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El Calafate, Argentina
Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina on this full-day adventure from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs on Patagonia's Lago Argentino to Estancia Cristina, a historical sheep and cattle ranch at the end of the world. Tour Estancia Cristina, then choose between an off-road 4x4 tour to Upsala Glacier or a walk to a pristine nearby waterfall.
  • Estancia Cristina tour from El Calafate
  • Walk to a waterfall or take an off-road tour to the Upsala Glacier viewpoint
  • Learn about the the Patagonia region from your local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Most Patagonia cruises stay sailing on the water, but this one lets you explore the region on land, too.
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Local guide
Use of all necessary equipment
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Snacks during boat ride
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7:30 AM

Please arrive 1 hour 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Please it is mandatory to receive your Hotel information, in El Calafate in order to organize the service. The pick up commence at 7:30am.
After pickup at your hotel in El Calafate, drive to the Patagonian port of Punta Bandera. There is also the option to meet your tour at the starting point. Board the sightseeing boat for the trip to Estancia Cristina and enjoy hot drinks and croissants to welcome you aboard.

Settle into the comfortable boat as it glides among icebergs of all sizes that have calved off the nearby glaciers. View the snow-covered peaks of the surrounding mountains as you sail along Lake Argentino, arriving at Estancia Cristina via the Cristina Channel.

Disembark to visit the ranch's museum and the former sheep-shearing shack to learn about what life was like here when it was a functioning sheep and cattle ranch. Break for a snack before going the Caterina River to the estancia's other historical buildings, including its chapel.

Following lunch (own expense), continue with the activity you have selected, an off-road excursion by 4x4 vehicle to Upsala Glacier or a guided visit to Los Perros Waterfall (see options below). Take in the otherworldly scenery on the boat ride back to Punta Bandera during the late afternoon, then board your bus back to El Calafate. Your day of

Patagonian adventures ends with drop-off at your hotel.

4x4 Tour: Choose the off-road trip for an adventure along a scenic alpine trail. At a mountain refuge, climb out of your vehicle for a short walk over terrain that was recently covered by the glacier to get right up close to Upsala Glacier itself. Enjoy amazing views of the Andes, the Patagonian Ice Field, and nearby Lake William.

Waterfall Tour: On the waterfall tour, follow your guide through native woodlands and along the Caterina River. Reach the thundering waters of pristine Los Perros waterfall and enjoy views of the estancia far below.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Upsala Glacier
Estancia Cristina has the great advantage of being extremely close to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Los Glaciares National Park that’s only a few kilometers from our lodge. Perhaps the most unforgettable experience when staying with us is cruising along the waters of Lake Argentino, with soaring mountains and icebergs as a dramatic backdrop before reaching the face of mighty Upsala itself.
Stop At:  
Estancia Cristina
Estancia Cristina is tucked away in a pristine, north-westerly corner of Lake Argentino in Los Glaciares National Park, right at the furthest end of the Cristina Channel near the incredible Upsala Glacier. Our rural ranch is steeped in history, founded over a century ago in 1914 by Joseph and Jessie Masters, who came from the UK to start a new life in this beautiful yet utterly remote place.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lago Argentino
We will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear hiking boots/shoes, jacket, comfortable clothing and windbreaker
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Viva Patagonia
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina.
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What is the social distancing policy during Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina.

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Pros: Sailing past Icebergs the size...
deidre p
, Apr 2018
Pros: Sailing past Icebergs the size of houses. Cons: Saw Upsala Glacier from very far away. Was surprised to not get even remotely close, maybe a mile away? Most of the tour is time at the Estancia. While the Estancia is interesting, it is not worth the money, especially when lunch is not included and very expensive. Would have liked to sail more around the glacier and surrounding areas. The hike to the waterfall was easy and although allowed 3 hours for the hike, we arrived there within 45 minutes. So lots of down time. The boat seating is comfortable, but viewing areas outside are limited. It often felt cramped and people were constantly fighting for positions at the rails to take photos. Boat had a professional photographer that would put you in poses and have photos for purchase on the ride home.
star-5
We were fortunate with no wind and...
sheila_alice_george
, Mar 2018
We were fortunate with no wind and hence a calm lake. Otherwise the 3 hour boat trip to Estancia Cristina would have been rough. A good experience overall.
star-5
What a great tour... different than...
Jill M
, Feb 2018
What a great tour... different than Perito Mereno for sure. Would have liked to get closer to the glacier on the boat, but walking up the hill and seeing the top of it with the clear, blue lake was amazing and made this a great tour. So cold at the top and windy - but the views were gorgeous! The 4x4 ride was so interesting - and not what I was expecting but was better... crawled up the high mountain to the camp base for the glacier... Long day... but great time!
star-4
It was very nice, we had a great local...
Stefania C
, Oct 2017
It was very nice, we had a great local tour guide and the all experience was lovely
star-3
The trip was okay. The...
Patrick H
, Feb 2017
The trip was okay. The advertisements for the trip make it seem like the boat goes right up to the Uppsala glacier, but that is not true. The lunch was good, and we enjoyed the off road trip to the viewpoint of the glacier. Take a book, because the boat ride is kind of long
star-4
Everything was qiute organized...
Gerhard B
, Jan 2017
Everything was qiute organized. Knowledgable guides. There was quite an emphasis on the expensive Restaurant. Impressive laguna. it is worth a trip, however it is difficult to justify the price - though other companies ask for even a higher rate.
star-5
Amazing! It is a bit pricey but so...
chiuliqi
, Jan 2017
Amazing! It is a bit pricey but so worth it! Caution - the lake is rough! Estancia Cristina - bring packed lunch (lunch tho fab costs ARS600) All guides were awesome! Views were out of the world! You get the lake, mountains, icebergs, fields and the glacier (awesome if u choose 4WD).
star-5
Fantastic organisiation with an...
Isabelle P
, Jan 2017
Fantastic organisiation with an absolutely stunning daytrip! Coming from central Europe, this is a place were you enjoy the rest and peace far away from all war situations... Thanks for this beautiful day!
star-4
Great experience. Seeing floating...
amanda p
, Jan 2017
Great experience. Seeing floating icebergs was crazy and the historic ranch was so interesting. Be prepared for very cold wind and rain so pack a hat and rain poncho. Do the discovery tour over classic. The ride in the 4x4 gave us a break from the weather and the views from above were the highlight of the trip.The reason I'm not giving it a five is because there was so much travel time involved getting to the glacier that I wasn't expecting. l it was a total of more than 6 hours on bus and boat round trip but there is no other way to see this amazing glacier! Everything was planned very well and efficient and guides were knowledgeable. It's was a long 12-13 hour day for us so bring snacks and water. Would definitely do again.
star-2
Excellent tour and then views of the...
Mohsin K
, Apr 2016
Excellent tour and then views of the Upsala glacier are simply amazing. But the price of the tour was 100/person more than being offered in el calafate. So book through viva Patagonia or heilo aventura, they have offices in el calafate city center and its real easy.

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