How to get to Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate?

El Calafate

If you are planning a trip to South America, and Patagonia is on your list, you must visit Perito Moreno Glacier! This is one of the most important attractions in Argentina and is considered the 8th wonder of nature. Anyway, first we should locate it on the map and see how you can get there.

How to get to Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate?

Are you willing to visit this astonishing glacier? First, you will need to travel to El Calafate. The best way is with a guided visit, to learn about the general facts and major information about the formation, characteristics and ruptures of the glacier.

Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important glaciers located in Los Glaciares National Park, in the Southwest of Santa Cruz Province, in El Calafate city in Argentina. The National Park is located 80 kilometers along the N° 11 Provincial Route from El Calafate city.

Accompanied by a professional guide authorized by the National Park, you will ride alongside the Argentino Lake with its particular color and the Patagonian Steppe. After passing through the National Park entrance, we enter the Andean Patagonian Forest. Once arrived, you will contemplate the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.

Can you drive to Perito Moreno Glacier?

Another option is to rent a car in El Calafate and drive through the N° 11 Provincial Route and visit the National Park by yourself. Los Glaciares National Park is approximately 80 kilometers from the city.

How to get to Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate from…

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Traveling from Buenos Aires the best way is by air. There are frequent flights per day from this city. The flight lasts around 3 hours taking a non-stop option.

Distance from Buenos Aires to El Calafate is very long, around 270 km, so it is too far to drive through.

Buenos Aires

Ushuaia (Argentina)

This destination is usually visited together with El Calafate. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, located in Tierra del Fuego province in Argentina.

The flight from this city to El Calafate lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes taking a non-stop option.

Canal Beagle

Santiago (Chile)

If you are staying in Santiago de Chile, you do not have direct flights to El Calafate. In this situation, you have different options. First, you can fly to Buenos Aires in Argentina, have a few days in this city also, and then take a flight to El Calafate.

Another option is flying to Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia. Once there, you can visit Torres del Paine National Park, and take a journey in a bus or private car to El Calafate city.


How to get to Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate from Torres del Paine?

One great option is visiting Torres del Paine National Park and also Los Glaciares National Park in El Calafate. If you are in Torres del Paine, you can take a regular bus or private car from there or Puerto Natales city and drive through the route to El Calafate in Argentina. The ride takes approximately 5 – 6 hours.

If you are staying in El Calafate, and you want to visit Torres del Paine, you can also take a group tour that lasts the whole day, and visit this amazing National Park in one day.

Torres del Paine

How much does it cost to get to Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate?

Traveling from Buenos Aires, the roundtrip airfare is around USD 400 (american dollar) per person. However, the price could increase depending on the season and availability.

From Ushuaia city, the airfare just one way to El Calafate could be around USD 200 (american dollar) per person.

Anyhow, the prices could be increased depending on the season and availability. If you are planning a trip to El Calafate, contact us so we can organize a tailormade trip.

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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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