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Estancia Cristina Hike & Boat Tour
Activities in El Calafate

Estancia Cristina Hike & Boat Tour

  • English and Spanish
  • 12 hours

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

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.


  • The minimum age to take part in this activity is 12 years pñd.
  • 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. 


Per person
Tour without transfers
US$ 250
Tour with transfers
US$ 287.50
Tour with transfers and lunch
US$ 310

Tour without transfers

  • Per person

    US$ 250

Tour with transfers

  • Per person

    US$ 287.5

Tour with transfers and lunch

  • Per person

    US$ 310

More Information


12 hours.


This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.


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).

Not included

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

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$ 250
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 36 hours before the service starts


Free! Free cancellation up to 36 hours before the activity starts. 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.