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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier & Optional Boat Cruise

1. 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 to the west end of the Magallanes Peninsula and enjoy plenty of time to explore this natural ice formation. 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 at one of the restaurants. Go on 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 and arrive in the evening.

Gourmet Glacier Cruise & Footbridges of Perito Moreno

2. Gourmet Glacier Cruise & Footbridges of Perito Moreno

Enjoy a full day experience aboard the María Turquesa Cruise that travels to the most impressive glaciers, sailing with the highest comfort. Begin with the transfer from your hotel to the Private Port La Soledad. After traveling 47 KM enter the National Park and board the boat. Cross a peninsulas encounter called "Boca del Diablo" to enter the North Arm of the lake. Navigate between icebergs through the Upsala Canal where you can observe the Upsala Glacier about 10 km away. Go to the Spegazzini Channel to see hanging glaciers such as Dry Glacier, Heim Sur, Peinetta and disembark at Las Vacas Post where you will make a 30-minute walk through a lovely forest. Continue to the front of the highest glacier in the National Park, the Spegazzini Glacier (135 meters above the lake level/440 ft above the lake level). Take advantage of the time, take pictures and contemplate in silence with the surrounding natural beauty. Head to your final destination at Perito Moreno Glacier, where you will disembark on the walkways to culminate a day full of magic and surprises. Finally, take a bus in which you will return to your hotel in El Calafate at the end of the day.

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.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Trip with Gear and Lunch

4. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Trip with Gear and Lunch

Begin the experience with a transfer from El Calafate, then move to Los Glaciares National Park, established as a park in 1937 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Be welcomed to the park by experienced guides and receive information about the activity before starting on your journey. Receive your provided equipment, a safety lesson, and learn about techniques for rowing and using the provided equipment before your departure. Depart from the shores of Lake Argentino and kayak from Playa de los Icebergs toward the front of the glacier, taking in the incredible views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, named for the explorer Francisco Moreno, from only 600 meters away. Be led by expert guides and learn about the park’s history, significance, and ecological importance. Pause to take unique pictures of the glaciers while learning more about the unique glacier, one of the few on earth that is not shrinking, and the beautiful national park, named for its giant ice cap which is one of the worlds largest. Return to base and enjoy a provided lunch, hot drinks, and snacks.

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What people are saying about El Calafate

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Amazing day, probably one of the best days of my life! Everything went well. The communication and coordination with the tour operator. The boat is comfortable and the service is great. Food was served hot and tasted good. The glaciers are breathtaking and the footbridges were just the cherry on top.

Perfect trip to go see Perito Moreno Glacier. Plenty of time to see the glacier and go on the boat tour. The guide was very great and enthusiastic explained a lot of the history of the glacier and culture.

It is a must-do in Calafate. The views are amazing. Everything was very organized, and the guide was super knowledgeable, she provided information about everything about culture, geography and so son.

It's worth it. Very well organized and the guide very friendly. The only thing I would say is that the return to the hotel should be a little earlier, for example at 4 or 4:30 instead of 5.

Superó mis expectativas. A pesar de que se hizo la reserva en línea, el proveedor del servicio siempre estuvo en comunicación para coordinar todos los detalles. Excelente en todo sentido.