From El Calafate, the gate to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier and other glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, you can enjoy many activities. One of them, for people looking for something more intense, is the Big Ice. A great activity to walk over the ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Of course, there is the mini trekking, that can be enjoyed there, but the Big Ice goes a bit more... Yes, it`s a more intense activity. For that, please note it`s not available for persons with some of the following conditions:
- A physical or mental disability that affects attention, march, or coordination.
- Peripheral or Central Cardiovascular diseases, use of stent, by-pass, pace-maker, or another prosthesis.
- Use of anticoagulants or varicose veins degree III (tick and multiples).
- Respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, emphysema)
If you`re not in this group, you have the green light to enjoy this incredible activity. The tour begins with the pick-up from the meeting point agreed in El Calafate. In our comfortable buses, a bilingual tourist guide will give you information of the landscape you are about to discover. Service includes a guided visit to the walkways of Los Glaciares National Park. There, you will be able to enjoy the spectacular panoramic landscape of the glacier and walk some of the self-guided trails. Once in “Bajo de las Sombras” Port, located just 7km from the Glacier, you board a boat to cross the Brazo Rico, and you disembark 20 minutes later on the opposite shore. Small groups of up to 10 people are organized, and the hike begins from the southern moraine of the glacier in just over an hour you will reach a spectacular viewpoint where you will access the ice. There, the mountain guides will explain basic security rules and put the necessary crampons, harnesses, and helmets to begin the journey.
Once on the glacier and with the crampons on, the world takes another perspective: blue ponds, deep cracks, huge glacier mills, magic caves, and the unique feeling of being in the heart of the glacier. Always accompanied by our mountain guides, for approximately three hours and a half you will explore the corners of the most special glacier in the world. During the walk, the guides will help you learn more about the ice, its surroundings and you will be able to size the dimension of the glacier and enjoy the view of the nearby mountains, such as Cerro Dos Picos, Cerro Pietrobelli, and Cerro Cervantes. In addition, you will have half an hour's lunch on the white blanket and be amazed in a place of unique beauty. Back on the moraine, we will begin another one-hour walk back and embark once again to return to the port, navigating very close to the southern wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier before returning to “civilization” after having enjoyed one of the most spectacular ice track in the world.
BIG ICE: Season and further information
Difficulty: High, 7 hours walking
Duration: Approximately 12 hours
Availability: From September 15 to April 30
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Thanks to Hielo y Aventura for the information provided.