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El Calafate: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

4.7 / 5

45 reviews

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

El Calafate: Todo Glaciares Boat Trip

Activity provider: Patagonia Dreams

From US$ 182.12 per person

Experience a boat trip taking in both the Uppsala and Spegazzini glaciers then disembark in the forest to walk in the Patagonian nature. Hike and enjoy the views from the Spegazzini Refuge.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
From the reception of your hotel in El Calafate. Pickup will start at 7 AM. The pickup is included only for hotels located in El Calafate. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided the closest meeting point available.

Experience

Highlights
  • Sail among the spectacular Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers
  • Discover the Spegazzini Refuge with its incredible viewing points
  • Enjoy privileged views of the most important glaciers in the Argentinian Patagonia
Full description

Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel in El Calafate around 7:00 AM to undertake the 47km route to the Punta Bandera Port where your boat departs at 9:00 AM. 

The first part of the trip takes place in the north arm of the Argentino Lake before crossing into the Boca del Diablo, the narrowest part of the lake.

Then, go to the Upsala and Spegazzini channels where you can view the respective glaciers. The Upsala Glacier is the largest on Argentino Lake and can be seen from about 20km away. The Spegazzini Glacier is the highest and you can also see the Dry, Heim Sur, and Peineta glaciers.

After entering the Spegazzini Channel, a 300-meter path will be crossed without difficulty through the forest along the coast of the lake making stops at viewpoints overlooking the entire Bay of Glaciers. 

Arrive at the Spegazzini Refuge where you can enjoy an optional 3-course lunch with drinks, visit the shop, and contemplate the landscape from the terrace. 

For those who enjoy walking, the mountain path offers a 700m trek of medium difficulty through a wooded path with natural viewpoints of the Spegazzini Glacier ending at the landing point. Return to the boat and head back to El Calafate where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat trip to Upsala and Spegazzini channels
  • Bilingual Spanish- and English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the national park (General AR$5.500; Argentine residents AR$1.500 per person)
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup from private apartments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Los Glaciares National Park entrance is not included and needs to be paid in Argentinian pesos on the day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    5/5

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Maravillosa la actividad que hicimos. Pero cuando nos recogieron del hotel únicamente fue una persona que nos trasladó al sitio de salida del barco sin ninguna explicación de lo que íbamos a ver. Además cuando hablaban por el alto parlante no se entendía casi porque era mucho ruido en el barco por la gente. Pero de resto hermosos paisajes . Según esto no tuvimos un guía sino solamente la explicación de la gente del barco.

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January 15, 2023

The trip is really worth it, there are many glaciers along the way and the boat guides pass on a lot of interesting information. There is a professional photographer service for the photos, but you can easily take them from your cell phone. At the end of the tour there is a stop near the Spegazzini glacier with a very nice restaurant. It is necessary to buy tickets to the national park before getting on the boat, but it can be done on the spot.

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January 14, 2023

Brazilians: We bought the tour in Cabine do Capitão and they canceled it due to overbooking. We feel that we have been wronged. After many emails and whatsapps we got a common place inside the boat. And, part of our money refunded. It was not possible to enjoy that part of the tour. Although we had bought it in advance. The tour itself is well worth it. The company asks for disorganization and bad faith.

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December 30, 2022

Product ID: 329996