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El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park: Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina

Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina

This full-day tour combines the inhospitable natural grandeur of Los Glaciares with the human story of a family who made it their home.

The morning begins with a voyage by boat across the iceberg-strewn waters of Lago Argentino and into the Upsala Channel, to get as close as conditions permit to the vast Upsala glacier. After gazing in awe at the creaking, calving blue ice, you’ll continue on towards Estancia Cristina.

With only snow-strewn mountains and ice fields for neighbours, the historic estancia was founded by an English pioneer in 1914. Its dramatic location makes it a wonderful focal point for explorations in the area. One option is to head out by jeep after a hearty lunch to see the stunning surroundings and take a short walk to a viewpoint from which 360° views unfurl to reveal a wonderland of glaciers, lakes, Andean peaks and the Southern Patagonian ice cap. 

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