Navigating Lake Argentino, you get one of the most privileged views of the Perito Moreno glacier. Mysterious, keep the cyclical secrets of millions of years.
The Rico arm is the setting of this nautical walk, sailing in front of the great mole of the Perito Moreno glacier, amid blocks of bluish icebergs, to the rhythm of the waters of Lake Argentino. The excursions offer beautiful panoramas of the glacier, its caverns, vaults and internal lagoons. The glacier´s energy Lake Argentino, along with the Viedma, is the repository of the great glaciers of the national park. The natural thing is to want to sail it to discover those masses of ice above the eternal snows of the mountain range. We know that they make up unique images in these latitudes of Argentina and we want to connect with the energy of the southernmost ices. In other words, to be of the privileged. The Perito Moreno glacier descends from the ice fields until it reaches the southern arm of Lake Argentino. There it is imposing with its 5 km wide and a height that exceeds 70 m.
The colosse is seen from the Canal de los Témpanos. Boats departing from the Port Under the Shadows sail the lake to reach close to this natural wonder, listen to its thundering soul and enjoy the unparalleled landscape of the Rico Arm, which receives the clear and cold waters of infinite streams that come down from the hills, in addition to its two main tributaries, the Mitre and Rico rivers. The waters of the South and Rico arms flow through the Bay of Tranquila until it turns into the lake´s own body. The boat stops for a few minutes, the expectation is great, the small ice blocks come off with deaf sounds that are amplified by the echo of the mountains. It is precisely where the glacier advance will last for a while, displacing the water that drains the arm and causing an elevation of about 30 m, until the water pressure and cracks cause a new great rupture, a unique spectacle. The Nautical Safari departs from The Port Under the Shadows, located at km 71 of route 11, distant an hour and a half from El Calafate. Visitors must arrive on their own to the port to embark on the comfortable Hielo & Aventura boats. It is a walk suitable for all ages and has an hour of sailing. It can be done all year round and it is recommended to pay attention to the equipment: comfortable and warm clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, gloves, comfortable footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, food and drinks. In summer, it is ideal to dress in layers, "onion style".