La Maipú, Santa Cruz, Argentina.
Our first hub was located in Argentina's Patagonia, on the Southernmost part of the world. Nearest airport is El Calafate, which is a 3hs flight from Buenos Aires.
From El Calafate airport we can either picked our guests up (for an additional fee) or gave them directions.
After the 4-hour drive, our guests were immersed in an environment that probably never experienced before. Most arrived exhausted due to the 90km of dirt road but definitely worth it.
Our iconic Estancia was located in the Lake San Martin area, it's main house is where we had all our private cozy rooms. One suite, two triple and three double bedrooms, all with private bathroom and heating.
3 hours a day of electricity and only 20' of satellite wi-fi per day per person helped our guests relax and unwind.
Our cheapest accommodation, similar to a hostel, or a private cabin, was perfect for solo travellers, small groups and families. Only a 10' walk from our main house, this beautiful cabin accommodated between 5 to 6 people.
There was no electricity on this cabin, only solar panels to charge small devices like phones and cameras. All meals were included, breakfast and dinner were both self-service buffet style.
Due to the natural location of La Maipú, makes sense to cover everything. Our rates included all meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Mid-afternoon snacks and Dinner), house wine and one activity per day. This activity could be trekking, camping, bird-watching, fishing, outdoors cooking classes, horseback riding or mountain biking.
Besides from the breathtaking views, this Estancia was famous for its history. The Lively brothers were the first owners of this Estancia, actually the first settlers of the area. Mr. Joseph Lively arrived to the Lake San Martin in 1902, thanks to Francisco ''Perito'' Moreno who conceded them the land right before the territorial dispute between Argentina and Chile. Thanks to the Lively family Argentina owns part of the San Martin lake, which flows through Chile into the Pacific ocean.
The current owners of La Maipu kept Joseph’s cabin as a museum. When you visit the cabin it will take you back through time into to the old, and even wilder, Patagonia where just natives and a few adventurous foreigners lived. Come and discover the story of authentic Patagonic pioneers.