow you to choose from a selection of day excursions such as treks, a 4WD trip, or a wonderful horseback ride. Upon return, you'll have the place to yourself, once the day-trippers have headed back to town. At night, the silence and darkness will astound you. Relax in a soaker tub, explore the Masters family museum, roam the English gardens, enjoy bird-watching, or sidle up to the bar for a glass of vino tinto. Twelve rooms have been designed to resemble the older ranch buildings, with light green roofs and white walls. Inside, they're clean, spacious, and fresh, with large beds and huge bay windows that open onto the Cerro Norte. The food is excellent, and the service is friendly and charming. The modern facilities don't detract from the history or majestic setting of the place. Both gentle and rugged, new and old, Estancia Cristina is a gem, making it a favorite of so many Patagonian travelers. If you can splurge for just 1 night in Patagonia, do it here.


  • Kayaking at Perito Moreno Glacier

    Kayak up close to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia and paddle past as huge chunks of ice carve off into the water below. Learn about the incredible geography and history of this impressive UNESCO site.

  • Patagonia Gourmet Glacier Cruise

    Explore the dramatic scenery of Los Glaciares National Park on this exclusive cruise, experiencing some of the best in Patagonian landscapes from on board a comfortable ship with delicious lunch included, reaching the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Vacation Ideas

  • Active Patagonia

    Buenos Aires, Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chalten, Buenos Aires

    from $9000 pp 13 nights

    • This itinerary takes you right off the beaten track to experience Patagonia at its wildest
    • Riding or walking the wild Patagonian steppe is unforgettable
    • Fairy tale scenery of verdant forests and crystalline lakes in the Lake District

Location & directions

El Chalten & Los Glaciares National Park, Southern Patagonia, Argentina

Located in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, in the province of Santa Cruz in southern Argentina, surrounded by forests, lakes and mountains. The estancia can only be reached by lake transportation from Puerto Bandera in El Calafate.

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