Patagonia with Gregory Gourdet
March 17 - 27, 2024 | One Exclusive DepartureCall to Book
Epic outdoor adventure alongside explorer and chef Gregory Gourdet
March 17 - 27, 2024
One exclusive departure — limited to just 12 guests and highly likely to sell out!
11 Days, 10 Nights
Best of Patagonia, from Argentina's Los Glaciares to Chile's Torres Del Paine
You crest a rugged glacial peak and unveil a landscape of windswept valleys and cobalt-blue lagoons, not to mention the snow-capped Andes towering on the horizon. You’re in Patagonia, jewel of the Southern Hemisphere, and the last few days of exploration and celebration have been nothing short of extraordinary. You’ve tracked graceful pumas, spotted guanacos and rheas, dined alongside seasoned tango dancers, and even swapped stories with gauchos on horseback. This evening, at a century-old estancia, you’ll feast before an open fire, raise a glass of local Malbec and toast to this unforgettable experience under a symphony of a million stars.
With us in Patagonia is chef Gregory Gourdet, a James Beard award-winner and the mastermind behind Kann, a live-fire eatery named the best new restaurant in America by Esquire. This will be Gregory’s fourth (!) Modern Adventure with us, and we are deeply honored to explore the world with him again on a truly unique celebration of people and place. Also joining us is Willie McBride, a renowned trail runner and Gregory’s personal running coach. This is an elevated hiking adventure with a culinary twist; and if you’re into trail running, you’ll have the opportunity to join Gregory and Willie on optional runs throughout our time together.
Over 11 unforgettable days in Argentina and Chile, we’ll experience Patagonia’s sublime wonders on day hikes past the towering glaciers and meandering rivers of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks, with our nights spent in sophisticated luxury in some of Patagonia’s most stunning estancia lodgings. Every step of the way is the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and sophisticated Patagonian hospitality, delicious meals and fine wines at our idyllic estancia retreats.
Who It’s For
If you seek stunning landscapes, locally sourced gourmet meals and the finest estancia accommodations, this trip is for you. This is Gregory's fourth trip with Modern Adventure, and we can't wait to hike (and, if you're interested, trail run!) amidst serene lagoons and snow-capped mountains in lesser-traveled parts of Patagonia.
Our Special Guest
Joining us is Willie McBride, a renowned trail runner and Gregory's running coach; as a co-founder of Wy'East Wolfpack, he's focused on fostering wellness through meaningful outdoor opportunities. While this is not a running trip, Gregory and Willy will offer a few optional trail runs. Willy recently completed a 70-mile foot race through the mountains of Patagonia, and we're honored to have him traveling with us.
How Difficult is the Hiking?
On this adventure, we have 3 days dedicated to hiking. During our 3 hiking days, we'll cover 4 to 13 miles over uneven terrain carrying day packs. While guests are not required to participate in all hiking activities, we cannot always guarantee that alternatives will be available.
3 Reasons to Travel with Gregory Gourdet
Though he’s earned a score of prestigious accolades, Gregory isn’t one to rest on his laurels. In 2022 alone, Gregory won a James Beard Award for his cookbook Everyone's Table and opened his new restaurant Kann, which was named among the top 50 restaurants in America by The New York Times and Esquire. All this recognition has him even more determined to discover the world anew and we can't wait to see what he uncovers in Patagonia.
As one of only two Portlanders ever to compete on Top Chef, Gregory reached the finals twice. After wowing the judges with his innovative cooking, the program invited him back as a judge for the Portland season.
Will to Succeed
Gregory is an 'ultrarunner' who thrives on the challenge of running a full marathon, and then tacking on an extra five (or twenty!) miles. A self-professed adrenaline junkie, Gregory loves to be put through the wringer and emerge victoriously.
The Flavors of Family
Gregory’s family is Haitian. After years of honing his talents at restaurants, he opened up his own spot in Portland in 2022: Kann, a Haitian live fired eatery focused on bringing Haitian cuisine, culture and history to life.
Casa Sur BelliniBuenos Aires
Just steps from Palermo’s buzziest galleries and eateries, this artsy urban sanctuary brims with heartfelt character and authentic porteño charm. Elegant marble details and customized wood designs line spacious rooms, while the adjoining restaurant serves up craft-made cocktails alongside inspired Asian fare.
Hostería El PilarEl Chaltén
Stepping into this cozy river-valley lodge, surrounded by pristine forests, is like stepping back in time. Sit in front of the roaring fire, warm your feet in a pair of handmade house slippers, and let the quiet of Patagonia settle into your bones. There’s no wifi here, and that’s by design. It’s time to unplug with the stars.
Los Ponchos HotelEl Calafate
Located just minutes from the unforgettable Glaciares National Park, this stately residence reverberates with the soulful tranquility of the surrounding landscape. Here, spacious rooms bedecked in Hispanic art overlook the seemingly endless green of the grounds beyond. With floor-to-ceiling windows lit through by the Patagonia sun, Los Ponchos all but brims with authentic Patagonian charm.
Estancia Cerro GuidoTorres del Paine
It's a 100-year-old estancia perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. The beautifully restored farmhouses once housed ranch workers; today, the impeccably designed bedrooms, piled high with down comforters, carry the spirit of that storied past. Curl up in one of the three living rooms for a spot of tea, a card game, or a good book with a sweeping horizon-wide view.
The SingularPuerto Natales
You wouldn't believe that a refurbished cold-storage warehouse could be this inviting. And yet this design-forward property—part of the Chilean National Heritage registry—has all the comforts you'd expect and stunning views, with every room boasting views of the Patagonian fjords.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Ten nights of elegant, boutique hostería and estancia accommodations; internal flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate; all ground and ferry transportation; daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners; expert local guides; experiences and activities included in itinerary; gratuities for local guides and staff.
What does the price not include?
Roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; personal incidentals including room service, laundry, etc; personal gear; gratuity for tour leader.
How difficult is this adventure?
On this adventure we have three days dedicated to hiking. On our three hiking days, we’ll cover 4 to 13 miles over uneven terrain carrying day packs. While guests are not required to participate in all hiking activities, we cannot always guarantee that alternatives will be available. We recommend that all participants have a good level of fitness and some hiking experience.
What are the arrival and departure details?
This adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The closest airport is Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), which has daily direct flights on Argentina’s main carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas. We recommend arriving one day early and spending the night in Buenos Aires to avoid travel delays. Our trip ends in Punta Arenas, Chile; on our last day we’ll organize group transfers to Punta Arenas’ PUQ airport to catch onward flights to Chile’s main international airport, Santiago de Chile (SLC).
What are the accommodations on this adventure?
We sleep in true comfort, spending each night in boutique hostería and estancia accommodations. There is no camping on this adventure.
Who is going on this trip?
Each departure is limited to 12 people, plus our local and hiking guides and a Modern Adventure trip leader. This trip is recommended for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have experience with backpacking. You can expect to be joined by a variety of guest including couples, friends traveling together and solo travelers.
What if I am a solo traveler?
Prices are based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler and want to have your own accommodations, a $1,500 supplement will apply at checkout–these spots are very limited due to the type of accommodations on our adventure and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Argentina or Chile for stays up to 90 days. The only requirement is a passport that is valid for the entirety of your stay, but we recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date.
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Argentine and Chilean Embassies or Consulates for information and requirements.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
For all departures, you may cancel before November 18, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. After November 19, 2023 of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; If you cancel on or after January 17, 2024, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).