What To Do In Perito Moreno Glacier – Ultimate Guide

If you are visiting Argentina and you love nature and landscapes, Perito Moreno Glacier should not be missed. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south-west of Argentina, it is one of the most magical attractions in Argentina.Of all the 356 glaciers, Perito Moreno is the most spectacular one. It is spread across 5 km length and 60 mts above the sea level.This immense glacier is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

Unique appearance of Perito Moreno glacier will make it one of the most outstanding and unforgettable experiences of your life.

 

 

While you will be able to find some tours of 2 hours, we do highly recommend to spend at least one full day getting lost in the mesmerizing beauty of this surreal glacier.

Here is our step by step guide on what to do in Perito Moreno Glacier? How to get to the Perito Moreno Glacier? Budget and accommodation recommendation in and around the glacier.

 

What to do?

There are 3 ways to experience Perito Moreno glacier:

 

  • Boat Cruise – If you want to experience gigantic glacier up and close, you must take a boat cruise. It takes around 1 hour and costs around 30 USD. There are 2 boat excursions: one covering northern side and the other covering southern side of the glacier. Advance booking is not required for such a boat cruise. It can be purchased on the same day.

 

  • Walk – If you do not have enough time to take a boat cruise, you can also experience the glacier from various viewpoints along the walkway. Walkways are well marked. It takes around 3 to 4 hours and the price is included in the entry fee of Perito Moreno glacier.

 

  • Glacier Trekking – There are several companies which offer trekking on Perito Moreno glacier. Most of the tours take full day. This excursion normally includes sailing across Lake Argentino, landing on one of its shores and trekking on the glacier wearing crampons. You will be taken on a boat across the glacier. So if you are opting for this option, don’t take a separate boat cruise. No previous glacier trekking experience is required. Your guide will quickly train you how to walk using crampons.

 

IMPORTANT TIP: glacier trekking tour needs to be booked at least one day in advance. You are unlikely to be able to book the tour on the same day. Also it is a full day tour, so if you want to enjoy the walkway view, you need to spend 2 days in the glacier.

 

How to get there?

 

El Calafate is the nearest airport to take a tour to Perito Moreno glacier.

From town there are a few ways to get to the glacier.

  • Bus tour – Cheapest way to reach Perito Moreno glacier is to take a bus tour, especially if you are on a solo trip. There is no public bus allowed to enter Perito Moreno glacier, thus bus tours are not very cheap (ca. 50 USD). In town you will find many companies which offer a day tour to Perito Moreno glacier. No need to book in advance, you can book when you arrive in town. Your hotel/hostel will help you to arrange the tour.

 

  • Taxi – The other way is to book a full day taxi with a driver. It will cost you around 260 USD. But if you are 4 people, cost will come down to around 65 USD per person, which is not a bad deal considering you can visit the glacier at your own pace and you are not bound to a timeline.

 

  • Rent a car – You can rent a car in town for approx. 100 USD and drive on your own. This option is cheaper than bus if you are travelling in a group of 3 or 4 traveller. It also gives you flexibility to stop anywhere on the way to Perito Moreno. The way is full of beautiful vistas.

 

Budget

Return journey on a bus tour – 50 USD

Entry to Perito Moreno Glacier – 25 USD

Boat Ride – 30 USD (optional)

Glacier Trekking – 150 to 200 USD (optional)

 

Accommodation

There are many options available in El Calafate. We stayed in Bla Guesthouse for 25 USD PP including breakfast.

 

Our Experience

This was an experience of a lifetime. We were in awe witnessing massive chunks of ice falling into the water after they were carved off the glacier. Experiencing the roaring sound with every fall of a huge block of ice was nothing but surreal. The glacier colors, appearance and cracking sound combined to make it such an incredible experience that we had to pinch ourselves thinking, is this for real?

 

Author: Low Cost Travellers

34 Comments

  1. Superb pictures as usual Ritika. Did you guys do the glacier hiking? I am sure it must’ve been an totally awesome experience to watch ice being carved off and falling into the water! I mean, wow, you’re lucky to have seen that!

  2. Holy! That place is gorgeous! I love how detailed your post is complete with transportation options and how much each costs. I think I would go for a boat ride if I go here!

  3. I’m so envious right now, this place looks incredible. All your photos perfectly capture the beauty and rawness of Perito Moreno, and I’d love to see it for myself one day. Thank you for bringing this place to my attention.

  4. This glacier is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve seen the glaciers in Iceland, and love how vastly different they are in different parts of the world (but still such a pretty shade of blue!)

  5. Absolutely stunning photos! I really want to visit Argentina – I’ve seen and heard so many great things about it. The glacier trekking sounds AMAZING! I have to do that! Thanks for including the cost, as well. It helps to plan out a future trip! Pinning this post for future reference because it’s fantastic! 🙂

  6. This is such a beautiful and informative guide. The photos are all so vibrant. Absolutely loved perito Moreno when I visited last year! Thanks for sharing

  7. It really does look like the experience of a lifetime. Your pictures are amazing. I love the blue green undertone of the glacier. I would definitely do the full day tour of the glacier.

  8. Perito Moreno Glacier is a very special place. We went last November and walked along the trails as well as hopped on the boat to see it up close. Amazing when the calvins break off and pound into the water.

  9. Wow this looks magical! Went to Argentina last year but did not have time for the Perito Moreno unfortunately, next time! thanks for sharing!

  10. Antarctica is on my bucket list and I do plan on visiting Patagonia to do it. This is such a cool post, and so happy to hear about Perito Moreno. The views and glaciers looks amazing and it def is worth a trip. thanks for sharing.

  11. First of all, y’all should submit the photo with your jacket and the glacier in the background to a contest because it is awesome!!! Seriously it caught my eye immediately and I thought it was a beautiful photo. You have definitely sold me on this life changing experience. It sounds incredible and reasonably budget friendly. Great tips and options to experience the glaciers. I would love to experience them all – especially the trekking tour! Thanks for sharing this experience!

  12. Glaciers are just amazing, and I can relate to your experience of all the sounds and visions as I did hike through Fox Glacier in New Zealand but I would love to experience Patagonia and all its beauty especially the glaciers – This post has been instantly bookmarked 😀 I ha no idea there were 365 glaciers though, glad you picked this one to talk about. Would be great to do a combination of a boat cruise and hike through them 😀

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