A very large working cattle farm close to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Doubles from $180 pppn
Best for: Working Farm
Why stay here: For a relaxed and informative stay on an authentic Patagonian ranch in Los Glaciares National Park
- A working cattle farm of 12,000 hectares
- Year built: Beginning of 20th Century
- The history of the hacienda: Estancia La Jeronima was founded by a Croatian immigrant over 100 years ago. Initially the main production was sheep although it is now cattle. After he died his widow took over the estate, bought out his partners and renamed the estancia, Nibepo Aike, after the names of her daughters. It is now run by her grandson, Adolfo
- 10 bedrooms
- Room details: There are 8 standard double rooms (2 of which could be made into triples) and 2 superior doubles
Food and Drink
- Dining: Breakfast is included in the rate and there is the option of full board and half board rate also. There is a restaurant on site as well as a quincho where they do the typical Patagonian asados (BBQ)
- Bar: Yes
Activities at the hotel
- Horse riding
- Bird watching
- Gaucho activities
- Cooking classes
Local area attractions
- Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park
Amenities and Facilities
- Meeting facilities
- Special events and conferences
- Wifi in common areas
- Gardens and outdoor space
Need to know
- Open all year: Open from October 1st to May 1st
- Best time to visit: Summer is best for warmer weather but lovely colours and less wind in April and May
- Suitable for children: Yes
- Languages: English and Spanish spoken
- Eco credentials: Locally sourced and organic ingredients used, use ecological detergents, build with natural or locally sourced materials, participate in recycling schemes, energy efficient, involved with land/wildlife schemes, employ local staff and invest in the local community
- Special offers: No
- Check in/out policies: 2pm/10am. Guests can use facilities after check out but meals will be charged accordingly
- From $180 - $215 pppn (full board)
- Credit cards accepted – Visa, Mastercard and American Express
- Booking and cancellation: Cancellation made 60 days prior will not be charged (unless bank charges apply), from 59-30 days before 30% will be charged, from 29-7 days before 50%, less than 7 days before 100% will be charged
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- Address: Provincial Highway No. 15 in Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
- Transfers available: Yes twice daily from El Calafate
Estancia Nibepo Aike is a traditional working estancia located in Los Glaciares National Park, southern Patagonia. Given this outstanding location it’s an interesting place to spend a few days seeing real working ranch life in action. The scenery in this part of the world is truly unforgettable as there are views of mountains and glaciers all around. An authentic and family run estancia, it’s a great example of a typical cattle and sheep farm found in Patagonia.
The estancia was founded and the house built at the turn of the last century by an immigrant from Croatia. La Jeronima, as it was then called, started out as a sheep farm but now the main focus is on cattle, primarily Hereford. The estancia was renamed Nibepo Aike and has been handed down through the generations since the pioneer’s death. Patagonia has an interesting settlement history as it received immigrants from all over and this estancia is no exception.
There are 10 guest rooms in total, 6 of which are standard and 2 are superior. They are all doubles but 2 of the standard rooms can be made into triples on request. The rooms are very comfortable and most importantly well heated – a necessity when you are this far south. Wooden floors and bright furnishings give the rooms a simple yet stylish feel and still in keeping with the original character.
As you are in the Los Glaciares National Park, you will undoubtedly visit the nearby Perito Glacier. However, at the estancia there is also lots to do including horse riding, getting involved with daily farm life and gaucho activities, hiking, cycling, fishing and cooking classes to name a few. Obviously what farm activities are going on depends on the season but there is always something to see and partake in. This is where you can really appreciate how hard life can be running a farm in such an extreme location.
Breakfast is a typical Argentine affair - more on the lighter side with hot drinks, bread, fruit, yogurt, cereals and cold cuts. The estancia offers both a full board and half board rate, which includes plenty of food and soft drinks (good idea if you think you’re going to be out on excursions all day). There is a dining room and also a quincho, which is where the traditional asado (BBQ) is done. As you are on a cattle and sheep farm, the meat is excellent and naturally very fresh. Most of the vegetables also come from their garden and if they do have vegetarian guests they are more than happy to cater for them accordingly.
This is a traditional Patagonian estancia in all ways – from the buildings to the food and activities. Still family run, this lodging is homely in style and very comfortable. They are in a national park and looking after their environment is of the utmost importance to them. They have a hydroelectric plant at the estancia for the electricity and obviously have a very ecological outlook in all they do. There is plenty on offer to keep you active or if you prefer to just relax, either way, they are both a pleasure here. Nibepo Aike is certainly one of southern Patagonia’s best places to stay and you will be well received as their guests.