Perito Moreno mini-trekking, El Calafate

For a sight you’ll never forget, it’s well worth the trek to Glacier Perito Moreno. One of the world’s most dynamic ice fields, it is the mighty centrepiece of the southern section of Los Glaciares National Park. And at 30km long and 5km wide, it is seriously sizeable!

You’ll kick off your tour by being collected from your hotel and taken to Perito Moreno, which will take around 90 minutes. From the Bajo de las Sombras port, hop aboard a small ferry and take a 20-minute ride to the other side of the Brazo Rico lake. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of the glacier's front wall.

Upon arrival, disembark and your bilingual guide will take you to a small shelter. It’s then time to follow your guide to the edge of the glacier where you’ll collect your crampons. Don’t worry if you’ve never used them before; they are essentially small metal plates with spikes that you attach to your boots for better grip and your guide will explain how to use them.

It’s time to hit the glacier! You’ll be in a group of around ten people with two expert guides. And while the ice surface you walk over will be irregular, it is firm and safe, and the trek is categorised overall as moderate.

Spend around 90 minutes exploring the fascinating landscape of the glaciers, including the many streams, small lagoons, gullies and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. Along the way, your expert guides will explain all about the local flora and fauna as well as give you the low down on the general glaciology of the region. You’ll also learn about the peculiar phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier which results in ruptures.

Once you’ve had your fill of glacier walking, head back through a forest to your shelter. From there, you’ll catch a boat from the port and enjoy the views of the glacier as you return.

Highlights

  • See some of the most spectacular scenery of Argentinian Patagonia

  • Hike on an actual glacier and earn serious travel kudos

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I have travelled extensively across Latin America and am always fascinated by the vast cultural differences throughout the region which pull me back wanting to discover more. I'm fluent in English and Spanish.

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