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Estancia Cristina


  • Combines a glacier visit with a stay in a genuine estancia
  • Gourmet packed lunches
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Incredible mountain views from comfortable, well-appointed rooms


  • Long boat journey to get here
  • Pricey for a one-night stay

Published 12/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Boarding a catamaran for the four-hour journey across Lago Argentina, you pass a field of giant icebergs in front of the Upsala Glacier—as spectacular as Perito Moreno, minus the crowds—then disembark at Punta Bandera for a short drive up to the three guest lodges, their stark green roofs mirroring the mountain ridges beyond. Not a bad start to your stay in this remote estancia that is fast building a reputation as one of the best in the region. Fill your days with trekking, horse riding, fly fishing, bird-watching, four-wheel-drive journeys to see the glacier from above, and a visit to the lovingly preserved family museum. At night, return from stargazing to the fireplace and a warming soup; in the morning you rise to jaw-dropping views of Cerro Norte.

Hotel Information


Punta Bandera, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, 9405, Argentina


2902-491–133; 2902-491–133

Hotel Details:

  • Closed mid-Apr.–mid-Nov.
  • 20 rooms
  • Rate includes: All-inclusive

Published 12/07/2016

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