Night at Estancia Cristina Lodge

“Very private and beautiful location” We had a wonderful stay at the Estancia Cristina Lodge. The lodge is very remote and private, with lots of beautiful countryside to explore. The staff were very attentive; food was excellent; rooms were large and comfortable with gorgeous views.

Theresa B. Boerne, Texas

Staying at Estancia Cristina is a privilege for most. There is more to an escape than just going somewhere different. An escape must offer tranquility and the opportunity for intense connection to your inner self. Therefore, this is why we believe that spending a night at Estancia Cristina Lodge is a true escape. The lodge allows for you to disconnect from the world and the social atmosphere found in today’s modern way of living. Also, the lodge allows for you to reconnect with Nature, yourself, and silence. These three aspects of life are often overlooked.

It is Estancia Cristina’s job to remind you that there is profound beauty nearby and that we don’t always need distractions in order to stay entertained

This haven of peace and silence is north of Lago Argentina. The Norte Pfifter and Moyano as well as its hanging glaciers surround Estancia Cristina. The proximity to a natural phenomenon is what makes this piece of Earth so very special. Estancia Cristina is a truly unique destination.

To get there, you embark from El Calafate and sail through Lago Argentina up to the Upsala Canal. You will admire icebergs and the landscapes that surround you. This in itself is a magnificent experience. Our guides will have you arrive in the afternoon. This allows you enough time to do whatever activities interest you. Do not be in a hurry. Whatever you don’t get to can be done the next day since all of this is included in the price.

Trekking is highly recommended. In addition, Estancia Cristina offers walks of varied difficulty. During these walks you will discover the fauna and flora native to the Glaciers National Park. You also have the option of touring the land on 4×4. You can also reach unexpected places by horse riding. Expect wading through streams and rivers as you make out to the Andes Range.

Take your time as you embrace the sights and sounds of native birds. Fish in Rio Caterina or Laguna de la Pesca. Try to hook a Chinook Salmon or Rainbow Trout, both of which are abundant in the region.

Remember that here you will get an authentic Argentine stay in the middle of nowhere. As a result, Estancia Cristina offers a different concept of luxury. Since Estancia Cristina is a fascinating place full of history, it is best enjoyed the Wildthentic Way.

Are you ready? We are.

Description:

Visit & night at Estancia Cristina.

Starting time:

7:00 of the Day 1

Departure Point:

Hotel pick up

Duration:

2 days (1 night). From 10:00 Day 1 till 19:00 Day 2

Return details:

Returns to original departure point

 Season:

From 15th October till 15th April

EXPERIENCE AGENDA

1 night at Estancia Cristina Lodge experience includes the following activities:

  • 7:00h Pick up from your hotel in El Calafate.
  • 8:00h Arrival to Punta Banderas harbour.
  • 8:30h Depart from the harbour sailing Lake Argentino, Upsala and Cristina channel
  • 11:30h Arrival to Estancia Cristina’s harbour
  • Rest of the day: Visit of Estancia Cristina, Excursions and meals.
  • Night at one of the Estancia Cristina’s traditional Lodges
  • Day 2: Enjoy Estancia Cristina at your rhythm (relax, excursions, etc)
  • Day 2 -17:30h: Return to Punta Banderas
  • Day 2 -19:00h: Arrival to Punta Banderas
  • Day 2 – 20:00h: Arrival to the Departure Hotel

NOTES

  •  Group size: Min 2 – Max 2 adults + 2 children
  • Age restrictions: none
  • Difficulty: Varies depending on the activities chosen
  •  Inclusions:
    • Regular in/out transfer from and to Punta Bandera port
    • Sailing Lake Argentino, Upsala and Cristina channel
    • Lodge with full board and non-alcoholic beverages during stay
    • Experiences and activities at the Estancia (described below)
    • Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park
    • Taxes
  • List of excursions to choose:
    • Excursion in 4×4 ride to Upsala viewpoint: 4 hours duration.
    • Hiking/ Trekking:
      • Waterfall Cascada de Los Perros: duration 2,5 hours
      • Laguna de la Pesca ( fishing lagoon):duration 3 hours
      • Mt.Carnero: duration 4,5 hours
      • Ice Field view point: duration 3,5 hours(one way)
      • Upsala viewpoint: 2,5 hours (one way)
      • Cañadón de los Fósiles trek: 6 hours duration (departure is with a 4x4wheel drive.)
    • Horse riding:
      • Waterfall Cascada de los Perros: 2 hours duration
      • Cristina View point: 5/7 hours duration
      • Laguna de la Pesca ( fishing lagoon): 2,5 hours duration
    • Fishing (Rainbow trout & Chinook salmon) – Only with previous reservation.
      • Caterina river
      • Laguna de la Pesca (lagoon)
    • Biking. Bikes at client’s disposal to ride the valley
  • Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages. Laundry. Tips. Extras.
  • Services & Facilities: The Estancia has 20 rooms distributed in 5 cabins with stunning views of Mt Norte, Pfifter and Moyano and its hanging glaciers.
    Satellite phone and internet are available in the Octagon (common areas).
    Electricity is provided by a power generator that runs off at night. Every room has an illumination system through solar energy
  • Recommendations:
    Weather: In Southern Patagonia the weather can change radically several times a day. In summer the temperature is about 18º (when there is over 17 hours of light day) and it does not reach 2º in winter time. In order to enjoy the sailing among the glaciers, we recommend bringing sunglasses and sun block cream/bar.
    Clothing: We recommend wearing comfortable & loose clothing (waterproof and wind-stopper if possible), trekking boots or adequate walking shoes. Gloves, hat, scarf and sunglasses are required.
  • Voucher info You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Dream while sleeping, and awake.

Welcome to a unique place, where disconnecting from the rest of the world is possible. A haven of peace and silence in El Brazo Cristina, north of Lago Argentina, watched over by the imposing Norte Pfifter and Moyano, and their hanging glaciers. A place steeped in history, which was the destination of a family of emigrants more than 100 years ago. It was they who founded Estancia Argentina. Their efforts and perseverance have made an indelible mark on the region. It is said that, without their testimony, which still lasts today, Lago Argentina would not be the same, and they are right. That is why the National Parks administration tries to keep its history alive. In Estancia Cristina time stands still, and silence is heard. Nature is pure, almost infinite, and can be appreciated from the windows of any of its 20 rooms, distributed in 5 comfortable cabins, like a painting of incomparable beauty. That is why, waking up here is beyond any price.

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