Why we like this estancia

  • Experience an authentic working estancia in Los Glaciares National Park with sheep, cattle and horses all managed on the grounds
  • The estancia's location is a huge draw, being just over an hour away from El Calafate. Get off the beaten track with little effort or time expended
  • It is a great place for beginners to horse ride with Patagonian gauchos, and also suited to more experienced riders with some epic multi-day rides on offer
  • The property is nestled in a quiet valley with stunning scenery all around. Hiking up the mountain behind the estancia presents incredible views over Lago Roca, snow-capped mountains and a hanging glacier; continue a little further and explore a peaceful lenga tree forest at the top
  • With just 10 rooms and a charming laid-back atmosphere, you can expect complete relaxation and peace in your surroundings

About Nibepo Aike


The building is original and the rooms have a certain quaint hotel feel to them. The reception, lounge and dining area are in the main house, built in 1912. More recently, they added the other rooms, all decorated in the original wooden style.

The ten guest rooms are all spacious but simple, though when your surroundings are this spectacular, you'll be spending most of your time out and about anyway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes on your doorstep, or taking part in the many excursions.

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Triple room at Nibepo Aike


Nibepo Aike is especially good for families, with horseback riding, sheep shearing and a traditional asado all part of the experience.

There are a few trails in the grounds of the estancia which you can hike or bike on your own. These can take anything from 30mins to three hours.

You can also ask a guide to show you the best of the nearby sights.

The estancia is also a start/end point for some fantastic multi-day horseriding trips.

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Activities at Nibepo Aike

Getting there

Nibepo Aike is a 1¼-hr drive from El Calafate, or 1½hrs from the airport. Once you leave El Calafate you are on a gravel road, but the condition is good.

The drive is really beautiful, and for those interested in their Patagonian history. The route takes you past the memorial to the 1921 rural strikes, when hundreds of workers died.

The estancia can also be reached from Perito Moreno Glacier (1½hrs), Puerto Bandera (1hr), or El Chaltén (4hrs).

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Pathway to Nibepo Aike

Dates & rates

The Estancia is open from mid-September through to mid-May. Rates include full-board accommodation and activities run within the grounds. Transfers in and out of El Calafate are also included.

There are eight standard rooms and two superior rooms.

2023/24 season high season rates, per person per night are:

Standard Room: USD $274 single; USD $220 double/triple

Superior Room: USD $311 single; USD $253 double/triple

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Sheep shearing at Nibepo Aike

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Riding to Hidden Glaciers

A real chance to experience the Patagonian life like a ranger, seeing crystal-clear lakes and hidden glaciers from the saddle and riding to remote corners from a traditional Patagonian ranch, spending your nights in small rustic outposts. This complete program…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,115
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What our customers think of Estancia Nibepo Aike

I loved this place, so quaint and it’s like stepping back in time in a truly amazing setting with mountains in the background. Hospitality was amazing. Read the full review

Travelled: January 2020

Anousha Fluck - Canada


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