El Calafate to Estancia Cristina
This morning you will be met for a transfer to Punta Banderas, where you will board a boat with local guests toward Estancia Cristina. A dramatic three-hour navigation across Lake Argentina, skirting around massive icebergs, culminates with viewing the face of the Upsala Glacier from the water. Upon arrival at the Estancia, staff will assist you with checking in, and lunch will be served. You will stay at Estancia Cristina for two nights, including all meals and selected activities. Please note: We have included an example itinerary here, but this is just a sample of the activities available at Estancia Cristina. Additional options for fishing and longer, more strenuous hikes are also available. Your stay will be coordinated based on your interests and preferences.
Located at the far end of the Cristina Channel on the northwest coast of Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina stands on a remote corner of the “Los Glaciares” National Park. Founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters and his wife Jessie, the Estancia still conserves its essence, maintaining alive the history of this pioneering family who through enormous effort and perseverance, turned this inhospitable and solitary place into a small piece of paradise. Accessible only by boat, Estancia Cristina stands on an exclusive and privileged setting in the Argentine Patagonia. Strategically built on a glacial valley formerly occupied by the Upsala Glacier, the Estancia is surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and hanging glaciers.
In the afternoon, you may choose to enjoy a guided historical tour of the Estancia – first visiting the onsite museum to learn about the history of the Masters Family, and their awe-inspiring life pioneering a successful sheep ranch in this remote corner of wilderness some 100 years ago. There will also be a guided walk by the Caterina River, the well, the Chapel and the Estancia’s colonial main house.
Estancia Cristina Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner