Estancia Cristina, El Calafate

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A veritable outdoor wonderland, Estancia Cristina organizes tours that will get you out on all kinds of adventures in the Patagonian mountains. Take a cruise out on Lago Argentino, navigating between icebergs as you approach the spectacular Upsala Glacier. Test out your fitness with a hike around the area, enjoying the scenery along the way. You can even go horseback riding through wild expanses of nature. The lodge offers accommodations, as well; if staying here, you can enjoy some brilliant stargazing by night. Plan your visit to Estancia Cristina and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our El Calafate trip maker tool .
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  • Estancia Cristina was a once in a lifetime experience, this is a full day excursion with a variety of options available. Plan to leave early in the morning the catamaran leaves around 8:30 AM, you cross a lake while observing icebergs and mountainesque landscapes, go hiking to a majestic glacier and learn about the history of Estancia. I would recommend the 6 mile hike, but there are other excursions available if you don't enjoy hiking. The guides are very pleasant and so knowledgeable. Along the excursion you gain knowledge of the effects of global warming to the Patagonian glaciers, the family history behind Estancia and how passionate the family was about the preservation of land and its wildlife. With great effort, the national park administration are able to keep the family history that is tied to the land alive.
  • My family and I loved this excursion. The views of the Upsala glacier are stunning, and the whole excursion is very well organized. It's very pricey and the boat trip is a bit long (3 hours to go, 1.5 hours to come back), but it's a great experience nonetheless.
  • It's a nice place, but not much to do besides watch the landscape. The history of the place is not the most interesting and the rides just worth the weather is good. The food is really good and well served and all employees provide an exemplary service, but the price is too high and it's all a little gourmet.
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  • There are so many attractions the beautiful natural landscape. The Museum is a wind-up and you take a rainy day won't be able to see anything of the landscape and enjoy the day when I went it was raining, so we can't view the upsala glacier. Not worth the price for the amount of attraction that the ride offers.
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  • Stay exceptional hikes with views breathtaking, canoe in the middle of iceberg, employees are passionate and highly tuned
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El Calafate offers abundant lodgings, from budget-friendly guesthouses to four-star hotels. Top beds sell out well before the peak season (October to April, and especially December to February), so it's a good idea to reserve in advance if you plan to visit during that time. Spontaneous travelers without prior arrangements can look for youth hostels, many of which are located just outside of town. To stay in comfort without burning a hole in your wallet, consider vacationing here during the low season, when most hotels offer deep discounts.
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