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Wonderful glaciers were without the doubt the highlights of our trip to Southern America. The best way to experience a glacier was by a direct contact with it: hiking.

As the glaciers of interest are usually in the national park territory you cannot just walk in by yourself. You need to join an organized tour. For instance to hike the most famous Perito Moreno Glacier you need to take an organized tour by the company Hielo y Aventura. Remember you have to book at least a day in advance and you cannot buy tickets in their office in the national park. Not knowing that we have lost an opportunity to take part in another trip (full day boat trip to other glaciers). We arrived early morning but they say they don’t sell tickets there. Evening before, in the hotel nobody was able to help us (Hotel La Loma, the person did not know anything about the tours and she did not speak English), and their web page is great but lacks some information.

The company offers two types of hikes, shorter MiniTrekking, and a longer one, BigIce. We did not have any experience with glaciers, we did not know what to expect so we have joined the MiniTrekking. It is a half a day tour, it starts with a boat trip across the lake to the place where the hike starts. You are divided in 20 persons groups, very well explained in English the history, other facts about glaciers, what to expect, how to behave etc. The guides rent you the crampons and they even help you to put them on. Just before walk into the glacier they practically show you how to make a good use of them. So even children, older people or people with no experience whatsoever, are able to enjoy the trip. The guides are very kind and professional. In the end you can taste a whiskey with the glacier ice and some Argentinian sweets. If you pick MiniTrekking you spend 1h 40min on ice. Believe me it is worth it. I would probably pick even the BigIce experience if I could go back there again, with 4h on ice.

After the trekking, I heard from my wife words which I would never expect to hear from her:
I don't want to go for beach holidays anymore, I would like to see more glaciers...

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