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Viedma Glacier Tours

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Viedma Glacier
Stretching for 607 square-miles (977 square-kilometers) from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field to the western shores of  Viedma Lake, Viedma Glacier is Argentina’s largest glacier. As the centrepiece of the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park, the glacier features towering icebergs and jagged ice cliffs.

The Basics

For the best views of the glacier, take a boat tour of Viedma Lake—cruises typically pass beneath dramatic walls of ice and icebergs, and include a hike on one of the glaciers. If you’re an adventurous traveler, opt for a glacier hike or ice climbing excursion, which use crampons and ice picks to navigate the icy terrain of the glacier. Bear in mind that hikes along the Viedma Glacier tend to be challenging and require a reasonable level of fitness.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The area around the Viedma Glacier is ideal for adventurous travelers. Summer activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, and glacier hiking, all of which offer great views of the glacier.
  • Temperatures can be cold on the lake even in the summer months, so bring warm clothes and dress in layers.
  • Though its cold, sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea as glaciers reflect the sunlight and therefore increase the chance of sunburn.

How to Get There
The easiest access point for the Viedma Glacier is the town of El Chaltén, located in the north of Los Glaciares National Park. Cruises across Viedma Lake leave from Tunel Bay port, a 20-minute drive from El Chaltén. The closest international airport is in El Calafate, which is 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of El Chaltén.

When to Get There
Summertime is the most popular time for lake cruises and hikes, making advance booking essential between January and April. Temperatures drop below freezing in the middle of winter, meaning that cruises tend to stop operating from June through September.

Hiking the Huemul Circuit

If you’re an avid hiker and want to bag the best views of the Viedma Glacier, tackle the Huemul Circuit. The 40-mile (60-kilometer) hiking trail follows a spectacular route through the Rio Túnel Valley, the Viento mountain pass, and the Huemul mountain pass. The route takes around four days and leads to some of the most remote viewpoints of Los Glaciares National Park, which reveals views of Viedma Lake, Viedma Glacier, and Mt Huemul.
Address: El Calafate, Argentina
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El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch

El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch

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Get ‘wild’ on your visit to El Calafate by enjoying this full-day trek to El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park. Marvel at the rugged peaks of the Andes and Argentino Lake as you drive along the famous Route 40. When you reach El Chalten, you’ll get to enjoy a range of independent or guided hiking trails within this scenic area. A boxed lunch is also included to help fuel the adventure.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Chaltén full day Trekking PRO experience

Chaltén full day Trekking PRO experience

Upon arrival at our base - the Pudú Lodge -, passengers will meet their mountain guide who will give them a brief description of the program and will also check the clothing and physical condition of the participants. Then continue vehicle through the valley of the Rio de las Vueltas to the White River, where we find the Hosteria El Pilar, there we will start a walk with AAGM mountain guide, passing through the Piedras Blancas Glacier, Camp. Poincenot, Mount Fitz Roy, to the Capri Lagoon, where we will find our Base Camp. There they wait for us to enjoy a hot lunch, and then continue to El Chalten where we will arrive at 5PM. This option requires physical effort, it is only recommended for people in good condition and with appropriate clothing to walk in the mountains. The walk is about 6 hours. Around 5pm we will arrive at El Chalten to meet again with the rest of the group and undertake the return to Calafate.
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  • 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Chaltén experience full day Desert Lake

Chaltén experience full day Desert Lake

It starts at 7:30 am in the morning from Calafate, bordering the Argentino Lake, we will cross the Santa Cruz River, then we will continue to the La Leona River, until we arrive after 1 hour 15 minutes, to the old Paso La Leona route hotel , where you can have coffee with homemade cakes, we will continue along Lake Viedma with the Andes Mountains in the background. We will stop at the Viedma Glacier viewpoint from where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Glacier, the Cordillera and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We will arrive at the mountain village of El Chaltén Once they arrive at Pudú Lodge, passengers will be transferred to another vehicle that will travel along the Cañadón del Río de las Vueltas, on the way. Passengers can walk along the shores of the Desert Lake looking for a nice place to have lunch or they can choose for doing the walk to the Lake and Huemul Glacier. Around 4 pm the return to El Chaltén begins
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  • 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$160.00
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Chaltén full day Rafting Experience - Rio de las Vueltas

Chaltén full day Rafting Experience - Rio de las Vueltas

The program begins with the pick-up at the Hotels in El Calafate, after traveling 220 km at 11h we will arrive at our destination. Between 11 am and 3 pm free time is available to tour the national trekking capital. At 3 pm passengers meet and the development of the activity will be explained. The required technical equipment will be provided to each passenger: Once the passengers are equipped, the guide will give a talk about technique and safety of the activity, embark and start the activity in the water. The first area consists of four kilometers of calm waters with the Fitz Roy behind us; Ideal area to get acquainted with the raft, the river and practice the necessary rowing techniques. The second zone is that of the canyon. Once the initial rapid is avoided, we will find a succession of fun and exciting rapids for 8 km. We finished the descent with an area of 2 kms of calm waters.
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  • 12 hours
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Trekking in El Chalten and Laguna Capri with lunch

Trekking in El Chalten and Laguna Capri with lunch

Explore the hiking capital of Argentina at your own pace. Enjoy fantastic views of Mt. Fitz Roy above beautiful lagoons. Discover extraordinary glaciers and patagonian landcapes of Los Glaciares National park.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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