El Calafate & The Glaciers

Plan your adventure

  • 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!
  • 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. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to your 3-day tour in El Calafate
Day at leisure

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

 

  • 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 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.

 

Say Hueque Tips

Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day:

  • Glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. On your free day, you can visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about  Argentine rural culture, the traditions of the gaucho (cowboy) and enjoy a great asado (barbecue).
  • If you are really into knowing more about Perito Moreno Glacier and other famous icy giants of the region, you can visit The Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of glaciers and its first explorers. Getting to the museum is really easy— There is a transfer you can take at the Tourist Office in downtown Calafate.
Day 1

Day 2

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier tour

  • Full-day Perito Moreno Glacier tour with boat trip

 

  • Perito Moreno Glacier tour: Meet the icy giant of Patagonia

During the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Glaciers National Park to enjoy the 6-hour Perito Moreno Glacier tour.  You will travel about 25 miles from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park, you will take walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel unbelievably close to Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall, sinking forever into the lake below.

Over the course of about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know…and things you may have never thought about. After this visit, you will take a boat ride that will bring you close enough to fully appreciate the 262-foot ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece. At the end of the day, we will drive you back to your hotel.  

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Walk over the Big Ice

Have you ever imagined walking across the surface of a glacier? Well, this is your chance! The Mini Trekking tour will allow you to trek on Perito Moreno Glacier… This is one of our favorite Patagonia outings; we’re sure you won’t regret it.  This is an optional excursion you can add to this day. 

Day 2

Day 3

The end of your 3-day tour in El Calafate

  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

 

  • 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 our travelers’ favorite itineraries throughout Argentina and Chile.

Day 3

Prices per person

INN & B&B

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USD 242

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Confort

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USD 312

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Superior

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USD 359

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2022 (ask for prices in 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.
  • We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you book with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset. We are working to create more sustainable, responsible and meaningful ways of exploring South America.

INCLUDED

  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
  • 2-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate)

NOT INCLUDED

  • National Park entrance fees
  • International or domestic flights
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

FLIGHTS NEEDED
FOR THIS ITINERARY

No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts and finishes at El Calafate.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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