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Big Ice Tour – Perito Moreno Glacier

US$ 343.00 Price per person from View price guide

Key facts

Where: El Calafate (Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers) , Argentina Duration: 6 hours

Highlights

  • Hike into the core of Perito Moreno Glacier and experience its surreal beauty
  • A must for adventure-lovers
  • Harnesses and crampons included
  • Expert English and Spanish- speaking mountain guides
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

Overview

Explore the heart of the gigantic Perito Moreno glacier on this thrilling adventure tour.

Board a boat to cross the Brazo Rico – an arm of Lake Argentino. See stunning views of the glacier on the journey and marvel at the strange milky color of the lake water.

On arrival at the far bank, hike along the southern moraine to the point where the real adventure begins. Don a safety harness and crampons and prepare to experience the glacier at close quarters with an expert mountain guide.

In 4 hours at the glacier’s core you will explore an ice landscape of mesmerizing beauty. You’ll see blue lakes, deep crevasses, huge sinks and ice caves and will be amazed at the many subtle shades of color that can be detected within the ice.

This is one vacation experience you will surely never forget!

Itinerary

For your Big Ice Tour – Perito Moreno Glacier you will be picked up at your hotel in El Calafate at around 7:00am. You should bring a packed lunch with you.

The excursion starts at Puerto Bajo de las Sombras (Port under the Shadows). Here you will board a boat that crosses the Brazo Rico (Rico Arm) of Lake Argentino. Notice the strange cloudiness of the lake water. This is due to a suspension of a very fine powder produced by glacier abrasion, called 'glacier milk'.

After sailing for 15 minutes, you will reach the western shore of the Brazo Rico. You will be escorted to a place where mountain guides will issue you with the necessary equipment – crampons (special metal spikes worn on boots for traction) and a harness.

Then you will hike along the southern moraine of the Perito Moreno Glacier until you reach a viewpoint from where the icecap will be accessed.

Having fastened your crampons and put on your harness, you will begin to explore the heart of the glacier. Your expert guide will show you all kinds of fascinating features such as blue lagoons, deep crevasses and ice caves, and point out the delightfully varied hues within the ice formations.

Your tour of the glacier core takes around 4 hours. As you cross the ice, your guide will tell you fascinating facts about the glacier and its surroundings. During the tour, you will stop for a rest and a picnic.

Afterwards, you will walk back to the boat for the return journey across the Brazo Rico. At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your hotel in El Calafate.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Oct – 31 Mar: Daily

Duration

6 hours

Start time

Start time: 07:00am
Duration: 6 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel in El Calafate
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

You will be dropped back at your hotel

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Harnesses and crampons

Exclusions

  • Los Glaciares National Park admission (approx 28 USD)
  • Food and beverages

Do/Dont's

Take a back pack, outdoor trekking clothes (warm, water-proof jacket), trekking pants, hiking boots ( with ankle support), hat, sun glasses, lip balm, sun-screen cream, camera, extra sweaters and socks, water bottle and box lunch. Thermal underwear is also advised

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to give them the name of your hotel for the morning pick-up and to confirm the departure time.

Due to the physical fitness required by this excursion, only people between ages 10 and 45 in good physical condition may participate. The tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
Lunch is not provided on the tour. You should bring a packed lunch with you

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • This tour is subject to weather conditions. In the unlikely event of a cancellation due to weather, a refund will be provided or an alternative will be offered
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Cancellation policy

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