Estancia Cristina

Argentina

  • Accessible only by boat
  • Exlpore on foot, by 4x4 and on horseback
  • Tasty Patagonian cuisine
  • Unwind by the fire in the Octagon
  • Learn about the pioneer days at the museum
  • Panoramic views of Upsala Glacier

Open: Estancia Cristina is open from October to April each year.

Location: The hotel is on the Cristina Channel on the northwest coast of Lake Argentino in Los Glaciers National Park. There is a pick-up and drop off service from and to hotels in El Calafate which includes lake transfers between Punta Bandera and the estancia.

Rooms: There are 20 guest rooms, doubles and twins, in five cottages, all with a large en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower, toiletries and a heated towel rail. Bedrooms have heating, two armchairs and a window seat in the bay window. Five rooms have space for an additional bed or cot. Each cottage has a communal sitting room.

Activities: You can go trekking, explore by 4x4, mountain bike and horseback (no previous equestrian experience required) and take a cruise on Lake Argentino to view Upsala Glacier. The hotel offers a choice of half and full-day guided excursions led by bilingual (English-Spanish) guides. You can try your hand at fishing. Please note the estancia does not have resident specialist fishing guides, but these can be hired locally. Fishing permits are required and can be bought locally.

Facilities: The Octagon is the main relaxation area reserved for the exclusive use of overnight guests (the estancia also welcomes people on day trips). Comfy sofas are arranged near a fireplace and there's a bar. There is a separate library, a small museum and a chapel. The hotel provides a laundry service for an extra charge payable locally.

Dining: All meals are included so you have breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily and non-alcoholic drinks at no extra charge. Asados (traditional barbecues) are often served. Resident guests dine in the Octagon. Day visitors have their meals in the quincho dining area.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Minimum ages apply to activities.

Health: This is not a malarial area.

Communication: There is free wifi internet access in the Octagon.

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