Argentine Estancias

The word estancia has a certain ring to it, like the Mexican hacienda but even more alluring.

Indeed, these historic ranches, or estancias as they are called in Argentina, hold an integral part of the culture and history of Argentina. Visiting these mythical properties is like traveling back in time, to the Argentina of old, the same Argentina that Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid once roamed during their famous exile in South America.

Historic Patagonian Estancias

At Paragon Expeditions, we introduce you to the best estancias in Argentine Patagonia, unique properties that few people know about, and that even fewer have had the opportunity to experience in their lifetime. Here you can discover beauty through simplicity like we did before the modern revolution, enjoying a nostalgic setting in a modest cottage encompassed by the raw beauty of the Patagonian wilderness. Spend your days exploring the surrounding countryside on horseback, feeling a deep connection to the history of the place while mounted on a Patagonian paso horse. Take a walk through a beautiful meadow, picking and eating Calafate berries along the way, which will guarantee your return to Patagonia according to local legend.

Authentic Gaucho Culture

On these historic properties you will meet local gauchos, legendary Argentine cowboys that conjure up images of the early Argentine pioneers setting out with their wagons to settle the most remote corners of South America. Spend an afternoon with the gauchos, learning about their traditional sheep shearing, watching them wrangle cattle and learning about traditional practices that they continue to use to this day. Spend your evening with a malbec in hand beside the fire, grilling traditional meats with the local parillero during a traditional Patagonian asado.

Our Favorite Argentine Estancias


With indigenous Guaraní gauchos and some of the most docile horses you’ll ever find, this is the most authentic estancia you will find within short reach of El Calafate.



Located on a former 54,000-acre ranch and accessible only via a 3-hour boat journey across Lago Argentino, Estancia Cristina gives new meaning to the word “remote.”


Estancia El Condor

Four and a half hours from El Calafate and 120 km down a dirt road, Estancia El Condor is truly at the end of the road.

Hostería Helsingfors

Perched on the shores of Lago Viedma, this finnish ranch offers incredible views of the Fitz Roy Range and one of the best estancia experiences in Santa Cruz.

Estancia Peuma Hue

Nestled into the Argentine Lake District, this cozy retreat is akin to a guest ranch in Wyoming with a plethora of fly-fishing, horseback riding, and trekking options available for guests.

Estancia Cerro Frías

Strategically located between El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier on the foothills of Mount Frías, this estancia is a great option for those who want to experience the vast beauty of the Patagonian steppe.

These estancia visits introduce you to the real Patagonia, a wild place akin to the Old American West, but even more rugged. We have sought out the very best estancias in this wildly remote region and look forward to introducing you to the best estancias Patagonia has to offer.