Hiking Perito Moreno, Argentina
Hiking Perito Moreno, Argentina

El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Trek, El Calafate


Los Glaciares National Park, located in the Santa Cruz province of southern Argentina, covers nearly 1.5 million acres and is home to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It's a Unesco World Heritage Site that draws hundreds of thousands of international visitors each year. They come to view some of the 47 glaciers found here, including the most epic of them all: Perito Moreno.

This glacier has a 250 square-km (96-square-mile) surface area with massive 60-meter-high walls that run five km (three miles) along the southwest arm of Lago Argentino. Staring at it from one of the many viewing platforms nearby, you can witness "calving," the awe-inspiring sight of ice breaking off the facade and crashing into the tranquil waters below. Every time ice hits the water a thundering crash reverberates in the ears. 

Believe it or not, this excursion involves trekking on top of Perito Moreno. It's a full-day trip walking over the ice while fully equipped with crampons and an ice ax. And while traversing this glacier is certainly an active adventure, it's perfectly safe as you'll be accompanied by certified bilingual guides. So enjoy crossing deep blue ice crevices and hiking over meltwater streams as you experience Perito Moreno up close.

Itineraries with El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Trek

Highlights of Chile & Argentina - 11 Days

In this nature-focused adventure, you get the best of both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. First, travel to far south to Punta Arenas for a visit to an island inhabited by penguins. Next, spend a day exploring Torres del Paine - one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Top your Patagonian experience off with a glacier walk over the most impressive mass of ice in the region, Perito Moreno. Then, journey north for a visit to Iguazú Falls, the largest network of waterfalls in the world. These falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, so you'll get to experience the majesty of the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Finally, it's off to Buenos Aires where you'll enjoy some city time in the "Paris of South America" before your journey home.

Torres del Paine & El Calafate - 8 Days

Deep south of Chile and Argentina, this 8-day itinerary explores some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. First, head to Chilean Patagonia's Torres del Paine for snow-capped peaks and thundering waterfalls. Next, bus to Argentine Patagonia for a glacier hike and other activities while based in El Calafate—a traveler hub with a range of services. Kick off the whole trip in Santiago for a taste of big-city culture.

Best of Southern Patagonia - 15 Days

This 15-day trip combines outdoor attractions around Chile and Argentina's spectacular far south, also known as Patagonia. You'll start with penguins, horses, and glaciers before entering Torres del Paine National Park for three days of guided tours. Then head across the border for Los Glaciares National Park, where you'll go ice trekking and partake in several jaw-dropping trails near Mount Fitz Roy.

Discover the Best of Argentine Patagonia - 14 Days

Spend two action-packed weeks traveling around Argentine Patagonia! This itinerary starts in Buenos Aires, where you'll take a city tour before flying south to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Boat to glaciers and try an ice trekking excursion, then hike the trails around El Chaltén, Argentina's trekking capital. Continue to Ushuaia for a cruise on the Beagle Channel, canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park, and a visit to a penguin colony.

Los Glaciares National Park Quick Trip - 5 Days

Explore the highlights of Argentine Patagonia on this five-day adventure. Begin in Buenos Aires before heading south to El Calafate. Then travel to Los Glaciares National Park to get an up-close look at the famed Perito Moreno Glacier. Next, take a trip to Estancia Cristina to visit the local folkloric museum as well as the Continental Ice Field Refuge, where you'll be treated to incredible views of Upsala Glacier and Lake Guillermo.

Hiking in Argentine Patagonia - 10 Days

Argentina, particularly the Patagonia region, offers some of the continent's best hiking opportunities, and this 10-day trip hits the top three spots. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll head to El Calafate for ice trekking on an advancing glacier. Next is El Chaltén, Argentina's ground zero for iconic peaks like Mount Fitz Roy. Finish in Bariloche—a Swiss-rooted hub in the Lake District offering a plethora of trails and chocolate shops.

Discover Patagonia's Best Hiking Trails - 14 Days

This adventurous 14-day trip highlights Patagonia's best hiking trails! Explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, starting on the Argentine side, with a quick visit to Buenos Aires followed by several days in Los Glaciares National Park. Trek on a glacier and enjoy the trails around El Chaltén, the country's trekking capital, before crossing the border to Chile and Torres del Paine National Park. Discover the region's dramatic landscapes on day hikes, resting each night at lodgings in the park.

Active Adventure in Los Glaciares National Park - 8 Days

Discover the natural wonders of Argentine Patagonia on this exciting eight-day itinerary. Begin in the capital city of Buenos Aires, where you'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing and a night out on the town. Then travel south to El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Visit the region's famous glacier, Perito Moreno, then take a scenic drive to the town of El Chaltén for hiking excursions around the spectacular Mount Fitz Roy.

Trekking in Chilean & Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days

Experience the best treks in Patagonia on this 15-day adventure, including two UNESCO-listed national parks. Start off in Argentina's Los Glaciares with 13 major glaciers and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. Across the border, you'll take the "W Trek" in Chile's Torres del Paine for snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls, and turquoise lakes. Kick off the whole trip in Buenos Aires for some big-city culture.

Classic Argentine Patagonia - 13 Days

This 13-day tour of Argentina's far south covers the classics. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Patagonia for a range of outdoor activities and wildlife. On the itinerary are two national parks: Tierra del Fuego (rivers and ancient settlements) and Los Glaciares (glaciers and iconic mountains). There's also whale watching and a visit to South America´s largest Magellanic Penguin colony for the ultimate photo ops.