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Lago Argentino Boat Trip – From El Calafate

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Key facts

Where: El Calafate (Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers) , Argentina Duration: 8 hours


  • Sail past fantastically shaped blue and white ice-bergs drifting on the lake
  • View the spectacular Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli Glaciers
  • Hike through forest to lovely Lake Onelli
  • Fabulous photo-opportunities from the boat
  • Expert English and Spanish- speaking guides
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off


You’ll feel like an old-time Arctic or Antarctic explorer on this spectacular cruise past the glaciers and ice-bergs of Los Glaciares National Park.

Starting at Puerto Bandera you will sail up the northern branch of the Lago Argentino. Note the strange color of the lake water – a brilliant blue-green made milky by tiny particles of glacial debris.

Glide past heart-stirringly beautiful views of the great Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli glaciers and see a fairytale flotilla of blue and white icebergs drifting along the lake at the whim of the wind.

Make a midday stop at Onelli Bay and stretch your legs with a walk to lovely Lake Onelli, a meeting point for three huge glaciers.

This is a day of natural wonders which will reveal some of the most dramatic icescapes on the planet!


For your Lago Argentino Boat Trip you will be picked up at your hotel in El Calafate. You should bring a packed lunch with you.

The excursion starts at Puerto Bandera, approximately 31 miles from El Calafate, and you will head towards the northern branch of Lago Argentino.

Lago Argentino is the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina and the third largest in South America. As you sail along, observe 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'.

From the boat you will get marvellous views of the Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli glaciers, the three biggest and highest of all glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park.

On your route you will also see spectacular ice floes – great chunks of frozen water that have broken off the main glaciers of the National Park. Carved by the weather into an array of different shapes, these natural ice sculptures drift gently along the lake and are a major feature of your boat tour.

By midday you will have reached Onelli Bay. Leaving the boat you will trek for half a mile through the forest to Lake Onelli, the place where the Onelli, Bolados, and Agassiz glaciers converge and where you will see an abundance of ice floes. Afterwards, you will pause to eat your picnic lunch on the shore of the lake, surrounded by stunning scenery.

In the afternoon, your boat will return to Puerto Bandera and you will then be dropped back at your hotel.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



8 hours

Start time

Start time: 07:00am
Duration: 8 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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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4-6 hour boat ride
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)


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


Wear a warm, water-proof jacket and hiking boots. Take a hat, sun glasses, lip balm, sun-screen cream, camera, water bottle and box lunch

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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.

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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