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From Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego Emerald Lagoon Trekking Tour

1. From Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego Emerald Lagoon Trekking Tour

Get picked up from your hotel and transferred to the starting point of the walk, about 20 minutes from the city of Ushuaia. Before starting the activity, you will be provided with trekking poles, crampons if necessary, and a box lunch. A water bottle is not included in order to minimize the use of single-use plastics. The walk crosses forests and two different valleys following the Esmeralda River to its source. After five kilometers of walking and about 250 meters of unevenness, reach the Laguna Esmeralda where you'll take a break for lunch and a cup of tea or coffee. The return is made by the same path to the base of the road where a minibus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. All the activity is carried out with the assistance of a professional guide

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking Tour and Cruise

2. 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

3. 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.

Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

4. Ushuaia: Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise

Start the tour in the local tourist dock and board a modern and comfortable boat. Set sail and cross the wide Ushuaia Bay until you reach the Beagle Channel through Paso Chico. Then, navigate around the Bird's Island where you can appreciate species of the Tierra del Fuego's seabirds such as skuas, black-browed albatross, steam ducks, cauquenes, cook seagulls, and gray seagulls. After that, reach Sea Lion Island which also belongs to the Bridges Archipelago and is inhabited by 2 different species of sea lion. Arrive at the Les Eclaireurs (The Illuminators) Lighthouse where you will find imperial and rocky cormorants colonies. Hear the story of the collapse of the SS Monte Cervantes in 1930. Next, descend into Puerto Karelo to see the authentic shelly deposits (conchero's) of Yamana peoples. Enjoy a guided hike here which lasts takes approximately 20 minutes, finishing at a panoramic viewpoint where you can capture excellent photographs. On the return journey, marvel at the incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges and sumptuous vegetation which surround the city of Ushuaia.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

5. 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 de los Tres Trekking Tour

6. El Chalten: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

Reconnect with nature and admire memorable landscapes on this trekking trip to El Chalten and the Laguna de los Tres, lunch included. Admire the local scenery and landscapes throughout the hike, including views of Fit Roy Mountain. The trip starts with the pickup from the hotels in the morning. Take the mythical Route 40 bordering the Argentino Lake and undertake a trip to the town of El Chalten, 220 km from El Calafate. Once in Chalten, stop at Rancho Grande (bar and mountain refuge) to use the restroom, receive your map, and learn the use of canes and crampons if necessary. Enjoy free coffee and snacks to recharge both before and after the trek. On the trek, venture inside part of the Andean Forest. If you are lucky, you'll see some of the animals that live there. Surprise yourself with all the landscapes that you will cross on your way. You'll soon find this to be a dream-like natural place. The path that is used is the Fitz Roy. Starting and ending in the same place, it's 10 km out and 10 km back. For the first two kilometers, the path is demanding. During kilometers 8 to 9, the path is also very demanding. The trip includes a lunch box (ham and cheese sandwich, muffins, granola, fruit, and water). After enjoying the impressive views of Cerro Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres and filling yourself with the magic of the place, you'll return to El Chalten via a well-marked path. Staff will be waiting for you at the fixed meeting point in advance for the return ride to El Calafate. Depending on the weather conditions, the route or sights seen may vary. Other spots you may visit include Camping Poicenot, Laguna Capri, and Sendero Torre.

El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

7. 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.

From Ushuaia: King Crab Fishing Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Ushuaia: King Crab Fishing Day Trip with Lunch

Feel like a local as you catch your own crab in the Beagle Channel and learn the culinary secrets of Patagonian-style crab. Explore a native forest and a traditional fishing village on a guided trip. After pick-up from your hotel, head to your first stop, a dense native forest by the coast. Walk through the woods to visit an impressive waterfall before returning to the vehicle. Next, see Puerto Almanza, the southernmost fishing port in Argentina. From there, drive to a small fishing village, where nearly everyone fishes, catching crab, mussels, and other typical mollusks. Meet your local host family and board their boat. Sail to where they lay their traps and pull them up. Hopefully, they’ll be full of crabs.  On the return to shore, your hosts will prepare a crab in the Patagonian style, boiled in salty seawater, and teach you how to eat it. After lunch, you will head back to your hotel.

From Ushuaia: Trekking to Emerald Lagoon with Dinner

9. From Ushuaia: Trekking to Emerald Lagoon with Dinner

You will start this tour from the meeting point located in Ushuaia city and then depart towards Tierra Mayor Valley. Once at the begining of the path, you will start your 3-hour hike towards Emerald Lagoon. Most of the year the ground is humid, which gives a medium difficulty to the trek. Enjoy path covered with dense native forests and streams (over 5 miles with cumulative elevation gain of 580 ft.). Emerald Lagoon is hidden and located at the foot of the Ojo de Albino glacier, between Cerro Bonete and Cordón Toribio. It is an excellent place for spotting foxes, condors, and beavers. Once arrival to the shore, marvel at the turquoise water while you take a break. The colors that mix between the emerald green of its waters and the coppery red of the peat bogs, added to the ochers, greens and browns of the mountains that enclose it and the albino white of the glacier achieve a visual charm and a wonderful chromatic amplitude. At the end of the tour, enjoy a quiet dinner in a charming cabin overlooking the Tierra Mayor valley while the sun slowly goes down. Return to Ushuaia is estimated around 10 PM.

Ushuaia: Esmeralda Lagoon Hiking Tour with Dinner and Drinks

10. Ushuaia: Esmeralda Lagoon Hiking Tour with Dinner and Drinks

This is the perfect tour for those who love walking and being outdoors. Departing at 2:30 PM, transfer to the Valle de Tierra Mayor, the starting point for this medium intensity walk to visit the Emerald Lagoon. The difficulty is defined by the type of terrain and not by the slope.  This route will take you through a forest and then through a peat zone, which can be very wet. The lagoon is incredibly beautiful and so are the mountains that surround it. After you return from the 4-hour walk to the lagoon, enjoy a delicious Patagonian dinner with red wine in a wooden cottage that overlooks the Valle de Tierra Mayor.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 55 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.

Exotic visit just a stone's throw from Ushuaïa. Have seen the marine animals on the rocks and even condors close enough. We even had a whale nearby. Modern and comfortable boat with cafeteria on board.

Very nice excursion, accessible and friendly. The landscapes are magnificent, the arrival at the Laguna Esmeralda is superb! Our guide Santiago was very interesting and introduced us well to the hike.

Very good excursion, excellent guides, very good vibes and predisposition. Beautiful places and good trekking.

prompt arrival of vehicle with appropriate dropoff and pickup, and explanations of the trek prior