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Helsingfors
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Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

What a secret little hideaway located in the Los Glaciares National Park! Top notch service and good will make you feel pampered and spoiled as you should be! Wildlife abounds you out your window and as you walk the grounds with the Lake Viedma, Fitzroy and Andes Mts as your backdrop. Hiking in the area is incredible but be ready when you head out to Windy Pt as it deserves its name! Horses are available for rent if you want to shorten your hike to the Blue Lagoon Glacier area. The entire time we were there we never encountered another hiker besides our group!
The food is incredible with everything being made on site that possibly can be from all the breads & pastries, yogurts, etc to soups and entrees that are exquisite. Rooms have everything you need but not necessarily spacious depending which room you get. Wifi is iffy but you don't go to Patagonia for the wifi!!

Stayed: January 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

If you want beautiful views, superior food, super staff, great attention to detail - then this is your place. The main host, Nick, was as good as it gets, always there to attend to your every need without being pushy. If you asked for anything then he made it happen. Natalia, the guide, was very personable and fun to be around. The chef was just outstanding - varied meals all with super taste and way too much food. Fresh baked bread every morning along with more than you could ask for on display.
The Gaucho, Evarista (sp?) was great with setting up the horseback riding trips and very willing to do just want you wanted on each trek. You could gallop if you wanted to or get off your horse to take pictures and just go at whatever pace you wanted - a fun guy to be around. Most everyone spoke English and the staff that didn't wasn't much of a problem since it wasn't that hard to communicate. There was only one drawback, however that is also a plus - the ride in from Rt. 40 was 44 miles on a dirt road. The good part was that you won't see anyone around and that was just the way I liked it - no tourism trap here. I highly recommend this Estancia.

Stayed: January 2017, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 25, 2016

A pleasant stopover to shake the dust off, relax, and refresh on our driving trip down the Andes. Cozy accommodations and common areas, excellent meals, top notch hospitality. Highly recommended, particularly for couples.

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2016

It's one of those places that will stay in your memory forever. The surroundings are AMAZING: mountains, glaciers, the Viedma lake, the view of the Fitz Roy (cloud permitting), condors, flag-shaped trees, Patagonian skies, you name it.
The grounds are very well kept and inviting, right next to a river (its water is drinkable!), surrounded by trees. The lodge is super comfy, warm and beautifully decorated, the bed super comfortable, and the food unbelievably good and of highest quality, prepared from scratch.
Last but definitely not least, ALL the staff is genuinely friendly and caring, and makes you feel at home.
Come prepared for the wind/rain/snow, though (you can get all of that in one day, including lots of sunshine). That's part of the Patagonia's charm :)
All the walks and horse rides are different but equally spectacular: a guided hike/horse ride to the Laguna Azul (16 km round trip), a guided hike by the lake, a guided hike to the Punta del Viento peninsula (brace for the wind!), a horse ride to the neighbouring estancia Los Hermanos, a guided hike to the Laguna del Morro (24 km round trip)... I honestly recommend all of them :)

  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 5, 2016

One cannot say enough good things about Helsingfors! Most of all, the staff makes you feel like you are visiting family. The house itself has a warm and inviting feeling. The building has a cozy common area in front featuring a wood fire that the staff constantly attends to. There is a bar that provides refreshment at any time. The dining area is intimate and provides a beautiful view over Lago Vedma.

However, it is the staff that makes Helsingfors the wonderful place that it is. Of course, they tend to your every need, but they do so out of genuine concern and friendliness. Chef Nicholas prepared amazing dishes and was exceptionally accommodating to special requests. The server and bar tender, who was also named Nicholas, has a great personality and was consistently attentive in providing refreshments, tending to the fires, and serving the meals. Arianna did a great job keeping the facility clean, comfy, and inviting. And finally, Justina was amazing at keeping everything running smoothly as well as being the guide on several of the excursions.

The highlight of the trip was the horse ride and trek to Lago Azul. The scenery will leave you breathless, especially when you crest the ridge and Lago Azul first comes into view. This area is a photographers dream. Damian, the horse handler, and Justina, our guide for the day, did a great job ensuring that we were able to enjoy this experience at our own pace without ever feeling rushed.

If genuine, inviting, and comfortable hospitality in an amazingly beautiful part of the world is what you seek, you will find no better experience than Helsignfors.

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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