Glaciar Exploradores

Glaciar Exploradores, Puerto Rio Tranquilo: Address, Glaciar Exploradores Reviews: 5/5

Glaciar Exploradores
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The Exploradores Glacier is a retreating glacier formed from the northern icefield of Chilean Patagonia.
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deneanne73
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The enormity and beauty of the glacier and surrounding terrain was beyond measure and certainly beyond my ability to articulate such a vast other-worldly natural expanse. What I can say is that our guide, Camillo, made an already remarkable experience infinitely more amazing, and I strongly recommend that anyone looking to go on this adventure seek him out in Puerto Rio Tranquillo to ensure the best possible experience on the glacier. He went above and beyond what would be expected of any guide, stopping along the picturesque road to show us hidden natural treasures and to identify photo-worthy scenes and making us coffee from glacial stream water atop the most breath-taking ice peaks complete with all the fixings. He packed delicious lunches for all five of us, brought local fruit for us to snack on during the hike out, and even had celebratory chocolate available for the grande finale. He was constantly smiling, laughing, and teaching us about the glacier, the area, the culture, the history, and recent changes in the environment. He asked questions and was eager to connect and learn about our lives as well. We really felt that this very human touch to the trek made a substantial impact on our experience on the glacier and in Chile generally. Camillo charged a reasonable price (35,000 Chilean pesos each) and gave us a good ten hours of his time and attention between the 1 1/2 hour drive each way and the time spent trekking out onto the glacier as well as hours spent exploring the caves, streams, and other phenomenal mysteries of the glacier. He provided the clamp-ons for walking on the ice, food, and all other necessities for the trip. Everyone around the small town of Puerto Rio Tranquillo seemed to know Camillo, so he shouldn't be hard to find. I can't think of a person more deserving of your business, nor can I think of a better way to experience such a beautiful part of this earth and its people than to spend the day with Camillo on the Glacier Exploradores!
Written August 31, 2014
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huys25
Amsterdam, The Netherlands11,455 contributions
Couples
We booked this tour through Hotel El Puesto who has its own guide Rodrigo. The day before we checked with some of the many stalls along the main road. but some told us that their tour was fully booked, (14 persons in a bus).
With our private guide Rodrigo (Rodri, Go!) and slightly more expensive tour we could leave an hour later from Rio Tranquilo than the group tours. The fitting out of the crampons was in their own shed at the park entrance.
The walk through the forest park up to the mirador was fairly easy, but going over the three ridges of 50 m high morene was more difficult. In several places we needed to climb over the boulders as goats. Luckely we had gloves to protect our hands.
Once on the glacier we fitted the crampons and walked along the ice ridges.
Some pictures in a large hole, everyone taking its turn.
Lunch on the ice and than heading back over the three morene hills.
Total walking/climbing time 2 x 2 hrs. Lunch 1 hr. Driving time 2 x 1.5 hrs.
Written March 23, 2016
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Felix-riverson
El Calafate, Argentina4 contributions
Exploredores glacier is a whole new experience in comparison to other glacier treks.
We went with Noventa aventura a great young company with a guide who was great fun and really knows about the entire area giving us lots of information along the way.
The trip is a full day,it takes an hour to drive to the trail head, then 2ish hours of hiking first over a mountain crest then over the area the glacier used to cover, with some great boulder scrambling. We then spent nearly 3 hours in crampons exploring the glacier.
Our guide took us to the best places imaginable,the glacier is ever changing and he was very knowledgable as to the best places to visit, including caves,giant ice walls,crevasses,and even spiralling waterfalls that drop out of sight. We took a pack lunch and ate on the glacier, our guide even produced some hot sweet coffee that we shared. By the end of the day we were very tired and extremely happy with the trip, this glacier isn't just a visit, it's an experience.
Written December 21, 2013
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aybeesea
Warsaw, Poland38 contributions
Couples
The road is heavily damaged and the repair might take 2 months or so according to the local people so currently it is not possible to go to the glacier from Puerto Rio Tranquilo. Might try Ventisquero Leones instead for the time being
Written November 16, 2018
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Kate M
Cambridge, UK37 contributions
Friends
We were a group of 3 and we are all of relative fitness. We collectively loved this experience and would highly recommend it! One thing to be aware of is that you will be on the glacier for around 3 hours and normally offered the chance to enter into little caves with ice cold rivers running through them. This means wet shoes and socks, so be sure to pack an additional pair for the ride home!
Written March 22, 2018
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MiddleClassDiner
Oxford, UK18 contributions
Couples
Walking on the glacier is fab and a great trip...take a packed lunch...50km drive from puerto tranquilo...looks like a stone quarry to begin with but interesting and enjoyable
Written January 1, 2016
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Edgar W
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Solo
If you need an English speaking guide, be sure to go with "Valle Leones"!! They will take good care of you and are very knowledgeable about the area. Bianca speaks English very well and she is very helpful and attentive, so I had no problem at all communicating with them and learning about the glacier thru out the journey!! Pedro knows this place inside out as he grew up there and he is a very detail-oriented person, so you can definitely rely on him while exploring this amazing place.The trekking itself can be challenging especially the rock climbing and trekking part on your way to the glacier but the satisfaction is priceless once you see breathtaking scenery. It is absolutely worth all the effort!! Do it if you are at Puerto Tranquilo!!
Written January 14, 2015
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CoyhaiqueWoodnut
Coyhaique36 contributions
Friends
I highly recommend contacting El puesto in Tranquillo and speaking to Pancho Croxato, to get you kitted out and up on the ice, for an experience you will never forget. Very safe and professional way of getting to do something most people only dream of. The most accessible way of getting up on to the ice.
Written March 7, 2014
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MT-Wents
37 contributions
We had such a great time trekking on the Glaciar Exploradores, you can find a couple of different companies offering tours from the town Puerto Rio Tranquillo.
We chose Noventa Aventura because they offered the best price, 35,000CPN for a 7 hour day trip trekking on the glacier with crampons, guide and transport included.

To trek on other glaciers in Patagonia you will be paying around 67,000CPN for just an hour or two at the most.

The best thing about Exploradores is its always changing weekly, you can find gigantic caves and the guide will let you enter the cave as far as you want, the colours of blue are so deep and beautiful.

Also we spend a full day at the glacier and it was only 3 of us on the entire glacier including the guide.

There are mini waterfalls, caves, lakes and so many beautiful things to photograph.

Go and enjoy
Written December 20, 2013
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands759 contributions
Couples
e went on the Glacier Exploradores tour with 99% Aventura.

The (English speaking) guides were very friendly and there was also a intern (geology student) who gave a lot of info about the rock formations. 

The equipment that we got for walking on the ice was good and we got a simple lunch box (sandwich, cereal bar, candy and juice box) so bring some more food if you are a big eater. The lunch box appears to be the same for all companies by the way.

The price was 60.000 pesos per person.

We went 1 hour by car at 8am and 

We first hiked 1,5 hour towards the glacier through forest and over rock formations. Then we reached the 'dirty glacier': glacier covered in rocks, sand and gravel. A weird sight when you sometimes see very blue ice in between the sand and dirt!

Then we reached the glacier and walked there for about 2 hours and had lunch. There are many 'caves' which are accessible and have nice views. The landscape is beautiful and the hike is up and down. A majestic environment!

We end with hiking 1,5 hours back and 1 hour back by car. We were back just before 6pm.

We were there with bad weather and it is still one of the best things that we have seen in Patagonia. It was very much worth the money. 

Written January 31, 2017
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