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  • Address: El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina

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Lago Argentino Tours

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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Estancia Cristina Full-Day Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Estancia Cristina Full-Day Tour from El Calafate

Enjoy a different excursion, during a whole day, ideal for those who want to keep exploring all that Argentinean Patagonia has to show us. In an ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $277.00
Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina, El Calafate, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 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 $175.00
El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
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El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 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
Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $166.00
Full-Day Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier from Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier from Puerto Natales

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier takes 16 hours from Puerto Natales by coach with air-conditioning. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important ...  Read more

Location: Puerto Natales, Chile
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.00
Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour with Boat Ride from El Calafate, El Calafate, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour with Boat Ride from El Calafate

This private 8-hour excursion for up to 4 travelers is perfect for those nature lovers who want to explore lakes, rivers, mountains and trails to discover one ...  Read more

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

From USD $399.00
Rios de Hielo Express Sailing, El Calafate, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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 $199.00
Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
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 $470.00
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate, El Calafate, Lunch Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 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 $50.00
El Chalten Full-Day Hiking from El Calafate with Lunch, El Calafate, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

El Chalten Full-Day Hiking from El Calafate with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience some outdoor activity on your visit to El Calafate by participating in this full-day trek to El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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