Day 1, Journey to Argentina and exploring El Calafate
Torres del Paine National Park to Los Glaciares National Park Argentina
The day will start early in the morning with a hearty breakfast before you make your way to Cerro Castillo at 06:30. There, you will board the bus which will take you across the border to Argentina!* You will continue across the Argentinian pampas until your arrival at El Calafate, a beautiful, small town located just outside of Los Glaciares National Park. You will have the whole day free to explore the town and enjoy its attractive restaurants, tango bars and artisan handicraft markets.
: During the afternoon you will have the chance to take a self-guided tour to Calafate’s Glaciarium Museum
and Ice Bar. The Glaciarium is a modern research center devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers.It is one of the only glaciological research centers of its kind in the world. From there, you can visit the ‘GlacioBar’, which is constructed entirely of ice, and taste the chill of glacier ice cubes swimming around in your favourite drink.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Kosten Aike, El Calafate , Argentina
*We strongly advise you to research Argentinian border-crossing regulations beforehand. Fees may apply.
Day 2, Visit to Perito Moreno
Los Glaciares National Park
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, where you will board a craft which will take you on a 20 min journey across the Rico Arm. This short voyage will afford you the opportunity to experience the stunning views of the glacier’s front wall. Once disembarked, you will be greeted by your bilingual mountain guides who will divide you into groups of no more than 20, lead you towards the edge of the glacier and demonstrate how to use your pair of crampons. You will then embark on your 2-hour, once in a lifetime trek through the breathtakingly blue landscape of glaciers, lagoons and streams, the flora and fauna of which will be thoroughly explained to you by your expert guides. The trekking is moderate: the ice surface over which you will walk is irregular, but firm and safe. After the glacier trek, a short, leisurely stroll through the forest will bring you back to the shelter.
- Overnight stay at Kosten Aike, El Calafate / Argentina
Alternatively you can choose to do the "Big Ice" glacier hike also on Glacier Perito Moreno (additional costs apply - age limit 10 to 50 years old).
Trek to the heart of Perito Moreno Glacier, crossing ice crevasses and exploring ice caves along the way! The excursion begins with a boat ride across the lagoon, departing from “Bajo de las Sombras” port. During the navigation, we admire the imposing ice wall of the glacier that we will soon walk on. After disembarking, we hike for 1.5 hours across the moraine to reach the access point of the glacier. As soon as we put on our crampons, we are ready for the big ice hike. With our knowledgeable bilingual guides, we will trek deep into the glacier, full of creaks, cracks and caves. Our physical efforts will be rewarded by the glacier revealing all its splendour as we get closer and closer to its heart, where we have lunch surrounded by the deep blue of the million year-old ice. After the hike, which lasts about 3.5 hours, we head back the same way and cruise on the lake for 20 minutes, during which we get within a hairbreadth of the southern wall of the glacier. Please see the price section for additional costs.
N.B. Due to operational insurance issues, the age limit for doing the ice trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier is 65 years old. If a passenger exceeds this age then an alternative excursion to the Glacier will be arranged.
Day 3, Return Journey from El Calafate
Los Glaciares National Park to Torres del Paine National Park
Breakfast will be served at Hotel Kosten Aike before you board the transfer vehicle to El Calafate airport.