As one of the most accessible ice fields in the world, the Perito Moreno glacier attracts thousands of tourists to Argentina every year to take in its rigid, icy peaks and the boisterous roars of falling ice bergs. This spectacular feat of nature, a sprawling wall of vivid blue ice, runs through the southern region of Los Glaciares National Park. Perito Moreno is an active glacier, moving up to two metres a day, sending massive pieces of ice into neighbouring Argentino Lake. When visiting the region, Perito Moreno should be at the very top of your to-do list.
The glacier is located approximately 80km from the town of El Calafate, a favourite among tourists. The town is easily accessible from El Calafete International Airport with regular service from major cities in Argentina and Chile. Once in El Calafete, travellers can conveniently take buses to the glacier, other areas of Los Glaciares National Park and surrounding tourist destinations.
While there are many ways to explore the glacier, those who are feeling adventurous should go mini trekking or take the big ice hike, both of which offer some of the best and most unforgettable views of the glacier’s impressive 60-metre ice walls.
Mini trekking gives travellers the unique experience of walking across the ancient ice. Guides will take you on a journey across the glacier where you will get to experience the different formations of the glacier and panoramic views.
For those looking for a more intimate experience with Perito Moreno glacier, they can do a big ice hike with one of the local tour operators. Big ice treks allow travellers to not only hike across the massive glacier, but to get deep inside Perito Moreno and explore its core.
If you’re planning on visiting Argentina, be sure to pack a warm jacket, hiking boots and your sense of adventure. Our Patagonia Hiking Trip includes a trip to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier.