The gateway town to the glacier is El Calafate, an agricultural town in the heart of Patagonia. It is situated 80 kilometres from the glacier itself, which lies within the Glacier National Park, and is set on the shore of Argentina’s largest lake, Lago Argentina. The main airport that connects Buenos Aires to the glacier is here, and it is a base that offers ample facilities for tourists.
The Glacier National Park that contains this magnificent ice feat is a reserve that was established in 1937 to protect the natural phenomena. Covering 600,000 hectares, it also contains other glaciers such as Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini, surrounded by the Onelli and Bertrand mountains. El Chalten is another area of interest close to Perito Moreno. The gateway to Mount Fitz Roy within the National Park, this ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. The abundant fauna and wildlife within the park, includes some endangered species such as the pudú pudú, the southern river otter and pumas.
There are a number of balconies that make perfect view points and easy viewing, or you can visit the glacier by boat, bringing you even closer.
We can even arrange for you the hike the glacier itself, one of the most unique experiences you can enjoy in this area.