Adventure to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a 5,000-square mile (1,300-square km) expanse of terrain that is home to Viedma Glacier. Located in Viedma Lake, this glacier is the largest in Argentina and is located in Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Herigage site. Explore this remarkable landscape with two different trip options:
Option 1: Viedma Glacier Sightseeing Cruise
After pickup at your hotel in El Calafate in the morning, arrive in El Calafate approximately 4 hours later. Transfer to Adventure EcoCamp and enjoy a beverage along with a 3-course lunch.
Once lunch is finished, climb aboard your minivan and travel to Bahia Tunnel Port. Embark on a 2.5-hour cruise through Lake Viedma as icebergs flow by. View calving ice and moraines filled with glacial debris. Listen to lectures on natural history by certified national park guides and approach the 131-foot (40-meter) front of the Viedma Glacier.
After your adventure aboard your boat, return to El Chalten and make the trip by bus back to El Calafate for drop-off at your hotel.
Option 2: Viedma Glacier Cruise plus Ice Trek
After morning hotel pickup in El Calafate, arrive in El Chalten in approximately 4 hours. Transfer to your sightseeing boat at Bahia Tunnel Port. Take an hour-long cruise with views of Mt Huemul and Mt Fitz Roy before arriving at Viedma Glacier. Disembark for a safety briefing and lecture on glaciology from national park guides.
Hike to Viedma Glacier and don the appropriate gear for your 2-hour trek across the ice. View dramatic natural features such as deep crevasses and moraines filled with the debris of the ever-moving glacier.
Break for lunch that you have brought with you before boarding the boat back to El Chalten. Transfer to your vehicle for the trip back to El Calafate and drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: Ice trekking is suitable for those in good physical shape who are comfortable walking on irregular terrain.