01 Oct – 31 Mar: DailyDuration
6 hoursStart time
Start time: 07:00am
Duration: 6 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
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!
This tour has a range of unavailable dates in the month of December and some unavailable dates in January. Should this tour not be available on your chosen date, we have an alternative which also includes a walk across the Brazo Rico (Rico Arm). Click here for more details >>
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.
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