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Estancia Cristina

Lago Argentino, Argentina

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.

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

Riding, Adventure, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

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 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Estancia Cristina or take a look at our itineraries to Southern 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.


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.

Location & Directions

Lago Argentino, 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.

When to go

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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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Estancia Cristina or take a look at our itineraries to Southern Patagonia

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