Discover the magnificence of the Perito Moreno Glacier during this Intrepid short break

It doesn’t get much cooler than the Perito Moreno Glacier. Standing 70 metres tall in the middle of Lake Argentino, this enormous, frozen mass of land attracts tourists from all over the world - year in, year out. At five kilometres wide and around 30 kilometres in length, Perito Moreno Glacier boasts a surface area of around 250 sq km, so it’s pretty hard to miss. The monstrous chunks of ice that regularly shed from the main bulk of the glacier provide spectacular viewing from the catwalks that surround it, and cause huge waves to kick up and crash across the lake. Why not get acquainted with Patagonia’s coolest natural wonder - it’s about as close to a Patagonian celebrity of the natural world as possible.


Start
El Calafate, Argentina
Finish
El Calafate, Argentina
Country
Argentina
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
GPHC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • View one of Patagonia’s most spectacular natural wonders

  • Have a chance to see enormous slabs of ice crash into the lake

  • Walk around the catwalks and see both faces of the glacier

  • Experience the power of nature in its raw, mighty form

  • Choose to take a boat trip on Lake Argentino and see the glacier up-close

Is this trip right for you?

  • Weather in Patagonia can be wild, so it's important to prepare for all elements. Rain, wind and extreme cold are all part of the adventure.

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina.
You can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned. An envelope will be waiting for you with a detailed itinerary for tomorrow. You will also receive a phone call at the hotel from our local representative at 6pm today.

Check-in time at our joining point hotel is after 2pm. Early check-in is not guaranteed, however if you arrive early, luggage storage is available. Speak to the hotel reception on arrival.
El Calafate is a small town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in Patagonia. Originally a sheep station and trading outpost, today the town has developed a bustling small town atmosphere thanks to a growing tourist trade. Most people base themselves here whilst visiting the nearby Perito Moreno Glacier, located a short distance away at the southern reaches of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Interestingly the town takes its name from the Calafate berry, and locals claim that if you eat one of these and make a wish, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia.
Optional Activities
  • El Calafate - Ice Museum - ARS225
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You are picked up from your hotel early in the morning and head out for a full day tour to the Perito Moreno glacier.

You have the option of taking a catamaran trip for unique views of the Perito Moreno glacier from Lago Argentino. You also have the option to take a 2 hour ice walking excursion (this activity may not be available from April to September).

Your last stop is at the visitor centre which features well set up walk ways that allow views of the front and surface of the glacier. It is a good idea to bring your own snacks and hot drink (thermos with tea), then pick your favourite spot and wait for chunks of the cracking glacier to crash from the 60 meter ice wall into the water. Needless to say, it will be cold! Please ensure you take plenty of warm cloths for this trip - particularly in the winter months.
Return back to your hotel in El Calafate.
Included Activities
  • Perito Moreno - Glacier visit
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
Optional Activities
  • Moreno glacier cruise (45 mins) - ARS1200
  • Perito Moreno - Mini-trek on glacier including short cruise to glacier base (Max age permitted 65yrs). Pre-bookable through agent [Recommended] Approx - ARS2300
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Perito Moreno - Glacier visit
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park

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Important notes

SHORT BREAK ADVENTURE:
This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.
This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Argentina and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.
Information may be delivered in English and Spanish, or just English depending on the requirements of the group.
The maximum number of travellers is indicative of maximum number of travellers during join-in activities only.

START TIME/FINISH TIME:
There are no activities planned on Day 1 or the final day of this trip, so you are free to arrive/depart at any time.

AGE RESTRICTIONS:
Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.

PERITO MORENO MINI-TREK:
The Perito Moreno Mini Trek is now pre-bookable (Recommended due to availability). Please consult your booking agent for more information. Note: Maximum age permitted is 65 years old.

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