Adventure in El Calafate, trekking through the Perito Moreno glacier

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Adventure in El Calafate, trekking through the Perito Moreno glacier

Dare to do a minitrekking in the Perito Moreno Glacier! I lived the experience of walking on the glacier.

This unmissable experience begins in the “Bajo de las sombras” port, within the Los Glaciares National Park.

The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and you will be able to enjoy the ice formations; learn about the flora, fauna and glaciology of the region; and, especially, on the phenomenon of rupture of the glacier.

Being a moderate walk, on an irregular but firm surface, it can only be done by people between 08 and 65 years old, due to its physical demands. Neither can pregnant women or people with reduced mobility, arthritis, prostheses, knee problems, meniscus problems, overweight people, or people with heart problems.

The activity does not include food, so you must bring your own lunch and a bottle of water (There is no possibility of buying food anywhere).

Departing from your El Calafate hotel, you'll head to the Bajo de las Sombras (Under the Shadows) port. After a quick 20-minute sail, you'll reach the opposite shore and the base of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Here, the guides will help you pick out a crampon, special metal spikes worn on your boots for traction. Then, your adventure begins as you hike along the Rico Arm to reach the glacier.

With your crampons fastened, head out for the real adventure as you embark on a 1.5 hour walk across the glacier. Your guide will be there to tell you about the famous Perito Moreno Glacier while trekking. At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch (bring your own) before continuing on.

Finish up your adventure as you cross the Rico Arm again, which leads you to a footbridge located in front of the glacier for one last glance at the beautiful glacier. Then, make your way back to the road that cuts between the forest of lengas and the pier. Board a bus that will take you to the glacier's viewpoint and footbridges, where you have an hour to enjoy before heading back to your hotel.

Informacion Adicional
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Minimum age is 8"
"Maximum age is 60 due to age restrictions on the operator's insurance"
"Sports shoes or trekking boots and warm wool or cotton socks are highly recommended"
"Comfortable sportswear, long trousers, warm sweater or pile, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block and gloves are recommended"
"You must bring your own lunch"
"MUST provide passport number and date of birth in the special requirements fields when booking this tour"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Please note that this excursion requires full day availability and cannot be combined with transfers to the airports at the same day"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Start Time: 07:00 AM
Duration: 10 Hours
Start location: El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Traveler pickup is offered
Tour departs from most El Calafate hotels

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • 60 minute walk in the forest (round trip)
  • 40 minutes of sailing off the south face
  • 90 minutes on the ice
  • Ice walking crampons
  • Round trip transfers from your lodging in El Calafate
  • Guide in Spanish and English

Not Included

  • Lunch and bottle of water (you must bring your own)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park. It is paid in Argentine pesos upon arrival at the Park.


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