Patagonia with Gregory Gourdet

March 17 - 27, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Ultimate Patagonia

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

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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.

Patagonia Highlights

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.

Hometown Hero

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.

Your Experience

“In Patagonia, travel is infused with magic on every level.”
Gregory Gourdet

Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine

“There are few places that make you feel as dwarfed by the power of nature as Patagonia.”
Gregory Gourdet

Day by Day

Day 1: Buenos Aires

¡Bienvenidos! Our adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s mesmerizing capital. The city’s barrios are essentially separate villages, and this afternoon we’re embarking with Gregory Gourdet on a tasting tour of Palermo, a stylish neighborhood known for its chic bars and trendy eateries. As we wind through leafy plazas and cobbled alleyways, we’ll sample the best of the city’s local delicacies—including Argentina’s trademark gelato and alfajores hand-picked by Gregory.

Dinner tonight is a special treat. We’re in for a bonafide welcome feast at Michelangelo, an award-winning restaurant renowned for its cutting-edge menu and extensive wine list. After savoring a sumptuous spread of regional favorites, we’ll sit back for a mesmerizing performance of Argentina’s iconic tango, executed by two of the city’s best dancers in the birthplace of the famous dance.

Day 1: Buenos Aires Highlights

  • Arrival in Buenos Aires
  • Barrio walking tour
  • Welcome dinner at Michelangelo
  • Stay at Casa Sur Bellini

Day 2: El Calafate & El Chaltén

This morning we’re bidding adieu to Buenos Aires and flying to El Calafate, the starting point for our journey to El Chaltén. As we cruise along the iconic Ruta 40—Argentina’s longest road—we’ll pass through the majestic Southern Patagonian desert, stopping midway for lunch at the historic overlook La Leona.

From there, it’s a short two and a half hours until we arrive at our hotel, a sprawling estate set against the unforgettable backdrop of Mount Fitz Roy. We’ll have time to get settled and explore the grounds—Willie’s leading an optional trail run, for those feeling brave enough—before reconvening for an afternoon picada handmade by Gregory. It’s the perfect appetizer to dinner tonight, a locally sourced spread we’ll savor from the comfort of our hotel.

Day 2: El Calafate & El Chaltén Highlights

  • Flight to El Calafate
  • Travel Ruta 40 to El Chaltén
  • Lunch at La Leona
  • Stay at Hostería El Pilar

Day 3: El Chaltén

This morning we’re ascending the Laguna Torre trailhead, a scenic route that spills out onto spectacular views of Cerro Torre. Possibly the most photogenic (and famous) of Patagonia’s trademark mountainscapes, its towering granite peaks rise in jagged majesty high above a glacial lake. We’ll be on the lookout for Magellan woodpeckers and soaring condors overhead as we hike to the viewpoint, where we’ll pause to breathe in our stunning surroundings before descending for lunch (and beers!) at a local brewery.

Next stop is an optional visit to the town’s famed chocolateria. After a few free hours to explore the town, we’ll head back to the hotel for a little siesta. Don’t call it a night because a truly special meal awaits at our hotel.

Day 3 Hiking

4-5 hours, 4.3 miles, 660′ elevation gain/loss

Day 3: El Chaltén Highlights

  • Morning hike to Cerro Torre Viewpoint
  • Brewery lunch
  • Dinner at El Pilar
  • Stay at Hostería El Pilar

Day 4: El Chaltén

Our hike this morning starts right from the door of our hotel. We’ll follow the path of the Banco River as we wind through native Lenga forests, the horizon dominated by snow-capped glaciers towering frozen in time. At Poincenot camp, we’ll take a moment to bask in the unforgettable panorama of Mount Fitz Roy before continuing on to our final destination, the Laguna de los Tres.

It’s a steep, rocky ascent to the glacial lake, but the views that await us are more than worth the effort. A spellbinding symphony of jagged peaks, glimmering snow, and cobalt-blue waters, it’s a landscape that mesmerizes, and we’ll pause to drink it all in before gathering for a mountaintop picnic to fuel us for our descent. Back in El Chaltén, we’re toasting to the day’s adventures with an icy cocktail handcrafted by Gregory and starring Calafate’s famed plum-colored gin. From there, the evening is ours to enjoy. Sit back and relax—you’ve earned it.

Day 4 Hiking

8-9 hours, 12.5 miles, 3,000′ elevation gain/loss

Day 4: El Chaltén Highlights

  • Full-day hike to Laguna de los Tres
  • Lunch on trail
  • Dinner in El Chaltén
  • Stay at Hostería El Pilar

Day 5: Lago Argentino to El Calafate

This morning we’re heading back out on Ruta 40 for El Calafate, a small gateway town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino. After our cruise through Patagonia’s trademark landscape of snow-capped peaks and soaring condors, we’ll sit down for an empanada lunch at Mi Rancho, a Calafate favorite renowned for its rustic decor and curated wine list.

Our next stop is Chacra Las Moras, an organic farm and the idyllic backdrop to a hands-on lesson in Patagonian fruit cultivation. During our tour of the grounds, we’ll help Gregory forage for the native red berries that grow wild on the land, then gather for an informal cooking lesson as he prepares them into an eye-catching snack. It’s the ultimate farm-to-fork appetizer before dinner tonight at La Zaina, a cozy local eatery where we’ll sample regional wines alongside seasonal Argentinian specialties.

Day 5: Lago Argentino to El Calafate Highlights

  • Travel Ruta 40 to El Calafate
  • Immersive farm visit
  • Wine tasting dinner at La Zaina
  • Stay at Los Ponchos Hotel

Day 6: El Calafate & Los Glaciares

This morning we’re off to visit Nibepo Aike, a working estancia tucked within the quiet majesty of Los Glaciares National Park. There, we’ll explore the timeless traditions of gaucho culture and join in on the daily rituals of one of Patagonia’s oldest ranches—including a traditional asado that we’ll savor against the shores of Lago Roca.

Buoyed by our feast of lamb and dulce de leche, we’re setting sail to explore the rugged landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park. Our private boat will drop us first at Playa de las Monedas, where we’ll walk through centuries-old lenga forests that give way to unrivaled panoramas of the Perito Moreno Glacier. From there, we’ll head back to the boat for an even closer glimpse of the 18,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Back in El Calafate, we’ll reminisce on the day’s unforgettable adventures over dinner at Mako, a neighborhood staple known for its just-picked ingredients and elegant regional wines.

Day 6: El Calafate & Los Glaciares Highlights

  • Gaucho lessons at estancia
  • Perito Moreno boat cruise
  • Dinner at Mako
  • Stay at Los Ponchos Hotel

Day 7: Torres Del Paine

After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to say farewell to Argentina—today, we’re headed across the Chilean border to Torres Del Paine for the next chapter of our Patagonian adventure. We’ll stop for lunch at the cozy El Ovejero eatery before continuing on through the high-mountain desert, vying all the while for glimpses of local guanacos and rheas.

In Torres del Paine, we’ll have the afternoon to settle in and luxuriate in the mesmerizing views of our 100-year-old estancia. Those up for a more intensive immersion into the stunning surroundings can join Willie for an optional trail run—he’ll be following the route of the Ultra Paine, Patagonia’s first ever trail-running race which just so happens to cut directly through the hotel grounds.

Later, Gregory’s taking us on his own private tour of the estancia’s gardens and orchards, sharing the finer points of foraging before dinner, a hyperlocal ode to the season’s freshest find: we’re feasting on a spread inspired by traditional pioneer recipes, featuring ingredients from the estancia’s own greenhouse and orchards.

Day 7: Torres Del Paine Highlights

  • Transfer to Torres del Paine
  • Lunch at El Ovejero
  • Traditional pioneer dinner
  • Stay at Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 8: Torres Del Paine

Today, we hike again, this time to one of Patagonia’s most famous viewpoints: Mirador Base Las Torres, a captivating panorama of rugged slopes, glacial waters, and snow-capped peaks nestled within the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. As a kind of savory motivation along the way, we’ll tuck into a trail-side picnic with Gregory and our local guide, then carry on to our breathtaking summit, a triumph of towering granite high above an ancient lagoon.

Back at the estancia, the evening is ours to rest and relax. You’ll find us nursing a glass of Malbec at the hotel’s elegant eatery, where floor-to-ceiling windows create the ultimate backdrop for soaking in Patagonia’s unrivaled sunsets.

Day 8 Hiking

8-9 hours, 13 miles, 2,500′ elevation gain/loss

Day 8: Torres Del Paine Highlights

  • Hiking in Torres del Paine
  • Picnic lunch
  • Dinner at hotel
  • Stay at Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 9: Torres Del Paine

Our morning is devoted to the elusive puma, the largest cat in Patagonia. We’ll meet with professionals who study pumas through the Estancia Cerro Guido Conservation Project, whose mission is to bring traditional cattle-raising methods in line with conservation efforts. Pumas are largely solitary, nocturnal creatures, so spotting them is neither guaranteed nor easy. That’s why we’ll team up with professionals who will share their wisdom, insights, and the tricks of the trade.

Our dinner hour tonight starts off with a crucial rite of passage for any visitor to Chile: a hands-on lesson in how to make the perfect pisco sour. Alongside the inhouse bartender, Gregory will guide us through the art of preparing this beloved national cocktail, made from grape brandy and served generously by the pitcher. ¡Salud!

Day 9: Torres Del Paine Highlights

  • Estancia tour
  • Traditional asado lunch
  • Pisco sour demonstration
  • Stay at Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 10: Puerto Natales

This morning we bid a fond farewell to Torres del Paine, and head to the frontier town of Puerto Natales for an afternoon and evening to relax in the sophisticated luxury of our accommodations at The Singular—and maybe take in a spa treatment or massage before reconvening for a private wine tasting.

Feeling revived and refreshed, we’ll sit together one final time. For our farewell dinner, Gregory has curated an impeccable selection of exquisite local ingredients, from Magellanic lamb rump to fresh sweet corn and vibrant green chilis. In true asador style, this epic feast will be cooked over open flames in a space that features breathtaking views of the Señoret channel. Our time in Patagonia has been an unforgettable journey, and this celebration is well and truly earned.

Day 10: Puerto Natales Highlights

  • Transfer to Puerto Natales
  • Farewell dinner
  • Stay at The Singular

Day 11: Departures

It’s time to say adios to Patagonia, to Gregory Gourdet and our fellow travelers. After breakfast, we’ll head to Punta Arenas for our connecting flights, our minds and hearts full of glaciers, pumas, gauchos, and the very special fairytale magic of this incredible place.

Day 11: Departures Highlights

  • Transfers to Punta Arenas' PUQ Airport

Where We Sleep

Sophisticated luxury and centuries-old traditions—our elegant boutique hotels are a well-deserved chance to rest, relax, and reflect on the rugged beauty of Patagonia.

Casa Sur Bellini

Buenos 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 Pilar

El 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 Hotel

El 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 Guido

Torres 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 Singular

Puerto 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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

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