If you’re visiting El Calafate, there’s no way to miss the vast Lago Argentino. The city sits on the shore of this massive lake, the largest freshwater source in Argentina. It covers 566 square miles and is a result of glacial meltwater, which causes its milky blue color. The lake is part of Argentina’s Glacier National Park and is home to one of the area’s only advancing glaciers, Perito Moreno, which calves into Lago Argentino.

But Perito Moreno is not the only thing to see at Lago Argentino, and many visitors choose a full day of sightseeing on the lake, starting from El Calafate. Visits up the north arm to Upsala usually give visitors a chance to see calving glaciers up close, and the Spegazzini Glacier is the tallest one in the area, at almost 450 feet. Most visits also include the Onelli Glacier, and visitors are sometimes allowed to disembark along the shores and hike among native beech forest and red-blooming firebush. On clear days, the glaciers spear stark and white, while overcast days show off their bluer tones.

Practical Info

From El Calafate, drive about 40 minutes to Puerto Bandera on the lake’s shore to go sailing and visit a few different glacier fronts, depending on conditions. Temperatures are cool most times of year, so dress accordingly.

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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Be seduced by the fascinating landscape of Argentinia's Perito Moreno glacier on a full day tour from El Calafate. Explore glacier streams, small lagoons, ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.99

Sailing, Hiking and Off-Road Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the remote beauty of Patagonia’s Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier on a journey of discovery from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs across Lago ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $194.99

El Calafate 4x4 Off-Road Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on a 4x4 adventure in Calafate Mountain Park, taking in the spectacular scenery of Los Glaciares National Park as you ride to the Calafate Balcony. This ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99

3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers

Visit the southern arm of Lake Argentino and Los Glaciares National Park on a three day tour from El Calafate. Your second day starts at El Calafate where ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $236.99

9-Day Best of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park

See the best of South America’s spectacular Patagonia region on this 9-day tour from El Calafate. With a combination of guided activities and free time, this ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $748.99
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3-Night Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires Including Perito Moreno Glacier

Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate for a 3-night Patagonian adventure! Just four hours away by air, the town of El Calafate provides easy access to Los ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,016.99

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