El Calafate & Moreno Glacier


4 Days – 3 Nights

Starts and ends in El Calafate


What our clients say!

On her 2010 NW Argentina tour with The Travelling Naturalist

….”Valerie & David have both asked me to thank you again for our wonderful tour of NW Argentina. You looked after us so nicely & we saw more than any of us had expected. 61 Cacti was a magnificent total, finishing with that unexpected Pereskia but so much more besides. The scenery, particularly up from Purnamarca was stunning.”

Rosemary Anderson – East Lothian, UK

Rosemary Anderson






The emblematic and worldwide known Moreno Glacier is the dramatic evidence of a remote era in which Patagonia was covered by glaciers. The 717,800 hectares of Los Glaciares National Park harbor this -at present the only advancing glacier in Argentina- and other 47 huge glaciers. Experience the southern Patagonian wilderness, a land where ancient Southern Beech forests, endless arid plateaus and impressive inland lakes give frame to the most incredible array of Patagonian wildlife. Los Glaciares National Park has been declared a Worldwide Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

The emblematic and worldwide known Moreno Glacier is the dramatic evidence of a remote era in which Patagonia was covered by glaciers. The 717,800 hectares of Los Glaciares National Park harbor this -at present the only advancing glacier in Argentina- and other 47 huge glaciers. Experience the southern Patagonian wilderness, a land where ancient Southern Beech forests, endless arid plateaus and impressive inland lakes give frame to the most incredible array of Patagonian wildlife. Los Glaciares National Park has been declared a Worldwide Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The “Calafate” (Box-leafed Berberis) is a prickly short bush which at the end of the austral summer produces a very tasty berry, similar in size and shape to that of the Blueberry. An old Patagonian legend says that those who taste the Calafate berry are doomed to come back to Patagonia. El Calafate is also the name of a charming village that sits on the shores of Lake Argentino, which surely will make you want to come back as often as possible… even if you have not tasted the famous berry! There is an international airport in town, and the quality of the hotels and restaurants is excellent. El Calafate is the main gateway to one of the most spectacular landscapes of Argentine Patagonia: the Austral Andes Glaciers. The most well-known and visited glacier is the Moreno, mainly because it is easily accessed by land, but also because it is one of the few Glaciers in our continent that advances and recedes constantly. One huge vertical five-kilometers ice wall of this glacier sinks into the Canal de los Témpanos (Channel of the Icebergs), which connects one of the arms of Lake Argentino -called Rico- with its main body. Once every certain number of years -normally between 4 and 10- the Moreno Glacier fully crosses the channel, turning into an actual impounding dam that prevents water passage and causes an unusual rise in the waters of the Rico Arm. The pressure of the water finally produces the rupture of the ice dam. This spectacular show congregates hundreds of glacier enthusiasts the world over, who eagerly wait for the ice bridge to break down. But there is no need to wait for so long to be astounded by the glacier. Huge masses of ice constantly collapse from the front wall; their thundering fall being welcomed by people’s spontaneous applause at all times. The glacier was named after Francisco P. Moreno, a famous Argentine explorer, well known as the father of the National Parks in this country. One of his greatest achievements was the discovery of Lake Argentino.

Wildlife in this part of the World is unique. Groups of Guanacos and Lesser Rheas are likely to be seen during the tours. By watching carefully over the edge of the rocky cliffs and up above the snow covered peaks of the majestic Andes, you will surely be surprised by the Master of the Skies: The Andean Condor. Laguna Nimez -a small lagoon surrounded by reed beds in Calafate- gives shelter to several species of birds, like Black-necked Swan, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Ruddy-Duck, South American Snipe, Upland Goose and Magellanic Plover. Other special birds inhabiting this region include Spectacled Duck, Lesser Horned Owl, Patagonian Tinamou and Magellanic Woodpecker.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

We will gather in El Calafate on day 1 and go visiting Laguna Nimez nature reserve, where we will have the chance to enjoy watching flocks of Andean Flamingoes, several species of ducks, geese and swans, and depending on the time of the year, we will also have the opportunity to see a nesting colony of Cinereous Harriers. It is also here where Magellanic Plover is possibly found during the spring and early summer months. On day 2 we will go visiting Los Glaciares National Park. Besides visiting the Moreno Glacier area, we will make frequent stops along the way to explore the Andean Woods, the steppe and the lakeshore, discovering their unique flora and fauna. It is on our way to the park where we will have our best chances to see Andean Condors in their natural habitat. On day 3 we will visit a different area of the national park. This time we will take a motor catamaran excursion on Lake Argentino to see other glaciers, like the Upsala, the largest of them all in this par of Patagonia. Photo opportunities here are unique, and one can spend hours taking pictures of the blue icebergs and spectacular glaciers. On day 4 we will drive to the local airport where the tour ends.


Tour highlights

The Patagonian Andes. Andean Condors. Magellanic Woodpecker. The Moreno Glacier. Los Glaciares National Park.


Best time to go

This tour is possible between October and April. If you are looking for specific flora or fauna species, please send us an e-mail with your preferences to get advise on best possible time of the year for you to go.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ local guide. All breakfasts, lunches or box-lunches and dinners. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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