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Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino) Tours

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Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino)
Encompassing a colossal 566 square miles (911 square-kilometers), Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino) is the largest lake in the country. El Calafate, the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier, and the Upsala Glacier are all perched on its shores, so the lake serves as the gateway to some of Patagonia’s most impressive glacial landscapes.

The Basics

Take a cruise on Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino) to enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding glaciers. Boat tours typically pass the Upsala Glacier and the Spegazzini Glacier before they loop round and reveal parts of the Perito Moreno Glacier—with luck, you’ll witness car-sized chunks of ice splitting off and splashing into the lake below. Alternatively, combine a short cruise around the western arm of the lake with a hike along the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino) is the ideal destination for adventurous travelers—activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, and glacier hiking.
  • Most lake cruises last a full day and include an onboard lunch.
  • Even in the summer months, temperatures on the lake can be cold so warm clothes are a must. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea as the glaciers reflect sunlight.

How to Get There

Sitting on its southern shore, the city of El Calafate is the main gateway to the lake. From the city center, it’s a 40-minute drive west to Puerto Bandera port, where most boat cruises depart from. Tours typically include pickup and drop-off in El Calafate.

When to Get There
The summer months of January, February, and March are the most popular time for lake cruises, and advance booking is essential. Temperatures drop below freezing in the winter months of July and August, so many cruises stop running during this period.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Part of the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of Patagonia’s most-visited natural wonders. Stretching for more than 19 miles (30 kilometers) and towering 240 feet (74 meters) above Argentino Lake, the glacier is unique in that it’s one of few in the world that continues to advance. As well as admiring the glacier from the water, you can look out over the Iceberg Channel (Canal de los Tempanos) from a series of boardwalks or even hike across the glacier.
Address: El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
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Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat SafariNature and Wildlife

Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari

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Experience the majestic icy expanse of the Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Calafate. Enjoy views of the peaks of Los Glaciares National Park with a professional guide, and take a boat ride on Argentino Lake for an up-close perspective on the fantastic formation. You might even witness the glacier’s signature movement and cracking sounds from detaching icebergs!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Glaciers Full Day Sightseeing Cruise on board 'Maria Turquesa'Day Trips

Glaciers Full Day Sightseeing Cruise on board 'Maria Turquesa'

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Go see some of the world’s most amazing glaciers before they disappear during this full-day tour of Lake Argentino. View multiple glaciers from the ship including Upsala, Seco, Heim, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno. Stop for a short guided walk and enjoy panoramic views of the glaciers and enjoy a boxed lunch with a non-alcoholic drink while you sail.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El CalafateDay Trips

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

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Visit the stunning Perito Moreno glacier on this full-day trip from El Calafate. Ride via coach to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the park's scenic lookouts and walkways to see the glacier from a multitude of different angles. Opt for a boat ride along Perito Moreno's dramatic front side for additional spectacular views of the icy giant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing CruiseNature and Wildlife

El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise

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Sail amid the massive glaciers in El Calafate on this full-day sightseeing boat excursion. Cruise across Lago Argentino to view the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers up close. Enjoy lunch onboard while you appreciate the spectacular scenery, then snap photos from the deck of the boat. Learn about the natural history of the area from your guide and relax on the comfortable vessel. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 9 hours
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El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with LunchHiking

El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch

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Get ‘wild’ on your visit to El Calafate by enjoying this full-day trek to El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park. Marvel at the rugged peaks of the Andes and Argentino Lake as you drive along the famous Route 40. When you reach El Chalten, you’ll get to enjoy a range of independent or guided hiking trails within this scenic area. A boxed lunch is also included to help fuel the adventure.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El CalafateHiking

La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

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Spend an afternoon hiking and exploring outside of El Calafate on a visit to La Leona Petrified Forest. Along the way you’ll stop at Hotel La Leona, an old roadhouse that once housed Butch Cassidy, and travel past some of Patagonia’s most alluring scenery, including Mt Fitz Roy and Argentino Lake. Then enjoy an easy 7-mile (12-km) guided trek through La Leona’s moon-like forest, keeping an eye out for fossilized dinosaur bones and petrified trees. Your day-long tour includes round-trip air-conditioned transport and a boxed lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Perito Moreno Ice Trek from El CalafateDay Trips

Full-Day Perito Moreno Ice Trek from El Calafate

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Spend a full day trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier on this tour from El Calafate. Leave the city life behind to explore the glacier's balconies and some hidden corners of the glacier with your expert guide. This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 10 passengers and includes transport by an air-conditioned coach and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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Nativo Experience - Lakes & CavernsHalf-day Tours

Nativo Experience - Lakes & Caverns

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It is a tour in 4x4 where every moment is a unique experience. The coast of Lake Argentino is surrounded by nature and history. The ascent to Punta Bonita cliff allows to have an excellent panoramic view. The Punta Walichu archaeological site is visited where the cave paintings made by natives are interpreted in the walls of caves. We finish the tour in one of the caves, where you have lunch or dinner, with an impressive view of the lake and the mountains.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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CALAFATE SAFARI NAUTICO and WALKING FOOTBRIDGES Best of Perito MorenoDay Trips

CALAFATE SAFARI NAUTICO and WALKING FOOTBRIDGES Best of Perito Moreno

This tour is designed for people who want to enjoy the magic of ice and to remember that experience forever. You will be able to appreciate the amazing ice wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its icebergs. From our comfortable ships and with a completely different perspective, this 1-hour trip offers the possibility of seeing the spectacular ice walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its continuous and thunderous collapses over the Lago Rico. 400 meters from the southern wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier, the boat stops for a few minutes to take a closer look at the landscape. You could not get any closer to the rupture! The Safari Náutico is a navigation suitable for all ages and it can be done year round. We will go to the Footbridges where we will have a sector of services for visitors and a system of balconies and walkways that allow hiking on different routes and access different truly incredible views of the Glacier and the proximity to it.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Ice Tour at Perito Moreno GlacierDay Trips

Big Ice Tour at Perito Moreno Glacier

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Explore deep into the Perito Moreno Glacier during the Big Ice Tour. On this adventure from El Calafate, sail across the otherworldly blue of Lago Argentino and disembark on the ice of the glacier itself. Don some crampons and follow your expert adventure guides into the interior of the glacier. Explore the deep crevasses, caves and underground lagoons. This tour is suitable only for those in good physical condition.
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  • 6 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day TripDay Trips

Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip

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Explore Patagonia's rugged beauty, serene lakes, and monumental glaciers on the full-day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Sail from Bajo las Sombras Port across to Brazo Rico, where you meet your guide, strap on your crampons, and embark on a mini trek across the glacier. Listen as your guide provides fascinating details of local glaciology, flora, and fauna, before trekking into a nearby Magellanic forest. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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Minitrekking in the Perito Moreno Glacier by Patagonia DreamsHiking

Minitrekking in the Perito Moreno Glacier by Patagonia Dreams

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The Perito Moreno Glacier, is unique for its characteristics, not only the easy access from land makes it famous, but it is one of the 3 glaciers in the world that is not in retreat. In addition to these unique characteristics, without a doubt being able to walk on it, it is a unique and unforgettable experience for anyone taking this tour. Walk 1.30 hours on the Glacier Sail the South Arm of Lake Argentino Walk the national park walkways at your own pace and style. After the walk, a toast will be included to remember this sensation of walking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, as one of the best moments in your vacation in the Argentine Patagonia.
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  • 10 hours
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Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia CristinaSailing

Sailing to Upsala Glacier and Patagonia Adventure to Estancia Cristina

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Discover Upsala Glacier and Estancia Cristina on this full-day adventure from El Calafate. Sail past icebergs on Patagonia's Lago Argentino to Estancia Cristina, a historical sheep and cattle ranch at the end of the world. Tour Estancia Cristina, then choose between an off-road 4x4 tour to Upsala Glacier or a walk to a pristine nearby waterfall.
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  • 11 hours
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3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the GlaciersNature and Wildlife

3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers

Bring the family for a three-day tour highlighting southern Argentina’s spectacular natural scenery. Set out from El Calafate with your bilingual guides to Los Glaciares National Park, where you’ll see Lake Argentino, marvel at the thunderous roar of calving glaciers, and enjoy jaw-dropping views  Perito Moreno Glacier—the park’s most iconic glacier—from a multitude of angles. This multiday tour includes two nights lodging in El Calafate.
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  • 3 days
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Nativo Experience in 4x4 - AfternoonHalf-day Tours

Nativo Experience in 4x4 - Afternoon

It is a 4x4 midday excursion along the coast of Lake Argentino. Ideal for the day of arrival or departure, it has an anthropological approach, making a journey through time on the passage of man in these lands, re-discovering stories of the first and daring expeditions that ventured into the unknown.
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  • 3 hours
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Full day boat navigation in Los Glaciares National Park Nature and Wildlife

Full day boat navigation in Los Glaciares National Park

From the Port of Punta Banderas, 47 km from El Calafate, we begin sailing on the North Arm of Lake Argentino. We cross the Boca del Diablo with destination Upsala Canal and to navigate among the great icebergs that despise the front of the Upsala Glacier. Then we enter the Spegazzinni Canal and a moment later we will have the first view of the Dry Glacier. Continue sailing to the front of the Spegazzinni Glacier where we will also see the Heim Sur and Peineta glaciers. We prepare to disembark at the Spegazzinni Base and begin the visit of the area walking through the forest path to the Spegazzini Refuge (next to be inaugurated)
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Glacier navigation Mayo Spirit Trek 3 landings and walk through the ForestDay Trips

Glacier navigation Mayo Spirit Trek 3 landings and walk through the Forest

Our navigation will take you to know one of the most beautiful places in Los Glaciares National Park, which only a few people have the privilege of accessing: the May Sine of Lake Argentino. The Seno Mayo (or Brazo Mayo), is one of the wettest sectors of the National Park, that is why the vegetation that can be seen during the two walks (which we will do in the Patagonian Andean forest) is totally different from the one that observes in other places Park. The "Mayo Spirit Trek" is the perfect combination of hiking in the forest, overlooking waterfalls, rivers, hanging glaciers and visiting the Perito Moreno glacier (navigation + walkways). Suitable for all audiences, with low difficulty walks, it makes our passengers happy with our excursion.
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  • 10 hours
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National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier - (Optional Nautic Safari)Nature and Wildlife

National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier - (Optional Nautic Safari)

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Discover the natural beauty of Los Glaciares National Park with a full-day excursion from El Calafate. Travel along the Provincial Road to the National Park and admire views of the Patagonian Steppe and the Magellanic forest. Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and enjoy free time to walk around independently and see several views of the glacier.
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  • 7 hours
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Chaltén experience full day Desert LakeDay Trips

Chaltén experience full day Desert Lake

It starts at 7:30 am in the morning from Calafate, bordering the Argentino Lake, we will cross the Santa Cruz River, then we will continue to the La Leona River, until we arrive after 1 hour 15 minutes, to the old Paso La Leona route hotel , where you can have coffee with homemade cakes, we will continue along Lake Viedma with the Andes Mountains in the background. We will stop at the Viedma Glacier viewpoint from where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Glacier, the Cordillera and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We will arrive at the mountain village of El Chaltén Once they arrive at Pudú Lodge, passengers will be transferred to another vehicle that will travel along the Cañadón del Río de las Vueltas, on the way. Passengers can walk along the shores of the Desert Lake looking for a nice place to have lunch or they can choose for doing the walk to the Lake and Huemul Glacier. Around 4 pm the return to El Chaltén begins
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  • 13 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek from El CalafateDay Trips

Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek from El Calafate

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Trek across Perito Moreno Glacier in this full-day trip in Los Glaciares National Park from El Calafate. Travel to the park by bus, board a boat to cruise across Lago Argentino and conquer the glacier. Led by an expert guide, don your crampons and hike the stunning ice mass, discovering ice caves, waterfalls and deep crevasses along the way. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy atop one of the world's only advancing glaciers during your 4-hour trek. Reverse your journey across glacier, lake and Patagonian alpine road, ending with drop-off at your El Calafate hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Ride & Gourmet Lunch from El CalafateDay Trips

Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Ride & Gourmet Lunch from El Calafate

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Explore the glaciers, mountains, forests and lakes of Los Glaciares National Park on board a luxury cruise boat. Spend the full day relaxing on this stylish watercraft, taking in views of the Patagonian ice field. Disembark at Puesto de las Vacas for a walk among the glaciers led by adventure guides. On board the ship, indulge with a gourmet lunch box. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in El Calafate is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Experience on the catwalksDay Trips

Perito Moreno Glacier Experience on the catwalks

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We will go to the Gangways where we will have a service sector for visitors and a system of balconies and walkways that allow hiking on different routes and access different views of the Glacier and its proximity to it. We can observe the Argentino Lake with its Round Bay. In it you can see an important variety of birds. In the first 40 km the Patagonian steppe is crossed, later passing the entrance of the National Park to observe the arboreal vegetation mostly belonging to the “notofagus” family (ñires, cherries, lengas) and the occasional cinnamon, and flowers of different colors, among which the notor stands out for its intense red color corresponding to the Andean Patagonian Forest. Arrive at "the curve of sighs" called this way because it is the first point where we have a panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
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  • 8 hours
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Visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier with Navigation by Patagonia DreamsHiking

Visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier with Navigation by Patagonia Dreams

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Enjoy the possibility of visiting the footbridges of the Perito Moreno Glacier accompanied by one of our expert guides, or walk them in a self-guided way to enjoy every corner of this wonderful place. In addition, take the opportunity to add to your visit to the walkways, a navigation of approximately 1 hour in front of the walls, and prepare to be dazzled by the breaks in it: a front that oscillates between 40 and 80 meters high above the Lake level will be decorating all your photos. Without a doubt, a unique opportunity to be amazed by this World Heritage Site.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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4x4 adventure through the Balconies of Calafate by Patagonia DreamsHalf-day Tours

4x4 adventure through the Balconies of Calafate by Patagonia Dreams

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The giant trekkers enter us in the Huyliche Hill to discover for 3 hours, incredible panoramic views of the town, the Argentino Lake and the imposing Andes Mountains. It reaches 1050 meters above the sea. There, the first stop is a natural viewpoint where passengers enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the central body of Lake Argentino. We take a snack at the Huyliche confectionery and from there we begin the descent down the northern slope of the hill to the Piedra de los Sombreros, curious iron concretions that are only found in four places in the world. After this trip to other ages in the history of the world, we return to El Calafate with the view always on the ubiquitous Lake Argentino.
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  • 3 hours
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