Alternative Perito Moreno Glacier Tour | 1 Day | from EL CALAFATE

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  • Admire the natural beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of Patagonia’s most famous glaciers!
  • Get off the beaten track and avoid the bulk of the crowds.
  • Visit one of the earth’s only glaciers that is still growing!
  • Look out for guanacos and gauchos as you pass through the Patagonian desert.
  • Tour runs from October to March.
  • Read our review of this experience here!

  • Save your place with a small deposit today. Pay the rest later.
  • Deposit 100% refundable until 48h before your start date.
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The Alternative Perito Moreno Glacier Tour only runs during the months of October to March with a minimum of 8 passengers.

Why Is This Tour ‘Alternative’?

  • The tour takes a dirt track up to the National Park which is used by virtually no-one else. This allows visitors an authentic look at the Patagonian Steppe and offers plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. 
  • The path for the hike is not commonly used which means that backpackers are able to enjoy the glacier in peace while taking in this special experience. 

Alternative Perito Moreno Glacier Tour – Itinerary

  • Pick-up from your accommodation between 7.30am and 8.00am.
  • During the ride to the glacier, it is possible to see a whole manner of wildlife, including guanacos, a type of camelid closely related to the llama. As you take an alternative route to the glacier, it is likely that you will see more wildlife due to the lack of disturbance along this trail.
  • Instead of taking the normal paved route, you will follow a dirt track for the entire journey, which gives way to some stunning scenery. Hardy vehicles are used to take the stress of the Patagonian gravel tracks. You will be able to admire the beauty of the Patagonian Steppe, commonly known as the Patagonian desert which is uniquely dry and also has a cold climate.
  • Along the way, there will be scheduled stops for photo taking and enjoying the wildlife. However, if you see something that catches your eye en route, just say and this can be accommodated for. During your journey, you will pass by Estancia Anita, a hugely important historical site. The ranch is known for the people that died there defending their right to strike. it is still possible to see gauchos (South American cowboys) in and around the area today.  
  • Once you arrive at the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park, you will pay your entrance fee.This costs 700 ARS which is around $16USD. It is not included in the tour price.
  • Before reaching the glacier, you will walk downhill via a path which is not traditionally used by tour groups. As such, this will feel like a very personal and private experience, shared only with your guide and tour mates.
  • As you arrive at the beach overlooking the southern glacier wall, you are provided with the opportunity to spot woodpeckers, parrots and more. Your specialist guide can help point out this wildlife to you, as well as provide additional information about the Perito Moreno Glacier. In total, this hike takes around 45 minutes over an uneven terrain with some steep downhill.
  • The difficulty of this trek is rated medium but should prove no problems for the average adventure-seeking backpacker!
  • Once you have completed the trek, there is the option to book a boat (not included) which will take you closer to the wall of ice. Stare up in wonder as the glacier crunches and creaks before dramatically plunging into the water below. 
  • After spending around two hours admiring the glacier, the bus will depart to head back to El Calafate. The return journey will use the conventional asphalt road. You will arrive back in the city of El Calafate around 17.00pm. 

Please note: National Park fees, a boat trip, food and drink is not included. This trip could be suspended due to flooding or bad weather. 

What Do You Need To Bring?

  • Footwear with rubber soles
  • Camera
  • Suncream
  • Cash for entrance fees, meals etc. 
  • Outdoor clothes with layers to keep warm! 
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit.
  • This depòsit is fully refundable up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • If you are unable to agree on a date or the organiser cannot meet your requirements, your deposit is automatically returned to you in full.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • The rest of the payment for the experience is payable to the organiser, either upon arrival at the destination or before in some cases, if the organiser requires it. The organiser will arrange this with you.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the trip organiser, is entirely based on the organiser’s own Terms and Conditions.
  • Please read our customer Terms and Conditions for more information.

2 reviews for Alternative Perito Moreno Glacier Tour | 1 Day | from EL CALAFATE

  1. Jen Ross

    Went on the alternative perito Moreno tour yesterday and it was fantastic! Got very lucky with the weather, but it would have been great anyway, we were generally the first to arrive at each location, and got to take the back roads with no other tourists. The guide was really knowledgeable about local nature, and the boat trip and boardwalks bring you so close to the glacier, which is incredible. Would recommend to anyone to do

  2. Pardaad Chamsaz

    This was a day to remember. As soon as we stepped into the tour bus, we entered the Patagonian landscape. The first two hours were spent on an alternative route through the steppe, seeing many rhea and caracara. Our guide, Maria, was really well informed and so friendly. She told us about the glacial environment and also about the flora and fauna. We stopped off at a small estancia for a coffee before embarking on the Perito Moreno glaciar. On arrival, we first went on an hour-long walk through a small forest down to the lake shore, which was beautiful. Then we had the option of going on a boat tour right up to the glaciar which we decided to do. Highly recommended. Following that, we had some free time on the boardwalks of the national park, seeing the glaciar from all sides, which was spectacular. After a long day, we were driven back to our b&b. All in all, the service was incredible and always interesting. This can’t be missed.

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