If you are about to travel to El Calafate, you should know the must-see excursions to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is undoubtedly the favorite destination par excellence of the Argentina’s Patagonia. Its fame is not in vain, the Perito Moreno Glacier is a unique site that amazes all travelers who visit it.
The town of El Calafate, in the Province of Santa Cruz, is a small and very picturesque city; located on the southern shore of Argentino Lake, it is the perfect base for touring the incredible Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier itself.
In fact, due to its proximity to Los Glaciares National Park, which is 80 kilometers away, it is known as the National Capital of the Glaciers.
Here are the best excursions to get to know the Perito Moreno Glacier in a unique and unforgettable way:
This tour is aimed at people who wish to enjoy the natural environment of the glaciers without the need to make a significant physical effort.
The journey begins on the old Estancias route that connects the Patagonian culture: native peoples, steppe and pioneers. Then, already inside Los Glaciares National Park, we enjoy privileged views.
In the afternoon, we sail the South and Rico arms of Argentino Lake, with views of the Adriana and Moreno cords.
We then disembark at Las Monedas Beach for a pleasant walk through the forest. Finally, we will enjoy the Perito Moreno Glacier seen from the viewpoint of the South Glacier.
This is an exclusive Full Day experience aboard the Leal Cruise. Ideal for those travelers who wish to visit the Spegazzini Glacier and the Upsala Glacier (momentarily with its Iceberg Barrier), or the Perito Moreno Glacier in a more intimate way.
Walls of more than 50 meters high, deep blue millenary ice and majestic icebergs, are the frame to enjoy nature in all its magnitude.
This navigation, which departs from Under The Shadows Port, offers the possibility of observing with a totally different perspective the impressive walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its continuous landslides on the waters of Rico Lake.
Ideal for those who want to navigate among the glaciers.
Boarding is in Bandera Port. Once on board, we will navigate through the north arm of Argentino Lake until we reach the Upsala Channel. There, if the location of the icebergs allows it, we will approach the wall of the Glacier.
Then, we will navigate the Spegazzini Channel, where we will be able to observe the Seco Glacier, until we reach the front of the Spegazzini Glacier: the highest in the National Park.
The Upsala Glacier is one of the most impressive glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, and the second largest in Argentina.
This glacier is world famous for the large amount of icebergs that break and remain afloat. The Upsala Kayak Experience takes place entirely in the Upsala channel of Argentino Lake and allows you to navigate in double touring kayaks with the possibility of spotting giant icebergs.
Along the way, you will be able to observe the fauna and flora of the area (condors, eagles, wild cows, Ñires, Lengas) as well as passing very close to numerous giant cliffs and large mountains.
In this journey, after crossing the Brazo Rico, the mountain guides will lead us even closer to the glacier to take the crampons and start the approach traverse.
The trail runs along the southern moraine of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and in just over an hour you will reach a spectacular viewpoint, where you will access the ice.
Once on the glacier and with crampons on, the world takes on a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep crevasses, huge sinkholes, magical caves, and the unique sensation of feeling at the center of the glacier.
We will even serve lunch amidst such beauty.
Want to know the glacier in the classic way? Then, this is the best tour for you: PERITO MORENO GLACIER, THE ICE STRUENDO.
Finally, do you need transfers from the hotel to the airport or vice versa? Save time and money and book it in advance.