Hola! It’s my pleasure to tell you about my experiences in El Calafate, or more precisely the activities that I did in Perito Moreno Glacier – one of the most beautiful places in the world! First of all, let me introduce myself.
My name is Marcelo but everyone knows me as Chelotravels. That is my name on Instagram and YouTube. I was born in Rosario, Argentina and I work as a Tourism Technician. I’m passionate about traveling. I have been to more than 30 countries and I spent a year traveling through Europe and Asia, working and volunteering in exchange for lodging and food.
My Experience at Perito Moreno Glacier
Currently, I’m taking trips around Argentina (due to complications in international travel caused by the pandemic). By the end of the year I hope to visit the Riviera Maya in Mexico. The last trip I took in Argentina was to Patagonia – El Chalten, El Calafate and Ushuaia. I had wanted to visit these places for a long time and it was great to tick them off my bucket list!
One of the places that surprised me the most was Perito Moreno Glacier. This glacier is located near El Calafate in Los Glaciares National Park. The best way to visit the glacier is to rent a car and get to the walkways of the park. You can walk around the area and take in all of the natural beauty.
This trip can be done in a few hours and along the way you will be able to observe all of the glacier walls. Each one is more impressive than the next! In addition to seeing the glacier from the walkways, there are different options to get even closer to the glacier and have more experiences.
You can go kayaking, join a sailing excursion and even go ice-trekking where you will trek through the ice and see brown sediment weaving through the marble-like ice of the glacier. But a warning: the ice-trekking is quite expensive at around $100 USD. It’s totally worth it though!
Need to Know Before you Go
Don’t forget to take out your trash and try not to smoke since it’s a national park. The area is dry and the last thing you want to do is to start a fire. Finally, I leave you with some tips to visit El Calafate and the glaciers found in the area (Perito Moreno Glacier is not the only unique one):
- Rent a car and travel on your own schedule
- The best time to visit Perito Moreno Glacier is in the fall and spring
- Take the opportunity to try Patagonian lamb and the handcrafted beers
- If you visit the national park on consecutive days they will give you a discount (50%) on your second day ticket
- The ideal itinerary is to visit El Calafate for four days and combine it with El Chalten – an awesome destination for trekking.
I hope this mini guide to Perito Moreno Glacier has served you well! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on Instagram or YouTube.