Spirit of Glaciers

“The Spirit of the Glaciers” is ideal for those who prefer to discover the magic of the most spectacular corners of the Los Glaciares National Park in a different way; the luxury of enjoying an exclusive cruise. You will spend three days on board the majestic cruise vessel Santa Cruz, exploring the glaciers, and icebergs of Lake Argentino including the epic Perito Moreno glacier.

3 Days

$1,430

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 3 days and 2 nights sailing on Lake Argentino, visiting the iceberg barrier and the Mayo, Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers.
  • Shore visit at Puesto de las Vacas.

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Spirit of Glaciers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

We embark on our cruise vessel at La Soledad private port at Tranquila Bay (Punta Bandera area) at 7.30 pm. A welcome drink accompanies the on board check-in formalities and the crew members are introduced. You are then assigned a cabin for the voyage. 

We sail for Puesto de las Vacas (Alemana Bay is an extremely calm part of the Spegazzini Channel), where we spend our first night and enjoy our first dinner. We pass Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, which at 800 metres wide form the narrowest part of the lake. After dinner, guests are invited to participate in various on board activities.

Accommodation: Cruise Vessel

Meals: Dinner


Day 2:

Following a delicious breakfast, our first shore visit is at Puesto de las Vacas to enjoy an organised activity led by a team of specialist guides. We enjoy an interesting stroll along the coast together, with the opportunity to visit an old Pioneers Station

Back on board, our vessel sails towards the Spegazzini Glacier. With walls of ice between 80 and 135 metres high, Spegazzini looks like a huge river of ice that descends down a rocky hillside and crashes abruptly down into the lake. We enjoy out first lunch together with this amazing spectacle as a backdrop. 

After lunch, we appreciate a succession of icebergs in a wide range of shapes and colours, telling us that we are getting close to the spectacular Upsala Glacier. We pause at the mouth of the Upsala Channel to admire the Glacier, weather permitting. 

The face of the Upsala Glacier on the lake measures 4 kilometres, its walls have an average height of around 60 metres and the glacier itself has a total surface area of nearly 900 square kilometres. The next destination is Toro Bay, on the Mayo Sound.

After dinner, passengers may join in with some of the activities organised by the crew. You are welcome to join a lively chat to share the ideas and feelings experienced during the day, or you may opt to lay back and observe a moon-lit night full of stars.

Accommodation: Cruise Vessel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3:

We enjoy a delicious breakfast at dawn while we sail in a southerly direction. After this, we disembark for another excursion into the magical Andean-Patagonian forest and experience the magnificent natural landscape of the Mayo and Negro Glaciers. Here, we enjoy an exclusive visit to one of the refuges run by the Patagonian Continental Ice Field Institute, where so many explorers, adventurers and scientists have left their mark.

After crossing the Tempanos (Iceberg) Channel, our cruise vessel arrives at the most famous glacier in the world, Perito Moreno, and we get an up-close and personal look at its 2.5 kilometre north face from the lake. Its walls, which tower an impressive 60 metres, never fail to surprise onlookers with countless calvings and thunderous sounds. We have lunch with this majestic natural spectacle as a backdrop. 

As we sail back across the waters of Lake Argentino in the direction of La Soledad Private Port, we drink a toast to round off our journey. At 4 pm, we disembark for a transfer to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note: Route subject to modifications as deemed appropriate by the captain to ensure the safety of the passengers 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,430 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Includes

  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms
  • Gourmet full board on the vessel
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and tea/coffee during the entire cruise
  • Shore visit at Puesto de las Vacas
  • On-board activities
  • Hotel/Port/Hotel transfers
  • Specialist guides
  • Access to on board library 

Excludes

  • National Park entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks other than at meal times
  • Bar service
  • Tips
  • Services not specified in the programme
  • Personal kit 

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