The estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters and his wife Jessie. It is located in a remote sector of the Los Glaciares National Park at the far end of the Cristina Channel and north-west coast of Lake Argentina. Today the estancia is open to day visitors as well as those who wish to experience real Patagonia and stay over for a few nights.
Apart from the historic significance, the estancia also offers a number of varied excursions and activities into the raw Patagonian territory.
Estancia Cristina comprises a few original buildings that have since been renovated. There is the main dining building, a small chapel, a museum and some spacious cabins for accommodation.
The only way to get here is by boat with a navigation firstly on Lake Argentina and then through the Cristina Channel.
The property occupies an exclusive and privileged location in Argentine Patagonia. Strategically built in a glacial valley that was created by the Upsala Glacier when it was much bigger than it is today, during its advancement from the Andes tens, if not thousands, of years ago.
As a result of the incredible forces of nature, the wilderness surrounding Estancia Cristina is one of the area’s most spectacular natural settings in Patagonia. The scenery from this location comprises picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, still holding numerous glaciers that are gradually moving forward down from their origins in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, as well as hanging glaciers that are “clinging on” as long as they can, to large lakes and fast-running rivers.
Although there are day trips to Estancia Cristina, should you wish to totally relax and unwind then a few days here in a real colonial Patagonian ranch-style lodge is awaiting.