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Estancia La Maipu is a remote outpost in Argentine Patagonia, a two-hour drive from the nearest paved road. The lodge sits amidst towering peaks, beside a vast deep-water lake – Lago San Martin – that straddles the border between Chile and Argentina.
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Estancia La Maipu is ideal for those who are active and enjoy remote wilderness. It works well for a family or a group of friends to take on an exclusive basis, or for solo travelers and couples who are happy joining other guests at mealtimes, and on rides and treks.
Trek to Cerro de la Condorera to spot the impressive Andean Condor with its 10-foot wingspan, ride high through petrified forests to the Chilean border, cast a line for trout, returning to a feast of fire-cooked lamb and Malbec.
Camping expeditions can be arranged on request, as can longer horse riding adventures to neighbouring estancias deep into the Cordillera de los Andes. For those looking for an expedition, we can arrange multi-day rides and treks to the far reaches of the estancia, dining around an open fire and sleeping under canvas.
Estancia La Maipu’s chef cooks up delicious meals to greet guests back from their bracing explorations. He often cooks outdoors over an open fire, slow-roasting large spits of meat. Guests can learn the art of the traditional Argentine asado, whilst enjoying stunning views over San Martin lake.
Getting to Estancia La Maipu requires a three-hour flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, the gateway to southern Patagonia, followed by a four-hour drive towards Argentina’s rugged border with Chile. This is truly one of the great Patagonian outposts steeped in local lore and history. The road trip scenery into the estancia is breath-taking.
The weather in this part of the world can be unpredictable all year round, and it’s sensible to expect four seasons in one day. The summer months of December, January, and February are the best time to travel. Whatever the season, expect strong winds!