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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking Tour and Cruise

1. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking Tour and Cruise

Discover the beauty of the Perito Moreno glacier on a guided walking tour on this day trip from El Calafate. Cross the Rico channel on a boat and ride thorugh the unique ecosystem of a Magellanic subpolar forest in comfortable van or bus. Start your trip with pick-up from certain hotels in El Calafate and take the 1.5-hour transfer to Bajo de las Sombras Port. Board a boat to cross the Rico channel. Join a group of up to 20 people and take a 20-minute walk to the glacier.  When you arrive, get kitted out with crampons and begin the ascent. Hike for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes enjoying the ice formations and discovering the flora, fauna, and glaciology of the region. Learn about the phenomenon of glacier rupture.  Then, return to the refuge through the Magellanic forest. From there, cross the Rich Arm of Lago Argentino and sail in front of the glacier. After this, spend approximately 1 hour exploring a network of walkways which offer a new perspective of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier & Optional Boat Cruise

2. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier & Optional Boat Cruise

Depart from your hotel in El Calafate at around 10:30 AM and set off for the Perito Moreno Glacier located inside the Los Glaciares National Park. Travel for 80 kilometers (50 miles) until you arrive at the west end of the Magallanes Peninsula. Then, enjoy plenty of time to explore this natural ice formation due to your early start.  Begin your tour of the national park by strolling along a 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) network of boardwalks. Admire the glacier from multiple perspectives as you climb up to different levels and balconies. Spend 2 hours exploring the runways and use this time to eat a packed lunch or make a stop in one of the restaurants.  Next, take an optional 1-hour boat ride in front of the northern wall of the glacier. After the tour, return to El Calafate via the same route, arriving at approximately 6:30/7:00 PM.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

3. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

The trip begins with pickup from El Calafate and travels 1 hour and 30 minutes to Bajo de la Sombras Port. From here, sail across the Rico Channel and descend on the southwestern coast of Patagonia to reach Perito Moreno Glacier. Upon arrival at the glacier, enjoy a 1 hour and 30 minute hike with your mountain guides along a path next to the glacier. Arrive at a magnificent view point and marvel at the vast frozen landscape that stretches out before you. From here, attach the iron crampons to the ground and begin your hike walk across the ice. Trek across the ice for around 4 hours, admiring the fascinating ice formations from start to finish. From your expert guides, learn about the flora and fauna that thrive in this unique environment, and listen to interesting facts about the glaciology of the region, and in particular about the phenomenon of glacier rupture. Finally, return to Bajo de las Sombras Port to gaze at the view of the glacier from the walkways and balconies, and then return to the city of El Calafate.

El Chalten: Laguna Torre Trek

4. El Chalten: Laguna Torre Trek

Start your moderate 11 mile-hike to Laguna Torre at a designated meeting point in downtown. On the way, your guide will tell you about the impressive landscapes you’ll see while passing the Fitz Roy River, cross wide, glacially-formed valleys, and fairy-tale woods. You will be amazed by the views when you reach Mount Torre viewpoint, where you’ll get to know the Adela mountain range & its glaciers. Hit the trail again and pass by De Agostini campsite and cross old glacial moraines until Laguna Torre appears right before your eyes. Take your time to admire the breathtaking Cerro Hill crowning the lagoon, and the floating glaciers bobbing in the blue waters. Be prepared, this is a high-probability wildlife-spotting section. Try to catch a Magellanic woodpecker working diligently in a tree or a humble huemul (the Patagonian deer) strolling along the shore. After a restorative moment to eat lunch (not included) with this peaceful backdrop, start your hike back to El Chaltén.

El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

5. El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

Located on the northwest coast of Lago Argentino (Argentino Lake), the historic sheep ranch of Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, and on this full-day tour from El Calafate you will explore the estancia to discover how it maintains the history of the family. First, you will sail among the icebergs and mountains of Lago Argentino to Upsala Glacier, the 2nd largest within Los Glaciares National Park. Departing from Punta Bandera by modern and comfortable boat, enjoy the most stunning up-close views of the blue ice. Upon arrival at the Estancia you will learn how the sheer perseverance of the Masters family made the inhospitable place a small paradise that they could call home. Visit the Estancia’s museum, and the old shed where the sheep were sheered. Next, take a short walk to see the estancia’s chapel and country house. From here, you will embark on a 2.5-hour hike to the surprising waterfall of Cascada de los Perros, surrounded by native ñires shrubs. Enjoy panoramic views of the Caterina River valley, and Patagonian wilderness, back across to Estancia Cristina.

Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Glacier Adventure

6. Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Glacier Adventure

Begin with a pickup from your hotel and a 37-mile drive to Los Pioneros boarding, in the southern area of Los Glaciares National Park. Sail for an hour before disembarking at the end of the Brazo Sur, where your first trekking of 1.24 miles will start. Go to Lake Frías and navigate your way in Zodiac-type boats to the opposite side of the lake. Begin your second trek of 2.79 miles passing through a forest with centuries-old Lengas, and then through an old glacial valley. Walk until you reach Lake Frías Superior, which is covered with icebergs. See the Dickson, Cubo, and Grande glaciers. Enjoy a box lunch with these amazing views before returning to El Calafate and back to your hotel accommodation.

Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Pioneers Adventure

7. Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Pioneers Adventure

Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel heading to Nibepo Aike, one of the most famous ranches in Patagonia. Get the chance to come across condors, foxes, and hares along the way. Enjoy a demonstration of shearing and gaucho tasks. Then, taste a delicious traditional lunch with salads, Patagonian lamb, excellent wines, and dulce de leche crêpe. Sail to the Brazo Rico to disembark at Playa de las Monedas and take a gentle walk through a lenga forest until arriving at a viewpoint of the Glacier only reachable with this excursion. Embark once again to sail in front of the south face of the Perito Moreno Glacier while enjoying a whiskey with ice from the glacier and chocolates. Disembark and go to the walkways of the glacier to enjoy all its fronts and ice falls, outside of mass hours. Return to your hotel in El Calafate at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Los Glaciares National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Perito Moreno glacier is an absolute must if traveling to Calafate. First, we had tons of photo opportunities on a boat en route to the mini-trekking area. Once we arrived to the foot of the glacier, it was time for lunch which was BYO (we missed the fine print and forgot to bring our own, but had packed snacks in our backpack). Then we had a nice walk to the glacier, stopping on the way for pictures and to get outfitted with crampons and a helmet. The actual trekking on the glacier was awesome — helpful guides explaining how to best/safely traverse. There was even a surprise snack/beverage at the end before getting off of the glacier! Note: most of the guides didn’t speak English, but we were still able to understand most of it. One important learning — we could have saved a ton had we booked with the tour company directly instead of GYG. As a general rule of thumb, it’s better to pay for everything (excursions, food, hotel) with pesos if you are able to exchange USD for it.

this was such an amazing experience! we were grinning from ear to ear! loved getting up close to the glacier on the boat and then getting to actually walk on it was simply wonderful. the whole trip was very well organized from the pick up at the hotel to the various components. I highly recommend this to just about everyone. They made it very easy for people to manage the ice walk - just be sure to wear decent shoes/hiking boots.

The overall experience was great. Annie and the bus driver gave us an excellent service. The time expended in the tour was enough and the Perito Moreno is a most in Calafate. Thanks for the experience. Juan & Alberto

Very well organized trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and attentive. The views of the glacier were spectacular both from the boat and the balconies. Absolutely worth the flight from Buenos Aires!

Amazing tour, highly reccomend ! One of my life time experince. The tour is very good organised, and guides are really profesionals !