El Calafate

Estancia Cristina: Fossil Ravine

Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina + 4X4 Upsala viewpoint + Fossil Ravine trek

Total lenght: 12 hours
Distance: 10 Km
Grade of difficulty: Moderate/demanding
Height gain: 550 m
Minimum age: 12 years
Season: October to April

Description

El Calafate hotel pick-up at 7 am, or shortly thereafter. A boat takes you across Lake Argentino from Punta Bandera Port, sailing among icebergs and imposing landscapes with views over the west face of the Upsala Glacier. The vessel then turns up the Cristina Channel and reaches the disembarkation point at Estancia Cristina. 

Next comes a guided walk to the Caterina River and the chapel, and a tour of the historical centre of the Estancia.

After this, we take to all terrain vehicles to begin our ascent towards the Continental Ice Field Refuge. Our 9.5 km route takes us along a mountain road through a landscape of great geological interest.

From the refuge we embark on a 20/25 minute walk through beautiful glacial erosion landscapes, as far as the Upsala Glacier viewpoint, from where there are fantastic views over the east face of this imposing glacier, Lake Guillermo, the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and the Andes Mountains.

Here starts a beautiful trekking route that takes us downwards into the Fossil Ravine, where deposits of marine fossils can be found in a valley with features that are unique in the National Park.

Return sailing to Punta Bandera Port and transfer to El Calafate

  • Programme details
  • Includes:
  • Mountain/tour guide.
  • Transfers: Hotel/Port/Hotel.
  • Boat Punta Bandera Port/Estancia Cristina/Punta Bandera.
  • Excursion in 4x4 vehicles.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Doesn't include:
  • Meals.
  • Tips.
  • Services not specified in the programme.
  • Food : Not included. You must take a box lunch or reserve one in advance (please confirm this when booking).
  • Recommended personal kit:
  • Back pack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Snacks.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Gloves.
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Walking boots.
  • NOTE: In the event that the Estancia Cristina excursions coordinator decides that any passenger who has chosen this activity is not suitably fit, or lacks adequate clothing for the trek, they will be prevented from participating in the activity. No complaints will be accepted and there will be no refunds.
  • GENERAL CONDITIONS
  • Estancia Cristina reserves the right to cancel and/or modify all or part of the excursions due to weather or operational reasons.
  • The order of the activities included in each excursion will be defined by Estancia Cristina.
  • The activities offered at the Estancia are subject to modifications or cancellations, based on weather conditions and the terrain that is travelled over. No such modifications or cancellations shall imply the full or partial refund of any payments made.
  • The types of activities, as well as inclusions, exclusions or changes to these programs, correspond to decisions made by the Estancia Cristina Company.
  • Discovery:
    In the event that the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be split up into groups by the Estancia's excursions coordinator.
  • Fossil ravine (Cañadón de los fósiles):
    Estancia Cristina guides reserve the right to prevent any passengers who are not physically fit enough, or who don't have suitable clothing, from taking part in this activity.

  • FOOD (Lunch)
  • Starter, Main Course (pasta or meat) and Dessert. Includes 1 non-alcoholic drink or a glass of wine per person, and coffee or tea..
  • Anyone who doesn't want to have lunch may bring their own picnic. The Estancia does not offer a picnic service. We recommend that you confirm your lunch when making your booking. Remember to let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

  • TARIFFS
  • Children:
  • Under 2 free of charge.
  • Between 3 and 5 years pay 50% of the rack rate.
  • Between 6 and 11 years pay 70% of the rack rate.
  • Over 12 years pay the full rack rate.
  • To take advantage of these discounts, please let us have a photocopy of the child's identity document 48 hours prior to embarkation. If it is not provided, the adult rate will apply.
  • Family plan:
  • Families consisting of two parents and two children under 18 years old will be charged for 3 adult tickets.
  • If you order lunch, you will only be charged for 3 lunches.

  • BOOKING POLICY
  • Bookings should be requested by sending an email to:  reservas@walkpatagonia.com. They will be confirmed by return email. Bookings are not taken over the phone.
  • Individual bookings:
    Bookings will only be considered as confirmed after being paid for in advance. 30% of the total amount should be paid in advance as a deposit upon confirmation of the booking. The balance of 70% should be paid 7 days prior to the activity. All modifications to confirmed bookings will be subject to availability and the cancellations policy.
  • Group bookings:
    Bookings will only be considered as confirmed after being paid for in advance. 30% of the total amount should be paid in advance as a deposit upon confirmation of the booking. The balance of 70% should be paid 45 days prior to the activity. All modifications to confirmed bookings will be subject to availability and the cancellations policy.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY
  • Individual bookings:
  • Cancellations made 8 days or more prior to the arrival of the passenger will not incur a penalty.
  • Cancellations made between 7 and 4 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 30% of the total price of the booking.
  • Cancellations made 3 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 100% of the total price of the booking. No penalties will be charged for transfers or National Park entrance fees.
  • Cancellations made the day before the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 100% of the total price of the excursion, including transfers and National Park entrance fees.
  • Any changes made to bookings confirmed by a partial or full payment are subject to availability at the Estancia.

  • Group bookings (private groups, or regular groups with more than 20 passengers):
  • Cancellations made up to 60 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will not incur a penalty (only bank charges will be charged, if applicable).
  • Cancellations made between 59 and 45 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 30% of the total price of the booking.
  • Cancellations made between 44 and 30 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 60% of the total price of the booking.
  • Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the arrival of the passenger will incur a penalty of 100% of the total price of the booking.
  • Any payments made prior to cancellation under these terms shall be considered as credit towards future bookings.
  • Any changes made to bookings confirmed by a partial or full payment are subject to availability at the Estancia.
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