Through the Heart of the Glacier

One of the most fascinating excursions that may be enjoyed in El Calafate is a tour inside its glaciers. An unusual way to see them.

The Big Ice tour is one of the many activities that lead visitors to the Perito Moreno Glacier. The tour revolves around getting deep into the magnificent ice massif. For such purpose, we must be physically fit, have a good management of harnesses and an undoubtedly adventurous spirit. The tour implies a long trek on the ice across several rocky areas. Besides being an exercise for the body, the amazing surrounding scene is a gift for the eyes.

We set out at Bajo las Sombras Port very early in the morning on board a boat across the Rico Arm of Lake Argentino. After having sailed for fifteen minutes, we reached the other shore, where the mountain guides were waiting for us. They led us to a site where the crampons are selected. It was there where we began walking to approach the glacier in the southern moraine area and thus reach the spectacular viewpoint. We stopped in front of the huge access to the ice.

After fastening our crampons and harnesses, we plunged into the true adventure. This tour gave us the chance to appreciate the glacier from a different perspective. As we moved on, we discovered a new scene: beautiful blue lakes, deep crevices and giant drains and caves.

  • A unique and unusual excursion

    A unique and unusual excursion

  • The Rico Arm of Lake Argentino

    The Rico Arm of Lake Argentino

  • The heart of the glacier

    The heart of the glacier

  • A surrealist image

    A surrealist image

  • Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven

  • Almost imaginary

    Almost imaginary

Being inside the glacier is a magnificent, almost unreal, sensation. The contrast between the white and deep turquoise shades with the majestic ice walls made us lose track of the size of the Perito Moreno, one of the most dazzling glaciers in the world.

We went around inside the glacier for over four hours in the company of the guides, who explained to us the different features of the ice and its domain. We stopped to rest and grab a bite. We had to recover our energy. Sitting on that frozen surface, we were amazed at the scene around us.

The picture is incredible, almost imaginary. The vast white blanket crossed by vibrating turquoise lines, the iced water lakes and the imposing mountains placed us inside a surrealist image.

We will never look at the Perito Moreno with the same eyes again after having experienced this remarkable tour around the heart of the glacier.

Autor Pablo Etchevers Fotografo Gentileza

Contact of the excursion or tour

Hielo y Aventura

Av. del Libertador 935 (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz

Tel: +54 2902-492205

DifficultyDifficulty: High

Opening hoursOpening hours: from 9am to 6pm approximately

Bear in mindBear in mind: Mini-Hiking Tour:
Limitations: due to the degree of effort and difficulty implied by this tour, it is only suitable for people between 10 and 65.
Big Ice:
Restrictions: due to the strong physical demand and soil difficulties, this tour is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 who are physically fit, considering the hike will take 7 hours across ice and forest.
To Take into Account:
People with overweight problems should NOT take part in this tour. For such purpose, the following parameters should be considered as NOT SUITABLE: weight in kg surpassing twice their height in cm less 100 (for example: a person who is 1.70m: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant women; people with any degree or kind of physical or mental disability that might affect their attention, pace and/or coordination; people with central or peripheral heart failure, reduced heart or vascular capacities, or people carrying stents, pacemakers or other kinds of prosthesis; people under anticoagulant treatment, degree III varicose veins -evidenced as thick and multiple-, heart arrhythmia; people suffering from breathing disorders such as EPOC, asthma, emphysema, etc.


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