El Calafate is located on Lake Argentino, a green glacial lake covering over 1,600 sq km. Named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia, El Calafate hooks you with it’s irresistible attraction, the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is also the jumping point to exploring its magnificent surroundings, including the Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks
Visit the best of South America’s glaciers, the spectacular Perito Moreno.
Try local cuisine, including the famous Patagonian lamb.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrive El Calafate
Day 2: Perito Moreno glacier tour including Nautical Safari
Day 3: El Calafate departure
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Add on a few extra days and take day trips to Fitzroy and Torres del Paine National Parks to view the spectacular mountains and rivers of this region.
Hire bikes or walk to Laguna Nimes which is only a short distance from town and good for bird watching.
Day 1: Arrive El Calafate
On arrival in El Calafate, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will spend the next two nights. During the afternoon and evening you are free to explore the town, where we recommend trying the Patagonian lamb at one of the local restaurants.
Day 2: Perito Moreno Glacier including Nautical Safari
After breakfast you will be picked up for your excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in South America and one of Patagonia’s only advancing glaciers. The glacier is 5 kilometres wide, with an average height of 74 metres above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino and a total ice depth of 170 metres.
We’ll first travel to the glacier’s less-frequented north face to marvel at its splendour. We’ll observe and hear giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Our guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park, and then we’ll continue to the footbridges to take a break and enjoy the surroundings. We’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from a closer viewpoint.
After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, we’ll drive back to Calafate where you will spend the evening.
* For those after something a little more adventurous, we can offer a ‘mini trekking’ or ‘Big Ice’ excursion, which offers you the opportunity to hike into the core of Perito Moreno Glacier and experience its surreal beauty. Let us know if you’d like more details on this excursion.
Day 3: El Calafate Departure
Enjoy the morning at your leisure before we transfer you to the airport or bus station for your departure. In our opinion, three days isn’t enough to properly experience this area. If you have more time, why not consider adding another night or two to further explore the surrounding area? Other options include tours into Torres del Paine National Park in Chile or the Los Glaciares National Park close to El Chalten.
Departs - Daily
Hosteria Sierra Nevada
Xelena Suites Hotel
Accommodation with private facilities
Small group tours with English speaking guides
Meals as specified
What's not included
Airport entrance/departure taxes,
Passport, visa, and immigration fees
Additional hotel nights
Travel Protection Plan
Any items not mentioned as included
Hotel rates are based on twin share in lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events. Single supplement will be applied if travelling alone or if you wish to have a room to yourself.