Estancia Cristina Discovery
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Estancia Cristina is the main house of a historic Patagonian ranch, set in an amazing natural environment, surrounded by glaciers, the Andes and the Argentino Lake. Nature, adventure and history lovers could participate of Full Day Programs at Estancia Cristina and those who wish to, may stay at theLodge (check Special Programs).
Due to its location, passengers should navigate through the Argentino Lake to access to the Ranch. It departs from Punta Bandera Port, sailing through the Northern Canal to approach to Upsala glacier’s front, according to weather conditions; later on, Cristina Canal is taken until disembarking in the Ranch. Once there, participants will be grouped according to the pre-selected activities.
Cristina Discovery is the most attractive and versatile option, suitable for those who enjoy Off Road adrenaline. After almost three hours navigating, ATVs (*) are waiting for the participants to begin ascending a mountain road touring 9.5 km, until reaching the Continental Ice shelter. After a 20-minute walk over glacial erosion ground, the group gets to a privileged viewpoint in front of the eastern Upsala Glacier front, Guillermo Lake, the southern Patagonian Ice field and the Andes.
The circuit lasts about 3 hours, reaching 550m.a.s.l.
At the ranch base, the tour continues with a guided visit to the Museum of the Estancia (ancient shearing room), Caterina River and the Chapel . Participants will have time for lunch between one activity and the following one.
(*) All Terrain Vehicles
- Transportation from Hotel
- National Park Entrance Ticcket
- Lunch is NOT INCLUDED in the tour rate.
Estancia Cristina offers an optional lunch servicethat may be included when booking the tour.
The menu includes:
Starter: 2 empanadas (baked pies): 1 made with meat (creole type) and 1 “humita” (sweet corn).
Main course: lamb stew with roasted vegetables or Pasta with mushroom and dry tomatoes pesto.
Dessert: cream caramel with cream and dulce de leche.
Drinks: 1 soft drink or 1 glass of wine + Coffee or tea
NOTE: Participants may bring their own lunch box or book the lunch box option offered by Estancia Cristina (only available for those doing the trekking option). It includes: 2 multi-cereal bread sandwiches (chicken, smoked pork loin, tybo cheese, sweet onions, fresh leaves and herb dressing), cookie with seeds and salty dry fruits, 01 brownie, 01 apple, 01 cereal bar, 750cc water bottle.