We will depart from El Calafate (8.30-9.00 a.m.) along the unmade road of the Provincial Route 15, also known as “the road to the estancias”. Along the way, it is common to come across condors, foxes and hares, with Cerro Frías taking centre stage. After crossing over the Río Rico, the landscape changes suddenly from the steppe-land to mountain scenery.
Reach the Estancia after travelling along the edge of Lago Roca and having entered Los Glaciares National Park. The host guide will take you to the Quincho (rustic dining room) where you will be invited to have a hot drink (tea, coffee or mate) accompanied by home-made cakes and pastries. This is a perfect moment to pause and enjoy a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range.
The walk will start around the main building, the perfect example of a typical Patagonian estancia which was formerly devoted to sheep rearing and nowadays has become the most prestigious Hereford breeding ranch of these latitudes, while still retaining a small herd of sheep.
After the walk, the group will meet up again at the door of the shearing shed. This is a chance to see inside such a shed with all its skilled hands and understand the work of the shearing teams. The process is described from the shearing of the animal to the baling of the fleece, ready for the wool to be stored and transported. Manual shears are used for shearing as they were on all the estancias until the appearance of the mechanical handle with cutting comb, a much faster and more practical system, although not so good.
Return to the Quincho where the person doing the roasting has the meat ready to delight the diners with tasty Patagonian lamb while enjoying the impressive view of the mountain range.