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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Mini Trekking Experience

1. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Mini Trekking Experience

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.

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El Calafate: Full-Day Chalten Tour with Hiking

2. El Calafate: Full-Day Chalten Tour with Hiking

Your day begins at 7:30AM in the morning from El Calafate, from where you will take the mythical Route 40 which borders the Argentino Lake. Following that, cross the Santa Cruz River, before continuing to the La Leona River where you will walk through its canyon until you reach the old hotel of Paso La Leona. There you can enjoy a coffee accompanied by homemade cakes, and from there you will continue skirting the Viedma Lake with the Andes in the background. Before reaching the village you will stop at the viewpoint of the Viedma Glacier from where you will be able to appreciate beautiful panoramic views of the glacier, the Cordillera, and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. You will later arrive at the mountain village of El Chaltén after 3 hours of travel, having traveled a total distance of 220 kilometers. After visiting the interpretation center, there is a walk to Chorrillo del Salto, an impressive waterfall due to its height and surrounding landscape. Towards noon there is lunch in the restaurant, after which optional hikes are offered to the Mirador de los Cóndores and an eagle lookout, both accompanied by your guide. At 4:30PM, you will begin your return to El Calafate.

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Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Glacier Adventure

3. 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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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.

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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.

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El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

6. 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.

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El Chalten/Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

7. El Chalten/Calafate: Laguna de los Tres Trekking Tour

Laguna de Los Tres is without a doubt one of the most famous hikes in Patagonia – also known as the Fitz Roy Trek, because the path will lead you through a dramatic landscape with views of Mount Fitz Roy above the lake.  Be prepared for panoramic views that will take your breath away. You will be trekking through part of an Andean forest, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see the animals that live there.  After the first ascent in the trail, you will be rewarded with a splendid view of De Las Vueltas river sneaking through the valley. The trail then passes through a flat area of woods and gentle valleys.  The third and final stage of the trail is a route of about 1km with a more intense slope. After this challenging section, you will reach the base of Mount Fitz Roy, where the Laguna de Los Tres rests beautifully 1,200 meters above sea level. Here you will enjoy the amazing landscape with Mount Fitz Roy towering above you. This is a perfect spot to have a break with a snack and take pictures. You will retrace your steps to return back to town.

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What people are saying about El Calafate

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 52 reviews

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.

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 !

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

It was absolutely stunning. The guides were very friendly and helpful and funny! :)