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Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

By Viator, June 2018

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Perito Moreno is not just a glacier, it’s the glacier. All throughout South America, when you talk about glaciers, this one is the behemoth on everyone’s list. At the face, the glacier is three miles wide, 200 feet high. Although it is not clear why, it is also one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world, pushing forward as much as six feet a day, which means you are sure to witness pieces breaking off (calving) and splashing into the lagoon below.

When you’re ready to visit the glacier, you’ve got three options. You can go to the stands set up to watch the front face of the glacier, with a soundtrack of cracking and crashing, and occasional giant splashes of water at the base of the glacier. A boat ride in the lagoon might be more your style, a closer look at the glacier, and down at its level, so you hear the cracking more loudly, appreciate the height of the glacier, and see the snowy bits fall before a chunk comes off of the face.

But the glacier isn’t just the front, calving part you see from the platform or the lagoon. It is, in fact, the world’s third largest source of fresh water, measuring 97 square miles and 19 miles in length. And if you want to get up close and personal with the glacier, you’ve got to hike it. And if you want to get even closer, you’ve got to take a tour that includes a hike inside the Perito Moreno glacier.

Fitted with crampons and a harness, and led by a guide, you go below the surface of the glacier. The ice crunches with each step, and light turns from white to blue and white again as you navigate ice tunnels, past dark blue lagoons, beside seemingly bottomless cracks and into deep caves.

The photo opportunities are excellent under the ice, but listening to the glacier sigh and crackle from the inside is the best souvenir of all.

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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, null
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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 180 Reviews

Be seduced by the fascinating landscape of Argentinia's Perito Moreno glacier on a full day tour from El Calafate. Explore glacier streams, small lagoons, ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate, El Calafate, Day Trips
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate

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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 $58.00
6-Day Tour of Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National ... 
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6-Day Tour of Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Argentina's Patagonia region on this 6-day tour from El Calafate! Visit Los Glaciares National Park and see Perito Moreno Glacier, a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $587.50
9-Day Best of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales and Torres del ... 
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9-Day Best of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park

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See the best of South America’s spectacular Patagonia region on this 9-day tour from El Calafate. With a combination of guided activities and free time, this ...  Read more

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

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13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and ... 
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13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks

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See the stunning glaciers, majestic mountains and pristine national parks that make Patagonia the world-renowned region it is on this 13-day adventure tour ...  Read more

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Full-Day Small-Group Perito Moreno Trek from El Calafate, El Calafate, Multi-day Tours
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Full-Day Small-Group Perito Moreno Trek from El Calafate

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Book a Mini trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier and you will feel the ice closer than ever! This full-day excursion will take you to walk over the ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.00
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Full-Day Trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier

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Few places in the world offer such an easy access to a glacier, so take the opportunity to join this tour. Take part in an unforgettable, unique and exciting ...  Read more

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

From USD $315.00
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Boat Ride, El Calafate, Day Trips
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Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Boat Ride

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Take a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate with a guide, who tells you about the significance of the glacier and shares interesting details about ...  Read more

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

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Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip, El Calafate, Day Trips
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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
El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Day Trips
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El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier

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An adventurer's delight! Have you ever wondered what being close up to a glacier feels like? Here's your chance to find out. Hike across El Perito Moreno, one ...  Read more

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

From USD $303.32

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