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Cerro Frias

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Avenida Del Libertador 1114, El Calafate Z9405AHW, Argentina
+54 2902 49-2808
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The best guide for a wonderful horseback riding experience

We visited Estancia Alice at Cerro Frias for a morning of horseback riding. There were no other... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
SBhagwandien
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
One of the best place in El Calafate

We got there on the last day of our trip in El Calafate and at the end of our 3-weeks trip in... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2018
SylwiaCz
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Warsaw, Poland
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4x4 - Horseback Ride - ZIP LINE- TREKKING Nature and adventure in Estancia Alice, El Calafate The Frias Mount, 1095 mt high, is located in the middle of a valley, offering unique views of the Argentino Lake and Andes Mountains: to the South, the “Cordon de los Cristales” and “Torres del Paine” (Chile’s National Park); to the West, Magallanes and Avellaneda peninsulas, and to the North, Fitz Roy Mount. Also, potencial wildlife viewing. Located in “Estancia Alice” (ranch), 23 kms West of El Calafate, heading to the same direction as the Perito Moreno Glacier, the Mount Frias is a great opportunity to enjoy regional wild fauna and flora, as well as typical estancia animals. Besides the characteristic shrub of Patangonian steppe, a lenga forest in the East slope of the mount can be appreciated. In the Estancia we offer 4 guided activities (4x4 – Trekking – Zip Line– Horseback riding). Although each of them has a particular circuit in the mount, they are carried out simultaneously by each guide and his group, allowing them to do differents activities and joining them together in the ranch, before returning to town. The morning trip offers the possibility (optional) to enjoy a traditional barbecue (Argentinian asado) with grilled vegetables, cooked in clay ovens. Otherwise, midday (12:00) and afternoon (15:30) trips offers fast-food service and drinks (not included) available in the ranch of the estancia, where passengers relax and end enjoy the surroundings before returning to El Calafate. THE 4x4 CIRCUIT We start the 4x4 trip from the farm gate ascending the Mount Frias, for trails with views of the main body of the Argentino Lake. After twenty minutes we stop in the first viewing point at 450 meters, watching at the Centinela river valley. We continue rising to the second viewing point at 1030 meters with incredible views of Torres del Paine, Southern and Northern channels of the Argentino Lake, the highest picks of the Andes mountain chain and the Fitz Roy mount, if the weather allows us. We continue the 4x4 adventure descending the Frias Mount trought the lengas forest in the east slope of the mount, finishing in the Quincho (country restaurant) of the estancia Alice main house where we’ll have meals before returning back to El Calafate. THE TREKKING / HORSEBACK RIDING CIRCUIT Whatever your age or level of riding is, you’ll enjoy this excursion. Beginners can experience a leisurely walk with our experienced guides. At the ranch you will meet your guide, who will explain some basic trail riding guidelines. The wide, well – sheltered trail leads you along the valley to the Frias. And is considered easy to moderate for trekking enthusiasts. We start the trekking or horseback riding going up to the Frias Mount, taking differents trails with your guides. After 30’ you can enjoy the valley of Centinela River and the Torres del Paine (Chile National Park ). There is potencial wildlife viewing (guanacos, hares, foxes-, armadillos and skunks), and cattle hill. Following the trail, it is possible to admire fantastic landscapes of Argentino Lake and the valley of Estancia Anita. After that, the group return to the main house of Estancia (Quincho). FLYING FOX / ZIP-LINE/ ZIP-WIRE / AERIAL RUNWAY / DEATH SLIDE / TYROLEAN CROSSING: “Consists of a pulley suspended on two cables mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on harnesses through polleys. The users are phisically attached to the cable by wearing a harness which it is hooked to a removible trolley. A Helmet is required among other security devices such as harness” DESCRIPTION OF FLYING FOX EXCURSION Once we have arrived in the Ranch we will provide you the necessary gear to be ready to enjoy an amazing adventure under the highest security conditions. After an instructive explanation, we depart in direction to the Southern slope of Frias mount where the launch pad is placed, at 1680 feet altitude (part of a trail is done by 4x4 and the rest it is done on foot). We check out again all the equipment and we get ready to cross the 1410 feet of cable. During the cross you will be able to enjoy an amazing view of the Payne Towers, the CENTINELA Valley, ROCA Lake, Southern arm of Argentino Lake… After crossing, we reach a last platform from where we start walking the way back to the ranch.
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We visited Estancia Alice at Cerro Frias for a morning of horseback riding. There were no other participants so we were lucky to have a private tour. Our guide Gabriel was the best guide ever. He is very experienced and gentle with the horses. By...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We got there on the last day of our trip in El Calafate and at the end of our 3-weeks trip in Argentina. We went there for Cabalgatas (horse back riding) and was just awesome. We hadn't had any previouse experience with horses but I...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Horse riding around Calafate is a great activity with great views. My issue however is the safety of this particular operator. The staff (all on working holidays) failed to do any work on the tour. Many people on the tour were first time riders yet...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We were staying at Eolo so the Cerro Frias 4x4 leaves from a few hundred meters away. It's a very nice panoramic tour up a very high hill and there are Wanacos, Condors etc. We speak Spanish but the guide also spoke reasonable English. Our...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

What a waste. Tour guide had no information and his English was terrible. He was just going through the motions. Don't do this trip. He took us to a tent for a bad lamb soup/ stew. We just walked back and he picked us up...More

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Very sorry to hear you had a bad experience. We usually don't have any problems. But there is one guide, that does not speak in English. Hope you at least enjoyed the views. best regards,

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed this 4X4 jeep trip up the mountain. The trip itself is rough and bumpy and roads were steep so probably not suitable for those who dislike heights or get motion sickness. But the views were outstanding and we saw a lot of...More

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AGEBA, Gerente at Cerro Frias, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you for your comments. It is very difficult to see pumas. They are very scared of people.

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Cerro Friso is a spectacular reserve. The best way to access is by horse or 4X4. We opted for a 4X4 safari tour with Estancia Alice - unbelievable. Our group was quite large and we were escorted in 4 Land Rovers across beautiful and breathtaking...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

We originally booked the zip-lines at Cerro Frias to fill a half day when we were in El Calafate. Unfortunately, it was raining on and off that afternoon. The zip-lines had to be closed. So we switched to the 4x4 trip up the mountain. We...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Transportation, greetings, and amazing vistas finished off with an excellent lunch with an incredible view, this place should be a definite must on your bucket list. Our charming hostess could not have been more helpful and our driver was one of the best.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Be prepared that your pick up may be late depending on your hotel, there is nothing to worry about, they will still get you to the Estancia in good time. It was raining hard when we arrived and Anna and the team offered us to...More

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Mariana T
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We are open at easter. Theres no problem with age in the zip line. best regards!!!
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