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Set in the middle of the Glacier National Park, reaching the charming Estancia Cristina is an adventure in its own right involving a four-hour boat ride along Lago Argentino past the vast Upsala Glacier and dodging icebergs on route.
After such an epic arrival, the estancia itself does not disappoint. There are 20 comfortable rooms housed in five refurbished ranch cabins. Meals are served in the cosy dining room complete with open fire, and as you might expect, local produce such as Patagonian lamb features heavily on the menu, complimented by fine Argentinian wines.
However comfortable the estancia, the real reason for being here is to explore the stunning surroundings, which are built on an epic scale. Boasting exclusive access of the most imposing view of the Upsala Glacier, the landscape surrounding the estancia is a mixture of beauty and tranquillity that offers trekking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching, historical tours and 4x4 touring. Fishing is possible on the Caterina River or Laguna del la Pesca. Caterina River is only 5 miles from its source - Lake Anita - to its mouth, Lake Argentino. It is ideal for rainbow trout fishing and in February salmon migrate to the river.
Along the way to Laguna de la Pesca you can enjoy the flora and fauna of Los Glaciares National Park, and here you can also fish for rainbow trout. The fishing lasts for approximately one and a half hours and you will need to pay for the fishing license ($25 pp) directly to the estancia as well as for the fishing equipment. All the activities are approved by the National Park's Administration but please note that weather conditions and your physical condition will determine the best activity to do on each day.
Why we love it
One of the barns houses a fascinating museum which charts the way of life in 1914, when the lodge was built by Joseph Percival Masters and his wife Jessie Elisabeth Waring.