Water activity

From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

3.9 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Estancia Cristina - ECSA

From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

Activity provider: Estancia Cristina - ECSA

From US$ 495 per person

Sail on Argentino Lake, surrounded by the most amazing light blue icebergs. Visit Estancia Cristina, an important historical Patagonia farm, and take a 4X4 ride up to a panoramic spot for incredible views of the Upsala Glacier and the Andes Mountains.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-ups begin at 7:30 AM. Please be ready at that time in the lobby of your El Calafate hotel.


  • Visit Estancia Cristina, located in a unique spot in Los Glaciares National Park
  • Enjoy a sail on Argentino Lake and marvel at stunning views of icebergs
  • Ascend to the Upsala viewpoint in a 4x4 vehicle for views of the glacier and the Andes
Full description
On this excursion from El Calafate you’ll spend a day in awe of the spectacular natural wonders of Los Glaciares National Park. Begin with a sail from the Punta Bandera port on board a modern and comfortable boat. You’ll be surrounded by icebergs as you sail on Argentino Lake and marvel at the stunning views. Continue the sail through the North Arm and the Cristina Channel, finally disembarking at Estancia Cristina. When you arrive at the Estancia you’ll enjoy a history tour, and a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Head out on a guided walk up to the Caterina River, where you’ll see the chapel and the old house of the Estancia. From here you’ll ascend by 4x4 vehicle to the 9.5-kilometer continental ice shelter, which is an area of significant geological interest. From the shelter you’ll take a 20-minute walk to the Upsala viewpoint, along terrain that has been eroded by the glacier. From the viewpoint you’ll enjoy stunning views of the glacier, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and the Andes Mountain Range.
  • National Park fee
  • Transfer from El Calafate hotels to the Punta Bandera port
  • Navigation on Lake Argentino
  • Off-road crossing to a natural view-point
  • Bilingual Tour Guide English and Spanish-Speaking
  • Lunch
  • Tips

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

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Very nice navigation, especially if you have never seen icebergs. 4x4 ride a little uncomfortable but maybe it's also its beauty and the vision of the Upsala glacier repays the effort. If you don't understand lunch (which in my opinion has a disproportionate cost) you have to bring something because there is nothing where you can buy something. I found the visit to the estancia a little unnecessary but overall I enjoyed the excursion

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January 27, 2020

A great tour to see the blue glaciers glow

January 29, 2020

EXCESSIVELY long day, lots of transport to actually see very little ... Excursion very expensive because beware the meal is not included and amounts to 80 euros for two ... We had made the PERITO MORENO the old us we saw a much more magnificent show for a ridiculous price ....

December 30, 2019

Product ID: 31566