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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: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

2. El Calafate: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate around 7:00 AM to undertake the 47km route to the Punta Bandera Port where your boat departs at 9:00 AM. The first part of the trip takes place in the north arm of the Argentino Lake before crossing into the Boca del Diablo, the narrowest part of the lake. Then, go to the Upsala and Spegazzini channels where you can view the respective glaciers. The Upsala Glacier is the largest on the Argentino Lake and can be seen from about 20km away. The Spegazzini Glacier is the highest and you can also see the Dry, Heim Sur, and Peineta glaciers. After entering the Spegazzini Channel, a 300-meter path will be crossed without difficulty through the forest along the coast of the lake making stops at viewpoints overlooking the entire Bay of Glaciers. Arrive at the Spegazzini Refuge where you can enjoy an optional 3-course lunch with drinks, visit the shop, and contemplate the landscape from the terrace.  For those who enjoy walking, the mountain path offers a 700m trek of medium difficulty through a wooded path with natural viewpoints of the Spegazzini Glacier ending at the landing point. Return to the boat and head back to El Calafate where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour with Optional Boat Ride

3. Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour with Optional Boat Ride

Get to know the Perito Moreno glacier, a staggeringly beautiful ice field and glacier that is the crown jewel of Patagonia. Spend a full day exploring with your own private group and guide. Start your trip with pickup from your hotel in El Calafate between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM, depending on your preference. Once on the road, travel the 80 kilometers that separate the town from the glacier. Upon arrival at the parking lot, if you select the add-on for this tour, your group will have a 1-hour boat ride in front of the northern wall of the glacier, the best way to see, hear, and photograph the glacier.  Then, spend up to five hours walking around and exploring the glacier and the trails around it with your guide. Among the earth’s most dynamic and accessible ice fields, this glacier is the stunning centerpiece of the southern sector of Los Glaciares National Park. Constantly advancing, the glacier is considered one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the world.

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From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

4. From El Calafate: Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén

Immerse yourself in Argentina’s dramatic landscapes and take in panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and lakes. See the nature that played a major role in Darwin’s and Fitz Roy’s research and discover Argentina’s youngest village, El Chaltén, founded in 1985. Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Take the legendary Route 40, which runs alongside Lake Argentino with its blueish-white glaciers.   Cross the Santa Cruz River and hear about Charles Darwin’s and Robert Fitz Roy’s expeditions. Continue to La Leona River, and stop at La Leona Roadhouse, where you can learn the history of Route 40 over a coffee and homemade cake. Walk along the edge of Lake Viedma and see the breathtaking peaks of the Andes mountain range, including Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. After your 3-hour journey, arrive at El Chatén, located in the Southern Andes in a valley where the rivers De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy meet. Admire the young village’s surroundings within the Los Glaciares National Park. Then, decide to either to hike along self-guided trails or remain in the town and enjoy some free time. If you choose to hike a trail, the tour guide will provide you with a map, a lunchbox and advise you on the different trail options to best suit your fitness level. Throughout the year, you can enjoy two short trails to Chorrillo del Salto and Mirador de los Cóndores. From October to April, you can also choose a trail that will take you to Capri Lagoon. If you prefer to stay in El Chaltén, you can enjoy a relaxing period of free time and explore the town. At 5 PM, start your journey back to El Calafate, arriving around 7:30-8 PM. Enjoy a convenient drop-off at your hotel after a full day of discovering Argentina’s nature.

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From El Calafate: Full-Day Private Transfer to El Chaltén

5. From El Calafate: Full-Day Private Transfer to El Chaltén

Immerse yourself in Argentina’s dramatic landscapes and take in panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and lakes. See the nature that played a major role in Darwin’s and Fitz Roy’s research and discover Argentina’s youngest village, El Chaltén, founded in 1985. Start your full-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. Take the legendary Route 40, which runs alongside Lake Argentino with its blue-white glaciers. Cross the Santa Cruz River and listen to stories of Charles Darwin’s and Robert Fitz Roy’s expeditions. Continue to La Leona River, and stop at La Leona Roadhouse, where you can learn the history of Route 40 over a coffee and homemade cake. Travel along the edge of Lake Viedma and see the breathtaking peaks of the Andes mountain range, including Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. In El Chaltén, if you choose to hike a trail, you will be provided with a map and advised of the different trail options to best suit your fitness level. Throughout the year, you can enjoy two short trails to Chorrillo del Salto and Mirador de Los Cóndores. Before nightfall, begin your journey back to El Calafate. Again enjoy a comfortable ride in your private transport vehicle and a convenient drop-off at your hotel after a full day of discovering Argentina’s wilderness.

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Los Glaciares National Park: Full-Day Glacier Adventure

6. 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

7. 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: Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek

8. 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

9. 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

4.5 / 5

based on 40 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.

Fantastic day. Of course, it is also important to have luck with the weather to enjoy the incredible panorama. Cover up well to stay on the deck of the catamaran and not miss any moment of navigation. Inside it is comfortable and warm but less easy to photograph

We had an amazing trip to the Perito Moreno glacier, our guide Ainelen was amazing!! Incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the Patagonia region and it's history, and a wonderful guide. We'll definitely be back!

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