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  • Address: El Calafate, Argentina
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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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina, El Calafate, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

4 star rating: Recommended 17 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $157.00
Upsala Kayak Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Upsala Kayak Tour from El Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Get up close to Upsala Glacier on a kayak expedition in Los Glaciares National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning natural beauty. ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $450.00
El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise, El Calafate, Kayaking & Canoeing
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El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Get up close and personal with the largest glaciers in the El Calafate region on a full-day sightseeing cruise. Sail through Lake Argentino and admire the ...  Read more

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

From USD $196.10
Rios de Hielo Express Sailing, El Calafate, Day Cruises
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Rios de Hielo Express Sailing

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Rios de Hielo express is a navigation on Lake Argentino that allows tourists to visit other important glaciers inside Los Glaciares National Park. Visitors ...  Read more

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

From USD $222.00
Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate

This tour is essential to learn about the wonderful glaciers that surround the National Park, because it is the only one that takes us to the two most ...  Read more

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

From USD $215.00
Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Glaciers Gourmet Experience is a different sailing offer that allows guests to make the most of the wonderful places Southern Patagonia has to offer. Sailing ...  Read more

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

From USD $430.00
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip from El Calafate with Optional Boat Ride, El Calafate, Lunch Cruises
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip from El Calafate with Optional Boat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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 $63.63
Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Trek Day Trip from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Trek Day Trip from El Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $343.00
La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Walk through a lunar landscape strewn with petrified logs and dinosaur fossils on this El Calafate day trip to La Leona Petrified Forest. During an ...  Read more

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

From USD $142.00
El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves, El Calafate, Hiking & Camping
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El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Get under the skin of El Calafate and see the ancient rock paintings of Patagonia’s earliest settlers on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling in an ...  Read more

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

From USD $63.63

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