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Oct 15, 2019
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Details

  • 12 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Get up close to Viedma Glacier in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park! This day trip to El Chalten from El Calafate takes you right up to Argentina’s biggest glacier. Cruise over Lake Viedma in Southern Patagonia and watch icebergs float past as you hear fascinating facts from expert guides. Select from two options – a boat tour with 3-course lunch or a boat tour and trek – your choice. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.

Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch (if cruise-only option selected)
  • Snacks (if cruise-only option selected)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Tour departs from most El Calafate hotels

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 8pm

Operates

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, SundayOctober-April

What to Expect What to Expect

Viedma Glacier, situated in the 5,000-square mile (13,000 square km) Southern Patagonian Ice Field, sheds chunks of ice at its moraine-rich terminus, which flows directly into the western end of Viedma Lake. Located in Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the glacier is the largest in Argentina! Whether you opt for the boat cruise or combine it with an ice trek, you’ll enjoy magnificent close-up views of this natural phenomenon.

Option 1: Viedma Glacier Sightseeing Cruise

Upon hotel pickup, depart from El Calafate at 7am, arriving in El Chalten – known as Argentina’s trekking capital –at approximately 11am. From here, your guide will transfer your small group to Laguna Condor Mountain Hut for a three-course lunch, including one beverage.

In the afternoon, hop in your minivan to Bahia Tunel Port, where your 2.5-hour boat tour over Viedma Lake begins. Cruise right in the front of Viedma Glacier, which reaches 131 feet (40 meters) above the lake, and watch huge icebergs float by. Listen to fascinating lectures on glaciology as certified national park guides describe the natural phenomena within Los Glaciares National Park.

After taking in all the sights – including calving ice, debris-filled moraines and deep crevasses – return to Bahia Tunel for transport back to your El Calafate hotel.

Option 2: Viedma Glacier Cruise and Trek 

Upon hotel pickup, depart from El Calafate at 7am, arriving in El Chalten at approximately 11am. From here, transfer to Bahia Tunel Port and set sail over Viedma Lake to the glacier.

During your 1-hour cruise, admire gorgeous views of Mt Fitz Roy and Mt Huemul. Arriving at Hornos Cabe in the far southeast, your boat will turn west, offering stunning sights of Viedma Glacier. Next, disembark at a rocky promontory where certified national park guides will provide a safety briefing and lecture on glaciology and other natural features of Los Glaciares National Park before the trekking begins.

The trekking on the promontory area will allow you to appreciate the history of the glaciations, the movement of large ice blocks smoothing the rocks, and to acknowledge nature as the main modeler of the landscape that you enjoy today. This promontory area is a terrain rarely seen and it is the ideal point for the Glaciology talks offered by our guides.

During this journey you will approach the glacier to observe it from different heights and natural viewpoints, appreciating its immensity and the play of colors.

Return to Bahía Túnel to take the bus that will take you back to El Calafate.

There will be a lunch break during the excursion (lunch-box is not included).

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • It is recommended that you bring appropriate clothing: jacket, gloves, proper shoes
  • Note: if you select the trek option, you must bring your own box lunch
  • Minimum age is 12 years old to participate
  • Passport details for each individual traveller needed at time of booking: Full Name, Nationality, Passport Number, Expiry Date and Date of Birth
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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