After finishing a great two weeks in El Chalten I headed to El Calafate to see the Perito Moreno Glacier which is the 3rd largest glacier in Argentina and definitely the most popular. I was able to get a bus ticket from El Chalten to El Calafate $450 pesos which I felt like was a little expensive for a 3 hour journey but I heard of prices up to $600 pesos so I guess it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.
Travel Tip: If you are traveling between El Chalten and El Calafate as well as from El Calafate to Perito Moreno Glacier there is a combination bus ticket that gives you a little bit of a discount.
Upon my arrival to El Calafate, I went to El Ovejero Camping and Hostel which was recommended by a friend. I would definitely recommend this camping as well because it was cheap ($100 pesos a night) and had great bathrooms and showers which was definitely something I appreciated after almost 2 straight weeks in the backcountry.
After spending one night, a couple of the friends I made in El Chalten arrived to El Calafate and we decided to try and hitchhike to Perito Moreno instead of paying for the bus which is another $600 pesos roundtrip. While we didn’t have immediate luck, we ended up meeting the nicest gentleman while we were walking to the Glacier Museum and he took us to the Los Glaciares National Park for $50 pesos per person.
The entrance fee to the national park was another $500 pesos for foreigners which was definitely one of the more expensive national park fees in Argentina but it was worth it. Upon arriving, we ate some lunch (we had packed a picnic) and enjoyed views of the glacier. We then walked the three different walkways that allowed us to see the glacier from different angles as well as the “breaking zone” where pieces of the glaciers were breaking off and falling into the water below.
The glacier was absolutely stunning and because we were so close you were really able to understand just how big the glacier is. After spending several hours walking around, we attempted to hitchhike back to El Calafate but by this time it was after 6pm so most of the cars had left. Luckily, we were able to take the bus back and we only had to pay $300 pesos for a one way ticket.
While El Calafate was definitely not my favorite city, I was really glad I went and saw the Perito Moreno Glacier because it really is breathtaking!