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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

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    What to Expect
    After pickup at your hotel in El Calafate, drive to the Patagonian port of Punta Bandera. There is also the option to meet your tour at the starting point. Board the sightseeing boat for the trip to Estancia Cristina and enjoy hot drinks and croissants to welcome you aboard.

    Settle into the comfortable boat as it glides among icebergs of all sizes that have calved off the nearby glaciers. View the snow-covered peaks of the surrounding mountains as you sail along Lake Argentino, arriving at Estancia Cristina via the Cristina Channel.

    Disembark to visit the ranch's museum and the former sheep-shearing shack to learn about what life was like here when it was a functioning sheep and cattle ranch. Break for a snack before going the Caterina River to the estancia's other historical buildings, including its chapel.

    Following lunch (own expense), continue with the activity you have selected, an off-road excursion by 4x4 vehicle to Upsala Glacier or a guided visit to Los Perros Waterfall (see options below). Take in the otherworldly scenery on the boat ride back to Punta Bandera during the late afternoon, then board your bus back to El Calafate. Your day of

    Patagonian adventures ends with drop-off at your hotel.

    4x4 Tour: Choose the off-road trip for an adventure along a scenic alpine trail. At a mountain refuge, climb out of your vehicle for a short walk over terrain that was recently covered by the glacier to get right up close to Upsala Glacier itself. Enjoy amazing views of the Andes, the Patagonian Ice Field, and nearby Lake William.

    Waterfall Tour: On the waterfall tour, follow your guide through native woodlands and along the Caterina River. Reach the thundering waters of pristine Los Perros waterfall and enjoy views of the estancia far below.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Imagine to spend the day sailing between icebergs with amazing landscapes, then get into a 4x4 to go up in the mountain to enjoy the magnificent lookout of the Upsala Glacier or walk in a valley full of fosils... well, you can make this a...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Ignacane
    Reviewed 5 February 2019

    The trip was outstanding. Views up close to the ice burgs was fun. Boat ride was rough because of the high winds. The views to the Upsala were great but distant. Beautiful ride up in the 4x4 to the lookout. It would be nice to...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank TravelFFGuru
    Estancia C, Commercial Department at Estancia Cristina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2019

    Thanks a lot for your review! We will take into account your suggestions and check our website information regarding lunch (we believe it is clear enough, but it is not! - Sorry) I have informed about the red light on the vehicle, but do not...More

    Reviewed 6 January 2019

    We drove to the dock in our rental car which takes less than an hour from El Calafate. It takes 3 hours to get to the estancia but because of the weather (no wind and bright sunshine) that is time well spend with great views...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank on4bam
    Estancia C, Commercial Department at Estancia Cristina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

    THANKS a lot for your review!!! Kind regards Estancia Cristina team

    Reviewed 20 November 2018

    About 45 minute drive from El Clafate and then warm welcome from the crew of the tour boat. Very informative guide who was fluent in English and Italian - explained everything very well. Free coffee and croissants on board! Weather was extremely good - no...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Kathy R
    Reviewed 12 May 2018

    I didn't really know what to expect, as visiting an estancia (a ranch) wan't on my top priorities and was afraid it would be a waist of time after visiting the majestic El Calafate the previous day, but I came back GLAD I took the...More

    Date of experience: December 2017
    2  Thank luvninou
    ritag1969, Commercial department at Estancia Cristina, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

    THANK YOU for your lovely review! It is great to surpass our visitors expectations! thanks for letting us know.............. Kind Regards Staff Estancia Cristina

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