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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.

Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

2. Lake Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes Forest

Start the first section of the tour in the Quetrihue Peninsula where you will visit the Arrayanes Forst.  After a quick walk, arrive at Bosque de Arrayanes where you will stay for 45 minutes and cross the forest on a path that is 2625 feet (800m) long. This part of the trip culminates in the mythical cabin that functions as a tea house. From there, boardoard the catamaran and resume your tour as you head to Bahía Anchorena. After several minutes of navigation, the catamaran will arrive at Puerto Anchorena. Once off the boat, begin your tour of the island. Among the possible activities, you can take the historical route, which is a 1-hour walk where you will have access to information related to the history of the island and its flora and fauna. The other option is to trek to Piedras Blancas on a 5-mile (8km) route. You can also visit Toro Beach, where you can see cave paintings, or the recreation area where you can take a break and even eat lunch. It should be noted that the island has a confectionery stand, where passengers have the opportunity to have lunch or a snack.

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.

From Ushuaia: Tierra del Fuego Emerald Lagoon Trekking Tour

4. 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. 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: 2-Day Perito Moreno with Boat Ride & 4WD Trip

5. El Calafate: 2-Day Perito Moreno with Boat Ride & 4WD Trip

Spend 2 days exploring the nature and scenic views of Patagonia with a professional guide. Day 1: On your first day, you will be driven from your hotel in El Calafate and towards Glaciers National Park. Enjoy the landscape on the way. Glaciers National Park, hosts the second largest icefield in the world after Antarctica. At the hop-off point, your guide will explain how to tour the 2 mile-long boardwalks that showcase the front wall of Perito Moreno Glacier. These are low-difficulty paths connected by stairways. You can read the informative signs in key viewpoints, and if you're lucky, you may even see a gigantic piece of ice breaking and fall into the lake. Join your guide again at the stated time to take your hour-long boat trip across the whole frontal face of this 260 foot-high ice wall. There is a little bar inside the boat where you can buy hot beverages to fight the cold Patagonian wind. Return to your hotel in El Calafate in the early evening. Day 2: On your second day, you will be picked up at your hotel again and head through Argentino Lake´s shore. You will reach a panoramic point to have incredible views of the lake and the Andes Mountains. On the tour, you will discover the original culture during the visit to an archeological site. You will explore caverns that preserve paintings of the original Nativos of these lands. To finish this amazing tour, you will have lunch/dinner inside one of these caverns. Enjoy a traditional lamb casserole in this special atmosphere that will transport you to those remote years. Return to your hotel in El Calafate.

Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

6. Puerto Madryn: 3-Hour Snorkeling Trip with Sea Lions

Explore a Spanish shipwreck on Parana beach and spot penguins, whales, dolphins, and more in the Punta Loma Natural Reserve before jumping in the water to interact with the sea lions in their natural habitat. These curious animals are not trained nor fed, yet are friendly and used to humans. With the help of an experienced guide, you will learn more about these playful animals in this unique and unforgettable experience.  Choose between hotel pickup and drop-off in Puerto Madryn or come directly to the meeting point where you will be fitted with a neoprene suit before heading down to the water to hop on the boat. After snorkeling and touring, the group will return to the dive center for hot drinks.

Perito Moreno Glacier Sightseeing from El Calafate

7. Perito Moreno Glacier Sightseeing from El Calafate

This 6-hour tour departs El Calafate for the Glaciers National Park in southern Argentina, where you will visit one of the few glaciers left on the planet that is still advancing. The glacier’s remarkable color gives it the appearance of a gigantic blue slushy. Traversed by a series of walkways that afford panoramic views, you will begin your navigation on the Rico Arm, passing in front of the towering wall of advancing ice. You will spend the day watching the glacier slowly move, but the event that will make your day complete is when sections of the ice suddenly calve into the chilly waters below. Even small calvings can send a roar into the sky, but occasionally sections the size of buses tumble into the lake, where they start their journey bobbing about as icebergs. As the glacier stretches across the lake it forms a natural dam. The pressure of the water forms a tube of ice that, every few years, collapses in a terrific explosion. This event can last 1 or 2 days, offering a spectacular show of singular beauty. Whether you are lucky to catch this particular piece of natural theater or not, the park’s series of strategically placed walkways and bridges will allow you to witness the park and glaciers from various vantage points throughout the day. You will have the services of a bilingual English and Spanish speaking guide to explain the phenomenon, and introduce you to one of the most dramatic places on earth.

El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

8. El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy &Laguna de Los Tres Full-Day Hike

The most classic, spectacular and unforgettable trekking in southern Patagonia. The visit to Laguna de los Tres is a classic of El Chaltén and one of the most beautiful viewpoints for the panoramic views of Fitz Roy. Although it is one of the longest trails, it is worth it. The activity will start with the pick up from the hotels at 06:00 AM. Then you will take the mythical Route 40 bordering the Lago Argentino and start your trip to the town of El Chaltén, 220 km from El Calafate. The transport will be waiting for you so that you can make the Fitz Roy Trail for 8 hours, covering a total of 20 km to reach 1,200 meters high. You will pass through different sceneries, some more wooded, others more austere and with water mirrors until you reach Laguna de los Tres. During the winter season, the main landscape is snow. We provide you with crampons and poles so you can walk safely. The first 4 kilometers will be to warm up, with an incredible view of the Rio de las Vueltas Valley, crossing forests and streams, until you reach Laguna Capri. Then you will continue along the same trail until km 8, where you will find the Poincenot Camping and the Rio Blanco, here begin the most difficult kilometers. In this instance we recommend to be attentive to the schedule, since to go down to the town from Laguna de los Tres will take approximately 4 hours. The return trail is the same as the outward trail; we suggest you pay attention to the only detour point which is Mirador del Fitz Roy. You should not take this path because in case of search or rescue, the indicated path is through Laguna Capri. At 7:00 p.m. we will meet again in town, where we will start our return trip.

Punta Tombo Full-Day Tour

9. Punta Tombo Full-Day Tour

This tour includes a visit to the Punta Tombo penguin rockery, Rawson Port (where you can watch toninas overas, a type of dolphin) and to Gaiman for Welsh tea. At the Punta Tombo you will visit the animal keeper and a coffee shop. Continuing to Trelew you will take a short tour through the town center and historical square. The tour makes an optional visit to the Paleontology Museum Egidio Feruglio. Explore Gaiman to discover relevant historical places as you learn about both the history of the settlement and the traditional building styles in the colony. The tour stops at the tea house for a cup of Welsh tea. The tour returns to the city of Puerto Madryn at sunset.

Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

10. Puerto Madryn City Tour & Punta Loma HD Tour

In this two-hour excursion we will make a tour around the city to visit the most outstanding places: the commercial center, the historic center, the mineral and cruise ship docks, and ending the visit at the panoramic viewpoint of Punta Cuevas where the monument to the Tehuelche Indian, a former inhabitant of the area, is located. From here we will leave towards Paraná beach to go to the Punta Loma sea lion reserve. Here we will find colonies of juvenile and adult sea lions, which we will observe from the cliffs prepared as balconies, and delighting us with the flights of black cormorants. After this two-hour tour, we will be returning to our selected hotels in Puerto Madryn.

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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

A wonderful experience. The trek was well organised and guided so that all could comfortably complete the trek..well organizes..the effort to reach Emerald lagoon was worth it

The views are absolutely stunning. Our trip to the Arreyenes forest and Victoria Island was amazing. Our guide Melina is an outstanding guide and extremely informative.

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