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Explore Viedma Glacier and UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park on this full-day trip from El Calafate. Board a boat to cruise between icebergs on Patagonia's Lake Viedma as you listen to expert commentary from your informative guides about Argentina's biggest glacier. Choose a boat tour with a 3-course lunch or a boat tour with an ice trek. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to ensure personal attention.

Highlights

  • Viedma Glacier Day Trip from El Calafate
  • Drive to the charming town of El Chalten in Southern Patagonia
  • Cruise over Viedma Lake to Viedma Glacier, with the option to trek over the ice (if selected)
  • Hear expert guides talk about the glaciation process in Glaciares National Park
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Viedma Glacier and El Chalten Day Trip from El Calafate

Ice trek in El Chalten!

Adventure to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, a 5,000-square mile (1,300-square km) expanse of terrain that is home to Viedma Glacier. Located in Viedma Lake, this glacier is the largest in Argentina and is located in Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Herigage site. Explore this remarkable landscape with two different trip options:

Option 1: Viedma Glacier Sightseeing CruiseAfter pickup at your hotel in El Calafate in the morning, arrive in El Calafate approximately 4 hours later. Transfer to Adventure EcoCamp and enjoy a beverage along with a 3-course lunch.

Once lunch is finished, climb aboard your minivan and travel to Bahia Tunnel Port. Embark on a 2.5-hour cruise through Lake Viedma as icebergs flow by. View calving ice and moraines filled with glacial debris. Listen to lectures on natural history by certified national park guides and approach the 131-foot (40-meter) front of the Viedma Glacier.

After your adventure aboard your boat, return to El Chalten and make the trip by bus back to El Calafate for drop-off at your hotel. 

Option 2: Viedma Glacier Cruise plus Ice TrekAfter morning hotel pickup in El Calafate, arrive in El Chalten in approximately 4 hours. Transfer to your sightseeing boat at Bahia Tunnel Port. Take an hour-long cruise with views of Mt Huemul and Mt Fitz Roy before arriving at Viedma Glacier. Disembark for a safety briefing and lecture on glaciology from national park guides. 

Hike to Viedma Glacier and don the appropriate gear for your 2-hour trek across the ice. View dramatic natural features such as deep crevasses and moraines filled with the debris of the ever-moving glacier. 

Break for lunch that you have brought with you before boarding the boat back to El Chalten. Transfer to your vehicle for the trip back to El Calafate and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: Ice trekking is suitable for those in good physical shape who are comfortable walking on irregular terrain.

Customer Reviews

Gina S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2016

This trip was grueling. The very crowed four hour bus ride with no rest room and very little English spoken was not at all what I expected. Especially, since our family of 5 was scattered throughout the bus.
The hour long boat ride not one of the guides spoke to anyone on the boat. The boat was overcrowded on the way back, as they picked up day long climbers and brought them back with us. The guides kicked the people out of their seats and made them sit up top where the waves were splashing. Overall, it was such a disappointment to fly my family down there for this hike. I wish someone would have posted how bad it was before we left. Also, the Argentine Peso devalued during this time period and there wasn't any refund from Viator for the difference about 39.

Richard H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

Worst ever and worse customer service from your company

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