Estancia Cristina is a friendly lodge in spectacular glaciated mountain scenery offering loads of outdoor activities. exploring the Patagonian landscapes.
With only snow-strewn mountains and ice fields for neighbours, historic Estancia Cristina was founded by an English pioneer in 1914. Today's guests need not endure the hardships suffered by the estancia's original sheep-rearing settlers: it's now a comfortable ranch-style lodge and a fine base from which to explore the remote corner of Los Glaciares National Park, in which it is located.
There are a number of activities to choose from: one is to head out by jeep to see the stunning surroundings and visit a viewpoint where 360° views reveal a wonderland of glaciers, lakes, Andean peaks and the Southern Patagonian ice cap. There are guided walks to lagoons and waterfalls nearby. Or you can choose to explore on horseback, or go fishing for salmon or trout.
The estancia's dramatic setting also makes it a wonderful place to relax, eat well, stay warm and absorb the real feeling of peace and isolation in this part of Patagonia. The building reflects the traditional style of ranches in Patagonia. For the exclusive use of guests, the beautiful and cosy Octagon building houses the restaurant, bar and lounge.
What our clients say
Highlight?: Wildlife! Buenos Aires! Travelling Club! being at the end of the world, border crossing in and out of Chile - good fun.....MK, Orkney
Excellent trip during which we felt we saw some of the real Argentina. Delightful and helpful people abounded who had an enviable pride in their country. Excellent service from JLA (particularly Lina) and local representatives in Argentina added to our enjoyment.ML, Cheltenham
It was all highlights but Iguassu falls from Argentina and Brazil were really amazing. We were fortunate to be there when the water volume and power of the falls were especially high (which outweighed the occasional heavy rain by far).MW, Oldham
Highlights?: Perito Moreno breathtaking, Cerro frias,Patagonian lunch and staff (Anna)delightful, Iguazu spectacular, Tango dancing at El Querandi unforgettable.AM, Egham
Most memorable aspect: “Something between a long walk in Torres del Paine, the glacier, the boat ride in Ushuaia, San Telmo in Buenos Aires! Too many to pick from.”RM, Tooting
Most Memorable Moment: Iguazu falls were amazing - much better than exepctedDM, London
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