Pack your spirit of adventure and join a fascinating expedition to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Three miles wide and towering some 180 feet above water level, Perito Moreno is one of the largest glaciers in the Southern Patagonian ice-field and a mind-blowing spectacle.
Enjoy stunning views of the great glacier’s south face from the Port of Bajo Sombras and catch a different perspective from boardwalks in Los Glaciares National Park.
Don crampons and walk over the glacier surface, a thrilling experience known as ‘minitrekking’. See the astonishingly beautiful ice formations – caves, crevasses and small lagoons.
At the end of your exciting walk you will be given a glass of whiskey with ice from the glacier!
For your Mini-Trekking at the Perito Moreno Glacier adventure you will be picked up at your hotel in El Calafate at around 8:00am.
You will drive to Puerto Bajo de las Sombras (Port Under the Shadows) where you can see spectacular views of Glacier Perito Moreno. You will then take a 5-mile drive to the Los Glaciares National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and stop at a viewing point.
Next, you will enjoy a 40-minute walk across the Brazo Rico (Rico Arm) to the glacier. Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the largest of the 356 glaciers in the Southern Patagonian ice-field. The front is about 3 miles (5km) wide and the height of the glacial wall above the water is around 60 meters – with much more of it under water. Your Minitrekking experience will take you onto the surface of the Perito Moreno. On arrival at the glacier, you will be fitted with crampons (special metal spikes worn on boots for traction) and given instruction on how to walk on the ice.
Then the adventure really begins, with a thrilling 2-hour walk across the glacier surface. On the way you will see fascinating ice formations typical of an ice-field, such as crevasses, small lagoons, and craters. The guide will also tell you about the flora, fauna and geology of the region.
At the end of the walk, adventurers will be offered a glass of whiskey with ice from the glacier. You will return by a road running through a forest of lenga trees. Crossing the Brazo Rico again, you will arrive back at the viewing point in front of the glacier.
At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel in El Calafate.
Just seeing the glacier is enough, but walking over it and drinking from it is an unforgettable experience. The shortcomings were the very brief time on the ice and too much... Kris Murray
01 Sep – 30 Apr: Daily
Start time: 08:00am
Duration: 8 hours
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.)
You will be dropped back at your hotel
Take a back pack, outdoor trekking clothes (warm, water-proof and wind-breaker jacket), trekking pants, trekking boots (with ankle support), hat, sun glasses, lip balm, sun-screen cream, camera, water bottle and box lunch
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.
The trip is restricted to people aged between 10 years to 65 years of age and who possess a level of reasonable fitness. This excursion is not suitable for pregnant women, persons with disabilities, arthritis, knee problems or other health conditions. It is also unsuitable for people who are considered to be overweight and it is the guides who will decide this in the event of a difference of opinion. No smoking is permitted on or during this excursion
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