Minitrekking is an amazing experience of your tour package in El Calafate! On this tour you will discover the unique sensation of walking on the ancient ice.
The tour, which has full day duration, begins at the Port of the Bay “Under the Shadows”, located 22 km from the entrance of Glaciers National Park and 8 kms from.the glacier Perito Moreno.
There you will embark to reach the opposite bank of the Magallanes Peninsula, crossing the Rico arm of the Argentino lake.
The sailing time is about twenty minutes.
Specialized guides lead the group
(of approx. 20 people) through a coastal path by which you will arrive, after about 30 minutes, to the south bank of the glacier.
In this place, you will be assisted by qualified staff; they will help you to place in metal crampons footwear, needed to make the trek over the ice. They will also explain you the basic technique to use the crampons and will provide you with a brief talk about the genesis glacier and the regional flora and fauna.
From there, you slowly will begin to ascend the glacier, for a tour of about two hours counting with occasional stops for taking pictures. It is a unique opportunity to assess in situ the various formations of the glacier (drains, cracks, etc..) And the various shades of ice that are a spectacle in themselves. The sensation experienced is indescribable.
In return, you will use an alternative path through the forest, which allows a different view of the glacier.
Upon arrival to the shelter, you will have lunch and then the group will embark to sail back to the starting point.
During this boat trip approaches are made to the front wall of the glacier to see the real proportion of it and take pictures of the Perito Moreno glacier. For sure it will the most exciting activity of your vacation package in El Calafate.
Some recommendations to consider when you take a vacation package in El Calafate:
– Wear hiking boots or sneakers
– Wear gloves and sunglasses
– Bring snack for lunch (the shelter has no dining facilities restaurant).