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PERITO MORENO KAYAK EXPERIENCE IN EL CALAFATE

We invite you to visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier on a kayak experience that grants you exclusive access to the natural site and offers a truly unique perspective. You will get to witness this stunning glacier from your kayak, at lake-level!

We begin with free exploration, to take in the sights and sounds of the breathtaking site as we walk through the footbridge and gawk at the incredible viewpoints along the way. Then we will head to the Meeting Point, located near the main parking area, where the team will greet and brief you.

Afterwards we will get dressed in state-of-the-art gear as the guides give us a rundown as well as an in-depth safety briefing. No previous kayaking experience is necessary; the kayak experts will explain how to paddle among the astounding glacial waters.

Once prepared and briefed we depart, with kayaks in hand, to Los Témpanos beach. We will paddle down towards the glacier so that it is facing us the whole time. We will stop for a postcard picture moment and learn more interesting facts about the fascinating Perito Moreno area in Patagonia.

There are two options for the activity:

A) Full Day – Including Transfer from El Calafate (Lunch Box included): You will be picked up from the hotel in El Calafate, then enjoy a 74 km drive to Los Glaciares National Park, arriving at about 9:30. Then you will have two hours to explore every corner of Perito Moreno Glacier by yourself.

  1. B) Excursion Only – Without Transfer (self-drive or alternative transfer required): You have to be at the Meeting Point at 10:50 am.

For both options, the experience starts at 11:00 at the Meeting Point, located close to the main parking area, where the team will greet and brief you about the experience. After selecting your gear and getting ready, we will walk to the waterside for a safety briefing and warm up. You will be provided with a Gore-Tex dry suit, thermal suit, boots, gloves and a life jacket.

Then, you will paddle for an hour and a half in Lago Argentino on the north face of Perito Moreno Glacier, returning at 2 pm to the dome for hot drinks and snacks. Afterwards, the experience is over and Full Day Paxes will take the transfer back to El Calafate at 3 pm.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Equipment: Double kayak. Waterproof dry suit, thermal suit, boots, life jackets.
  • Not included: Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park. Paid in ARS (cash only) at the entrance of the park.
  • Option A – Full Day: Round trip transfers from hotels in El Calafate + 1,5 hours kayaking + Lunch Box, snacks and hot drinks. Duration: Full Day. Pick up: from 07:30 / Return to El Calafate – hotel 17:00.
  • Option B – Excursion only (without transfer): Includes 1,5 hours kayaking + Snacks and hot drinks. Duration: 3 hours approx. From 11:00 to 14:00 approx.
  •  Departures: Everyday – except June & July
  •  Difficulty: Average. No previous kayaking experience needed.
  • Min-Max capacity: 2-20 pax
  • Minimum age required: 14 years old. People between 14 and 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents or legal tutor
  • Cancellation policy: Tour guides may cancel the activity if the weather conditions are considered inadequate.


 

 

Travel to El Calafate Glaciers and Floes

We invite you to travel to El Calafate Glaciers and Floes known as “The National Capital of the Glaciers”. This city offers a wide range of activities that combine  beautiful natural environment, and exciting adventure. To   explore this extraordinary “white landscape”,  gives you an incredible insight of  Southern Patagonia.


El Calafate is the starting point to “Glaciares National Park” and a prelude to visit  “Perito Moreno”, the world known  glacier located 50 km away.

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The city was officially founded in 1927 to promote settlement in the area, but it was not until the creation of the Perito Moreno National Park in 1937, that developement really happened.
Located it on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, it has grown in the last decade due to the touristic activity and it has lately  become a main tourist destination.
Glaciares National Park was declared a UNESCO world Heritage site in 1981. These glaciers belong to the Patagonian Ice Caps, the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica and delights us with its snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and forests.

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For those who just want to enjoy  one of the most impressive natural landscapes, the Perito Moreno Glacier can be seen from walkways which lead you to different viewpoints from where you can admire the massive ice walls from different angles.

On the other hand, for those who are looking for adventure, it is possible to know the glacier by foot through  ice trekking excursions, and in different difficulties: medium or high.

Due to the precipitations from the Pacific Ocean, the Perito Moreno glacier grows 1 or 2 meters per day during a year. Then by accumulation of snow that sweeps into the ice, the glacier is “pushed” to Lago Argentino.

In irregular periods of two or four years, on different months, a bridge is formed with a cave of more than 50 m which eventually collapses, undermined by the pression of the water, giving a magnificent natural spectacle.

El Calafate offers many options such as trekking along Laguna Nimez Reserve, crossing to Isla Solitaria or visiting touristic Estancias.

A variety of boat excursions take you sailing through  Argentino Lake to see other glaciers, as Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers. During these trips you will be sorrounded by beautiful icebergs from any size and different tones of blue.

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Laguna Nimez Reserve is special for  “Bird Watchers”, because around 80 different species of birds can be seen. Laguna Nimez offers an ideal habitat to flamingo, cauquenes, black-necked swans, bandurrias, teros, among other birds.

Choose one (or more) of these options to visit El Calafate! And discover the wonderful Patagonia!


As you see, there are a lot of alternatives to travel to El Calafate glaciers and floes and enjoy it in a new and awesome way. If you need further assistance about this Glaciers and Floes tour you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.