Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina
  • Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

    Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago Argentino and tour the historic Estancia Cristina ranch. In the afternoon, choose between a short and easy walk to a beautiful waterfall or an off-road tour to the beautiful Upsala Glacier.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Upsala Glacier, El Calafate Argentina

    Estancia Cristina has the great advantage of being extremely close to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Los Glaciares National Park that’s only a few kilometers from our lodge. Perhaps the most unforgettable experience when staying with us is cruising along the waters of Lake Argentino, with soaring mountains and icebergs as a dramatic backdrop before reaching the face of mighty Upsala itself.

    Stop At: Margen Norte del Lago Argentino, Estancia Cristina, Santa Cruz, Argentina

    Estancia Cristina is tucked away in a pristine, north-westerly corner of Lake Argentino in Los Glaciares National Park, right at the furthest end of the Cristina Channel near the incredible Upsala Glacier. Our rural ranch is steeped in history, founded over a century ago in 1914 by Joseph and Jessie Masters, who came from the UK to start a new life in this beautiful yet utterly remote place.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Lago Argentino, El Calafate Argentina

    We will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala
    Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "It is recommended that you wear hiking boots/shoes, jacket, comfortable clothing and windbreaker"
    "Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants"

    • Hora de Inicio7:30 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
      Please it is mandatory to receive your Hotel information, in El Calafate in order to organize the service.

      The pick up commence at 7:30am.

    • Duración: 11 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Local guide
    • Use of all necessary equipment
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Snacks during boat ride
    • Entry/Admission - Estancia Cristina
    • Entry/Admission - Lago Argentino

    No Incluye

    • Gratuities
  • 9/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 90%
    Rating basado en 35 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • sheila_alice_george
      Publicado el Lunes, 12 de marzo del 2018

      We were fortunate with no wind and hence a calm lake. Otherwise the 3 hour boat trip to Estancia Cristina would have been rough. A good experience overall.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Nga Thai
      Publicado el Domingo, 04 de marzo del 2018

      Excellent, a must to do.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Jill M
      Publicado el Sábado, 17 de febrero del 2018

      What a great tour... different than Perito Mereno for sure.

      Would have liked to get closer to the glacier on the boat, but walking up the hill and seeing the top of it with the clear, blue lake was amazing and made this a great tour. So cold at the top and windy - but the views were gorgeous!

      The 4x4 ride was so interesting - and not what I was expecting but was better... crawled up the high mountain to the camp base for the glacier...

      Long day... but great time!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Cristina A
      Publicado el Viernes, 19 de enero del 2018

      was amazing I saw one puma, unfurgareble!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Maya
      Publicado el Miércoles, 08 de febrero del 2017

      Stunning! Highly recommended.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • chiuliqi
      Publicado el Miércoles, 18 de enero del 2017

      Amazing! It is a bit pricey but so worth it!
      Caution - the lake is rough!
      Estancia Cristina - bring packed lunch (lunch tho fab costs ARS600)
      All guides were awesome! Views were out of the world! You get the lake, mountains, icebergs, fields and the glacier (awesome if u choose 4WD).

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Isabelle P
      Publicado el Domingo, 15 de enero del 2017

      Fantastic organisiation with an absolutely stunning daytrip! Coming from central Europe, this is a place were you enjoy the rest and peace far away from all war situations... Thanks for this beautiful day!

        Calificación General: 10/10
      Publicado el Sábado, 24 de diciembre del 2016

      Εμπειρία ζωής

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • gayle d
      Publicado el Martes, 05 de abril del 2016

      absolutely fantastic, an amazing experience

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Martin S
      Publicado el Domingo, 17 de enero del 2016

      It was a full day with a great tour and service.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Erla C
      Publicado el Martes, 03 de noviembre del 2015

      Was great tripp

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Bettina G
      Publicado el Jueves, 19 de febrero del 2015

      Fantastic tour. Views were amazing, guide was fantastic. Tour went like clockwork. Snacks offered on boat to and from ranch, but will either need to bring your own lunch or pay for lunch at ranch. Lunch is huge and two people can share. Pick-up/drop off from hotel included. Is FULL DAY--pick up before 8 AM and drop off was at about 9 PM so plan accordingly. A must-do.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • C P H
      Publicado el Lunes, 10 de marzo del 2014

      An excellent, varied day. The pick-up from our hotel in El Calafate was prompt and efficient; the initial cruise up Lake Argentino was a pleasure with the sun beginning to strike the surrounding mountains; the close-up view of the glacier and the huge blue iceberg 'calves' was breath-taking; and the visit to the Estancia was efficiently organised so that there was never many visitors doing the same thing. We opted for the walk up the valley to the waterfall. Our guide was a friendly and engaging young man who spoke impeccable English. The views across to the expanse of the glacier and back down the valley to the estancia and lake were a great reward. The tour of the estancia was conducted by another guide who spoke perfect English, was most informative about the history, geography and economics of the place and had an engagingly wry style that was perfectly suited to the group.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Casana B
      Publicado el Miércoles, 08 de enero del 2014

      Most incredible day of my entire month-long visit to Argentina. Take the 4x4 tour! The view of the Upsala glacier from above is AMAZING! You get to see Upsala from a boat as well as many icebergs in Lago Argentino. Guides speak English very well. Be prepared for cold and wind, though the day was never really uncomfortable. This tour makes for a long day, but SO worth it!
      I took my lunch for this tour and was glad I did. The meal on the Estancia was quite pricey ($40/person), though it looked and smelled amazing. The restaurant is happy to serve you wine, coffee, dessert, etc, even if you don't buy the full meal offered.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Stefania C
      Publicado el Martes, 10 de octubre del 2017

      It was very nice, we had a great local tour guide and the all experience was lovely

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Gerhard B
      Publicado el Martes, 31 de enero del 2017

      Everything was qiute organized. Knowledgable guides. There was quite an emphasis on the expensive Restaurant.
      Impressive laguna. it is worth a trip, however it is difficult to justify the price - though other companies ask for even a higher rate.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • amanda p
      Publicado el Miércoles, 04 de enero del 2017

      Great experience. Seeing floating icebergs was crazy and the historic ranch was so interesting. Be prepared for very cold wind and rain so pack a hat and rain poncho. Do the discovery tour over classic. The ride in the 4x4 gave us a break from the weather and the views from above were the highlight of the trip.The reason I'm not giving it a five is because there was so much travel time involved getting to the glacier that I wasn't expecting. l it was a total of more than 6 hours on bus and boat round trip but there is no other way to see this amazing glacier! Everything was planned very well and efficient and guides were knowledgeable. It's was a long 12-13 hour day for us so bring snacks and water. Would definitely do again.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Mark B S
      Publicado el Miércoles, 06 de abril del 2016

      The nicest part was the walk of 15 minutes to the Upsale Glacier and the 4x4 ride. It was too long the Museum visit and explanation as well as the Chapel visit at the Estancia. The food at the Estancia was not very good. We did not eat lamb so could not try the cordero. Pasta was ok, not special and the empanadas the meat inside smelled too strong. We thought it was lamb.
      We should have more time after the 4x4 ride, it's the best part.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • William M
      Publicado el Viernes, 12 de febrero del 2016

      Very professional tour but could have benefited from a guide with better English. It's a long day but well worth the time as the views of the glaciers and the ice falls are great. The hike up to the falls was ok but the falls themselves nothing special

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Adam T
      Publicado el Martes, 26 de enero del 2016

      A much better day that I originally expected. Awesome scenery and great guide. A long day but it is not boring at all. Plenty of options to choose from.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Suzanne S
      Publicado el Martes, 03 de marzo del 2015

      This tour was amazing!

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • VLMD94
      Publicado el Lunes, 20 de octubre del 2014

      We were picked up at our hotel on time. The boat trip to Estancia Cristina was spectacular. The Off road trip to see the Upsala Glacier was the best part of the package and an incredible experience! The hiking is not strenuous and very doable. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. You may want to pack light snacks for the boat trip. You can get a lunch at the Estancia Cristina Restaurant.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Jan T
      Publicado el Viernes, 28 de febrero del 2014

      Fascinating nature.
      Good organisation.
      Worth the money.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Annie E
      Publicado el Lunes, 13 de enero del 2014

      Unfortunately we had poor weather on this day and visibility on the boat was poor so we hardly saw the Glaciers (a shame as this was the whole point!). The waves were really choppy so several people onboard were sea sick- not pleasant to watch! We did the off road tour rather than the hike which was great but Very bumpy. Having come off a choppy boat this made several people feel even worse so would advise to do this on a calm day!
      The tour around the Estancia was ok, due to the poor rainy weather the arrangment of the language groups were not properly organised ahead of us disembarking the boat, so most of us stood in the rain until we could work out where the English tour was vs the Spanish groups! Inside the museum our guide explained clearly about its history which was really interesting, then we went for a 3 course meal (where you pay extra) but we really enjoyed it sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and lamb stew! (there was a pasta option if you preferred). He also showed us around the Ranch outside, including the chapel and waterwheel but as it was cold, windy and rainy most people wanted to head back inside the warmth! Well worth seeing on a good sunny day- or dress warmly and come with a rain mac or brolly- I thoroughly enjoyed it!

        Calificación General: 8/10

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