Nestled on the shores of Lake Viedma and in the mouth of La Leona River, this Patagonian estancia is one of the most beautiful in the region and it offers various activities that contribute tourism to the area.
On the shores of Lake Viedma, very close to the source of La Leona River and next to the historical rest area and countryside hotel called La Leona, there lies La Estela estancia shell and lodge, a witness to one of the most spectacular landscapes in Patagonia: Lake Viedma, the glacier bearing the same name and Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre.
A tourist venue from all points of view, it can guarantee that guests will spend unforgettable moments while staying there. The most outstanding activities available include horseback rides that start at the estancia’s stables. Riding docile horses, visitors many enjoy a memorable tour along the shores of Lake Viedma and be delighted by a tasty homemade picnic in front of the impressive natural views.
Angling is also tempting for visitors all along La Leona River and the coastline of Lake Viedma, where specimens of rainbow and salmon trout, as well as perch, may be caught.
Equipped with rafts of different sizes (canoes for two people or rafts for eight), this tour leaves from the very shell of the estancia and floats downriver, getting past the old rural school. La Leona is reached 50 minutes later.
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Recommendations: There is also the chance to spend one day at the estancia without staying overnight. The idea is to travel from La Leona rest area to the estancia, where travelers are welcomed with breakfast before they start practicing a series of activities specially thought for that day. They include a rafting adventure down La Leona River up to the rest area, where lunch is served. Then visitors go back to the estancia to start a horseback ride alongside La Leona River and Lake Viedma’s shore. Afterwards, a meeting is held at the matera to put up a brief fishing outing or an archery contest at the firing range. Later on, everyone returns to La Leona rest area once again, where tea is served and the tour comes to an end.
Contact: La Estela
Ruta 40 y Paso del Río La Leona (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 11-50323415
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