Estancia Rio Condor

Location: Argentinian Patagonia | Argentina

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Estancia Rio Condor is a remote country lodge in Santa Cruz, in Argentine Patagonia. It’s a friendly, homely place, with comfortable, no-frills accommodation perfect for exploring the beautiful Patagonian countryside. There’s no internet or phone signal and only sporadic electricity; if you really want to get away from it all, you can stay at the tiny outpost La Nana, accessible only after half a day’s ride on horseback.
Perfect forA remote retreat in the Patagonian countryside
In the know
  • Rustic lodge with sporadic electricity and no phone or internet signal
  • Enjoy delicious home-cooked Argentine cuisine
  • Hike and horse-ride through the beautiful Patagonian countryside

Recommended for...

  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Riding
  • Setting & Views
  • Walking & Trekking

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The hotel sits in the shade of an ancient poplar grove, and on the shores of the brilliant-blue Lake San Martin. It was built in a traditional Patagonian style, and a cosy atmosphere characterises the hotel, with its wood-burning fireplaces perfect for curling up in front of after a day in the great outdoors.

Rooms at Estancia Rio Condor

Estancia Rio Condor’s main building is home to just six comfortable guest rooms, which can sleep up to 14 people. Each room is appointed in a rustic style, with wooden ceilings and floors, wrought iron beds and traditional décor. Away from the main lodge sits Condorito, a small annexe where guests can enjoy staying in a little more privacy while still sharing in the communal meals and activities with other guests. Even more secluded is La Nana, a tiny outpost half a day away on horseback; you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Food & Drink

Food at Rio Condor is hearty, simple and traditional, with a particularly good lines in Argentine classic such as empanadas, asado grilled meats, and rich country stews. Meat is reared locally, and vegetables are grown nearby; the hotel is committed to the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast takes the form of freshly baked bread, homemade jam, and local fruits and sheep’s cheese. Picnics and packed lunches will happily be arranged for you to take on your excursions.


This estancia is remote and no-frills, but that’s all part of the appeal; that means no WiFi, just a few hours of electricity in the evenings, and no phone signal – perfect for switching off from the stresses of hectic modern life.

Activities at Estancia Rio Condor

A stay at Estancia Rio Condor is all about enjoying the great outdoors, with a range of outdoor activities on offer to make the most of the beautiful landscapes of rural Patagonia. Myriad hiking trails traverse the forests, lakes and mountains which populate the landscape; horse riding is also a popular activity. Anglers can fish for trout, salmon and other fish in the nearby rivers, lakes and lagoons.

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Hotel location

The estancia is around four and a half hours’ very scenic drive from El Calafate Airport.

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