Have a great time. have a great time. The Big Ice trek is 4000 ARS (USD$275) including transport, and the Mini Trekking is 2400 ARS (USD$156). It is sad about the economy crashing for locals. All thoughts, opinions and hours spent watching chunks of ice fall of the glacier are, as always, our own. Four Mind-blowing Bolivia Itineraries For 10 Days to One Month of Traveling, Is It Safe to Travel to South America? Here you get out and can either go for a hike or book your boat tickets. It is definitely an amazing place. 7 Things You Should Consider in the COVID-19 Age, Coronavirus Lockdowns in South America: Readers’ Experiences of Curtailing and Cancelling Trips, This Sustainable Tour to an Indigenous Weaving Collective Unveils the Hidden Reality of Cartagena, The 15 Best Hikes in Patagonia that You Can Do Without a Guide. That being said, they do have bedrooms that seem much nicer and more modern facing the lake. . Wow! With the 6 of us and wanting to spend more time on the walkways, it seems that renting a vehicle would be best. The Perito Moreno Glacier is about 80km from the town of El Calafate in Argentine Patagonia. Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) & sits on the edge of Lago Argentino among 48 glaciers in Argentina. Immense ice chunks constantly crack off the face, known as ‘calving’, sending huge waves across the lake. We are planning to stay in town, so perhaps we just park at the hotel and walk around town. I see you always quote prices in ARS as well as USD. It’s quite common for people to jump on a Perito Moreno Glacier tour to get out and see this marvellous natural wonder, but we think it’s better to go on your own *unless* you want to walk on the glacier itself. Just found your very informative blog. It’s fresh water. Most of these tours also include snacks and a glass of whiskey served with glacial ice and last for around 90 minutes or so. I was puzzled to think either rent a car or take bus to Glaciers Park. From prices, where to stay, things to do in Perito Moreno and an independent travellers’ guide, we’ll help you make the most of your trip. Every 20 minutes or so another piece of ice would fall, causing everyone fortunate enough to witness this natural phenomenon to cheer out in unison. For the absolute best luxury hotel in El Calafate, you can’t beat the incredible (and aptly named) Design Suites! We ended up in a tranquil forest, adding a different element to the easy hike. Glad we could help. These will get you up to 100m away from the face of Glaciar Perito Moreno and give you a spectacular perspective from the water’s level. . 3 Different Tours Of Perito Moreno, Argentina The Classic. Its an awesome experience. We didn’t have a car but it seemed parking was fine and easy to find in town. From the moment you walk in you are welcomed with the huge windows letting in light and vistas from all angles. On the bright side you get a guide, however in our opinion this is unnecessary for the standard boardwalk that you do, as there are plenty of information signs along the whole way talking about what glaciers are and the history of Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most prominent attractions for tourists in southern South America, in the Argentine Patagonia region, and the area has vehicle access via a road. It is a beautiful area. Eventually the bus arrives at the end of the road. The closest town is El Calafate (48 miles away). Read our Privacy Policy. Here are a couple of article from our friends Dan and John over at Two for the World. The Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia is the main attraction of El Calafate. The buses and tours only give you are short amount of time at the glacier and if you want to hike or really take the area, having your own wheels is definitely the best option. Glacier Perito Moreno is one of 48 glaciers that comprise the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. We find some times the exchange fee at the currency exchange shops can be high. In summer 2016, a record 80,000 visitors were estimated to have passed through the park in January alone, no small feat for a national park at the end of the world! Back in 1981, Los Glaciares was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site to help preserve the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. We are Alesha and Jarryd, the award-winning writers and professional photographers behind this blog. Love your post. We have been travelling the world together since 2008, with a passion for adventure travel and sustainable tourism. We just did the glacier in late April (absolutely stunning, perfect weather). I just wanted to say that, your blog do not just help the people who is going, but also the people who is dreaming of going…… Like me. The area is beautiful. While we were having lunch we started to see small bits of ice fall from one particular crack. Being one of the most popular national parks in Argentina, everything is signposted and it’s impossible to get lost. Was quicker getting in to the park Hi Yvonne, sorry for the late reply. I hope you are enjoying our country. We’re glad we made it out there when we did! You can either book a tour including transport, rent a car or a taxi, or do what we did and take the local bus. Confirm this when you book your tour. Strongly recommend! We didn’t personally do it (we’ve trekked on quite a few glaciers before), but you can pre-book your tour. If you stay here definitely try to book one of these. That would be definitely way better than the bus. Hope you get there. Thank you so much David. Argentina looks like an incredibly diverse and beautiful country! I was wondering what you did for the other 3 nights there? What makes Perito Moreno one of the most interesting glaciers in South America is how active it is. As it turns out their quote perfectly summed up our own experience with visiting one of Argentina’s most popular tourist attractions, the sprawling frozen river close to El Calafate. , Hi Cindion, thank you so much. We suggest taking a photo of the number plate so you know which bus was yours, but it’s pretty straight forward. The backpacker in Puerto Natales was pretty convincing when we asked them what they thought of Patagonia’s most famous glacier. It is one of 47 glaciers in Argentina and the third largest in the country. Thank you so much. 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I started (now) to plan my trip for the Easter week 2019. We will have 2.5 days in El Calafate. Thats great about the private driver. Thank you guys sooooooo much!!!!! Practical with a touch of personal fun. Still, it might just be your only chance to trek on an enormous glacier! If you’re after an adventure, be sure not to miss this. Yea, it’s expensive, but so worth it!”. We found the boardwalk and started our hike. What is it? Instead we recommend saving the extra money and just bringing your own lunch with you (and a bottle of wine, of course). Perito Moreno Glacier is one of 48 glaciers located in the Andes system and fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. We were just learning about glaciers in our geography class, and we were told to make a poster about the Perito Moreno Glacier and how we can get to it. This full-day expedition includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in El Calafate, a boat ride from Bajo de las Sombras port as well as all the necessary glacier-hiking equipment like crampons and ice axes. Have a great trip and enjoy the area. The Perito Moreno glacier, located in Glaciers National Park in Argentine Patagonia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, is one of Argentina’s must-see attractions. This trip is a must-do for thrill-seekers and adventure travelers. Hike El Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Cafate. Among the 356 glaciers, the Perito Moreno is the most outstanding one, having a front of 5 km long and a height of over 60 meters above the level of the water. While it’s not quite as luxurious as Design Suites, it does offer a very homely feel and a better location for those who want to be closer to downtown. It’s a giant 250km 2 ice formation that is over 30km in length, 5km wide and has an average height of 74m. The day was still young, and already we knew we’d made the right decision coming out there. , So glad you had a great time. As we got closer to the end of the road we got our first view of the impressive glacier, tumbling into the lake on the left side of the bus. If your Patagonia journey is south to north, you may have just completed the W Trek upon your arrival in El Calafate.