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A unique place to experience a truly beautiful landscape

Estancia Cristina in El Calatafe was founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters, an Englishman who came with his wife to Patagonia in 1900. The Masters had heard about the territories situated near a great lake called Argentino, where there were fine lands for cattle raising awaiting adventurous pioneers. When they reached the North Channel, Mr Masters gave it the name Brazo Cristina (Channel Cristina) in honour of his young daughter.

The family grew the estancia and over time it reached up to 22,000 hectares of land surrounded by glaciers, snowy peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. Today, the estancia has been opened up to guests who want to experience this beautiful landscape and share in the history of the family who, with the effort and endurance common to many early pioneers, left an everlasting mark on this unique region.

If you would like to enquire about staying at Estancia Cristina, simply complete the form on the right.

Book a stay at Estancia Cristina with Latin Routes and enjoy the very best rates. Estancia Cristina displays its Patagonian hospitality in 20 comfortable rooms distributed across five lodges. Warm rustic elements have been chosen to decorate the rooms so that they reflect the history of the estancia and its simple but magnificent surroundings. It is not just the lodge itself that makes for an unforgettable stay, as every package includes sailing from Punta Bandera docks to experience the glaciers, plus activities like horse riding, trekking and fishing, delicious regional Patagonian food cooked to an international level and the services of experienced tour guides.

Overall, Estancia Cristina offers a unique place to experience a truly beautiful landscape, in a comfortable estancia steeped in history.


  • Beautiful landscape
  • Fascinating history of both the estancia and the area
  • Great range of activities to enjoy
  • Fantastic hospitality
  • Few places like it in the world!

In Our Opinion

"Estancia Cristina boasts an absolutely beautiful location, where you can get out and really enjoy the surrounding landscape. It is well worth the journey and good value when you factor in all the inclusions."

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Estancia Cristina has everything you need to enjoy your stay and the surrounding landscape whilst on holiday in Argentina. Service from staff is second to none, with attention to every detail and a great team of experienced tour guides to help you get the most out of your stay.

It is not just about staying at Estancia Cristina, it's as much about experiencing the surrounding landscape, so accommodation packages include the following:-

  • Round transportation to Punta Bandera Port from El Calafate
  • Admission ticket to Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Sailing from Punta Bandera docks to the west front of the Upsala glaciar and back to the estancia.
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guides.
  • Activities including horse riding, 4x4 adventures, fishing and trekking
  • Full board during your stay (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Non-acloholoic drinks (alcoholic drinks incur an extra charge)

If you would like to enquire about staying at Estancia Cristina, simply complete the form on the right.

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  • Winner of 'Best Tour Operator' at the 2019 & 2018 L.A.T.A. Achievement Awards

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