4 days

Perito Moreno & Upsala Glaciers

Perito Moreno & Upsala Glaciers

Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier

Lago Argentino’s glaciers

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  • From the town of El Calafate we visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, where we witness the spectacle of icebergs calving from the face of the glacier and crashing into icy waters. A boat ride on Lago Argentino enables us to absorb the wide expanses of Argentina's largest lake and visit the face of the massive Upsala Glacier. This short trip extension takes us into a remote and incredibly beautiful part of the world, where the forces of nature are at their best.

    Why we love it

    • From the town of El Calafate we visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, where we witness the spectacle of icebergs calving from the face of the glacier and crashing into icy waters.
    • A boat ride on Lago Argentino enables us to absorb the wide expanses of Argentina's largest lake and visit the face of the massive Upsala Glacier.
    • This short trip extension takes us into a remote and incredibly beautiful part of the world, where the forces of nature are at their best.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - El Calafate

    • On arrival at El Calafate Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in town - a distance of 20 kilometres. El Calafate is a small remote community that is named after a small dark berry that grows in abundance around the area. It was officially founded in 1927 and has a population of 6000.
    • In the evening you will be free to wander around and absorb the lively atmosphere in the main street (Avenida del Libertador General San Martin), accentuated by the long twilight of the southern summer.

    Day 2 - Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion - El Calafate

    • After breakfast you will set out on a day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. You will travel 160 kilometres to get there and back, mainly on paved roads and over an area of wide barren plains known as Peninsula Magallanes. If you look up, you may be lucky enough to see condors soaring overhead.
    • Upon arrival, you will view arguably the world's most famous glacier from various vantage points. The spectacle you encounter here is not only one of sight, but also of sound. Thunderous cracks are followed by equally tremendous splashes, as great chunks of icebergs from the glacier wall break off intermittently and crash into the waters of the channel.
    • Please pay attention to the signs around the site warning about the dangers of 'flying' ice. You will have three to four hours to explore this fabulous region. Those interested can book on an optional mini-trekking excursion where, after being provided with crampons and pick-axes, we get to actually walk on the glacier itself.
    • The additional cost for this optional excursion is approximately US$145. Your local representative can help to arrange this activity for you, but this will need to be arranged on arrival. (Please note lunch can be purchased at the site; alternatively you may like to bring along your own picnic lunches).
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Lago Argentino Boat Cruise - El Calafate

    • Early in the morning you will drive 45 kilometres to Puerto Bandera, on the northern branch of Lake Argentino, where the boat "Upsala Explorer" will be waiting for you. The average depth of the lake is 150 metres, although the deepest point is up to 500 metres.
    • The boat will navigate to Upsala Glacier, cruising past several impressive ice bergs. Photographers in particular will delight in taking photos of these amazing white formations set against the backdrop of the mountains and the sky.
    • You will also cruise along the 10-kilometre face of the glacier, which extends back 50 kilometres, making it the largest in the area. However, unlike Perito Moreno, this glacier is retreating.
    • In the afternoon, you will head to Estancia Cristina by 4WD vehicle. You will cross Fossils Valley and visit a scientific base where you will be able to access the shelter and see historical relics. You'll then head to Upsala viewpoint for another perspective of this massive, endless glacier.
    • Lunch will be included at the Estancia, and afterwards there will be time for an optional walk with one of the local guides. On your return boat journey, you will be served afternoon tea, and continue to your hotel in El Calafate, arriving around 8pm in the evening.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4 - El Calafate

    • After breakfast you will need to check out from your hotel room. You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Your trip will finish on arrival at the airport.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of an expert English-speaking local guide.
    • Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier.
    • Boat excursion to Upsala Glacier.
    • 4WD excursion to Estancia Cristina for lunch via Fossils Valley and a scientific base.
    • 2-day entry fee to Los Glaciares National Park.
    • Return airport transfers.
    • Accommodation- 3 nights comfortable hotel
    • Meals- 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch.

    Not Included

    • Flights
    • Airport departure tax (aproximately 48 pesos)
    • Visas and reciprocity fees where required
    • Meals not listed,
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PSPU
Start City: El Calafate
End City: El Calafate
Style: Small Group

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This program is for independent travellers and is not a group tour. Please note that on the day trips you may be joined by other non-Peregrine travellers. Trip does not run from May - Oct.

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