During this full-day tour, you’ll get a taste of gaucho life on a real estancia, just outside El Calafate. Setting off around 9am, you’ll follow the ‘road to the estancias,’ keeping your eyes peeled for condors, foxes, and hares along the way. The majestic Cerro Frías dominates the backdrop, making for a jaw-dropping journey. After crossing the Río Rico, the landscape will change from steppes to mountains, and you’ll arrive at the estancia after entering Los Glaciares National Park, skirting the edge of Lake Roca. First, you’ll grab some tea and homemade cake in the quincho (rustic dining room) before exploring the traditional Patagonian estancia, now devoted to rearing sheep. As an optional activity, take a horse-ride to explore the local surroundings. Alternatively, you can stick to the footpaths, following a scenic trail along the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino. During the hike, you’ll pass rock amphitheaters that form natural beaches and pass through native woodland packed with caranchos, Austral parakeets, woodpeckers and eagles. Next, you’ll get a glimpse into the shearing shed and watch a horse-handling demonstration before being treated to a traditional Patagonian lunch – an entire lamb roasted on a stake. At the same time, you’ll listen to anecdotes and stories from the early settlers in these parts. In the afternoon, you’ll lend a hand yourself, milking the cows or getting stuck into some manual farm work before heading back to El Calafate. The order of activities might change depending on the season and weather conditions, but the experience will always be eye-opening and authentic.