Walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier

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Walk by the Perito Moreno

In El Calafate, Santa Cruz, you can hire services hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier different lengths: A 3 hour tour, complete with a visit to the Visitors Center Los Glaciares National delParque, and a longer expedition 5 hours in which, besides walking on the ice, you advance on the side to delve a little deeper into the icy giant moraine. In both cases, expert guides accompany travelers in one of the most exciting adventures offered by Patagonia.
Equipped with crampons, exploring the surface of Perito Moreno, walking among the whimsical ice formations. Crampons and ice cling to allow safely walk between rare formations that seem modernist towers, lagoons clear water and deep cracks. Underfoot the river is heard. In the face feels fresh mountain air. The ice surface has rounded, soft shapes sometimes, as in a blue desert dunes; sometimes like a rugged mountain range, with sharp peaks that rise against the sky. The caves of intense and immense beauty blue challenge to overcome vertigo peer into deep sinkholes. The roar of the glacier welcomes. It is the duty, providing in his honor.

Journey to the Center of the Glacier

The big Ice operates from mid-September until the end of April.

This unforgettable experience begins in the Port “Under the shadows” early in the morning. There you take a boat to cross the Brazo Rico, and 20 minutes after landing on the west coast.

The walk starts at the southern brown Perito Moreno glacier, in little more than an hour reach a spectacular viewpoint, where you will access the ice, there’s guides crampons and harnesses placed to begin the journey.
Once on the glacier with crampons posts, the world takes on a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep cracks, huge sinks, magical caves, and the unique feeling of being in the center of the glacier.

Always accompanied and instructed by experienced guides who will explore with you for three hours (approx.) Corner of the world more special glacier. During the tour the guide will help them better understand the ice and its surroundings. In addition, they will have half an hour for lunch on the white robe and surprise in a place of unparalleled beauty.

Once in the dark, they walk another hour to take the boat back navigating very near south wall of Gl. Perito Moreno and then return to “civilization” after having enjoyed one of the most spectacular treks on ice …… ..the world expect !!!!

WHAT TO BRING
• Clothing: Waterproof jacket, comfortable and warm clothes, long and waterproof pants, hiking boots, medium backpack, sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat.
• Lunch: Bring picnic and bottle of water.
IMPORTANT
• Restrictions: This tour because of the physical demands and difficult terrain is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 years of age and who have a good physical condition, considering that they walk around seven hours in total, between ice and forest.
They must participate overweight; for this purpose shall be deemed such those that exceed the following criteria: weight in kg more than twice the height at least 100 cm (eg for a height of 1.70 m: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant women; people with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects your attention up and / or coordination; people suffering from peripheral or central cardiovascular diseases, their heart or vascular capabilities are diminished, or using stents, pacemakers and other prostheses; (Eg medicated with anticoagulants, varices grade III – which multiple thick and evidenced -, cardiac arrhythmias) provocative persons suffering from diseases of respiratory disability (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc.) .-

Because of the responsibility that you under the current regulations, M & A reserves the right of admission, exercised under the previous guidelines, when they result aparentes.-
• The value does not include National Park entrance, the meat, clothing, or personal computer, and can be purchased in local costume rental of the town.
• For those who do not have own transportation to get from El Calafate to the national park (80 km), we offer shuttle bus from the hotel, which includes a half-hour visit to runways in a schedule where you found alone with the glacier.

Minitrekking

 The minitrekking is from early August until the end of May.

The tour starts in the “Bajo de las Sombras” port about 6 km. Mirador before the glacier, where you embark to cross Lake Rico, reaching the opposite shore about 20 minutes by boat off the south wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

After landing you enter the refuge where the guides organize groups each consist of up to 20 people. Then begins a walk along the lake about 20 minutes to the glacier. At the edge of the ice the guides put the crampons to participants, who receive instructions on how they should move on the ice. The route on the glacier takes about two hours, and during the course of it you can enjoy a variety of ice formations such as cracks, seracs, drains, small lagoons, etc.

The hike is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. Explanations about the flora, fauna, and general glaciology of the region as well as the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture receive. At the end of the walk, we return to the shelter through the exuberant Magellanic forest.
Discounts are available for minors: People between 10 and 15 years inclusive receive a 20% discount on the Minitrekking (excluding transportation).
WHAT TO BRING
• Attire: Comfortable and warm clothes, waterproof jacket or windbreaker, lacing sneakers or hiking boots. Not allowed rubber boots, high heels or apres ski. Sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat for sun or warm to cold case.
• Lunch: Bring picnic.

IMPORTANT
• Limitations: the tour because of the degree of difficulty of effort and is only suitable for people between 10 and 65 years.
They must participate overweight; for this purpose shall be deemed such those that exceed the following criteria: weight in kg more than twice the height at least 100 cm (eg for a height of 1.70 m: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant women; people with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects your attention up and / or coordination; people suffering from peripheral or central cardiovascular diseases, their heart or vascular capabilities are diminished, or using stents, pacemakers and other prostheses; (Eg medicated with anticoagulants, varices grade III – which multiple thick and evidenced -, cardiac arrhythmias) provocative persons suffering from diseases of respiratory disability (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc.) .-

Because of the responsibility that you under the current regulations, M & A reserves the right of admission, exercised under the previous guidelines, when they result aparentes.-

• The value of the tour does not include admission to National or lunch Park.

• Is there a bus for the journey from El Calafate to the national park (80km) who require such service. It includes a one-hour visit to the catwalks or panoramic viewpoint, where they will be greeted by a guide of our company.
All services are performed daily and has continued attention bilingual mountain guides.

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