Known throughout South America for its steep ice walls and dramatic calving, the Perito Moreno Glacier is high on many hikers’ wish lists. Set out with a knowledgeable guide who leads you safely across the Argentinean glacier’s frozen surface and down into ice tunnels. Here’s what you need to know about hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier.
- Witness the glacier calving and ice splashing into the lagoon below.
- Venture beneath the glacier’s surface with the assistance of a guide, crampons, and harness.
- Navigate ice tunnels and explore deep glacial caves.
- See icebergs in myriad shades of blue and white detaching from the glacier.
- Bring your camera for panoramic photo opportunities throughout the hike.
How to Prepare
Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier, within the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Los Glaciares National Park, can be dangerous, so setting out with an experienced guide is highly recommended. While guides proved some equipment, you’ll want to be well prepared with waterproof layers, strong hiking boots, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
When to Go
The most popular hiking season is during the South American summer, from December through February. Shoulder season is in October/November and March/April.
Things to Know
- Single- and multi-day guided trekking tours are available, with options for visitors with different levels of hiking experience.
- Another way to see the glacier is via a boat ride in the lagoon. Down at this level, you hear ice cracking more loudly and can fully appreciate the height of the glacier.
- There are stands set up facing the front of the glacier for those who want to stop and watch the big splashes of water at the glacier’s base.