Estancia Cristina Discovery Experience with 4x4 ride and optional Fossils Canyon Hike

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What To Expect

Depart from El Calafate and sail from Puerto Bandera Pier to Estancia Cristina through icebergs and stunning landscapes. See the impressive Upsala Glacier from the catamaran. Tour Estancia Cristina museum, chapel and surroundings. Take a 4x4 scenic drive and a 30 minutes trekking to stunning Glacier Upsala Viewpoint. Enjoy an optional 15 Km hike through the breathtaking Fossils Canyon.


  • Take a 2 hours scenic boat ride on Lake Argentino surrounded by majestic mountains

  • Take many pictures of the bluish icebergs floating on the Upsala Channel

  • Learn about the history of Santa Cristina during a guided tour of the Estancia

  • See panoramic views of the breathtaking ice field of Upsala Glacier from above

  • Get on a 4x4 dudge truck through beautiful patagonian landcapes

  • Enjoy a 15 Km optional hike in the Fossils Canyon


El Calafate Tours
Departs From:
El Calafate
Meeting Point:
El Calafate Hotels
13 hours
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Departing from El Calafate you will enjoy a scenic 40km ride to Puerto Bandera Pier though gorgeous Patagonian landscapes. Admire the beautiful bluish and turquoise colors of Lake Argentino and the shades the sun makes on its surface.

Our spectacular adventure starts pon arrival at Puerto Bandera. You will be boarding and departing from Puerto Bandera port in a modern and comfortable boat.

Sail through icebergs and stunning Patagonian scenery, and experience the fantastic view overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier, the second longest glacier in South America. The journey continues through Cristina Canal to finally disembark at Estancia Cristina just before noon.

Taste the unique regional cuisine of the Estancia such as the traditional Patagonian lamb. Please note that if you choose the Fossils Canyon Hike option you must bring your lunch box as you will not have time to have lunch at the Estancia.

Visit the Costumbrista Museum (Museum of local traditions), along with the old Shearing Shed, where you will be introduced to the history of the Estancia. Afterwards, we take a guided walk up to the River Caterina, a popular fishing spot for typical Patagonian trout, and to the Chapel, and also visit the historic Estancia.

Take a fun one hour 4x4 ride in a large dodge truck to Hielos Continentales Shelter through fantastic landscapes. Go on a 30 minutes trek through the mountains until you reach the spectacular Glacier Upsala Viewpoint. Get awesome views from above of the East front of Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo, South Patagonian Ice and the Andes.

You can choose between returning to the Estancia in the 4x4 dodge trucks or take a fabulous hike in the Fossils Canyon.

Please note that children under 12 are not allowed on the Fossils Canyon Hike option.

This is a wonderful 15 km hike through yellow, grey, red and orange colored rocks. Your knowledgeable guide will point out rocks and fossils such as Belemnites and Ammonites in the area. Beautiful condors may follow your progress in the canyon while a new kind of breathtaking landscape appears on every corner you turn.

Board the catamaran at 17:00 to go back to Puerto Bandera. If you are lucky you will see the icebergs loose their balance and turn upside down in the Argentino Lake.

We arrive to El Calafate hotels between 19:30 and 20:00 after a wonderful day trip.


  • Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off from Hotels in El Calafate

  • Scenic Boat Ride to the Estancia

  • Guided Visit of the Museum of the Estancia

  • Guided Walk around the Estancia

  • 4x4 dodge truck ride

  • 30 minutes trekking

  • Panoramic stop at Upsala Glacier Viewpoint

  • Optional 15km Fossils Canyon Hike

  • Entrance fee to the Glaciers National Park


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

Please note

  • Be sure to bring warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

  • Feel free to bring your lunch box from El Calafate if you do not want to have lunch at Estancia Cristina restaurant

  • Those choosing the Fossils Canyon Hike option must bring their lunch box

  • Children under 12 are not allowed in the Fossils Canyon Hike option

  • The following information will be required upon booking:

  • Full Name in Passport

  • Date of Birth

  • Passport Number and Nationality

Cancellation Policy

  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): 6 days prior to date of activity.
  • 55% Cancellation Fee (45% reimbursement): between 2 to 5 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 1 day or less prior to date of activity.

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