What To Expect
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
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
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
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