This scenic morning drive (about 1 hour) will take you to a spectacular lookout of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Permanently advancing along its 3-mile front, columns of ice over 20 stories high peel off the face and crash into Lago Argentino creating massive icebergs. You cross Lago Argentino along the front wall of the glacier to the edge of the Patagonian Ice Cap. Disembark, and after a safety briefing, strap on crampons for an easy two hour walk over the uneven glacial landscape of streams, lagoons, gullies, crevasses, and deep blue ice formations! Watch for Andean condor and Buff-necked Ibis. Continue on to EOLO Lodge, a luxurious estancia just 30 minutes from El Calafate and located on the vast Patagonian steppe from which one can observe Lake Argentina to the north, La Anita Valley to the east, and the Torres del Paine massif to the south.
NOTE: Participants in the glacier walk must be between the ages of 10-65 due to the park’s rigidly enforced age restrictions. Should you not meet these requirements, don’t fret! Inquire about available alternative glacier walks and experiences.
The super adventurous might considering substituting the Big Ice Tour, a six-hour glacier trek. Cost is $190/per person for people 18-50 years old.