El Calafate Adventure Tour: Hiking Across El Perito Moreno Glacier

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Tour departs from most El Calafate hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

An adventurer's delight! Have you ever wondered what being close up to a glacier feels like? Here's your chance to find out. Hike across El Perito moreno, one of the world's most famous glaciers! This full-day tour is a must-do for all adventure-seekers visiting El calafate.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Departing from your El calafate hotel, you'll head to the Bajo de las Sombras (Under the Shadows) port. After a quick 20-minute sail, you'll reach the opposite shore and the base of the Perito moreno Glacier. Here, the guides will help you pick out a crampon, special metal spikes worn on your boots for traction. Then, your adventure begins as you hike along the Rico Arm to reach the glacier.

With your crampons fastened, head out for the real adventure as you embark on a 1.5 hour walk across the glacier. Your guide will be there to tell you about the famous Perito moreno glacier while trekking. At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch (bring your own) before continuing on.

Finish up your adventure as you cross the Rico Arm again, which leads you to a footbridge located in front of the glacier for one last glance at the beautiful glacier. Then, make your way back to the road that cuts between the forest of lengas and the pier. Board a bus that will take you to the glacier's viewpoint and footbridges, where you have an hour to enjoy before heading back to your hotel.

Inclusions

Guided minitrek across El Perito Moreno Glacier

All necessary equipment

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

Lunch (you must bring your own)

Gratuities

National park entrance fee

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Minimum age is 10

Maximum age is 50 due to age restrictions on the operator's insurance

Sports shoes or trekking boots and warm wool or cotton socks are highly recommended

Comfortable sportswear, long trousers, warm sweater or pile, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block and gloves are recommended

You must bring your own lunch

MUST provide passport number and date of birth in the special requirements fields when booking this tour

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    Well organized
    Great guides
    Fabulous way to experience the glacier
    We would do it again but also had great weather

  • 17-Feb-2020

    It was amazing! The tour was well organized, the guides super nice. We walked for 90 minutes as promised and really far inserier the glacier. Always time for fotos and in the end there was a surprise! All in all for this prize a good way to spend his day! Almost 9 hours and nothing to worry about! I can definitely recommend this tour!

  • 29-Jan-2018

    This tour is very nice. You get to see the Perito Moreno really well and it's very special to hike a glacier.
    I wouldn't recommend booking this tour through Viator though. You still have contact the local tour operator to confirm a few things, so you might as well book the tour with the local tour operator Hielo y aventura, which is about 50-100 cheaper per person. We booked it in advance because the local tour operator didn't accept Mastercard and we were afraid the tours would be fully booked but there's always a spot left.

  • 04-Jan-2018

    I wish I could give zero stars but I'll give it a 1 because the actual glacier was unbelievable and a must see. Unfortunately Viator is the worst site to use for booking excursions. They don't provide accurate information or follow up. For example we booked both the glacier tour and a day trip to Chile to see Torres Del Paine. For BOTH of these excursions Viator sent information saying to contact the tour companies they assigned to us but when I contacted the companies multiple times I never got confirmation of pickup. In fact the companies listed in the Viator confirmation ended up NOT being the companies that picked us up. Only when I had the hotels call did I get the final confirmation and this didn't happen until the night before the tour. Again- no email confirmation- completely unresponsive tour companies and unless you micromanage EVERY detail and sweat it out with your local hotel you run the risk of not even making a tour you spend hundreds of dollars on. Ditch Viator ditch the vendors they use and find one that's responsive separately. That's my recommendation. I won't be using this site again for excursions.But you must see the Glacier if in Patagonia.

  • 05-Dec-2017

    Absolutely incredible trip! The highlight of my trip to Patagonia. Every staff member along the way was kind and just fantastic. The bus pick up came a bit late, but they had called my hotel ahead of time to alert me. The scenery was indescribable. I wish we could have spent more time on the walkway but agreed with the design of the tour to have more time on the actual glacier. The chocolate and whiskey at the end of the trip was a very nice touch. The hike does not require you to be in shape, although it does help as the climb can be steep at times. However, the crampons make the climb almost effortless. I read a review that said stop reading and reserve this tour. I listened, and I again pass that on to you!

  • 11-Nov-2017

    Amazing! A MUST in El Calafate.

  • 05-May-2017

    What a great tour! Very friendly staff, great transport to the glacier with a really nice and knowledgeable tour guide. We had a fantastic time! Perito Moreno was stunning, such a good experience! The mini-trek was definitely the highlight of the tour, definitely recommend it!

  • 15-Feb-2017

    Very unusual experience. The hike on the glacier was great. The later view from the observation deck was fantastic. Guides were great.

  • 27-Jan-2017

    Excellent experience. We celebrated with whiskey and chocolate at the end. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and emphasized safety. I would do it again. Scenery is amazing.

  • 04-Jan-2017

    What an amazing experience. Breath taking at every moment. There is no more beautiful place in the world than the Perito Moreno Glacier. I wish I could capture the sounds of the glacier in my photos. A must for anyone visiting El Calafate. I still can't believe I actually hiked in the glacier. I'm not very fit and was worried but it was no problem. Tip: bring hiking boots and gloves as gym shoes hurt in crampons and gloves are required. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly without getting in the way of a true experience. Would love a repeat of this tour!

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