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Experience - Chile

Day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier

Highlights

  • Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier

  • See and hear the glacier calve

  • Includes breathtaking photo stops

Description

Get ready for a symphony of colors and intoxication of the senses. Anyone who visits Patagonia must experience the breathtaking spectacle known as the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Destination

South America

  1. Chile
  2. Patagonia

It takes about six hours to get to Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park from Puerto Natales. Several stops along the way will keep your camera roll moving.

Once you have reached the Patagonian Andean forest, you will briefly stop at the Curva de los Suspiros (“Curve of the Sighs”) to enjoy your first panoramic view of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The drive from El Calafate to the glacier is a spectacle in itself: You will pass by lakes, forests, and mountains of the Patagonian Andes (which stretch over a magnificent area of more than 500 kilometers), as well as the glacial massifs that plunge into the southernmost lakes in the world. Afterward, you will continue to the viewing platforms and balconies opposite the Perito Moreno Glacier, where you will have plenty of time to admire it at length. The balconies are close to the glacier and you will have a perfect view of the ice colossus from several angles.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is part of the Continental Patagonian Ice Field (aka South Patagonian Ice Field), from which thirteen glaciers flow down to the Atlantic side and into the Viedma and Argentino lakes. The Perito Moreno Glacier spans over five kiolmeters and reaches up to eighty meters. It is one of the few calving glaciers in the world, which gradually forms a dam and blocks the water masses of the Brazo Rico. Every four to five years, the pressure of the water is so strong that the icy dam bursts into a thousand pieces. But the chunks of ice falling into Lago Argentino can be admired all year round.

Don't forget to bring warm clothes to protect yourself against the occasional gust of icy wind.

In the afternoon, you will return to Puerto Natales.

Duration of the trip: All day

Including

  • Trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • English-speaking tour guide (on a group basis)
  • A small donation of 2 USD per person, which will be forwarded to a social project

Excluding

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as tips
  • Insurance

Services & Notes

  • Duration: approx. 15 hours
  • Departures: every day between October and April
  • Time: approx. 06:30
  • The excursion takes place with other international travelers.
  • Private transfers can be booked upon request and for a fee.

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