ESTANCIA LA MAIPÚ
- PATAGONIA ARGENTINA
In La Maipu estancia -an estancia is a typical Argentine ranch- tourists
will be able to learn the essence of one of the most traditional and typical
Patagonian estancias dedicated to sheep breeding.
It is fascinating to visit la Patagonia (the patagonic region)
today, due to its wild beauty. The La Maipu estancia is situated
in this region, on the foot of the Andes Range in one of the southernmost
extremes of the Argentine Republic.
The La Maipu estancia is situated in the southern area of
the Argentine Patagonia, in the province of Santa Cruz, on the edge of
the San Martin Lake.
Daily flights join the capital
city of Argentina: Buenos Aires, with the airports of El Calafate and
is situated in the imposing Andes Range, near the border with Chile and
by the San Martin Lake with its turquoise waters. It is 260 km (161.5
miles) away from the El Calafate airport, and 240 km (149 miles) from
La Maipú has rooms for fourteen guests in double or triple heated
rooms with private bathrooms and decorated in the countryside style.
In the reading room, you can browse through any of the 150 volumes on
patagonic topics, while enjoying a nice cup of coffee.
There is a dining-room facing the San Martin lake and a quincho
a quincho is a typical thatched-roofed construction where asados
(barbecues) can be eaten where you will enjoy the traditional asado
de cordero al palo.
Tourists will be amazed, as they walk or horse ride around, by the panoramic
views of the granite towers of the Fitz Roy and the Cerro
Torre, just as by the unique Cerro Astillado. Further
south, the continental ice fields will also be an astonishing sight.
The inn is run by the Leyenda family, who have been owners of the estancia
since 1944. The accommodation, which is offered within the main building,
consists of comfortable bedrooms with a private bathroom. There is also
a shelter for mountaineers. Its typical gastronomy varies from lunch bags
for excursions, to pleasant evening dinners with patagonic dishes, such
as the typical asado de cordero al palo, Argentine wines,
marmalades and wildberry pies. In addition to this, there is a very well
assorted bar, where guests will be able to enjoy themselves by the warmth
of the hearth.
It has got an important library, specialized in patagonic topics and a
pioneers historical museum.
Bird watchers and wild life lovers will find their stay at La Maipu
to be a unique and unforgettable experience due to its closeness to whole
families of Condors and other animal species.
This place is ideal for mountaineering and trekking lovers. It is an old
wooden house surrounded by an ancient grove. From this place a lovely
view of the San Martin lake can be appreciated.
The shelter has got a fire stove,
showers with hot water, and three rooms with ten beds, ideal to rest on
with sleeping-bags, which are not provided for.
The activities which can be carried out in the estancia, besides visiting
the pioneers museum are: trekking, hiking, horse riding, watching
the autoctonous flora and fauna and taking part in rural activities.
Guests can choose between various circuits and programmes with sights
to see and different degrees of difficulty. There are short walks of a
few hours, all-day-long trekking excursions and even excursions which
last two or three days.
Trouts and salmons can be fished all year round, only depending on weather
Since this is a typical patagonic estancia which specializes in sheep
breeding since the beginning of the twentieth century, visitors will be
able to take part in the rodeos and shearing depending on the time of
the year in which they visit the estancia.
You can make short circuits or the all-day-long traditional ones such
Cerro "Astillado" You reach the foot of the hill by walking
through leafy woods of Lengas which are typical trees of the
area. Excellent panoramic views and guanaco watching.
The Maipu Peninsula Hike with a view of the lake and visit to the old
The petrified Palmtree You reach the Barranca Alta (´High
Cliff) to watch this huge petrified palmtree trunk which is 20 meters
long. (65.6 feet long). From here you get one of the finest views of the
San Martín lake.
The View Points- Easy circuits with panoramic view of the estancia. These
take 2 to 3 hours.
The San Martín lake and La Sección- Walk along
the shores of the San Martín lake and visit to La Sección,
place where rural chores are carried out.
The Media Luna Circuit - Circuit which takes you round the
Cerro Moreno, with the possibility of ascending it. 2 to 4
High Stroll and the Talca pool- Circuit that takes 4 to 6
hours and requires moderate physical condition. You will reach the Talca
pool after going past several panoramic viewpoints.
The Condorera Hill- You cant miss this circuit! This
all-day-long hike of a more advanced degree of difficulty will take you
to the summit of the hill and will enable you to watch the condors which
fly nearby. Excellent panoramic views.
Cerro Astillado and the Maipu Peninsula - These circuits are
perfect for those visitors who love mountaineering and trekking.
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