How is The Perito Moreno Glacier Hiking?

Patagonia Travel Argentina Travel Posted on 10/04/2010

El Calafate is a small, bustling city that is the gateway to Patagonia. Home to many traditional restaurants that serve up regional delicacies such as Patagonia roasted lamb, empanadas and artisanal micro-brewed beer, Calafate is famous for its close proximity to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. This hike is a unique experience! Read where and how to enjoy hiking in Perito Moreno Glacier.  

1. Where is the Perito Moreno Glacier located?   

Perito Moreno Glacier is the most visited glacier in Patagonia and for good reason, it offers some of the most breathtaking views that one could imagine. Located on the shores of Argentina’s largest lake, Lake Argentino, and just two hours from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier tours are a must for every visitor! Walk alongside the glacier’s numerous viewpoints and take a boat cruise up close to the massive ice wall and watch as the ice breaks off and falls into the lake- it is spectacular. For even more adventure, get ready and strap on the crampons (spiked ice-shoes) to go hiking in the Perito Moreno Glacier!

Perito Moreno Trekking

2. What are the available trails for hiking?  

Walking on a glacier is one of those experiences that southern Californians can only dream of, and the Perito Moreno glacier does not disappoint. There are two main Perito Moreno trekking options that are available. The first and easier of the two is called, “Glacier mini-trekking.”  On this trip you will enjoy an easy walk (of approximately two hours) on the glacier (with spiked-ice boots / crampons), observing the colorful ice formations and glacial pools while the guide explains the history of the region and glaciology.

For those looking for a bit more of a physical challenge, the Big Ice excursion is for you. With seven hours hiking in the Perito Moreno Glacier, you will  feel like you have journeyed to the center of an icy world. In addition to the incredible views and learning about glaciology, you will have the opportunity to see some impressive ice caves and crevasses. This trip is not for the faint hearted!

Trekking over Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate

3. What should we do on a hike through the Glaciar Perito Moreno?

For either of these glacier walks, remember to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A small pack
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

If you find that you really love glaciers and want to experience even more of these icy beauties, we recommend exploring Los Glaciares Parque Nacional (Glacier National Park) the following day with a glacier cruise to Upsala Glacier and Oneil Spegazinni Glaciers. These are some of the most impressive glaciers in Patagonia and will be sure to impress.

After an exhilarating day (or two) at Glacier National Park, return to Calafate for a delicious meal and a sunset walk along the Nimez reservoir, or go horseback-riding with the gauchos at a nearby Patagonia estancia. And then, continue the southern journey to Chalten or Torres del Paine, Patagonia.

Perito Moreno Trekking

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