Arrival in El Calafate
On arrival in glacier country you’ll be transferred directly to your hosteria in the centre of Calafate, packed with local atmosphere. The rooms here are cosy with central heating and plenty of warm blankets – essential stuff in this snowy wildnerness.
Today, you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Los Glaciares National Park, taking a boat trip across Lago Argentino. As long as you’re kitted out in woolly hats and thermal clothes, you won’t freeze up on the deck and the views are simply breathtaking. You’ll sail past giant icebergs bigger than houses and huge, impressive glaciers. As the boat slows and you creep past the towering wall of jagged ice, it’s hard not to be astounded.
Optional day trip
Perito Moreno Glacier Trek
If you’d prefer to get up close to the glacier we can arrange for you to don your crampons and take a walk on the Perito Moreno glacier with a small international group of travellers. As you stand directly in front of the glacier you can hear the squeaking and cracking sounds of the moving glacier. With a little luck you may even hear the thunderous noise of an ice shelf breaking off and falling into the sea.
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Overland to Perito Moreno glacier & departure
This morning, you’ll be picked up at your hotel for the trip to the entrance of the Glaciares National Park. Half an hour later, you’ll arrive at the ‘pasarelas’, three platforms connected by a system of trails and stairs that run along part of the length of the Perito glacier. The Perito Moreno is 5km wide with ice peaks reaching over 80m in height.
Between November and April, you may well see huge chunks of ice crash into the water. Even if what seems like a tiny chunk breaks off, you’ll hear an almighty roar followed by a big splash. The wait is strangely addictive. We also definitely recommend a ‘mini-trek’ onto the Perito Moreno glacier itself.
After breakfast on day 4, this trip comes to an end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for the next adventure.
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Instead of a cosy hosteria near the centre of Calafate, you could stay in a comfortable hotel. Here, you’ll have a warm and spacious room, decorated in locally sourced wood and stone. The hotel has views of distant snow-capped peaks, nearby lakes and even the Perito Moreno Glacier. There’s also a spa onsite, so you can rest those aching muscles after your trek. The centre of Calafate has an abundant number of restaurants, cafes and wine bars as well as some souvenir shops, and is about 10 minutes by taxi.
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