Today’s adventure begins with a 1.5hr drive across the Patagonian steppes, leaving El Calafate along the shore of Lake Argentino, and heading for Los Glaciares National Park. There are not many sights on Earth that are truly awe-inspiring, but the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of them. A thundering soundtrack, created by shards of falling ice, accompanies a truly breathtaking spectacle: a 5km-wide wall of ice which towers 60m above the surface of an iceberg-dotted lake. Most visitors stick to the walkways and viewing platform which face the glacier, but trekking on the glacier itself can be an unforgettable experience.
Arriving at the national park, there is a short boat trip to the opposite shores of the lake. After a briefing from the guides, you’ll be fitted with your crampons, ready to spend 90mins exploring the glacier’s surface. The guides accompany you, helping you to pick a safe route, negotiating pools and ice fields, perhaps even getting inside an icy crevasse. Once the trek is over you’ll have time to enjoy your packed lunch. Next, you’ll board the boat again and head back to shore to explore the walkways which face the glacier, Return to El Calafate during the late afternoon.
(Those of your party who are under 10 or over 65 years old, pregnant, or have mobility issues can take the regular excursion with a boat trip instead of the ice trekking).