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Lago Argentino: Our most recommended tours and activities

El Calafate: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

1. El Calafate: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate around 7:00 AM to undertake the 47km route to the Punta Bandera Port where your boat departs at 9:00 AM.  The first part of the trip takes place in the north arm of the Argentino Lake before crossing into the Boca del Diablo, the narrowest part of the lake. Then, go to the Upsala and Spegazzini channels where you can view the respective glaciers. The Upsala Glacier is the largest on Argentino Lake and can be seen from about 20km away. The Spegazzini Glacier is the highest and you can also see the Dry, Heim Sur, and Peineta glaciers. After entering the Spegazzini Channel, a 300-meter path will be crossed without difficulty through the forest along the coast of the lake making stops at viewpoints overlooking the entire Bay of Glaciers.  Arrive at the Spegazzini Refuge where you can enjoy an optional 3-course lunch with drinks, visit the shop, and contemplate the landscape from the terrace.  For those who enjoy walking, the mountain path offers a 700m trek of medium difficulty through a wooded path with natural viewpoints of the Spegazzini Glacier ending at the landing point. Return to the boat and head back to El Calafate where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Experience with Transport

2. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Experience with Transport

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in El Calafate. Drive 80 km to the Los Glaciares National Park, an approximately 2-hour drive. Meet your kayaking guide upon arrival and begin your Perito Moreno adventure. Get ready to paddle by gearing up with a dry Gore-Tex suit, thermal suit, boots, gloves, and life jacket. Receive safety instructions at the lakeshore. There, your guide will lead you through a few warm-up exercises in order to get you feeling comfortable and confident in you kayak. This tour is welcome to kayakers of all experience levels. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or this is your first time, you’ll be in good hands with your knowledgable guide. Explore the majestic icebergs floating in the water. Enjoy breathtaking views of this natural wonder. Take extraordinary pictures of these icy giants. Return to shore after 1.5 hours of paddling. Leave your kayaking guide and meet your original guide. Discover the circuit of footbridges facing the glacier. Hear the ice cracking in surroundings ice formations as you walk along the catwalks. Afterward, return to your hotel in El Calafate.

Glaciers Gourmet Experience: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

3. Glaciers Gourmet Experience: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

Sail in luxury around Southern Patagonia's Los Glaciares National Park during this full-day sightseeing cruise. Board at La Soledad Port, before visiting the stunning Escuadra Bay and the Condor Nesting Wall. Watch these beautiful birds in action. Marvel at the majestic natural wonders of the Seco, Heim and Spegazzini Glaciers from the catamaran's four outer decks. Disembark at "Puesto Las Vacas" station for a short walk. Then, visit Upsala Canal, and enjoy panoramic views of the spectacular Upsala and Bertracchi Glaciers. Indulge in a gourmet lunch onboard. Admire the cruiser's glacier-themed decorations, which bring nature indoors. Let your kids play in the recreation area, which features illustrations of the National Park’s native fauna. Navigate along Canal de los Témpanos towards the Northern face of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and disembark at La Soledad Port. 

El Calafate: Native Cultures 4x4 Half-Day Excursion

4. El Calafate: Native Cultures 4x4 Half-Day Excursion

Embark on a 4x4 Patagonian adventure trip from El Calafate. Venture into Los Glaciares National Park and walk along Argentino Lake. Learn about indigenous cultures while exploring the stories of the first expeditions and inhabitants of the area. After hotel pickup, hop into a 4x4 vehicle and begin your journey through the Patagonian steppe. Between the cliffs and overlooking the Andes Mountains, the tour focuses on the first contact between expeditionary explorers and the indigenous Tehuelche population. Arrive at the shores of Lake Argentino, then listen to a talk from your guide about the formation of the landscape and the native fauna and flora. Drive up the mountain to take in an incredible panoramic view of the city below and its surroundings. From there, appreciate the extension of Lake Argentino and the Cordillera de Los Andes. Walk 500 meters on foot to the archaeological site as you interpret the meaning of rock paintings and the techniques used to make them. End the tour by enjoying a Patagonian-style lunch.

El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

5. El Calafate: Estancia Cristina & Cascada de los Perros Tour

Located on the northwest coast of Lago Argentino (Argentino Lake), the historic sheep ranch of Estancia Cristina was founded in 1914 by Joseph P. Masters and his wife, and on this full-day tour from El Calafate you will explore the estancia to discover how it maintains the history of the family. First, you will sail among the icebergs and mountains of Lago Argentino to Upsala Glacier, the 2nd largest within Los Glaciares National Park. Departing from Punta Bandera by modern and comfortable boat, enjoy the most stunning up-close views of the blue ice. Upon arrival at the Estancia you will learn how the sheer perseverance of the Masters family made the inhospitable place a small paradise that they could call home. Visit the Estancia’s museum, and the old shed where the sheep were sheered. Next, take a short walk to see the estancia’s chapel and country house. From here, you will embark on a 2.5-hour hike to the surprising waterfall of Cascada de los Perros, surrounded by native ñires shrubs. Enjoy panoramic views of the Caterina River valley, and Patagonian wilderness, back across to Estancia Cristina.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier, Boat Cruise & Glaciarium

6. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier, Boat Cruise & Glaciarium

Enjoy a trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier located within Los Glaciares National Park. Begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate. This early departure allows you to spend more time visiting this amazing place. Travel until you reach the western end of the Magellan Peninsula. When you arrive at the park, walk along a 4 km network of walkways spread over different levels that will allow you to contemplate the glacier from different angles and points of view. Spend 2 hours walking the slopes and marveling at the incredible river of ice. During this free time, feel free to grab a packed lunch or stop at the restaurant. During the visit, the guide will coordinate with you the time for a 1-hour boat ride to the north wall of the glacier. After the boat cruise, return to El Calafate on the same route you took, arriving in the early evening The next day, you can visit the Glaciarium Museum. Enjoy scenic effects, lighting, multimedia programs, and audiovisual presentations to learn about glaciers and their formation.

El Calafate: Hanging Glaciers, Cascade, and Forest Hike

7. El Calafate: Hanging Glaciers, Cascade, and Forest Hike

Departure from your hotel on this adventure. Once on the port, we start sailing through the Canal de los Témpanos to then enter Mayo Branch of Argentino Lake. The glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro can only be observed from the water. We disembark at Toro Bay accompanied by our guide, where we take an interpretative walk to observe the Patagonian Andean forest. We visit a waterfall. From the shore of the lake, we will be able to observe the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. After a second navigation, we disembark in Cerro Negro, together with the guide, we begin a walk of about 1,000 meters, entering the forest to the base of Cerro Negro, from where we can see the wonderful Negro Glacier. From this "hanging" glacier on the slope of the hill a large number of waterfalls are born, which give rise to the river that we are bordering on the way there and back. Then we move to the most famous glacier in Patagonia, the Perito Moreno. Unique for its beauty and imposing. We make an unmissable navigation that goes along its northern front and the area of the rupture. Finally, we disembark at Puerto Moreno and walk along the walkways. We return to the ship and start our way back to the port of Punta Bandera.

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Trip with Gear and Lunch

8. El Calafate: Perito Moreno Kayak Trip with Gear and Lunch

Begin the experience with a transfer from El Calafate, then move to Los Glaciares National Park, established as a park in 1937 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Be welcomed to the park by experienced guides and receive information about the activity before starting on your journey. Receive your provided equipment, a safety lesson, and learn about techniques for rowing and using the provided equipment before your departure. Depart from the shores of Lake Argentino and kayak from Playa de los Icebergs toward the front of the glacier, taking in the incredible views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, named for the explorer Francisco Moreno, from only 600 meters away. Be led by expert guides and learn about the park’s history, significance, and ecological importance. Pause to take unique pictures of the glaciers while learning more about the unique glacier, one of the few on earth that is not shrinking, and the beautiful national park, named for its giant ice cap which is one of the worlds largest. Return to base and enjoy a provided lunch, hot drinks, and snacks.

From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

9. From El Calafate: Argentino Lake and 4WD Discovery Tour

On this excursion from El Calafate you’ll spend a day in awe of the spectacular natural wonders of Los Glaciares National Park. Begin with a sail from the Punta Bandera port on board a modern and comfortable boat. You’ll be surrounded by icebergs as you sail on Argentino Lake and marvel at the stunning views. Continue the sail through the North Arm and the Cristina Channel, finally disembarking at Estancia Cristina. When you arrive at the Estancia you’ll enjoy a history tour, and a visit to the museum and old shearing shed. Head out on a guided walk up to the Caterina River, where you’ll see the chapel and the old house of the Estancia. From here you’ll ascend by 4x4 vehicle to the 9.5-kilometer continental ice shelter, which is an area of significant geological interest. From the shelter you’ll take a 20-minute walk to the Upsala viewpoint, along terrain that has been eroded by the glacier. From the viewpoint you’ll enjoy stunning views of the glacier, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and the Andes Mountain Range.

Perito Moreno Glacier and Boat Safari

10. Perito Moreno Glacier and Boat Safari

From 9:00 a.m. you will leave El Calafate and begin your journey along Provincial Route N°11, which borders the impressive Lago Argentino for 40 kilometers. Here, you will enjoy incredible panoramic views of the lake and the Patagonian steppe. Upon arrival at Glacier National Park, you will travel through a Magellanic forest up to the start of the glacier's balconies and walkways. Walk along the balconies to get incredible views of the glacier from different angles. Explore highlights such as the Curva de los Suspiros and the Muelle Bajo las Sombras, where you will board a catamaran that will take you closer to the impressive ice walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier. You will be able to contemplate its immensity and observe the ice detachments that continuously break off from the main glacier. Around 4:00 pm, we'll take you back to your hotel at El Calafate.

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What people are saying about Lago Argentino

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4.7 / 5

based on 263 reviews

Brazilians: We bought the tour in Cabine do Capitão and they canceled it due to overbooking. We feel that we have been wronged. After many emails and whatsapps we got a common place inside the boat. And, part of our money refunded. It was not possible to enjoy that part of the tour. Although we had bought it in advance. The tour itself is well worth it. The company asks for disorganization and bad faith.

Best cruise I have done in the area. My advice is to book this in the VIP area (called the Captain's Club) - the added cost is not that much and is totally worth it. You get pampered during the entire trip in a restricted area of the boat with access to a private deck - let alone, during the stopover, an EXQUISITE lunch in a private area of the lodge overlooking the Serrano glacier.

Great views although we had the best weather. Well fed on the captains club with plenty of drinks. A lot extra to pay but probably worth it to have better views and paid for lunch

An activity not to be missed.. very well organized by Patagonia Dreams..

Serious company. Expert guide and passed all possible guidance.