From El Calafate: Estancia Horseback Riding and Boat Tour

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Sail along Lake Argentino up to the Upsala Channel and go horse riding in the Cristina Valley on this trip from El Calafate. Spot roaming wildlife, cross rivers, and stop to visit a local museum.


  • Panoramic sailing on the Lago Argentino - icebergs - mountains & Cristina glacial valley
  • Horse ride in a natural preserved area (Los Glaciares National Park)
  • Visit to an emblematic ranch that was built in 1914


Start with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate and be transfered to Puerto Punta Bandera port. Set sail from the dock at 9:00 AM and glide over the waters of Lake Argentino to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Canal upsala. From here enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Laciar Upsala. Then, having disembarked at the shores of Estancia Cristina, be welcomed by an expert guide. Enjoy a horseback ride through the Cristina Valley which allows you to experience a delightful mix of mountain views, time by the lake, and multiple birdwatching opportunities. After leaving the Estancia behind, ride in a northerly direction, heading deeper into nature, crossing the Caterina River. Note the many species of plants and flowers that are native to the Patagonian steppe. Make your way on horseback along pathways covered with loose stone and moss, leading you eventually to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley. With luck try to spot various species of bird such as the Common and Royal Goose, Black Necked Swan, Coscoroba Swan, and the Spectacled Duck, among many others. Near Lago Pearson, we will have time for lunch. Then, when you are finally ready to head home, go back along the same route towards the starting point, the perfect time to take it all in. Later on, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, where we can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. At 5 pm we will head toward the shore, take the boat and return to El Calafate. Due to the diversity of horses available in Estancia, it is extremely important to choose and assign the right horse and guarantee the development of the activity, also for this reason the weight limit is 95 kilos.


Hotel Pickup and drop-off Sailing Lago Argentino 4hours Horse Back Ride through the Cristina Valley Bilingual Gaucho guide at Estancia Security equipment (helmet, etc) Equipment required National Park entrance fee Snack during the sailing

Important Information

  • In case of expected strong winds, the tour can be re-scheduled. We will contact you the previous day before 5pm., if necessary. Children from 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an Adult. Not available for children under 6. -

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