Best Tours in El Calafate: Glaciar Gourmet Tour
The Glaciers Gourmet Tour in Patagonia is a truly unique and unforgettable experience that combines adventure, nature, and gastronomy. It’s perfect for foodies and nature enthusiasts alike, offering a chance to explore the beauty of Patagonia while savoring some of the region’s most delicious food and drink.
This tour stands out due to its exceptional features and offerings: It’s the only tour within Los Glaciares national park that allows you to see the Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers in one day.
This tour is my absolute favorite. It’s an unique experience that combines the natural beauty of the region’s glaciers with a gourmet lunch experience.
Not only will you be able to navigate the Argentine lake and admire the most magnificent glaciers in Patagonia, but you will also be able to trek through the Patagonian forest. In addition, this excursion has the option of having lunch, typical Patagonian dishes cooked by a local chef.
What makes this tour different from the other tours?
One aspect that differences this tour from other similar is that it includes a 1-hour hike in the forest within the Canal Spegazzini, the visit to the Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers in the same day and a 4-step gourmet lunch if the Premium deck optional service is added to the booking.
The boat has a capacity of 200 people distributed in two decks (the main deck with 180 passengers capacity and the upper deck with 16 passengers capacity). The private deck is reserved for those passengers who booked the gourmet service and will savor a 4-course menu for lunch.
Gourmet Glaciers sails the waters of Lake Argentino in front of over 50 meters high walls, ancient deep blue ice and majestic icebergs, while enjoying nature in all its magnitude.
The tour develops in the following way:
The tour starts at your hotel where you will be picked up at around 7am to head towards Punta Bandera port where your ship is docked. Port Punta Bandera is located 47 km (30 miles) from El Calafate and you will embark at 8:30am. The ship departs at 8:45am and sails the Argentino Lake towards the Upsala canal. The Upsala Glacier is impressive, and visitors will witness the glacier’s many ice formations and colors. The glacier’s turquoise blue color is due to the way light refracts through the ice, creating a stunning and unique experience.
At Puesto de las Vacas, the ship will come to port, and passengers will disembark for a hiking adventure. Once back on the boat, the sailing resumes and the ship continues to the Perito Moreno Glacier while the 4-step lunch will be served at the Premium deck.
The boat’s Premium lounge is equipped with its own kitchen, toilet and private sun deck and is characterized by offering a four-step tasting menu presented by the chef on board. The great virtue of this cruise are the four exterior sun decks that allow you to comfortably contemplate the majesty of the glaciers and landscapes.
The tour offers a culinary experience that showcases the best of Patagonian cuisine, with fresh seafood, succulent meats, and locally grown produce. Some tours even include wine tastings, where visitors can sample Argentina’s famous Malbec and other varietals.
The menu changes according to the availability of fresh and seasonal ingredients. We understand that some clients may have dietary restrictions or require kosher options, and we are happy to accommodate these requests if you contact us in advance.
Following a stunning cruise past the Perito Moreno glacier, the tour will conclude with a return to port at Punta Bandera. Then, you’ll make your way back to your hotel in El Calafate.