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Estancia Cristina & Upsala Glacier Cruise
Activities in El Calafate

Estancia Cristina & Upsala Glacier Cruise

  • English and Spanish
  • 12.5 hours

See the Upsala Glacier up close on this boat ride around the Los Glaciares National Park. You can also hike through the Patagonian forests, get in touch with life at Estancia Cristina and even go for a jeep ride!

Estancia Cristina & Upsala Glacier Cruise

Ready for a day full of Patagonian nature and icy landscapes? After picking you up at your hotels around 7:30 am, we'll set off on an hour's drive to the quay at Punta Bandera

Then we'll hop on board a boat and set sail to Estancia Cristina. We'll cruise down the Upsala channel on a two and a half hour boat trip, approaching the magnificent glacier. At 11:30 am we'll arrive at Estancia Cristina, where you'll have the choice of two different options to spend your day. You'll be asked to select one when you book:

Walking Tour

After docking at Estancia Cristina, we'll set off on a medium-difficulty hike through the area. Accompanied by the guide, you'll walk across a Patagonian forest where you'll be able to see Antarctic beech trees and native bird species. We'll walk up until we reach a viewpoint where we'll be able to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of Lake Argentino.

Then we'll continue uphill with one objective in mind: reaching the Los Perros Waterfall. This waterfall and the spectacular view of the Caterina River valley will take your breath away. We'll then enter the Museo Costumbrista of the Estancia to learn a little more about rural life in this region. We will also visit the chapel at Estancia Cristina, the water mill and other places of interest. 

At 5:30 pm we'll take a boat to the port of Punta Bandera where a vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to El Calafate, where we'll arrive by about 8 pm.

4x4 Jeep Tour

Once we dock at Estancia Cristina you'll hop on board a 4x4 jeep that will be driven by your guide. You'll cross the Feruglio mountain range and start a 20-minute walk towards the viewpoint of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Did you know it is the third-largest ice expanse in the world?

Back in the jeep returning to Estancia Cristina you'll have an hour of free time to eat and rest. Afterwards, we'll visit the Costumbrista Museum, the water mill and the chapel at Estancia Cristina. At 5:30 pm we'll take a boat to the quay at Punta Bandera. From there, we'll drive back to El Calafate, arriving by 8:30 pm.

Lunch

You can either choose to bring your own food with you, or to book the tour option that includes a lunch of two empanadas, a main dish (lamb stew or pesto pasta, to choose), a flan for dessert, a glass of wine or a soft drink and a coffee and tea. 

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. 

Minimum age

Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Price

Adults Children between 3 and 12 years old Children under 3
Walking tour
US$ 100
US$ 50
Free
Walking tour + transfers
US$ 137.50
US$ 87.50
Free
Walking tour + transfers + lunch
US$ 180
US$ 110
Free
Jeep tour
US$ 180
US$ 90
Free
Jeep tour + transfers
US$ 217.50
US$ 127.50
Free
Jeep tour + transfers + lunch
US$ 260
US$ 150
Free

Walking tour

  • Adults

    US$ 100
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 50
  • Children under 3

    Free

Walking tour + transfers

  • Adults

    US$ 137.5
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 87.5
  • Children under 3

    Free

Walking tour + transfers + lunch

  • Adults

    US$ 180
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 110
  • Children under 3

    Free

Jeep tour

  • Adults

    US$ 180
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 90
  • Children under 3

    Free

Jeep tour + transfers

  • Adults

    US$ 217.5
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 127.5
  • Children under 3

    Free

Jeep tour + transfers + lunch

  • Adults

    US$ 260
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 150
  • Children under 3

    Free

More Information

Duration

12.5 hours.

Language

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

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off (optional).

Transport by minibus (optional).

English speaking guide.

2.5 hour boat ride to Glacier Upsala.

Jeep ride (optional).

Lunch (optional).

Not included

Ticket to National Glacier Park (800 Argentinian pesos per person, approx. 13.50 USD).

When to book?

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

Ticket

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.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

from
US$ 100
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 36 hours before the service starts

Cancellations

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.