Spirit now offers the Perito Moreno Glacier Tour, one of the most exciting and awe-inspiring experiences on the planet. The mini-trekking Perito Moreno glacier tour is an absolute must-do when visiting Patagonia.
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour Mini-Trekking Itinerary
You will be collected from your hotel in el Calafate early in the morning for the 50mile ride through Patagonia arid desert to the Glacier national Park. The guide on your journey will explain some of the features on this incredible spectacle. We aim to arrive early enough to beat the crowds so will have time on the viewing platform to capture some amazing photos.
After about an hour, we will walk across to the private boat dock for the ride across the bay (with another exceptional close-up view of the big ice). The private crossing takes about twenty minutes, taking you up close to the glacier wall and then we disembark to meet the guides. They will lead us to base camp for a briefing then we’ll climb the moraine at the edge of the lake to the glacier edge. Here the guides will fit each person with crampons and demonstrate their use.
Then it’s time for that first step on top of the ice for a trekking experience walking on a living, breathing, thousands of years old block of ice. You will visit the incredible ice formations, the caves, crevasses, lagoons and pinnacles that change each day. The guides check the safety of each moving structure before leading you in. You will also have the chance to fill your water bottle with the purest most delicious water on the planet.
The two hour walk atop the glacier ends back at base camp for the boat crossing up close to the glacier wall, where with luck we will witness a carving.
The day ends with transfer back to your hotel in el Calafate. (Total day approx 10 hours)
You need a moderate to good level of fitness for the Perito Moreno mini trekking.
Please bring a packed lunch (don’t forget to allow time the day before for shopping – here at Spirit we stock up on some awesome Patagonia chocolate)
What to wear – Normal hiking gear. Treaded shoes (not running sneakers) and layered warm clothing. Sunglasses, gloves, water and sun block.
Not included – Entrance to National Park.
This tour is bookable online for only US$229 HERE. The tours are very popular and full up fast. Minimum TEN days notice is required for reservations. Please note your preferred date of travel and hotel for pick up at time of booking. You will receive confirmation within 48 hours.
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