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Day 1 El Calafate
Arrive in El Calafate, a small town prone to throngs of tourists on their way to see the glacier. The town takes its name from a native berry that when eaten, supposedly assures a return trip to Patagonia. Relax during the day before a welcome meeting in the evening.
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Days 2-3 Perito Moreno Glacier/El Calafate
Today, the main event – a full tour of the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Sitting some 70 metres tall and around five kilometres wide, this is one jaw-droppingly enormous slab of ice. The highlight of the southern region of Los Glaciares National Park, the glacier is one of only three in Patagonia that are not retreating and one of 48 fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Observe the power of nature from the safety of a catwalk as the glacier creaks and groans and mammoth chunks of ice break and crash into the water below. It’s also an option to take a short boat trip out onto the lake to get up-close and personal with this overshadowing wall of ice. A walking circuit around the glacier allows both faces and even the surface of the glacier to be seen. Return to El Calafate where this short but sweet trip ends on arrival. With such an amazing introduction to the area, perhaps plan to pull on trekking shoes and join the El Chalten Trekking adventure.
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