Estancia Cristina Discovery

DURATION
From 7.30 to 20

 NAVIGATION
Going: 9 to 11.30  

Returning: to 17.30 to 19

 OPERATES
Daily from October 1st to April 30th  

During may to september, it operates on alternate days

PHYSICAL DEMAND

It depends on the chosen activity

 MEAL
You don´t have to take a box lunch with you. You have to buy it at the Estancia

 IT DOESN´T INCLUDE
National Park entrance Fee. Estancia Cristina is a withholding agent.

07.30 – Transfer from the hotel to Puerto Bandera pier. 

8.45 – Boarding at Estancia Cristina pier and departure at 9 in the morning on a modern and comfortable boat. We will be sailing between icebergs and impressive landscapes with panoramic views of the Upsala glacier and from there through Cristina channel to Estancia Cristina. 

11.30 – Arrival to Estancia Cristina. We will be at the Estancia for about 6 hours. 

17.30 – Departure from Estancia Cristina. 

19.00 – Arrival to Punta Bandera. 

20.00 – Arrival to Calafate.  

To enjoy most this 6 hours at the Estancia, there are 4 programmes: CLASSIC, DISCOVERY, CAÑADÓN DE LOS FÓSILES TREKKING and HORSERIDING. Programmes are chosen when booking. 

DURATION
50 minutes of ascent in 4 x 4 

15 minutes walk to the viewpoint

PHYSICAL DEMAND
Low

MINIMUM AGE
There are no restricitions for this activity

MEAL
You can choose between having lunch at the restaurant or having a box lunch. The Estancia also offers a cafeteria service

Having disembarked at the shores close to Estancia Cristina, the Discovery group are welcomed by our specialized driver-guides who will help them into their 4×4 vehicles, ready to head off into the wilderness. Our sturdy 4WDs will then venture up into the Feruglio Mountains, a 9.5km ride which offers great views of our surroundings and takes us ultimately to an elevated area where the cars will be parked.

Once there, we’ll begin a 20-minute trek over terrain characterized by glacial erosion, until reaching the Upsala Glacier Lookout; an exclusive vantage point for visitors to appreciate this immense glacier that can only be accessed from Estancia Cristina. 

There will be plenty of time here to enjoy views of Lake Guillermo and the eastern side of the Upsala Glacier, as well as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Afterwards, the groups will head back to the lodge in our 4×4 vehicles, for a well-deserved rest and break for lunch (approx. 1 hour).

Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate – up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and the rest of the lodge.

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