Estancia Cristina – Unique Luxury Patagonia
Tucked away on a beautiful, secluded Patagonian ranch only accessible by boat, Estancia Cristina is one of the most unique luxury Patagonia resorts in the deep south. Rugged, extremely remote and unbelievably beautiful, Estancia Cristina offers superb trekking, fly-fishing, and some of the best horseback riding in Patagonia.
Established in 1914 by an Englishman in search of beauty and simplicity in Patagonia’s desolate south, this secluded Patagonia Estancia is now a unique luxury Patagonia resort accessible by boat from El Calafate. This Argentina estancia occupies more than 50,000 acres of remote Patagonian wilderness and is surrounded by pristine glaciers, woods, lakes and mountains. With clean air and unrivaled solitude, it does not take long for guests to discover why the widely renowned English explorer Eric Shipton once deemed this one-of-a-kind Patagonia estancia “a fascinating place, the most isolated estancia in the area, maybe in all Patagonia.”
Estancia Cristina’s lodge features twenty rooms distributed across five cozy cottages, each carefully decorated with warm, rustic elements that capture the fascinating history of this unique luxury Patagonia estancia. The in-house restaurant offers a gourmet selection of regional cuisine. Many of the meats and vegetables used in the dishes are sourced on the property.
While the main lodge is cozy and comfortable, the adventure activities are the true draw to this exclusive Patagonia resort. Guests can choose from their choice of 4×4, trekking, and horseback riding excursions. Within this Argentina estancia are numerous beautiful trails that offer breathtaking views of Lago Argentino, the Andes Mountains, and the Upsala Glacier.
In addition to trekking and horseback riding, Estancia Cristina also offers some of the best fly-fishing in southern Patagonia. The Caterina River is particularly noteworthy. This short, beautiful river receives very little pressure and offers incredible trout fishing year-round. During the month of February, the Chinook salmon run at Estancia Cristina takes place. During this time, this Argentina estancia becomes fly-fishing paradise, and you can expect world-class Patagonia fly-fishing opportunities for enormous wild salmon.
With a friendly, hospitable staff, gourmet food, and unrivaled setting, it won’t take long to realize why Estancia Cristina was awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2012.