El Calafate & The Glaciers

El Calafate & The Glaciers

HIGHLIGHTS

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

from 745 USD
HIGHLIGHTS

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

days 3
  • Discover the Patagonian nature around the town of El Calafate
  • Walk along the boardwalk as the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier creaks and calves into Lake Argentino.
  • Take a boat cruise close enough to feel the crisp breeze from the ice on your face and tour the breathtaking glacier.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
  In this 3-day adventurous tour, Perito Moreno Glacier will be the highlight. It is arguably one of the most impressive natural wonders in Patagonia and a “must-see” for all visitors! Only 50 miles away from the bustling town of El Calafate, visiting Perito Moreno Glacier is a bucket-list destination for many travelers.

Itinerary
Day 1

Welcome to your 3-day tour in El Calafate - 4WD Trip to Tehuelches' Caves

Group of people having lunch inside a cave in El Calafate

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. Upon arrival, we will bring you to your hotel and have the remainder of your day to relax or explore the surroundings.

El Calafate is a starting point for adventure-seeking travelers who chase to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered the capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala Glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier). It’s the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

But there is much more to see in El Calafate than glaciers. Make the most of your free day and discover other secret gems of the region.

 

  • 4WD trip to Tehuelches’ Caves

In the afternoon, we will pick you up at your hotel to enjoy an excursion in a 4×4 vehicle along the shore of Argentino Lake. You are entering the lands of the Tehuelches. Enjoy the sight of their ancient caves and wild paintings at the lakeshore. Explore the original landscapes of the natives, enjoy a 3-course lunch, and live the experience of eating inside a Tehuelche cave. At the end of the experience, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in El Calafate.

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Group of people having lunch inside a cave in El Calafate
Day 2

Mayo Trek Spirit & Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Beautiful view at Perito Moreno Glacier

 

  • Meet the icy giant of Patagonia

Get ready to explore secluded glaciers, only reachable by boat, in an 8-hour day trip combining short boat trips and hikes. Start the day with a pick-up at your hotel, travel to Puerto Bandera inside Glaciers National Park, and embark on today’s first navigation.

Sail Mayo Channel and disembark on Toro Bay to hike through the Patagonian forest; your specialized guide will tell you about the vegetation of this area (very different from other kinds inside the park) and show you the millenary cherry tree and its 3-meter-in diameter trunk.

Set sail again to reach the Cerro Negro (Black Hill) and make a half-mile soft hike to the base of the hill to admire the hanging Black Glacier. Enjoy your free time in this place that not many travelers have seen, before departing for our third stop, the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

Our boat will pass by the immense icy wall -take your beanie and grab your camera, you may see a piece of ice breaking!- before stopping at Puerto Moreno.

Enjoy your free time, wander the traditional catwalk circuit that surrounds the glacier before sailing back to Puerto Bandera, and be driven back to El Calafate.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Why is the Perito Moreno Glacier the main attraction in El Calafate?

Because is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing. Due to this phenomenon, once in a while, the glacier reaches the other side of Rico’s lake arm, forming a dam that is carved by the waters. A 16-foot vault appears, a kind of bridge between the glacier and the continental lands can be seen for a long period, until one unpredictable day, it falls and sinks into the water.  Few people in the world have been in the right time and moment to see this spectacle of nature.

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Beautiful view at Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 3

The end of your 3-day tour in El Calafate

Trekking next to the Perito Moreno Glacier

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to the airport

At the appropriate time, we will drive you to the airport where you’ll take your flight to your next destination. This is the end of your tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier and the city of El Calafate.  Don’t be discouraged! You can return whenever you want (we will welcome you with open arms) or…

Continue your trip towards the North area of Argentina, to the beautiful Salta region or the wine area in Mendoza. We have still a lot to offer!—Check out these trips to Argentina.

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Trekking next to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Prices per person
Accomodation INN & B&B
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745 USD

Accomodation Comfort
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845 USD

Accomodation Superior
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915 USD

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 2-night accommodation in El Calafate
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
not included
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon No flights are needed for this trip. The trip starts and finishes at El Calafate.

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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