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Oct 01, 2019
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Details

  • 12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

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.

Highlights
  • Family friendly
  • Free snacks included
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Led by a local guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Use of all necessary equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks during boat ride
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Tour departs from most El Calafate hotels
Traveler pickup is offered


Please it is crucial to receive your Hotel information, in El Calafate in order to organize the service. The pick up commence at 7am.


Please it is crucial to receive your Hotel information, in El Calafate in order to organize the service. The pick up commence at 7am.

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Your Patagonian adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Relax on the 28-mile (45-kilometer) journey to the port at Punta Bandera, where your three-hour boat cruise departs.
Enjoy croissants and hot drinks served on board the comfortable boat as you glide among icebergs, past the stunning scenery of snow-covered peaks. Sail to through along Lake Argentino, then cruise along Cristina Channel to Estancia Christina.
Disembark at the historic estancia, and learn the history of the sheep and cattle ranch on a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Enjoy a snack break before continuing your tour of the estancia.
Take a short guided walk up to Caterina River to visit the estancia’s chapel and other historic buildings.
After lunch (own expense), take an off-road trip for fantastic views of the Upsala Glacier (if 4x4 Tour option is selected), or an easy hike to see the beautiful waterfall of Los Perros (if Waterfall Tour option is selected).
The three-hour off-road trip takes you along a scenic mountain trail, following a route of great geological interest, until quite recently covered by glaciers. Reaching a mountain refuge, take a 20-minute walk over terrain eroded by glaciers to reach the Upsala Glacier. From here you can see amazing views of Lake William, the Patagonian ice field and the Andes mountains.
If you choose the walk to the cascading waters of Los Perros waterfall, the two-hour hike takes you through beautiful woodlands for lofty views of Caterina River and the estancia below.
In the late afternoon, relax on the boat ride back to the port of Punta Bandera, arriving at around 7:30pm, then be dropped off at your hotel at El Calafate.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

24 Reviews
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sheila_alice_george

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5/5
12, March, 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.

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Nga Thai

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04, March, 2018

Excellent, a must to do.

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Jill M

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5/5
17, February, 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!

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Cristina A

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5/5
19, January, 2018

was amazing I saw one puma, unfurgareble!

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Stefania C

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10, October, 2017

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

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Maya

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5/5
08, February, 2017

Stunning! Highly recommended.

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Gerhard B

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31, January, 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.

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chiuliqi

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18, January, 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).

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Isabelle P

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15, January, 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!

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amanda p

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04, January, 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.

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DIMITRIOS D

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24, December, 2016

Εμπειρία ζωής

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Mark B S

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06, April, 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.

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gayle d

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05, April, 2016

absolutely fantastic, an amazing experience

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William M

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12, February, 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

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Adam T

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26, January, 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.

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Martin S

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17, January, 2016

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

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Erla C

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03, November, 2015

Was great tripp

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Suzanne S

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03, March, 2015

This tour was amazing!

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Bettina G

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19, February, 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.

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VLMD94

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20, October, 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.

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