Adventure across icy, lakeside landscapes and cherish a closeness with nature at Estancia Cristina, a luxury estancia like no other. 

Situated within the widely-adored Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina invites you to relax amidst the wilds of Patagonia. Arrive by boat to the estancia’s idyllic setting, which combines the grandeur of Lago Argentino with the stunning backdrop of the Andes. 

See glaciers, ride on horseback and journey back through time at Estancia Cristina
The exterior of Estancia Cristina is octagonal with a green panelled roof. You can see the warm lighting of the restaurant through the windows.
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The wooden interior of the estancia's communal spaces appear warm and inviting. Three old-fashioned rocking chairs are surrounded by traditional decor
The interior of the main estancia is adorned in glossy wood panelling and there is a stone fireplace in the centre.
A window seat in one of the bungalows looks out to a magnificent view of the Patagonian Andes.
One of the bedrooms in the estancia bungalows is dressed in charming, old-fashioned furnishings with a large window looking out to a beautiful view.
The museum at the estancia displays agricultural equipment from the farm's past.
A selection of delicious, colourful dishes are laid out on the table, alongside two glasses of red wine.
A group of people are out on a walking excursion leading down a rocky pathway towards a beautiful mountain scenery.
Estancia Cristina's catamaran is sleek and white, waiting on Lago Argentino to take guests on trip.

The 9,000-ft peak of Cerro Norte makes the perfect centrepiece to Estancia Cristina's stunning panorama. You wake up each morning to the sight of glaciers and snow-capped mountains, a memory to behold for a lifetime. 

The 22,000-hectare estate was founded in 1914 by English settlers, making your stay at Estancia Cristina a laidback journey through time, as the owners have preserved its old-timely ambience. This extends to the classic architecture of the estancia and its surrounding bungalows, as well as its traditional and warm hospitality.  

Scenic walks and horse riding excursions transport you around the sprawling estate, some leading to the awe-inspiring Upsala Glacier, or the intriguing terrain of the Fossil Canyon.   

Follow a knowledgeable guide during your daytime journeys, or embark on a more independent adventure. Whichever you prefer, mesmerising scenery is just a stone’s throw from the cosy warmth of Estancia Cristina.  

A sleek catamaran glides along Lago Argentino, past striking blue glaciers.
Three people ride on horses across a running stream and a dramatic mountain scenery rises behind them.

The Estancia

The out-in-the-open situation of Estancia Cristina ensures magnificent views from whatever room you stay in. The estancia’s five bungalows each house four spacious rooms which adopt the classic style of a Patagonian estancia, boasting a homely feel.  

Your stay is made exceptionally comfortable by a bright and airy feel to your room, alongside soft carpeting to sink into once you step out of your hiking boots. Central heating and a modern, spacious bathroom provides the perfect dose of modernity, whilst a large bay window keeps you fully immersed within the surrounding beauty of the estancia.  


Estancia Cristina relieves you from the hustle and bustle of modern life through a lack of WiFi in its bungalows. Instead, you are alone with the natural world, defining your Patagonia tour as one to remember.

Several options for excursions and trips bring you closer to the earth and fill your Patagonia itinerary with excitement, including magnificent boat trips across Lago Argentino and treks along mountain paths.

A large yet cosy common living space within the main lodge awaits you upon your arrival back from adventurous daytimes, alongside a warming open fire. 


The Quincho is Estancia Cristina’s main restaurant, suitably named after the lamb barbecue which is offered daily, alongside refreshing sides and beverages. The interior of the Quincho is decorated in a rustic style, providing a warm environment for all of your daily meals.

The lodge’s bar resides in the open-spaced, common living area, offering a warming glass of Argentinian wine during your laid-back evenings. Indulge in the colourful flavours of Patagonia culture and pamper your taste buds at Estancia Cristina.


How this estancia makes your trip more responsible

Estancia Cristina celebrates the traditional values of a Patagonian estancia, centralising the magnificence of the wilderness and all the excitement it has to offer. The estancia supports the hard work of Los Glaciares National Park, as Patagonia national parks play a huge part in the protection of wildlife and their habitats in South America.

The lodge has been built with fabulously low impact on its surroundings, this being aided by the on-site vegetable garden and lack of electricity. The buildings themselves seamlessly blend into the beautiful landscapes of El Calafate.

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