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Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour

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El Calafate, Argentina
Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Hike Patagonia's Perito Morena Glacier on a mini-trek day trip from El Calafate
  • Learn fascinating facts about glaciology, flora, and fauna from your informative guide
  • Don't worry about bringing equipment—crampons are provided for you
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off included for an added convenience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off hotels located at Calafate downtown areas
Crampons to the participants
Guide for all the tour
Pick up time could be at 8 AM or at 1 PM depending on the availability in high season
Gratuities
National Park fees - $25
Take a lunch box to have a meal in the woods at the side of the lake, before embarking.
Transfers Calafate airport to Calafate Hotel are not included
Food or Drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All the hotels in Calafate area

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Age allowed to make this tour: From 10 years of age and under 65 years of age.
  • Please let us know the day of your arrival in order to program the transfer in from Calafate Airport to your hotel
  • What to bring? Comfortable and warm clothes, waterproof or windbreaker, laced sports shoes or trekking boots. No rubber boots, apres ski or high heel are allowed. Sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat for sun or shelter for cold weather.
  • It does not include: entrance to the Los Glaciares National Park, nor lunch, nor extras of any kind. Tickets to the Park are paid upon entry, only in cash.
  • Take a lunch box to have a meal in the woods at the side of the lake, before embarking.
  • IMPORTANT: Normally this tour has pick up from 7 to 7.30 AM BUT in high season as availability is very low you may have a pick up time at 1.00 PM coming back from the tour at 11 PM
  • Pick up time could be at 8 AM or at 1 PM depending on the availability in high season - the pick up time will be written in the MINITREKKING voucher that we will send to you after the bookin
  • You need to Print The minitrekking Voucher that you will receive 5 days before the day of the tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Expetravel / Azul Latina
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Excursion Perito Moreno Minitrekking day tour.

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star-5
Great experience walking on the glacier.
Marc_G
, Jan 2022
Excellent tour with outstanding guides. Walking on the glacier was an amazing experience. Important: Bring high alpine sunscreen and good hiking shoes.
star-1
Book Elsewhere
Derek_D
, Dec 2021
AVOID. this is a re-sale of an experience operated completely by another company, with no value-add by the reseller. Book directly with Hielo y Aventura and save a lot of money. Also, the communication is misleading, it implies you won't have any access to food during the excursion, but one of the very first stops is the main park center, which has a cafeteria.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Derek, The assessment is incorrect and I will explain why: It is not correct that buying through the local operator the service will be cheaper since the price in pesos is $ 25,500, in case you buy directly with your credit card, your bank will charge you $ 250. (due to convertibility) You will only get a difference of Usd 20 buying with local operators, and you will not have the support anybody to assist you in the case of: - Refund request for any situation that you cannot do the tour - You will not have an organized itinerary that supports the details of the tour - Guaranteed availability - Customer care atention Difference between booking with an operator to booking with a customer service agency: - Local operators do not have a cell phone or WhatsApp for their passengers, they do not have customer service, once your voucher is sold, all information or inconvenience including modifications without prior notice will be under the responsibility of the passenger. For this reason they are OPERATORS and not CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENCIES. - Pick up times are usually modified according to weather changes, these changes are only reported to the agencies, agencies such as Azul Latina will contact you for any modification in your itinerary and will be responsible for you to receive all the information until the time of the tour - If the passenger has any inconvenience during the service that gives rise to an inappropriate attention or operational event, the agency will be in charge of making a full refund to the passenger - The agency will provide you with a WhatsApp and cell phone available so that passengers can be in contact for any change they request Once this is clarified, passengers have the freedom and responsibility to buy directly with operators or agencies as they deem it more convenient and timely. If you want to save Usd 20, you can also buy at your destination and pay for the tour in Argentine pesos, only if you pay the operator in cash, the problem here will be to find availability and ensure that you can do the tour the day that fit your itinerary. Finally and to close your concern and any other interested reader, we are looking at your booking history, where we see that you made your purchase on December 24 at 8.30 PM, and received the confirmation of your place and itinerary at 9.00 PM from same December 24th. Date and times that only through our agency have you been able to obtain your place and attention for December 26! Best wishes
star-1
False Advertising and a Huge Markup - Not really in English
Mariegarrison
, Dec 2021
This is a review for the company Latina Azul, which is listed as the tour provider. If you want to trek on the glacier, I strongly recommend booking with another company. Also note, most of the previous positive reviews are from 2020. 1) Latina Azul simply sells your ticket for an extreme markup to another company, Heilo y Adventure, which operates huge group tours on the glacier. As we learned later, Heilo y Adventure seems to be the only company operating tours on the glacier, so you may as well book with them directly or at least with a local provider that doesn't do such an extreme markup. Latina Azul greatly inflates the price, maybe by 3x, for what you could get this exact same tour. 2) Although the photos show small groups of like 6 people, make no mistake, this is a huge tour bus and huge boat with over 50 people. Your bus of 50 will be one of many following the same route and timeline with other tour busses, including for the trekking itself. 2) Although it says the tour is in English, it's mostly in Spanish. On our tour bus of nearly 50 people, we were the only 2 native English speakers. The guides provide great depth to their descriptions in Spanish maybe speaking for 5 minutes, and then follow up with 1 sentences in English. For example, they will provide great detail on the Patagonia ecosystem in Spanish, then say in English "There are foxes, birds and hares living here". I speak some Spanish, my husband doesn't, which is why we booked in English. The tour lacks the humor and depth in English is has in Spanish. I can understand why the guides would not spend much time in English since we were the only ones, but it is false advertising from the tour provider to say this tour is in English. 3) Latina Azul does not provide any customer service. The tour details say you will be picked up at 7 am. We got a Viatour email saying it was changed to 8 am. Then, we waited in the hotel lobby for over half an hour, worried that the pickup had forgotten us. We tried to contact Latina Azul via email and Whatsapp and they did not respond. Finally we got picked up along with several other people in our hotel lobby who had not booked with Latina Azul all for the same tour on the same bus. We had also emailed Latina Azul with questions about the gear we needed for weather that time of year and never received a response. So basically, I knew there was a huge tour provider that gave tours mostly in Spanish, I paid a lot more to go with what I though would be a higher quality tour (based on the reviews from 2020) exclusively in English and with a smaller group, and ended up paying 4x more for the same thing. Really crappy and scammy on the part of Latina Azul. However, I will note the physical experience of trekking on the glacier itself with the campons and seeing the ice cave was amazing. I am not happy with the scammy nature of Latina Azul, but you should still go on a Glacier trekking tour if you can, not for the quality of the tour itself, but because the glacier itself is an amazing natural phenomenon. Just make sure you don't over pay.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Marie, I am very sorry that his experience has been so depressing, especially regarding one of the most wonderful tours of Calafate. Regarding the comments of our clients, I invite you to enter this same website within the next two months, in which the comments of our passengers who acquired this tour for this season 2021/2022 will be reflected. We are grateful that you have chosen us to buy your tour online, surely you made the decision when you noticed that Azul Latina has the lowest online rate of all the other online agencies and best comments. I understand your desperation to notice that once at the destination the tour has 10% less than the value paid online, the situation that you are unaware of, in which we are happy to inform you, is that the availability once at the destination is very scarce and normally Passengers do not get a place unless they can purchase their place 15 days in advance. Risk that our passengers are not willing to take Being the best and most requested tour in Calafate, Azul Latina pre-buy the places for all of you and in this way ensure the availability of all passengers who request this excursion. Azul Latina works to provide the best service and immediate attention, for this reason we have personnel in charge to be in permanent contact with our passengers and expeditiously attend to any eventuality that our passengers may have. Please bear in mind that there may be a change in the itinerary with respect to the pick up time, for this reason the agency will send you the new pick up time two days before the service (in the event of a modification). I'm sorry you had your cell phone turned off for two days, otherwise you wouldn't have had to wait in the lobby. In any case, I apologize for the time modification, these eventualities can happen in the glaciers due to weather conditions that exceed our management. In any case, in the face of these eventualities, remember that alway you will have a minimum of two days prior to the tour where the agency will communicate with the passengers to inform them of any change in their itinerary. The Transfers with which we operate are modern and with capacity for small groups of people, but even so it can happen that they have a delay of 5 to 7 minutes. Regarding the language, the guides speak perfectly English / Portuguese / French and Spanish, it is the first time in 7 years that a passenger feels excluded, especially when English is the language most used by the guides on these tours. I wish you have a great homecoming and that you have been able to enjoy the wonderful glaciers despite your extreme anger before starting the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do experience at Perito Moreno Glacier
Gaye_W
, Mar 2020
A very well organised day trip. Was initially concerned re large numbers of people doing the trip but very well run and structured. Stunning views and excellent to experience to walk on the glacier. Excellent day all round.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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