Patagonia Hotels



Estancia Cristina

At a Glance


  • 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
  • chefs try too hard at dinner, pricy for a one-night stay

Estancia Cristina 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 Details

  • 12 rooms.
  • Rate includes all-inclusive.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed from May to mid-Sept.
Updated: 12-19-2011

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