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Estancia Cristina Hike & Boat Tour
Activities in El Calafate

Estancia Cristina Hike & Boat Tour

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1 review | 2 travellers
The best excursion to do in Calafate. Good combination of hiking and boat ride. Exceptional landscape and in the middle of nowhere. We were alone! Very well organized. Except for the issue of hotel pickups. They walk you around the town for more than half an hour picking up people at full speed. They do not give different collection times. So the first and the last are from 7 am waiting at the hotel. It would be better to give a meeting point in town and leave all at 7:30.
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from US$ 250
US$ 224
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before
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Fancy going on a boat ride around the Upsala Glacier and taking a hike through the Cañadón de los Fósiles? Enjoy a complete day trip to Estancia Cristina

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Hiking at Estancia Cristina
Mountains in Cañadón de los Fósiles
Trekking in Estancia Cristina
Fossils in Estancia Cristina
Enjoying the hike
Boat trip past the Upsala Glacier
Cañadón de los Fósiles
Patagonian Landscapes

Estancia Cristina Hike & Boat Tour

We'll start the tour by picking you up from your hotel at 7:30 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 after around an hour's drive, where we'll hop on a boat that will take us to Estancia Cristina. Cruising along the Upsala channel, we'll be able to admire the enormous ice wall of the Upsala Glacier from the water. You can take all the photos you want on this two and a half boat ride.

When we arrive at Estancia Cristina you'll climb on board a 4x4 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. You can either bring your own picnic, or reserve the tour option that includes food: you'll have two sandwiches, a biscuit, fruit and water. 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 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 8:15 am.

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


  • 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. 

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • Tours or activities will not consist of more than 24 people per group.
  • A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
  • The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
  • The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • The capacity of all means of transport will be reduced to 80% of their maximum capacity.
  • At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 20% of the total maximum capacity.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
  • Alcoholic drinks are not available.
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Per person Children under 12
Tour without transfers
US$ 250 US$ 224
not permitted
Tour with transfers
US$ 287.50 US$ 250.70
not permitted
Tour with transfers and lunch
US$ 310 US$ 277.50
not permitted

Tour without transfers

  • Per person

    US$ 250 US$ 224
  • Children under 12

    not permitted

Tour with transfers

  • Per person

    US$ 287.50 US$ 250.70
  • Children under 12

    not permitted

Tour with transfers and lunch

  • Per person

    US$ 310 US$ 277.50
  • Children under 12

    not permitted

More Information


12 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english and spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english and spanish.


Hotel pick up and drop off (optional).

Transport by minibus (optional).

English speaking guide.

2.5 hour boat ride around Glacier Upsala.

Jeep ride.

Lunch (optional).

10% discount on the official ticket price.

Not included

Ticket to National Glacier Park (800 Argentinian pesos per person, approx. 13 USD).

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.


No, not suitable for people with reduced mobility.



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 have any other questions please contact us.

from US$ 250
US$ 224
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 3 days before

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 3 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.