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Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Known throughout South America for its steep ice walls and dramatic calving, the Perito Moreno Glacier is high on many hikers’ wish lists. Set out with a knowledgeable guide who leads you safely across the Argentinean glacier’s frozen surface and down into ice tunnels. Here’s what you need to know about hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 

Highlights

  • Witness the glacier calving and ice splashing into the lagoon below.

  • Venture beneath the glacier’s surface with the assistance of a guide, crampons, and harness.

  • Navigate ice tunnels and explore deep glacial caves.

  • See icebergs in myriad shades of blue and white detaching from the glacier.

  • Bring your camera for panoramic photo opportunities throughout the hike.

How to Prepare

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier, within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Los Glaciares National Park, can be dangerous, so setting out with an experienced guide is highly recommended. While guides proved some equipment, you’ll want to be well prepared with waterproof layers, strong hiking boots, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

When to Go

The most popular hiking season is during the South American summer, from December through February. Shoulder season is in October/November and March/April.

Things to Know

  • Single- and multi-day guided trekking tours are available, with options for visitors with different levels of hiking experience.

  • Another way to see the glacier is via a boat ride in the lagoon. Down at this level, you hear ice cracking more loudly and can fully appreciate the height of the glacier.

  • There are stands set up facing the front of the glacier for those who want to stop and watch the big splashes of water at the glacier’s base.

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Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari

Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari

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Experience the majestic icy expanse of the Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Calafate. Enjoy views of the peaks of Los Glaciares National Park with a professional guide, and take a boat ride on Argentino Lake for an up-close perspective on the fantastic formation. You might even witness the glacier’s signature movement and cracking sounds from detaching icebergs!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
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$109.00
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4-Day Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires with Perito Moreno Glacier

4-Day Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires with Perito Moreno Glacier

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Explore El Calafate on this 3-night excursion from Buenos Aires including airfare. Fly from Argentina's capital to El Calafate, the gateway city to Los Glaciares National Park. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the Perito Moreno glacier. Explore El Calafate at your leisure during a full day of free time. Flights and breakfast each day are included; choose from 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotels.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,119.57
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate

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Visit the stunning Perito Moreno glacier on this full-day trip from El Calafate. Ride via coach to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to explore the park's scenic lookouts and walkways to see the glacier from a multitude of different angles. Opt for a boat ride along Perito Moreno's dramatic front side for additional spectacular views of the icy giant.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.66
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Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Boat Ride

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour with Boat Ride

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Explore Perito Moreno Glacier during this 6-hour sightseeing tour from El Calafate. Board a comfortable tour bus in the morning with a local guide for the trip to the glacier field. Stop at a series of walkways for views of the glacier and fantastic photo opportunities. Disembark near the glacier to stroll along the walkways and get a closer view of the glacier, you may even see huge chunks of ice 'calving', or falling off. Enjoy a 40-minute boat ride in the pristine icy waters for a different perspective.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.99
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Full-Day Perito Moreno Ice Trek from El Calafate

Full-Day Perito Moreno Ice Trek from El Calafate

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Spend a full day trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier on this tour from El Calafate. Leave the city life behind to explore the glacier's balconies and some hidden corners of the glacier with your expert guide. This is a small-group tour with a maximum of 10 passengers and includes transport by an air-conditioned coach and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
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6-Day Tour of Patagonia visiting El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten

6-Day Tour of Patagonia visiting El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten

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Set out on a six-day tour of Argentina’s stunning Patagonia region with a range of lodging budgets to choose from. This multiday excursion includes guided adventures like a boat cruise to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, as well as ample time to explore on your own. Embark on a full-day hike up Mt Fitz Roy if you’re feeling up to it, or simply bask in the scenic beauty of El Chaltem. Learn about Patagonian culture throughout your trip, which begins and ends in El Calafate.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$606.00
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Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip

Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking Day Trip

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Explore Patagonia's rugged beauty, serene lakes, and monumental glaciers on the full-day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Sail from Bajo las Sombras Port across to Brazo Rico, where you meet your guide, strap on your crampons, and embark on a mini trek across the glacier. Listen as your guide provides fascinating details of local glaciology, flora, and fauna, before trekking into a nearby Magellanic forest. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.00
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Full-Day Trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier

Full-Day Trekking the Perito Moreno Glacier

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Lose yourself amid the icy cliffs, glistening lagoons and awe-inspiring icebergs of the Perito Moreno Glacier on an unforgettable full-day adventure from El Calafate. Venture into the depths of the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park and enjoy stunning views of the glacier on a 20-minute cruise across the across the Brazo Rico. Take in the views from the glacier balconies and follow your guide on a 2-hour circuit of the south wall. This mini-trekking experience is ideal for less-experienced hikers, with just 1-hour of hiking and crampons provided.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$240.00
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9-Day Best of Patagonia tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales

9-Day Best of Patagonia tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales

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Experience the majestic beauty of Patagonia with a 9-day tour of multinational highlights, from a cruise along the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to a trek through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. See alpine lakes and meadows, jagged mountain peaks and ancient glaciers as you travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in South America. Enjoy a balance of scheduled activities and leisure time to pursue additional hiking or explore the Patagonian towns of El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,100.00
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13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks

13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks

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Discover the best of Patagonia’s phenomenal beauty on an unforgettable 13-day tour. Set out from El Calafate to explore stunning natural landscapes in both Argentina and Chile: iconic places like Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine, and Tierra del Fuego. Embark on day-long guided tours and choose from a variety of activites such as glacier-climbing and mountain hikes. Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier and its towering ice walls, canoe along the Lapataia River, and enjoy ample free time. The tour concludes in Ushuaia and includes lodging throughout.
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  • 13 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,867.00
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6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour

6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour

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Explore Argentina’s vibrant capital and the wild landscapes of Patagonia on this action-packed 6-day tour from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, including transfers and 4- or 5-star accommodation. Start your adventure in Buenos Aires, where you’ll visit Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and La Boca on a guided sightseeing tour, then enjoy a thrilling tango dinner show. Next, fly to El Calafate (flight not included) and trek through the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park, home to natural wonders like the Perito Moreno Glacier, Lake Argentino and Mt Fitz Roy.
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  • 6 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$575.00
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