El Calafate, Argentina
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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


The best way to explore Patagonia's Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, home to 47 colossal glaciers, is indisputably by boat. This 8-hour catamaran cruise from El Calafate covers national park highlights including Lago Argentino, the Spegazzini Glacier, and the Upsala Glacier, the largest ice cap in South America. Stay warm and comfortable inside the heated ship, on which hot food and beverages are available at your own expense, and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in El Calafate.
  • 8-hour sightseeing cruise of Lago Argentino and the Spegazinni and Upsala Glaciers from El Calafate
  • See more of Parque National Los Glaciares in less time
  • Cruise on the north arm of Lago Argentino, the largest freshwater source in Argentina
  • Marvel at the Spegazzini Glacier and the Upsala Glacier, the tallest and largest glaciers respectively in South America
  • Purchase hot food and drinks onboard for additional cost
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in El Calafate are included
Your tour begins with pickup from your El Calafate accommodation at around 8:30am, when you’ll board a heated vehicle destined for Punta Bandera Port.
Following a 1.5-hour drive, you’ll board a modern catamaran and opt to purchase a hot breakfast at your own expense. Begin your journey on the northern arm of Lago Argentino across Boca del Diablo (Devil’s Mouth), the narrowest part of the lake, and have your cameras at the ready for when the Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers come into focus.
The catamaran circles the glaciers at a safe distance to allow all passengers to capture excellent photographs of the largest (Upsala) and tallest (Spegazzini) glaciers in South America.
Following five hours of navigation in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, you’ll return to Punta Bandera Port and relax during the transfer back to your El Calafate accommodation, where you’ll arrive at around 4:30pm.


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, Feb 2018

This tour uncovers the hidden beauty of Argentina. The 5 hours cruise was a wonderful experience. Had enough time taking pics and videos near the glaciers!!

, Mar 2017

The site was very informative on the Overview and Important Information. With these it makes it easier to choose between excursion and to know what needs to be done. Due to safety reasons the ship have to maintain a safety distance from the Glaciers. But even with that, the ship was travelling up and down, circling around in front of it giving everyone a photo opportunity.

, Jan 2019

Lindas paisagens geladas da Patagonia, o Glacial Spegazzini chega -se bem perto e é muito lindo e emocionante de observar. Enormes Icebergs completam o passeio. O Glacial Upsala é observado a distância pois não é permitida aproximação por segurança. Vale a pena o passeio recomenda-se apenas não entrar por último no barco para se poder pegar um bom local para sentar. É possível sair do barco mas em alguns momentos o frio e vento são bem rigorosos.

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