SIB FD Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Opertaion: Every day - 8 hs Departure: 09:00 am Sugestion: Adding a lunch box
This park has been declared as Mankind Heritage by UNESCO. Those glaciers that named it (about 47) show us a 10 thousand-year-old world: cold and wild. The most famous one is Perito Moreno Glacier in the southwestern end of Argentino Lake at 80 km away from El Calafate. This glacier is so-called due to a great Argentinian explorer from last century and is one of the few glaciers that is still moving in the world. That is why it has become one of the most spectacular natural shows in South America. From time to time its 60-m-high snout releases some ice walls as huge as buildings that fall into Rico Bend or Canal de los Témpanos (Ice floes Channel) and then they continue sailing along the channel to the main area of the lake. However, that is not all. The glacier, while moving forward, comes closer to the Magallanes Peninsula, in the opposite lake bank as well as footbridge and viewpoint area. This cycle takes from 4 to 6 years and it eventually separates the lake into two areas. Rico Bend is dammed up and it increases about 35 m over its average level. Its water slowly pierces its way through the glacier snout until it makes it fall down. This show is breathtaking. Water becomes into terrific waves so the whole process restarts again.
01 Hour Nautical Safari - Rico Bend (SIB) Operation: September / May - 1hour: Tobe sold in conjunction with Perito Moreno Glacier's visit only
We depart from Bajo de las Sombras Pier at 75 km away from El Calafate. We sail opposite the glacier southern wall at about 500 m away with the possibility of watching the ice slides in the 60-70-m-high glacial wall. Then we return to the pier. (*) To be sold in conjunction with Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier visit only
SIB FD All glaciers navigation Operation: Seasons and departures: September / April daily May / August consult. It always depends on weather conditions. Services: Spanish informing sailors. Departures: from El Calafate 07:30 h, from the port 08:45 h. Return: 18:00 h. Sugestion: Adding a lunch box Coach, fist class and VIP service is available.
It is recommendable to take some food or a box lunch with a drink. The pleasure boat departs from Bandera Port and firstly it sails the cross of Southern and Northern Bends known as Garganta del Diablo. We sail among huge adrift ice floes until we arrive at our first stop: Upsala Glacier. This glacier surface is 590 km2 becoming, in this way, into one of the most extensive glaciers in America. After sailing along the snout area, we go to Onelli Bay for a hike through the forest until the homonymous lake on which a lot of ice floes make up a huge white carpet. We return to the port and to El Calafate.
SIB FD Rivers of ice navigation Operation: Every day - November to April Departures: 09:00h. from Puerto Punta Bandera Return: 16:00 h.
Once on board sail through the North Arm of Lake Argentino to reach the Canal Upsala, where we will find a spectacular Barrier of Icebergs. From there we will have a panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier.Then navigate the Canal Spegazzini, where we observe the Seco Glacier to reach the front of Spegazzini Glacier, the highest in the National Park. Return to Puerto Punta Bandera will be at approximately at 04:00 pm, by boat.
The tour can be modified depending on weather conditions and safety and the decision of the captain of the boat.
SIB FD Big Ice Operation: Every day - August to April
This unique experience starts at our departure from El Calafate to Bajo Las Sombras Port. There we take "Tehuelche" ship to cross Rico Bend and disembark ten minutes later in the western coast. The mountain guides take us even closer the glacier so that we put on the crampons and start our approach adventure. The path is placed on the Perito Moreno Glacier's southern moraine and in less than 1 hour we find a spectacular viewpoint where we can go into the ice. Once we are inside the glacier, the world turns completely different and it takes a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep crevasses, huge sinkholes, magical caves and the ineffable sensation of feeling like in the glacier inner core. We are always accompanied and instructed by expert guides so we altogether explore the hidden corners of the most special glacier in the world for 3 hours. During the tour the guides help us to know the ice and its surroundings best. Besides we have half an hour for a picnic on the white carpet and being delighted in a place of unique beauty. Once on the moraine we go for a walk for an hour to take the ship and return to the "civilization" at about 15:00 h. after having enjoyed one of the most superb ice treks on the ice.
Important: due to both the physical requirement and the ground difficulty in this tour, it is only suitable for people who are from 18 - 45 years old without any kind of physical handicaps and very fit. We must take into account that we walk on ice and stones, too.
SIB FD Experience Glaciers Gourmet with Marpatag cruises Pick-up : Low season: 07:45hs. - High season: 07:15hs. Drop-off :Low season: 19:15hs. - High season: 19:45hs.
MarPatag Cruises offers the most exclusive full day navigation in the Los Glaciares National Park, offering saling through the waters of Lake Argentino on the ship “Leal”. This cruise for up to 28 passengers offers the best alternative for full day travelers who want to know the Spegazzini Glacier and the Upsala glacier (momentarily with an iceberg barrier) or the Perito Moreno glacier more intimate. The “Gourmet Glaciers Experience” proposes sailing the waters of Lake Argentino in search of the “Spirit of the Glaciers”. Walls over 50 meters high, ancient deep blue ice and majestic icebergs let you enjoy nature in all its magnitude. The “Gourmet Glaciers Experience” is an ideal program for those passengers who want to know the National Park Los Glaciares in an exclusive manner. It includes a tasting menu of six steps presented by the chef on board the vessel, accompanied by an excellent service.
The tour starts when we pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate and take you to Puerto Bandera located 50 km from the city. There, you embark on the private port La Soledad (Bahía Tranquila). At 9:00 am the navigation starts heading towards the iceberg barrier from the Upsala channel and, after crossing the barrier, you head to the front of the Spegazzini glacier. In front of this glacier, which is the highest in the National Park, the company offers a gourmet lunch on board.
Towards evening, the cruise Leal reaches the Puesto de las Vacas, which is a very quiet bay within the Spegazzini channel, where it silences the engines and enables you to share an interesting walk coordinated by the team of guides. At this place, it is possible to appreciate magnificent viewpoints of the Spegazzini glacier. Once back on the boat, you start navigating back to the private port La Soledad.
On board the cruise Leal personalized attention and an excellent service for discerning travelers. is offered
Loin turnovers cut with knife.
Gravelax salmon with green onion cream and eggs.
Cappuccino lake trout, asparagus and parmesan air.
Lamb casserole with mushrooms, bacon and sweet potato chips.
Amarula cream with dark chocolate and candied hazelnuts.
Candy: flambé station fruit with foam mojito.
Departure time: The hotel pick up starts at 7:15 Am. If you have your own transportation, you must be in Punta Bandera at 8:15 Am, where the boat departs at 8:30 Am.
Arrival time: Between 18:15 and 18:45. Service provider company: Cruceros MarPatag. Minimum group size: No. Annual availability: From August to May. Requirements: -. Duration: 11 hours. Time needed: Full day. Included: Lunch, tea and soft drinks. Not included: Transfer to the port nor entrance to the national park. Difficulty: Low. Available languages: Spanish, English.
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