After pickup at your El Calafate hotel, travel by comfortable coach to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and home to Perito Moreno glacier. During the 2-hour ride, learn about the park's animal and plant life, including details about Perito Moreno. Stop along the journey at scenic alpine lookouts among the mountains and the steppes.
Arrive at the 'Curve of Sighs,' a turn in the solitary road that offers visitors their first panoramic view of Perito Moreno. This gigantic ice field is one of the only advancing glaciers in the world, a 19-mile (30-km) block of ice that juts out into the milky blue water of Lago Argentino.
Walk on the glacier using the park's wooden walkways and follow directions from your guide to some of the area's hiking trails. Visit the viewing platforms for perspectives of the immense ice field from different angles and levels. Watch for calving: chunks of ice rupturing off the face of the glacier and cascading into Lago Argentino. Break for lunch (own expense) in the park's restaurant or enjoy refreshments you've brought with you.
Re-board your coach for the ride back to El Calafate and drop-off at your hotel.
Optional Boat Ride (1 hour)After viewing the Curve of Sighs, head directly for Bajo Las Sombras port and board your boat. Sail between floating ice chunks of every size as you cross the Rico Arm of Lago Argentino. Visit the advancing wall of the glacier, a 196-foot (60-meter) vertical face of ice that juts out into the lake.
Afterward, join your guide for a visit to the footbridge that allows multiple views of Perito Moreno from land. Observe ice calving and crashing from the wall into the lake before you return to your coach for the ride back to El Calafate and drop-off at your hotel.