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Perito Moreno Glacier

Argentinians call Perito Moreno Glacier the "8th Wonder of the World;" in addition to its enormous beauty, it is the planet's 3rd largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers. It slowly pours, in crackling celestial blue, from the granite spires of the Chilean Paine Mountains into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park.

The glacier is a kinetic attraction, emitting sonic booms as it calves icebergs the size of skyscrapers into placid Lago Argenito. Every decade or two, it extends its reach just a tad too far, forming graceful ice bridges and tunnels just a bit too thin to hold, and the entire structure collapses into the sea, creating an ice flow of epic proportions. 

While many visitors are content to stay on solid ground, more adventurous travelers can explore the inlet in small boats, or even don crampons and head out onto the ever-shifting ice field itself.

Practical Info

In addition to being one of the world's most impressive natural phenomenon, Perito Moreno glacier is also one of the most accessible ice fields in the world. El Calfate, a touristy town about 80 km (50 mi) from the glacier, is served by El Calafate International Airport (FTE), with regular service from cities in Argentina and Chile.

There are public buses as well, but be aware that Los Glaciares National Park is a day's journey, at least, from the nearest major destinations. Once you're in El Calfate, however, you'll find fast, convenient buses to the glacier and elsewhere in the national park, and around the region.

Tours & Tickets

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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier

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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 $119.99

El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier

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An adventurer's delight! Have you ever wondered what being close up to a glacier feels like? Here's your chance to find out. Hike across El Perito Moreno, one ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.99

Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip from El Calafate with Optional Boat Ride

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Marvel at the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park on this full-day trip from El Calafate. Travel by coach to the UNESCO-listed ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.99

Best Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Trek Day Trip from El Calafate

Take a thrilling trek across Perito Moreno glacier on this once-in-a-lifetime full-day trip from El Calafate. Travel into beautiful Los Glaciares National Park ...  Read more

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

From USD $292.99

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 $274.99

5-Day Trip in Ushuaia and Calafate

Travel to the end of the world!! Join us in this adventure and get to know the most southerly capital city in the world, Ushuaia. Be astonished by its ...  Read more

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,070.00

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 $1,107.99

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