Highlights of Los Glaciares

Hike the two main trails in Los Glaciares National Park with a warm and comfortable hotel to return to in the evening. Visit Perito Moreno Glacier and the surrounding fjords on a boat trip. This is a flexible itinerary and hotels can be adjusted accordingly to suit your preferences.

5 Days

$1,010

Highlights of Los Glaciares - 5 - $1,010

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • A day visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, involving a boat ride along Canal de Los Tempanos and three separate walks, witnessing different sides of the glacier
  • Optional glacier ice hike or kayaking, learning more about the formation of the lagoons, cracks and sinkholes as you navigate through them
  • Trek through dense lenga forests to Laguna de los Tres, from where a host of glaciers and the magnificent Mount Fitz Roy will treat you
  • Hike the Torre Valley to Laguna Torre, admiring the diverse birds that circle overhead and huge icebergs that have fallen off the glacier face
  • Uncover the finer details of the region with an expert local guide assisting you throughout the trip

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Highlights of Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to town

Explore the town of El Calafate with a free afternoon following your arrival. The bustling centre is host to various restaurants, bars and shops, and a warm friendliness imbues the atmosphere. Hostal Schilling is a friendly B&B with simple rooms, located two blocks from the main avenue.

Accommodation: Hostal Schilling or similar, El Calafate


Day 2: Full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier 

You can't visit this part of the world without visiting the captivating Perito Moreno Glacier. Your day will begin with an hour's journey to Puerto Bandera following a beautiful route around the edge of Lake Argentino. There will be time for photo stops along the way and you may even spot condors and eagles.

Embark on a boat journey that will take you along Canal de Los Tempanos toward the northern face of the glacier. Before you reach the glacier, the lake branches off and you will enter Seno Mayo until you get to Bahia Toro where black sand meets glacial blue waters. You will hop out here and take a short walk through beautiful coihue rainforest, typical of the Patagonian Andean region. Finally, you arrive at an impressive waterfall and fascinating rock formations. Your guide will tell you all about the fauna and flora, glacial formations and the history of Perito Moreno.

On return to the boat, you will continue the ride before making a second stop for another forest walk. Then embark once more for an hour's boat ride that will take you right up to the northern face of Perito Moreno, where you can watch its spectacular display of calving ice and the formation of deep blue icebergs.

After disembarking at the bottom of the visitor walkways opposite the glacier, you will have the opportunity to explore along the paths which offer brilliant views of the glacier from a different perspective.

Return to El Calafate to collect your luggage before joining an evening shared shuttle to El Chaltén.

You can add on the following excursions:

Mayo Trek – minitrekking excursion (USD $75)

Ice hike on the glacier – learn more of the behaviour of the glacier and its natural environment; you will be mesmerised by countless blue lagoons, deep cracks, and huge sinkholes (USD $195)

Kayak – see a different perspective of the glacier paddling through the icy waters (USD $195)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén


Day 3: Group guided trek to Laguna de los Tres

This trek starts with a transfer to the trailhead at El Pilar, located 17km to the north of the town. The journey itself is enjoyable for the lovely views of the valley, the Rio de Las Vueltas, as you drive, as well as the impressive Cordon de Los Condores. After about 20 minutes you will start to see Mount FitzRoy from a different angle. You'll then set out on the walk, traversing through a dense forest of lengas that provide protection from the winds coming off the Continental Ice Field. From the start you will be able to see lots of different glaciers; Marconi, Electrico, Cagliero and in the distance, towards Lago del Desierto, the Vespignani glacier. The path is easy as it's quite flat and the climbs are gentle.

Arrive at the first viewpoint, Piedras Blancas glacier, and then walk on into a clearing where you can admire the peaks of "S", Saint Exupery, Poincenot, FitzRoy, Mermoz and Guillaumet, in all their splendour. From here, continue for a few more minutes until you arrive at Poincenot campground, located in the beautiful lenga forest inhabited by countless varieties of birds, which will accompany you with their song until the Rio Blanco campground is reached. This is the base camp for the most adventurous climbers who will attempt to conquer these granite masses.

Next, you'll climb for about an hour (400m) until you arrive at Laguna de los Tres. On arriving at the highest point on the path, majestic views of FitzRoy, and the Glacier de los Tres and its lagoon will reward you. The grandeur of this location causes a great sense of reverence. After taking in the view, you will circle Laguna de los Tres and head towards the viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and its glacier. Again, the breathtaking views are unforgettable. After a rest and a bite for lunch, start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén. En route, you will pass some varying landscape, crystal clear streams and Laguna Capri – a favourite spot for photographers. After visiting the lagoon, drop down into the valley where El Chaltén is located.

Length of excursion: 8–9 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén


Day 4: Group guided trek to Laguna Torre

From El Chalten, head off on the Laguna Torre footpath and after a small climb, you will enter a small nire wood. From here, the path starts to gain height and straighten up alongside the FitzRoy River until it arrives at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall. The panorama presents the valley of the FitzRoy River and its serpentine course with the backdrop of the unique Mount Solo, the Adela range and the impressive Mount Torre.

After about an hour of walking, you will arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint. Make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers while having a short break.

You'll then walk onwards for around two hours through grand lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until you arrive at Laguna Torre. In this section there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker. At Laguna Torre, it is usual to see huge icebergs where ice which has fallen off the Torre glacier face.

Laguna Torre is also the source of the River FitzRoy. This river may be crossed by using the Tyrolean rope; used by the climbers to access Torre glacier and to get to the base of the mountain they plan to climb. Walk to the Agostini camp, where climbers from all over the world stay, a lovely springtime walk seeing the abundance of wildflowers endemic to Patagonia.

After a rest and lunch at the lagoon, you will start the trek back to El Chaltén for another evening at Patagonia Hostel.

Length of excursion: 7–8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén


Day 5: Departure

After a final breakfast at the hostel, take your shared transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport ready for departure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $1,010 per person is based on two people sharing. Please get in touch for information on departures.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in local hostels
  • Boat trip to Perito Moreno 
  • Guided hikes in El Chaltén
  • Bus transfer from El Calafate – El Chaltén
  • All excursions included in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • All private transport included in itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking guide

Excludes

  • Entrance fees to National Parks (around USD $20 paid locally in Argentinean pesos)
  • Bus terminal tax (around USD $2 El Chaltén, USD $2 El Calafate)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • International flights
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Entrance fees to national parks 
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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