We enjoy an early breakfast and board the minibus heading to Perito Moreno glacier. After a couple of hours, we reach Los Glaciares National Park and continue driving to Bajo de las Sombras bay sector where we board the boat that sails approximately twenty minutes on Lago Rico to reach the southern wall of the glacier. On the otherside, the guide gives us a short talk about the formation of glaciers with other interesting details about local geology. From this point, we do a short walk to the edge of the glacier where we’re given the crampons to be fitted to our shoes. Now we start the ice trekking adventure! As we walk ahead we have spectacular views of the glacier and its surroundings. Our trek finishes at a little ice bar serving whiskey on freshly chopped millenary ice from the glacier.
After having lunch, we continue to the footbridges with multiple viewpoints of the glacier’s incredible north side with its mighty cracking walls. Here we’re free to enjoy the surroundings at our leisure. After the thrilling encounter with the glacier, we drive back to Calafate for the final night in our hotel here.
- Overnight Hostería Sierra Nevada (3 stars), El Calafate
Alternatively, you can choose to do the "Big Ice" glacier hike also on Glacier Perito Moreno (additional costs apply - age limit 18 to 50 years old).
Trek to the heart of Perito Moreno Glacier, crossing ice crevasses and exploring ice caves along the way! The excursion begins with a boat ride across the lagoon, departing from “Bajo de las Sombras” port. During the navigation, we admire the imposing ice wall of the glacier that we will soon walk on. After disembarking, we hike for 1.5 hours across the moraine to reach the access point of the glacier. As soon as we put on our crampons, we are ready for the big ice hike. With our knowledgeable bilingual guides, we will trek deep into the glacier, full of creaks, cracks, and caves. Our physical efforts will be rewarded by the glacier revealing all its splendor as we get closer and closer to its heart, where we have lunch surrounded by the deep blue of the million-year-old ice. After the hike, which lasts about 3.5 hours, we head back the same way and cruise on the lake for 20 minutes, during which we get within a hairbreadth of the southern wall of the glacier. Please see the price section for additional costs.
N.B. Due to operational insurance issues, the age limit for doing the ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier is 65 years old. If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged.