Why we like this estancia

This isolated lodge offers guests a chance to immerse themselves in the mountainous landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. The lodge's wooden interior is comfortable and full of character, and the 22,000 hectare estate is surrounded by glaciers, snowcapped peaks and lakes of great natural beauty.

  • There are a number of scenic walks and horse rides to enjoy from the cosy lodge.
  • The mighty Upsala Glacier, one of the most important glaciers located within Los Glaciares National Park, is located nearby. 
  • This estancia is run with the same effort and perseverance as its founding family from 1914. They raise 12,000 sheep, 30 cows, and 50 horses.

About Estancia Cristina


This is undoubtedly the top end of estancias. The buildings have been extensively refurbished, and each room has a modern bathroom, heating and huge bay windows where you can watch the light changing on the mountains and glaciers.

While many estancias are tucked away near forests or at the base of rocky peaks, Estancia Cristina's location right out in the open means the rooms have some of the best views of any estancia around. The high level of comfort, beautiful food and attentive service make this the best choice for those wanting a more comfortable estancia experience.

Estancia Cristina


Estancia Cristina is perfectly located for exploring lots of different types of scenery. Excursions are a little shorter here than you'll find in other estancias; perfect for just spending a few hours out and about before returning to relax at the lodge, or to wander around the estancia's very own museum, housed in the old sheep shearing shed.

Guided excursions include horse riding, 4x4 adventures, and treks to the Upsala Glacier and Fossil Canyon, there are also a few trails to explore on your own.

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Hiking from Estancia Cristina

Getting there

Estancia Cristina organise a 45 minute transfer from El Calafate to the dock, from where you'll take a three-hour boat ride through the Upsala Channel to see the icebergs and the enormous glaciers. After the boat ride, it is 1km from the dock to the lodge itself. The scenery is incredibly varied, with glaciers, lakes, snowcapped peaks, rivers and plains.

On return, the boat ride is only two hours.

Estancia Cristina sign

Dates & Rates

All prices include transfer to/from Punta Bandera, sailing to Upsula Glacier, activities (4x4, hiking, horse riding, fishing) and meals. 

Low season runs from 15th October - 31st October.

High season runs from 1st November - 28th February. 

(Prices below based on high season)

  • 1 night Standard Room: Double $680 / Single $770
  • 2 nights Standard Room: Double $1100 / Single $1310
  • 3 nights Standard Room: Double $1540 / Single $1850
Estancia Cristina

Trips from Estancia Cristina

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What our customers think

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Incredible! The service, food and location was spectacular. We went horse-back riding, hiked and went on a four wheeled drive up to the glacier. The guides and staff were terrific.

Kate December 2016

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