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El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

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El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

From US$ 170 per person

Visit one of the most historic sheep farms of Patagonia on a full-day tour to the Estancia Cristina from El Calafate. Sail on Lago Argentino, till the Upsala Channel and enjoy a hike to a waterfall in the Patagonian wilderness.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Please wait for your pickup in the reception of your El Calafate hotel. Please be on time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Sail among the icebergs of Lago Argentino
  • Hike to the beautiful Cascada de los Perros in the Caterina River valley
  • Explore the historic sheep ranch of Estancia Cristina
Full description
Located on the northwest coast of Lago Argentino (Argentino Lake), the historic sheep ranch of Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, and on this full-day tour from El Calafate you will explore the estancia to discover how it maintains the history of the family. First, you will sail among the icebergs and mountains of Lago Argentino to Upsala Glacier, the 2nd largest within Los Glaciares National Park. Departing from Punta Bandera by modern and comfortable boat, enjoy the most stunning up-close views of the blue ice. Upon arrival at the Estancia you will learn how the sheer perseverance of the Masters family made the inhospitable place a small paradise that they could call home. Visit the Estancia’s museum, and the old shed where the sheep were sheered. Next, take a short walk to see the estancia’s chapel and country house. From here, you will embark on a 2.5-hour hike to the surprising waterfall of Cascada de los Perros, surrounded by native ñires shrubs. Enjoy panoramic views of the Caterina River valley, and Patagonian wilderness, back across to Estancia Cristina.
  • National park fee
  • Transfer from El Calafate hotels to the Punta Bandera port
  • Cascada de Los Perros Hike
  • Navigation on Lake Argentino
  • Bilingual Tour Guide English and Spanish-Speaking
  • Lunch
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, jackets, gloves etc.)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Food
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please note that the order of the activities will be defined by Estancia Cristina
  • Entrance fee to the National Park is included
  • Personal hiking gear (boots, jackets, gloves, etc.) are not included
  • Lunch is not included. Please bring food or carry cash for lunch
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 6 reviews

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Excellent experience and varied activities. Nice views during navigation, we were able to observe Icebergs very closely. We learned about the interesting history of the estancia and its founders. We toured the ranch through a walk and contemplated beautiful landscapes.

January 28, 2020

The catamaran trip on Lake Argentino is an unforgettable experience. Estancia Cristina is the essence of Patagonia and its landscape

January 1, 2020

Good way to see both estancia and the landscape

Wonderful views from the boat ride. Estancia activity of hiking was fun too. Would recommend you contact the estancia directly and book the 4x4 excursion instead of the hike.

January 2, 2016

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