Perito Moreno Glacier Tours

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The beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia has earned it the nickname of the "Eighth Wonder of the World” in Argentina. It’s the planet's third-largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers, slowly making its way in crackling celestial blue from the granite spires of the Chilean Torres del Paine into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares).

The Basics
One of the most accessible ice fields on the planet, Perito Moreno sits at the top of many travelers’ must-see list in Patagonia. While many visitors are content to stay on solid ground and observe the ice from a series of platforms across the Iceberg Channel (Canal de los Tempanos) from the glacier, more adventurous travelers can explore the inlet on a boat tour, or don crampons and head out onto the ever-shifting ice field itself. The Glaciarium, located in El Calafate, serves as an excellent introduction to the science of glaciers.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This natural wonder is a must-visit for nature lovers and adventure travelers.
  • Marvel at the ice from afar, or get a closer look with a boat ride or ice trekking adventure.
  • A full-day tour of the glacier from El Calafate can last anywhere from six to 12 hours depending on the chosen options and activities.
  • Dress in warm layers, as the national park can be chilly, even during the Argentine summer.

How to Get to Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate, a town about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the glacier, is served by El Calafate International Airport, with regular service from cities in Argentina and Chile. While a vast majority of visitors head to the glacier as part of a guided tour, once you're in El Calafate, you can catch a bus to the glacier (as well as other points in Los Glaciares National Park).

When to Get There
Summer in Argentina (wintter in the Northern Hemisphere) is the most popular time to visit the glacier, as the weather is warmest. While temperatures cool down in October, March, and April, the tradeoffs are sparser crowds and a more peaceful environment for communing with Mother Nature. If you travel between May and August, expect frequent rain and average temperatures around 36° F (2° C). 

Hear the Thunder
One of the most magical experiences at Perito Moreno Glacier is hearing the thunderous crack of ice as a berg is birthed into the channel. This glacier is one of the best places from which to take in the phenomenon. It happens most frequently on sunny days in the late afternoon after the sun has had time to warm the ice.
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Address: Ruta 11, El Calafate, Argentina, Argentina
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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari

Experience the majestic icy expanse of the Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Calafate. Trek among the pristine streams, gullies and peaks of Los Glaciares National Park with a professional guide, and get an up-close perspective on the fantastic formation with a 1-hour boat ride through a glacial lagoon. You might even witness the glacier’s signature movement and cracking sounds from detaching icebergs!
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hrs
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate

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 Centre, where you will explore the park's scenic lookouts and walkways to see the glacier from a multitude of different angles. Opt for an hour-long boat ride along Perito Moreno's dramatic front side for additional spectacular views of the icy giant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Small-Group Perito Moreno Trek from El Calafate

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Big Ice Tour at Perito Moreno Glacier

Explore deep into the Perito Moreno Glacier during the Big Ice Tour. On this 6-hour 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 for 4 hours. This tour is suitable only for those in good physical condition.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier

Hike El Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Cafate. This trip is a must-do for thrill-seekers and adventure travelers. This 11-hour expedition includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in El Calafate, a boat ride from Bajo de las Sombras port as well as all the necessary glacier-hiking equipment like crampons and ice axes. A professional local guide ensures your safety and enjoyment.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Boat Ride

Explore Perito Moreno Glacier during this 6-hour sightseeing tour from El Calafate. Board a comfortable tour bus in the morning with a local guide for the trip to the glacier field. Stop at a series of walkways for views of the glacier and fantastic photo opportunities. Disembark near the glacier to stroll along the walkways and get a closer view of the glacier, you may even see huge chunks of ice 'calving', or falling off. Enjoy a 40-minute boat ride in the pristine icy waters for a different perspective.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip

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'll 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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour with Boat Ride from El Calafate

Get an intimate look at the famous ‘Perito Moreno’ Glacier during this 8-hour boat cruise from El Calafate including private guide and vehicle transport. Travel with a private guide and vehicle along the scenic Route 11, enjoying views of Lake Argentino as you ride. You’ll then board a shared boat for a first-hand encounter with the imposing ice walls of this massive glacier.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Discover Ice Age history, modern Patagonian culture, and some of Argentina's most stunning scenery on a 3-night tour of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. Ice trek across the ancient Perito Moreno glacier, sail past Upsala Glacier on the icy waters of Lake Argentino, and ride a 4x4 to a lookout above the city of El Calafate. You'll also have lunch and learn about the local wool industry at a traditional Patagonian 'estancia,' or ranch, on this immersive tour near the ends of the earth.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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5-Days Adventure Trip in El Calafate

Planning a comprehensive 5-day adventure through Patagonia and the surrounding wilderness may be a daunting prospect, but by booking this tour with all details arranged in advance, you can relax and enjoy. With a guide in the lead and all transportation provided, you'll visit the area highlights such as Estancia Cristina, El Chalten, and Perito Moreno Glacier. Trekking and rafting excursions are included and planned in advance, as well as nightly accommodations and some meals.
  • Duration: 5 days
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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 views towards the Andes Mountain Range and the accumulation zone of the glaciers, towards the Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, towards the Upsala branch) and if it is clear we can see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén. In addition, we will have the opportunity to see the flight of Cóndores. The excursion departs from the hotels of El Calafate and completes a route of 35 kilometers on the line of hills located behind the town. The trail takes us through landscapes that marvel at its varied height vegetation. It reaches up to 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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Boat Trip on the Ice Rivers of the Perito Moreno Glacier

It’s one thing to see a glacier, it’s another thing to walk on one. From El Calafate, a bus takes you to a boat to cross Lake Argentino’s southern arm. Upon landing, gear up and meet your guide then hike in small groups across Perito Moreno Glacier while discovering new shades of blue and learning about glaciology. Return via the forest for lunch and more spectacular views before heading back home.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier

Lose yourself amid the icy cliffs, glistening lagoons and awe-inspiring icebergs of the Perito Moreno Glacier on an unforgettable full-day adventure from El Calafate. Venture into the depths of the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park and enjoy stunning views of the glacier on a 20-minute cruise across the across the Brazo Rico. Take in the views from the glacier balconies and follow your guide on a 2-hour circuit of the south wall. This mini-trekking experience is ideal for less-experienced hikers, with just 1-hour of hiking and crampons provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Big Ice Trek from El Calafate

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Minitrekking Excursion

Operation from August to May.Duration 9 hoursTrekking on the Ice: about 1.40 minutesWarning: this excursion, due to the degree of effort and difficulty that presents, is not advisable for the following people: greater of 60 years and minors of 10 years old, pregnant women, people with overweight or some type of disability.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier Including Boat Safari

Experience the jaw-dropping scenery of the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park on a full-day tour from El Calafate, including hotel pickup and drop-off. Take in the highlights of the park, including a boat cruise along the Brazo Rio and the chance to see the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, the Channel of Icebergs and Lake Argentino.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Perito Moreno Glacier with Boat Ride Option and Glaciarium

Spend a full day exploring the Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day, small-group tour from El Calafate. Visit the Glaciarium scientific center and a boat ride around the sea-facing side of the glacier are available as upgrades. Round-trip transportation from hotels in downtown El Calafate are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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3 Patagonia Activities in El Calafate and Ushuaia

Explore Patagonia’s highlights on this 2- or 3-day trip. Visit the extensive Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, and Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia. Experience the rugged beauty of Patagonia and observe the flora and fauna of one of the world’s most diverse regions.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 days
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6-Day Glacier and Hiking Tour in Patagonia

Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on a 6-day adventure tour through El Calafate and Torres del Paine. Visit and hike on the Perito Moreno and Upsala Glaciers and see a number of native animals in their natural environment. Experience the rough beauty of the area with mountains, forests, lakes and the extensive glaciers while following your guide with all the necessary equipment provided.
  • Duration: 6 days
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  • Duration: 6 days
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4-Days Luxury Trip in El Calafate

Discover El Calafate and its astonishing surroundings by booking and exclusive and private deluxe package with us. Get to know the world of the glaciers from a privileged place, performing unique excursions. Take a hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier, on of the most spectacular and reachable wonder of Argentina. Then, go for a private cruise for a day to visit the National Park Los Glacieres, navigating through Lago Argentino in the search for the “Spirit of Glaciers”
  • Duration: 4 days
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4 Patagonia Activities in El Calafate and Ushuaia

Immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia with this tour of El Calafate and Ushuaia. Visit the massive Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, then see the glacier up close with a 6-8 hour boat tour, the Rios de Hielo Express. In Ushuaia you’ll visit Tierra del Fuego National Park where you can take a ride on the Train of the End of The World. Your last stop is a Beagle Channel boat tour, perfect for spotting sea lions and aquatic birds. Choose between a 2-day action-packed excursion or take 3 days for a more relaxed pace.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 days
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Spirit of the Glaciers 3-Day Guided Cruise from El Calafate

The Spirit of the Glaciers is an multi-day expedition that explores nature in depth to unfold the true essence of this Patagonian region. Sailing on board the elegant and exclusive M/V Santa Cruz, specially designed for this journey, offers a perfect combination of high-end comfort and gourmet cuisine creating a truly memorable experience.
  • Duration: 2 days
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USD1,570.00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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