Back to pioneers times : nature and history rossing on wheels toward the exclusive and unique earthly viewpoint of the Upsala Glacier ! 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.
In winter they are large fields of white snow, and in spring they are beautiful green landscapes with mountains and lakes. But not only that, but each room has its own story, which speaks of what rural life was like many years ago. An excursion to a ranch is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as a family.
Touristic farms in Patagonia
Most of the old ranches in Patagonia can be visited and enjoyed in different ways. Tourism in Patagonian farms is a must do if you are heading to southern Argentina.
In them you can find excursions such as:
The perfect adventure to get to know the Upsala Glacier. It all begins with a magnificent 4 × 4 vehicle that will ascend the Feruglio mountain range, and then start a hike on the glacial erosion terrain. You will reach the Upsala Glacier Viewpoint where there is a fabulous view, not only of the already named glacier, but also of Lake Guillermo and the Southern Patagonian Continental Ice Field.
But not only that, but you can also visit the Costumbrista Museum, where the history of the Patagonian countryside will be told, how it was lived in the place and especially the history of the Masters family. The excursion can be hired with lunch if you wish.
Glaciar Sur Pioneros
If we talk about spectacular Patagonian views, we must mention the view offered by the South Pioneros Glacier excursion. From the Nibepo Aike ranch, you travel in a semi-rigid to the Pioneers Pier to navigate Lake Roca and the Brazo Rico, finally landing at Playa de las Monedas. From that point begins a beautiful walk through the forest where you will find a spectacular viewpoint towards the South Glacier.
Then another navigation runs in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier where a toast is made and it arrives in Puerto Bajo las Sombras. The excursion lasts a full day, about 9 hours and is ideal for the whole family. It also includes a barbecue at the Nibepo Aike ranch for lunch.
Glaciar Sur Aventura
Another spectacular place is the one that can be enjoyed with the Glaciar Sur Aventura excursion. You travel through the El Calafate valley until you reach the border of Chile. As in the South Pioneros excursion, you enter the Estancia Nibepo Aike to embark on a boat and navigate the South Arm of Lake Argentino, until you reach the southern tip. Then a walk begins through unexplored sites of Lake Frias, along with a navigation in Zodiacs to cross it and reach the amphitheater of the glaciers.
In exchange for the Su Pioneros Glacier, this excursion depends a little more on physical strength, since only the walk comprises a total of 6 hours and 14 kilometers of crossing. The activity includes a lunch consisting of a sandwich, cereal bar, gingerbread, candy, water and fruit.
Next, we will list the best-known ranches in Patagonia Argentina that you can visit at any time of the year.
La Maipú: On the southern shore of Lake San Martín, 220 km from El Chaltén.
La Quinta: Lake Viedma Reserve Area, Los Glaciares National Park, 2 km from El Chaltén.
Punta del Lago: On the north bank of Lake Viedma, 10 km. of the National Route N ° 40.
La Leona Lodge: Southeast Bank of Lake Viedma, 7 km. of the National Route N ° 40.
Santa Teresita: South bank of Lake Viedma, 45 km. of the National Route N ° 40.
Alice El Galpón: Provincial Route No. 11, 21 km. from El Calafate, on the way to the Moreno Glacier and Punta Bandera.
Huyliche: 3 km. from El Calafate.
Alta Vista: Near Roca Lake, 33 km. from El Calafate.
María Elisa: South of the Santa Cruz River, 55 km. from El Calafate towards Río Gallegos.
Cancha Carrera: Near the homonymous border crossing, 175 km. from El Calafate and 80 km. from Torres del Paine.
Chilean Patagonia Farms
But don't just stay with the fields of Patagonia Argentina. In Chile there are incredible estancias that include beautiful landscapes. We are working to provide you with the best excursions in the place, so you can enjoy them in the near future.