Mayo Spirit Trek combines trekking in Los Glaciares National Park with a boat ride through the South Arm of Lake Argentino visiting the Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro glaciers and the Perito Moreno balconies. The only way to access this area is by boat because these glaciers are located within Seno Mayo of Lake Argentino. This is an ideal tour for those who want to visit an underexplored area of the national park and outside the traditional touristic circuit.
In case of booking the tour with transfer from El Calafate, we will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00 a.m. and take you to the Port of Punta Bandera from where you will sail through the Canal de los Tempanos to enter the Seno Mayo of Lake Argentino.
There you disembark at Toro Bay and, accompanied by a guide, will have a 15 minutes interpretive hike without difficulty through the Andean Patagonian Forest until reaching a stream, which is fed by a waterfall, from where you can see a huge formation of calcareous rocks. You will remain in this place enjoying the landscape until you return to the boat that will take you to the next stop.
Departing from Toro Bay, the boat tour continues through the Seno Mayo of Lake Argentino from where you can see the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. Then, you disembark and start a 25 minutes hike traveling approximately 1,000 meters within the Andean Patagonian Forest. In the trek you follow the path of a stream until you reach a stone wall from where you can see the hanging glaciers Mayo and Negro while you enjoy panoramic views of a wonderful landscape that will leave you amazed.
You will remain for a while in this place appreciating the Cerro Mayo and Cerro Blanco to, then, return to the boat that will take you to the north wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Upon arrival at this glacier, you will disembark at the dock located at the beginning of the Perito Moreno balconies, where you will have time to visit them for 2 hours.
To finish the tour, you return to the boat that will take you back to the Port of Punta Bandera to, then, head towards to your hotel in El Calafate, arriving at 6:00 p.m.