Formerly a private residence, the Hosteria Alta Vista offers seven guest rooms in the midst of a 165,000 acre- (60,000 hectare-) sheep ranch known as Estancia Anita. The property, acquired in the 1920's, is both charming and breathtaking, with sweeping views of the Patagonian countryside and beautifully landscaped fruit gardens. Guests have the option of exploring the premises using a variety of methods, including horseback riding, hiking by foot, and mountain biking.
Alta Vista is located on the route from El Calafate to Puerto Bandera; the starting point for cruises to the Onelli and Upsala Glaciers and the best location to view for the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. It is just 19 miles (30 kms) away from the El Calafate airport and is accessible year-round.
Amenities include a humble yet cozy dining facility, welcoming lounge and casual bar overlooking a well kept garden vista. The hospitality provided is noted as "second-to-none" and visitors consistently report favorably on the customer service and comfort that they receive during their stays.
Just fifteen minutes outside of El Calafate, the Estancia Alice is both picturesque and warm, and offers sixteen private rooms. Located on the shores of Argentino Lake, the room views of this lake are unbeatable, featuring peaceful waters in the foreground and vast mountain ranges in the background. The hospitality and small touches provided by the bilingual staff at Estancia Alice are highly regarded. From the farm dogs that will accompany guests on casual hikes around the premises to the homemade desserts and jams at the cozy restaurant, no detail is left unattended.
Additional amenities included in your stay consist of private bathrooms for each guest room and complementary shuttles to the town of El Calafate.
The unique El Galpon Ranch Show is held here and is a prime draw for visitors. This exposition explores all of the history and culture that the farm has to offer, from sheep shearing demonstrations and trekking along Bird Lake to explorations of ancient Indian campgrounds. The day concludes with a traditional Patagonian lamb barbeque overlooking Argentino Lake.
This lodge, featuring seventeen spectacular guest suites, is conveniently located in the La Anita Valley just thirty minutes from El Calafate on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier. On the eastern side of Mount Fritas, the lodge provides immaculate views of both Argentino Lake and Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park. The ample and newly built facility is situated on 7.413 acres (3,000 hectares), providing a comfortable and somewhat secluded stay for every guest.
Each suite offers a comfortable stay, with private bedrooms, siting rooms and bathrooms. Additionally, bathrobes, central heating and local and international phone service are provided in the rooms. Venture into the common spaces of the facility, and you'll find welcome meetings, presentations on glaciology, access to reading material and DVDs focusing on Patagonia, and performances of local and indigenous legends and tales. Guests have a multitude of additional amenities at their disposal, including a wine cellar, sauna, heated indoor pool, craft room, library, and home theatre.
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