Estancia CristinaEl Calafate, Argentina
Gaze out towards the majestic Andes towering in the distance, feel the cool breeze of Argentino Lake rustling the trees as it blows across the valley, and stand in awe of the sheer natural beauty of Patagonia. In El Calafate, Santa Cruz, in southern Argentina, the relaxing country cottage style of Estancia Cristina welcomes you to experience this amazing wonderland from the quiet comforts of a home-away-from-home. Warm and cozy, each room is brilliantly naturally lit through large picture windows, where stunning views will enchant you throughout the day. Warm woods run throughout each of the five lodges and 20 rooms, adding a delightfully rustic touch to the tranquil setting. Sleep in plush beds each night, stretch out on comfortable lounges, soak in the beauty of Patagonia, and enjoy everything that Estancia Cristina has to offer.
After a hearty breakfast on your first morning venture out to explore the wilderness just outside your door. Hike to Upsala Viewpoint, some 550 meters up, and take in the sweeping views of Upsala Glacier. Continue on through Glacier National Park, where the combination of verdant valleys, endlessly deep blue glaciers, and quiet lakes will truly make you feel as though you have been transported to another world. Ride horseback for a day through the Valley of Estancia Cristina, around Laguna de la Pesca, then along the Caterina River. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing fly-fishing trip on the Caterina River or Laguna de la Pesca, or sail out to the Upsala Glacier for a full and fascinating day. Take an ATV excursion through the glaciers, continue on foot through gorgeous valleys, and hunt for fossils that, until recently, have been covered by glaciers themselves. With a full day behind you, return to the lodge and watch the sun go down as you sip amazing local wines while snacking on fabulous cheeses and charcuterie. As night falls over this magical land, sit down to a scintillating dinner of regional cuisine crafted from the finest fresh meats, produce, and homemade breads. At Estancia Cristina reconnect with the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors.