Torres del Paine to Perito Moreno Glacier

Argentine Patagonia
Trip Length: 2 Days
Group Size: 2-6
Difficulty
From: 383.10 USD
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The journey from Torres del Paine to get up close to the epic Perito Moreno.

EcoCamp Extension

During your stay in the cozy domes of EcoCamp Patagonia, why not extend your vacation with a hop across the border to visit one of Argentine Patagonia's most incredible sights - the Perito Moreno Glacier. Renowned for its coloration and immense size, it's a not-to-be-missed natural spectacle, made all the more impressive when you walk almost right up to the face of the glacier on this EcoCamp extension program.

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Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scenic border crossing.
  • View of Argentino Lake & Andes Mountains.
  • A chance to explore El Calafate.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier boat ride.
  • Walkway close to towering glacier face.
  • Overnight in Calafate, Argentina.

Itinerary

Day 1: Perito Moreno Glacier

Torres del Paine NP to Los Glaciares NP Argentina

We wake up very early at EcoCamp and enjoy our breakfast before being driven at 6:30am to Cerro Castillo just outside the park, where we board the van heading across the border to Argentina! We pause for immigration checks* and continue across the Patagonian pampas towards El Calafate. You will have the whole day free to explore the town and enjoy its attractive restaurants, tango bars, and artisan handicraft markets.

Optional: During the afternoon you can 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 favorite drink.

Overnight at Kosten Aike, El Calafate, Argentina

*We strongly advise you to check Argentinian border-crossing regulations beforehand. Fees may apply.

Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier, boat journey through the iceberg channel, airport transfer

Los Glaciares NP Argentina

After an early morning breakfast and bus journey from your hotel, you will be treated to the incredible sight of the towering 60m high walls of the Perito Moreno glacier. This excursion takes you on a cruise across Lake Rico. Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail across all its face, allowing a spectacular view of the imposing wall of ice. Embarkment takes place at the “Bajo de las Sombras” bay, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies, The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides an interesting perspective on what is both a beautiful and very tragic natural phenomenon - the falling of the glacial ice into the lake. A spectacular sight but a reminder to all of us of our changing climate. This is a unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.

After the boat ride, we continue to the footbridges area of the lake and have a break to soak up the astounding surroundings. The bridges provide another interesting perspective on the glacier and also allow to hear the powerful cracks in this living mass of ice. After this experience you will be transferred back to the hotel in Calafate, pick up your baggage and be taken to the airport for departure.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

Accommodation

HOTEL KOSTEN AIKE, EL CALAFATE - ARGENTINA

Prominent Argentinean artists have recreated the ancestral Tehuelche design at this very unique hotel offering guests a relaxing, innovative stay in El Calafate. Hotel highlights include beautifully decorated rooms, Patagonian cuisine, beautiful views from the terrace, room service and sauna & jacuzzi.

Included

INCLUDED

  • 1 full day excursion Perito Moreno
  • 1 overnight at Hotel Kosten Aike, El Calafate, Argentina
  • Entrance fee Los Glaciares National Park
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Trip
  • Bus ticket from Chilean border to Calafate
  • Transfer out to the airport
  • Bilingual guide
  • Meals:
    Day 1: Breakfast;
    Day 2: Breakfast, box lunch

Optionals
Ask for single supplement
Optional Glaciarium Museum & Ice Bar

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers in from the airport
  • Insurance (the same as for main programs)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Items of personal nature
  • Items not mentioned

Facts

DEPARTURES

Regular departures every day on request, October to April.

STARTING / FINISHING POINTS

The trip starts around 7 am at Ecocamp Patagonia and ends at El Calafate Airport around 8 pm.

WHAT IS AN ECOCAMP EXTENSION?

EcoCamp Extensions are excursions you can book in addition to our regular EcoCamp programs, to enhance your Patagonian experience. These tours can take place before or after your main program but we strongly recommend doing them afterward to maximize your arrival experience at EcoCamp with your fellow trekking/Safari group members. Transport in and out of the park is not included as these services are covered by your regular program with EcoCamp. If you wish to book an EcoCamp Extension without any other EcoCamp program please contact us so we can give you a quote.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This trip does not demand physical activity other than optional walking along the walkways near the glacier at a relaxed pace.


RECIPROCITY FEE TO ENTER ARGENTINA

Nationalities including but not limited to Canada and Australia are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Argentina.


TRANSPORT

EcoCamp van to Cerro Castillo where you change to the regular bus which will take you to El Calafate.

WEATHER

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

You need to bring your personal belongings and box lunch provided by EcoCamp.

ITINERARY MODIFICATIONS

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

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