3 amazing boat navigations on Lago Argentino

Icebergs on Argentino Lake, Patagonia

Navigations on Lago Argentino offer a captivating exploration of one of the largest and most stunning lakes in Argentine Patagonia. As the largest freshwater lake in the country, Lago Argentino boasts mesmerizing turquoise waters and is surrounded by towering glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Visitors can embark on boat tours that navigate through the icy waters, allowing for up-close views of the majestic glaciers and the opportunity to witness dramatic ice calving events. Additionally, these navigations often include stops at various points of interest along the lake’s shoreline, where travelers can observe diverse wildlife, such as birds and marine mammals, and marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding Andes Mountains

Different navigations on Lago Argentino: What to choose?

Now, it is clear that a navigation on Lake Argentino is an activity that we must undertake to see other glaciers in the area of Los Glaciares National Park. But which one to choose? There are different options available, of which we have selected three, to dissect and compare them, and help you make the best decision.


Todo Glaciares (All Glaciers)

The “Todo Glaciares” in spanish, or “All Glaciers” in english language, is may be the most traditional boat navigation in the lake. It´s a comprehensive tour that allows visitors to explore the stunning glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. It is a full-day adventure that typically includes visits to multiple glaciers,  such as Upsala and Spegazzini. The tour often begins with a scenic boat ride across Lake Argentino, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and towering ice formations. Along the way, passengers have the opportunity to witness dramatic ice calving events and observe the unique features of each glacier up close. Additionally, the excursion may include guided walks on designated trails near the glaciers, allowing visitors to further immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area and learn about the fascinating glacial ecosystem. Overall, the Todo Glaciares excursion offers an unforgettable experience, showcasing the incredible diversity and magnificence of the glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park.

Glaciers Gourmet Experience

Glaciers Gourmet Experience cruise

The Glaciers Gourmet Experience cruise is a unique and luxurious excursion that combines the awe-inspiring beauty of the glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park with gourmet dining and premium onboard amenities. This exclusive cruise typically offers a more intimate and personalized experience compared to traditional glacier tours. So, here we have the first difference

Passengers aboard the Glaciers Gourmet Experience cruise are treated to unparalleled views of the majestic glaciers, including the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier, as well as other lesser-known glaciers such as Upsala and Spegazzini. The cruise often navigates through icy waters, allowing guests to marvel at the towering ice formations and witness dramatic calving events from up close.

In addition to the breathtaking scenery, the Glaciers Gourmet Experience cruise offers gourmet dining options prepared by skilled chefs onboard. Passengers can indulge in a variety of delicious dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by fine wines and beverages.


Estancia Cristina

Navigation to Estancia Cristina

The navigation to Estancia Cristina offers an enriching and scenic journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. This excursion typically begins with a boat ride across Lake Argentino, where passengers can admire the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

As the boat makes its way towards Estancia Cristina, passengers have the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Upsala Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the region. Along the journey, knowledgeable guides provide insights into the area’s history, geology, and ecology, enhancing the overall experience.

Upon arriving at Estancia Cristina, and it´s a difference vs the other two options available in our article, visitors can explore the historic ranch and learn about its fascinating past as a remote outpost in the Patagonian wilderness. Guided tours of the estancia may include visits to the old shearing shed, the chapel, and other historic buildings, offering a glimpse into life on a Patagonian ranch in the early 20th century.

Additionally, guests can enjoy outdoor activities such as guided hikes or 4×4 excursions to nearby viewpoints, where they can marvel at panoramic vistas of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. Some tours also include visits to the nearby Upsala Glacier viewpoint, providing a closer look at this impressive natural wonder.

So, finally… which is the best option?

What is the best boat navigation on Lago Argentino?

Well, the answer is somewhat personal, of course, but I would recommend without hesitation between the Glaciers Gourmet Cruise and the navigation to Estancia Cristina, and the decision between these two would be based on my personal interests. If you lean towards visiting a Patagonian ranch, then the option of Estancia Cristina will undoubtedly be the best. If, on the other hand, you only want to focus on the glaciers, while enjoying a delicious meal on board, well, the Glaciers Gourmet Cruise is perfect. Undoubtedly, these two options are the chosen ones.


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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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