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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
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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
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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 $180.00
Upsala and Spegazzini Channel Navigation Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
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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 $115.00
El Calafate Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise, El Calafate, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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 $108.27
Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip, El Calafate, Day Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip

Transfer from the hotels to the Bajo las Sombras Port, approximately 7km before the Glacier viewpoint, from where the 20 minute ship crossing leaves until we ...  Read more

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

From USD $380.00
Boat Trip on the Ice Rivers of the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Boat Trip on the Ice Rivers of the Perito Moreno Glacier

The excursion departs from the port of Puerto Bandera, 47km from El Calafate, and consists of a navigation of about 5hrs, visiting the most impressive ...  Read more

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

From USD $350.00
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 $199.00
Gourmet Glaciers Experience Aboard the 'Leal Cruiser' from El Calafate, El Calafate, Sailing Trips
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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 $352.00
3-Day Tour: Best of Calafate, Buenos Aires, Lunch Cruises
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

3-Day Tour: Best of Calafate

Enjoy 3 days and 2 nights in one of the wonders of the world! On the southern area of the Park, the most famous glacier can be seen: Perito Moreno. It is very ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,650.00
Perito Moreno Balconies Day Trip from Calafate, El Calafate, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Perito Moreno Balconies Day Trip from Calafate

From the Balcony, an imposing natural viewpoint, you can enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the central body of Lake Argentino. The tour will offer us ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.00

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