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El Calafate Hike + Boat Ride
Activities in El Calafate

El Calafate Hike + Boat Ride

  • English English
  • 13 hours 30 mins

Fancy going on a boat ride around the Upsala glacier or taking a hike through the Cañadón de los Fósiles? Enjoy a complete day trip to Estancia Cristina

Hike + Boat Ride

We'll start the tour by picking you up from your hotels at 7 am and heading towards Estancia Cristina, where a day packed with nature and breathtaking landscapes awaits us.

We'll arrive at the Punta Bandera quay where we'll hop on a boat that will take us to Estancia Cristina along a channel where we'll be able to admire the Upsala glacier. You can take all the photos you want on this 3-hour boat ride.

When we arrive at Estancia Cristina you'll climb on board a jeep driven by your guide and head to a viewpoint that offers incredible views of the glacier and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Then we'll set off on a 14-kilometre hike that will take us through the Cañadón de los Fósiles. This area is full of million-year-old fossils, and your guide will show you the most important ones.

Halfway through the hike we'll take a short break to eat and recharge our batteries. Don't forget to pack a delicious picnic, it'll taste even better after all the physical exertion! After lunch we'll continue on our hike until we reach Estancia Cristina at 5:30 pm.

Then we'll sail back to Punta Bandera, where the vehicle that will take us back to El Calafate will be waiting for us. We'll get to the hotels by around 8:30 pm.

Book without transfers

Do you want to travel to Estancia Cristina yourself? You can book without transfers. If you do, you'll have to meet your guide at the quay at the Estancia, located at Punta Bandera, at 8 am.

On the return journey, the boat will drop you back off at the quay at 7:30 pm.


  • The minimum age to take part in this activity is 12.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • You must be in have a good level of physical fitness to do this activity.
  • This activity is not suitable for people suffering from back, hip or knee problems. 

Glacier park ticket

For this activity, you'll have to pay the entry fee to the Los Glaciares glacier park. Payment is made in cash in local currency at the Patagonia Dreams offices in El Calafate (Calle Comandante Espora 33, Building 2). You'll have until 7 pm the day before the tour to make the payment. The price per person is 800 Argentinian pesos.


Per person
English and Spanish language tour
US$ 288
English and Spanish language tour with transfers
US$ 323

English and Spanish language tour

  • Per person

    US$ 288

English and Spanish language tour with transfers

  • Per person

    US$ 323

More Information


13 hours 30 mins.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


Hotel pick up and drop off (optional)

English speaking guide

3 hour boat ride around Glacier Upsala

Jeep ride (optional)

Not included

Food and drink

Ticket to National Glacier Park (800 Argentinian pesos per person, approx. 16.80 EUR)

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 288
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 4 days before


Free! Free cancellation up to 4 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
When the minimum number of participants (2) is not reached, we will contact you to offer you other alternatives.

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