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El Calafate-Multi Adventure
Multi Adventure on the Perito Moreno Glacier
 
icebergs in el calfate periot moreno 

glacier wall 

couple trekking on the perito moreno

view of the perito moreno glacier


boat passing near glacier wall



aerial photo of the perito moreno glacier

Part 1: Glacier trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

Prepare to experience a one of a kind adventure trekking on the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Glaciers National Park. The UNESCO declared this site a natural heritage in 1981 because it harbors the longest existing glaciers outside of Antarctica (covering 75.3 square miles or 195 square kilometers). You will have your own private vehicle for the transfers and the assistance of a private guide for the visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

After 1 hour and forty minutes we arrive to "Bajo las Sombras" (beneath the Shadows) port.

We prepare for a 15 minutes sailing bordering the south wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier, in the Rico branch of Argentino Lake. You will admire it's 262 feet (80 meters) height, which is only 1/7 of it's total height! The full height of the south wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier is approximately 1834 feet (560 meters). An iceberg only displays 1/10 to 1/7 of its entire mass above the water, being the biggest portion of these "ice giants" under water.

After crossing to the opposite shore, our guides who are specialized in glaciology, will welcome you. Groups of 10 to 15 travelers are defined. Our guide will give you an informative explanation about Glaciers and an introductory lesson to glacier trekking. We will provided with snow treads (sort of crampons) that the guides will attach to your boots or trekking shoes. Although it is not strictly necessary, if you request them, our guide will provide you with pickets (poles) to make your trek over the glacier easier.
This trek lasts about an hour and a half, and it doesn’t present any serious difficulty at all. The crampons are specially designed to make you fell as stable on ice as you would be walking without them on a regular not slippery surface. Remember that this activity was designed and planned for beginners with no experience at all, not for experts. Moreover, strict and high security measures are involved throughout all the activity.
Unfortunately this tour cannot be done by people who have problems with motor skills.
The trekking is divided in 2 parts. The first one is done in an easy path and does not require any strong effort at all. The second one (which is optional because you will be given the choice to continue or return with one of the guides to land surface) requires a bit more effort and will take you to discover the more inner secrets of the glacier. We strongly suggested engaging in both trekkings.

As we plod along the Perito Moreno Glacier we discover cracks and notice the different shapes that the glacier adopts because of climactic factors, as well as the distinct tones and colors of the ice itself. These latter can range from an intense white to a dark blue. These color changes are due to the pressure of different layers of ice, a pressure that over the course of thousands of years changes the tonality of the ice. By analyzing their colors, scientists can determine the ice age.

After this pleasant outing on Patagonian ice we will engage in a short trekking in a Magellan forest, which will take you to a splendid lookout station situated above the forest. Here you will have lunch while you admire the Perito Moreno Glacier right in front of you!.

We recommend preparing your lunch at the hotel or local food shops during the day before the tour because there are no places to buy food at the glacier refuge. The hotels and local food shops are used to prepare lunch boxes, which are of very good quality. They cost approximately from US$ 10 to US$ 15.

After lunch we will cross Argentino Lake again until arriving back to the initial port. However, on the way back our boat will stop 985 feet (300 meters) away from the south wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier so you can take beautiful pictures of this amazing and unique natural attraction. This transfer back to port takes 30 minutes.

Difficulty : Moderate

Duration : Half day

Guide : shared English/Spanish speaking guide

Transfer : shared vehicle + shared motorboat. This tour is done during the same day as the Perito Moreno Glacier Panoramic Boardwalks.

Includes : transfer + guide + entrance fee to Glaciers National Park (does not include lunch)

Part 2: Visit to panoramic boardwalks which overlook the might Perito Moreno Glacier

After enjoying the trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier we will head to the panoramic boardwalks that overlook the Perito Moreno Glacier.

There are 7 different strategically located panoramic balconies, with distances ranging from 460 to 2100 feet (140 to 640 meters) from the starting point of the trail. Each balcony is situated at a different height and distance relative to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Except the trail to the southern balcony which implies going down a long descendant path, all the trails have an easy level of difficulty, but all balconies are worth seeing because each of them will provide you a different and unique view of this spectacular glacier.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few active glaciers in the world. Every now and then its 197 feet (60 meters) face casts off entire walls or chunks of ice that fall into the waters of the Brazo Rico or the "Canal de los Tempanos" (Iceberg Channel), and then float along the channel towards the main body of the Argentino lake. Smaller sections break off constantly. Once you’ve heard the crackle of breaking ice and seen the immense sheets of ice walls plunging precipitously into the waters, you’ll realize that you’re witnessing one of the most impressive spectacles in the World and a must-see attraction of a life time.

The Breaking of Perito Moreno Glacier

The phenomenon known as "the breaking of the glacier" happens when the front of the glacier reaches the Magallanes Peninsula closing the water passage towards the Iceberg Channel originating a natural dam which stops the flow of the water from the Rico arm to El Canal de los Témpanos. Therefore the waters in the Rico Arm begin to raise their level pressing against and eroding the ice that starts to weaken, and water starts to filter through. The first ice detachments take place, increasing with the water flow, until a tunnel is formed. Finally, the tunnel falls in a wonderful spectacle separating Perito Moreno Glacier from the Magallanes Peninsula. The volume of water passing through during major breaks has reached 26.000 yd3 (20.000 m3) per second.

From the catwalks you will notice the different shapes the glacier adopts because of climactic factors, as well as the distinct tones and colors of the ice itself.

We will then return to our hotel in El Calafate.

Difficulty : Easy

Duration : one and a half hours

Guide : no guide

Transfer : shared vehicle - approximate traveled distance: 100 miles (160 kilometers). This tour is done during the same day as the Multiadventure on the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 
 
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