Estancia Cristina is a unique wilderness lodge offering true Patagonian hospitality and exclusive access to the awe inspiring natural wonder of the Upsala Glacier. The Estancia is located on the Northwest shore of the Lago Argentino, in an untouched corner of Los Glaciares National Park. It can only be reached by boat in 3 hours from Punta Bandera, which is a 50 minute transfer from El Calafate. The return boat trip takes 2 hours. It’s possible to stay at Estancia Cristina in the lovely 20 room hotel or to visit for the day. In both cases transfers from and to El Calafate are included.
The 20 comfortable rooms - distributed amongst 5 cabins – are complimented by delicious Patagonian cuisine, a small museum and a variety of unforgettable explorations on foot, 4x4, by horse or mountain bike. Rates include full-board with non-alcoholic drinks, activities, transfers, local taxes and the entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park. Salmon and trout fishing is also available on request but not included.
For those with less time there is a choice of 3 day trips, though we highly recommend that visitors plan a stay at the hotel to take advantage of the long daylight hours and broad selection of excursions. These included a 4x4 trip up to the look-out point for stunning views over Upsala glacier, followed by the 14 km walk down through the spectacular Fossil Canyon.
Founded in 1914 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife Jessie Elisabeth Waring from England, this beautiful place still retains its essence, aiming to keep the history of this amazing family and their story alive.
El Puma Lodge in Chalten is owned by the same operator.
9th February 2017
New book celebrates life and the history of Estancia Cristina.
Estancia Cristina features in a beautiful new book "On the Shores Of Lake Argentino". Edited by photographer Florian von der Fecht, it tells the tales of the different people, travellers and explorers, who have shaped the history of what is now Los Glaciares National Park. It includes a section on Percival Masters and his family who founded the remote Estancia Cristina in 1914. The book features many beautiful images of Estancia Cristina and is a tribute to the harsh conditions of the daily lives of the pioneers in remote, glacial Argentina.
Overnight or daytrip? On his recent visit Gareth realised that visitors who opt to stay at the cosy hotel there have many advantages over day-trippers, including more activities to choose from and without the constraints of time. They also have exclusive access to the beautiful Octagono restaurant, bar and lounge.
Foreign guests at Estancia Cristina's hotel will benefit from the deduction of VAT from its rates.