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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking Tour and Cruise

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

Discover Patagonia on this trek in Los Glaciares National Park. Explore the park on foot, and trek on glaciers with crampons. Learn about the flora and fauna from your guide along the way, and sail in front of a glacier on Argentino Lake. This unmissable experience begins at the “Bajo de las Sombras” Port, within Los Glaciares National Park. Take a boat to cross the Brazo Rico, to the west coast. After crossing, take a rest stop and meet your guides who will brief you on the activity. Strap on your crampons and trek along the glacier, following along with your licensed guides. See unique ice formations and learn about glacier ruptures and the natural life of the region. Return to the refuge through the Magellan forest where you can enjoy your lunch (not included) with a view of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Return through the Brazo Rico of the Argentino Lake, sailing in front of the glacier. You can also enjoy the view of the Perito Moreno from the catwalks: another way to see and appreciate its immensity.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

2. 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 Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier, Boat Cruise & Glaciarium

3. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier, Boat Cruise & Glaciarium

Enjoy a trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier located within Los Glaciares National Park. Begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. This early departure allows you to spend more time visiting this amazing place. Travel until you reach the western end of the Magellan Peninsula. When you arrive at the park, walk along a 4 km network of walkways spread over different levels that will allow you to contemplate the glacier from different angles and points of view. Spend 2 hours walking the slopes and marveling at the incredible river of ice. During this free time, feel free to grab a packed lunch or stop at the restaurant. During the visit, the guide will coordinate with you the time for a 1-hour boat ride to the north wall of the glacier. After the boat cruise, return to El Calafate on the same route you took, arriving in the early evening The next day, you can visit the Glaciarium Museum. Enjoy scenic effects, lighting, multimedia programs, and audiovisual presentations to learn about glaciers and their formation.

From El Calafate: La Leona River Kayaking and Trekking Tour

4. From El Calafate: La Leona River Kayaking and Trekking Tour

Start your outdoor adventure with a convenient pickup from your hotel in El Calafate and head to the Luz Divina Parador. Equip yourself with the gear waiting for you at your destination and get on to the water to begin your river tour. Paddle down the river and admire the scenic views. You'll reach the halfway mark after about 10 miles. Get back to dry land as you take a two-hour trekking tour through Cerro Los Hornos. See petrified logs, fossilized dinosaur bones, and one of the oldest formations on the planet. Stop for lunch at a viewpoint along your hiking trail before heading back to the kayaks to complete your experience. Paddle to your final location, the Turbio Stream.

Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Glacier Adventure

5. 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.

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What people are saying about El Calafate

wonderful experience. We rented a car and joined the cruise to the glacier hike at the jetty. No problem at all. Keep in mind that waiting in line to get tickets to enter the National Park may take some time. We arrived there as it opened and waited about 10min in line. Short cruise on a catamaran to where we meet the guide for the hike. Have about a 50min walk to get to the base of the glacier. Get a helmet and crampons to walk on the ice. The guide explains how to walk up and down the ice. Wonderful to see into the crevasses and the amazing blue of the glacier ice. We had about 45min to eat lunch before taking the catamaran back to the meeting point. There was complimetary tea and coffee at the base camp (after the hike) which was unexpected surprise.

my partner and i booked this tour a few months in advance and were looking forward to it!! the tour was well organised and our questions were answered within reasonable timeframes. we were picked up from our hotel and dropped off exactly as planned. the actual walking on the glacier exceeded our expectations. we strongly recommend it to someone who wants to see the ice up close.

Great experience! Well run day trip with a lot packed in. The glacier trek was a once in a life time experience. Would recommend to anyone traveling in this area. Worth the price. The trek guides were fantastic

Great experience! The staff and logistics were amazing. I would book directly with Hielo y Aventuras. Such a breathtaking experience!! Must have some physical condition, but it was manageable.

We had a great day. Everything was planned but still relaxing. Guides were very nice and knowledgeable.