The tour begins with the pick-up from your hotel in El Calafate. In our comfortable buses, we will provide information through audio guides about the area, the glacier and the tour.
Once at “Bajo de las Sombras” port (Ruta 11, km 70.9) you board on a boat to cross the Lago Rico and arrive at the opposite shore after approximately a 20-minute navigation in front of the southern wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Once you disembark, you will be greeted by mountain guides, who will lead you to a shelter with bathroom facilities. From there, you will begin a brief walk along the shore of the lake, which includes a talk on glaciology in general and the Perito Moreno Glacier in particular. Upon reaching the edge of the glacier, the guides will form subgroups of a maximum 20 people each, and will fit you with crampons and helmets. Once on the ice, you will receive a brief safety talk, and will begin the walk.
Always with the help of our mountain guides, you’ll enjoy this natural ice paradise. The trekking difficulty is moderate, the route on the glacier lasts approximately one and a half hours, and in its course, you will be able to appreciate a variety of typical formations of a glacier like cracks, sumps, seracs, lagoons, etc.
At the end of the walk, you’ll return to the shelter along a walkway crossing the lush Patagonian Andean forest. Shortly afterwards, you’ll board the boat to return to the port and see the glacier walls.
This tour includes a one-hour guided visit to the walkways of the Perito Moreno Glacier, which is 7 km from the port. There, you’ll enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the glacier and walk along some of the self-guided paths.
Note: excursion allowed only for passengers from 10 years old to 65 years old. No exceptions.
If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged.
National Park Los Glaciares entrance not included- $20
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Box
- 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.