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“Once in a life experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hielo y Aventura

Hielo y Aventura
Av. Libertador 935, El Calafate, Argentina
(02902) 492205
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Ranked #3 of 24 Activities in El Calafate
Type: Tours, Gear rentals
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Las Vegas, New Mexico
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“Once in a life experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

They pick you up early in the AM, bus you out to the glacier, put you on a boat to cross the lake (and see the leading face of the glacier), drop you off on the other side where they put crampons on you and lead you on this wonderful trek. The color of the ice blows you away. The whisky toast on the glacier, 200 yards from the end, is a nice touch.

Good reviews led me to make reservations. Their online site is attractive, but they don't know how to bill. You have to make a copy of a form, fill it in with CC info, scan it and return it as a pdf attachment to an email. This is my only criticism.

If you take photos, underexpose slightly as that will give better digital photos.

Bathrooms available before and after the trek.

Bring a nice lunch.

Visited January 2014
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“Minitrekking on Perito Moreno Glacier, do not miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

It was undoubtedly the best experience of this trip. The walk itself takes
only 1.30 hs, but the whole tour starts in the morning and finishes late afternoon. We were picked up from our hotel at 11.00am and got to the panoramic footpath in front of the Perito Moreno at 1.30pm. We took a thousand pics, listened to the sound of the ever breaking glacier and had a picnic sitting on a bench with that amazing scenery. At 3pm sharp we were picked up and driven to the embarking point where we took a short boat trip to the foot of the glacier from where we were going to walk. We followed in groups of 20 to two very experienced mountain guides, helpful and funny guys who made the walk easy and safe. Walking on the ice with crampons, breathing the purest air, and witnessing this nature's marvel it's an unmissable experience.
This tour is not recommend for children, if you are not fit or have walking difficulties of any kind.

Visited January 2014
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“Professional”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Hielo y Aventura is a travel agency that organises excursions in El Calafate and to the Perito Moreno glacier. It's professionnal and very good. Actually, if you want to go walking on the Perito Moreno glacier ("Minirekking" or "Big Ice") Hielo y Aventura is the only agency that brings you there. All the other places that sell you these excursions in El Calafate actually send you to Hielo y Aventura.
I took the "Minitrekking" excursion and it was good, even though the walk on the glacier was only a very short path. We spent 1h30 on the ice but we stopped very often to wait for everyone and to comment a few things about the glacier, so in the end we didn't walk that much. So it can be a little bit disappointing. Of course if you want more you can take the "Big Ice" tour but it's more expensive.
The excursion is very well organised and Hielo y Aventura has good facilities next to the glacier as well as professional and friendly guides.
After the walk on the glacier you have 1h to spend on the walkways in front of the glacier, it's ok but you could want to spend more time there.

Visited January 2014
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Steinbach, Germany
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“Minitrekking on Perito Moreno - Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We really enjoyed the minitrekking tour we did with Hielo y Aventura. Everything was well organised, the guides where knowledgeable and the experience of walking on the glacier with crampons is unique.

We recommend to pay in US dollars as they offered an exchange rate of 10:1 if you did. That makes the trip not just great but also much mire affordable.

Visited January 2014
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“Excellent tour organized to such a high standard... Works so well.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic day with awesome guides who really made an effort to ensure the day was enjoyable. We even got a glass of scotch on the boat home and a little gift. Seems like a well run company who offer great tours and employ excellent staff. Well done guys.

Visited December 2013
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