Why we like this estancia
- Immerse yourself in the low-key, simple lifestyle of the Patagonian gauchos
- There's nowhere better to sit and appreciate the magnificent scenery; the mountains tower above the estancia, while the lake stretches out towards the horizon
- Authentic, home-cooked food sets you up for a day exploring
- With a strong focus on history and conservation, there are lots of opportunities to learn more about this fascinating region
About Estancia El Condor
Rooms are large, with spacious bathrooms, although with a certain rustic quality. All rooms are different, some have double beds, others bunks, others twin beds, so it's good to specify exactly what you're after when booking.
The guest house has a warm, comfortable lounge with a big fireplace and lots of books, connected to a dining room which sits up to 8 people. Electricity is only on from 8-11pm.
The first owner of the estancia was a fugitive called Jimmy Radboone, back when the original estancia building was further along the peninsula in the place now called Estancia La Nana. The building and locations of the Condor estancia was built by the second owner - a Sr Fernandez in the late 40s.
Since the early 2000s El Condor has stopped being a working estancia, and now have chickens and around 25 horses which are used for horse rides. They are now focused 100% on conservation and tourism.
Horse riding is available for all different levels of experience. The estancia is also perfectly located for hiking, explore the mountainous ridges populated by swooping condors, or walk out to waterfalls along the lake peninsula.
Hand drawn maps can guide you along the better-trodden trails, but for longer hikes we recommend asking one of the guides to go with you. Many only speak Spanish, so be sure to ask the owner if you need an English-speaking guide.
The estancia is a five hour drive from El Calafate. The first 2.5 hours are on tarmac, but after Tres Lagos the road becomes gravel and should be driven with caution.
Here you are truly in the Patagonian wilderness, and will be driving on a permissive road through other estancias. Every 30-40 mins you will have to open and close gates as you drive from one estancia to the other.
Dates and rates
Prices include full board and accommodation. Transfers not included.
$380 per room, based on two people sharing in high season.
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