Patagonia with Ray Garcia

November 4 - 12, 2023 | One Exclusive Departure

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Ultimate Patagonia

Epic cultural & culinary adventure alongside iconic chef Ray Garcia

November 4 - 12, 2023

One Exclusive Departure — Likely to Sell Out

9 Days, 8 Nights

Best of Patagonia from Argentina's Los Glaciares to Chile's Torres Del Paine

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Beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe this sunset. Overlooking a landscape of stunning, wind-swept gaucho country, and glimmering alpine lakes, you stop to take it all in. It’s only you and your companions, plus the cries of soaring birds and the distant clatter of hooves on a faraway steppe. You’ve spent the whole week in awe—from rustic bonfires of grilled meats topped with foraged herbs to the morning jaunts to vistas that defy flowery description. This is true Patagonia, and it’s pure magic.

Your host on this grand adventure is Ray Garcia, the multi-award-winning chef behind iconic Los Angeles restaurants Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria. Though he’s a native Angeleno, Ray is Argentinian by way of marriage, deeply passionate about the ancient ingredients and techniques that lend Patagonian cuisine its timeless heart and soul. We can’t think of a better way to experience the inspired landscapes of Chile and Argentina than alongside Esquire’s “Chef of the Year.”

Over nine 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

How We Travel

In style! We sleep each night in some of Patagonia's finest estancia lodges. We carry our own day packs (6-11 pounds). All food is prepared for us and includes chef-led meals and wine pairings.

Activity Level: Moderate

This adventure is for people who maintain good physical fitness. On our hiking days, we’ll generally traverse 5 miles a day (one day is slated for 10 miles and 3 others won't involve any trekking), 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.

Who It’s For

If you seek stunning landscapes, locally sourced gourmet meals and the finest estancia accommodations, this trip is for you. Alongside Chef Ray Garcia, we’ll hike amidst serene lagoons and snow-capped mountains, through vast forests in lesser-traveled parts of Patagonia.

3 Reasons to Travel with Ray Garcia

Ray’s focus on seasonality, simple ingredients, and resourcefulness are at the core of his acclaimed restaurant, asterid (nestled in Frank Gehry’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA) and ¡VIVA! in Las Vegas. He’s raised the industry bar, proving time and again that he can meld his Southern California upbringing with his Mexican heritage, making perfectly broken masterpieces on every plate.

Light My Fire

Cooking on an open fire is one of the many things Ray is looking forward to on this nine day adventure. “It's one thing to do it in a restaurant and it's another thing to do it outside as you feel the breeze, see the mountains, hear the river. We are going to activate all the senses.”

Family Ties

Ray was first introduced to Argentinian food culture some 20 years ago, standing over a wood-fired parrilla with his now father-in-law. It was these regular Sunday asados (barbecues) with his wife’s family where Ray fell in love with not only the food, but the spirit of Argentina.

The Trophy Case

His first restaurant, Broken Spanish, racked up countless accolades by Esquire, USA Today, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Magazine. He was also recognized by Esquire as 'Chef of the Year' in its first year. Save something for the rest of the chefs, Ray.

Your Experience

“The dream of visiting Patagonia has lived in my mind for the past couple of decades now.”
Ray Garcia

Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine

“Cooking is about perspective. It’s my goal to make key connections on this trip through food and people.”
Ray Garcia

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos a Argentina! Our Patagonia adventure begins in El Calafate, a small gateway town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino. It’s our starting point for a cruise north through the southern Patagonian Desert on Argentina’s legendary Ruta 40. As we soak in views of snow-capped peaks and soaring condors, we’ll snack on golden-brown empanadas before stopping to enjoy a coffee and slice of tarta de limon at the historic overlook, La Leona.  

From there, it’s a short two hours until we arrive at our hotel, a sprawling estate set against the backdrop of the Valle del Río de las Vueltas. Over cold beers and a bountiful picada, we’ll gather for introductions and a quick trip briefing, then settle into our rooms for a rejuvenating afternoon siesta. Ray’s treating us to dinner tonight, whipping up an authentic Patagonian welcome feast with the help of a local chef. Against unmatched views of the Chalten Valley, we’ll lift our glasses in toast to the week’s adventures to come. 

Day 1 Highlights

  • Arrival in El Calafate
  • Picada Orientation
  • Welcome dinner by Ray
  • Stay at Los Cerros

Day 2

Today’s trail leads to Laguna Capri, a picturesque lake with sweeping views of glaciers and the massif of Cerro Fitz Roy. Our loop will take us above the De las Vueltas river valley as we hike through the heart of the Del Salto stream bed. After a moderate hour or two, we’ll encounter the fork to Laguna Capri, ambling down a trail with superb, panoramic lakeside views. Once we’ve taken in the stunning beauty of the scene, we’ll descend for lunch (and beers!) at a local brewery. The afternoon is ours to explore Los Cerros and its famed chocolaterias before we reconvene for dinner tonight at a remote refugio. Immersed in forest and surrounded by beautiful views of Cerro Fitz Roy, we’ll recount the day’s adventures while Ray prepares his famous provoletas, a decadent appetizer to our dinner of local meats grilled over a dancing fire.

Returning back to Earth, we’ll have a locally sourced dinner at Refugio El Condor, and don’t be surprised if Ray whips up a few scratch cocktails to celebrate.

Day 2 Hiking
4-5 hours, 5 miles, 1300′ elevation gain/loss

Day 2 Highlights

  • Laguna Capri Hike
  • Lunch at La Cerveceria
  • Provoletas with Ray
  • Stay at Los Cerros

Day 3

This morning we’re ascending the Cerro Torre trailhead, a scenic route that spills out onto spectacular views of Cerro Fitz Roy (11,171′). Possibly the most photogenic (and famous) of Patagonia’s trademark mountainscapes, its towering granite peaks rise in jagged majesty high above a glacial lake. As we hike, we’ll be on the lookout for Magellan woodpeckers and soaring condors overhead. We’ll pause at the viewpoint to (literally) drink it all as Ray prepares a toast of calafate, a fruit liqueur crafted by local producers. 

After a picnic lunch of hyperlocal ingredients, we’ll load up and head out on Ruta 40, passing again through the southern Patagonian Desert as we make our way back to El Calafate. There, we’re visiting Chacra Las Moras, an organic farm and our idyllic backdrop to a hands-on lesson in Patagonian fruit cultivation. During our tour of the grounds, we’ll help Ray 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 perfect appetizer for dinner tonight at La Zaina, where we’ll sample local wines alongside seasonal Argentinian specialties.  

Day 3 Hiking
4-5 hours, 4.3 miles, 650′ elevation gain/loss

Day 3 Highlights

  • Cerro Torre trek
  • Organic farm visit
  • Dinner at La Zaina
  • Stay at Los Ponchos

Day 4

This morning we’re off to explore 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, joining in on the daily rituals of one of Patagonia’s oldest ranches. After a lively lesson in sheep shearing and cattle wrangling, we’ll return to the hotel to tuck into a hearty Argentine spread for lunch. 

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. Before disembarking to walk alongside the Glacier’s ice walls, however, we’ll toast to the unparalleled splendor of the Park with a cocktail concocted by Ray and chilled by glacial ice. 

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 4 Highlights

  • Estancia wrangling lesson
  • Perito Moreno boat cruise
  • Dinner at Mako
  • Stay at Los Ponchos

Day 5

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. Of course, no MOAD road trip is complete without a snack: on today’s ride, Ray’s serving up flaky croissants, fresh from the ovens of a local Calafate bakery. It’s the buttery prelude we needed for our lunch at El Ovejero, our halfway stop before we continue through the high-mountain desert, vying all the while for glimpses of local guanacos and rheas.

We’ll settle in at our 100-year-old estancia, perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, and enjoy a private tour of the grounds before feasting on a dinner inspired by traditional pioneer recipes and featuring ingredients from the estancia’s own greenhouse and orchards.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Transfer to Torres del Paine
  • Estancia tour
  • Stay at Cerro Guido

Day 6

Today, we hike again. However, in lieu of a burly summit hike, we’ll opt for a series of breathtaking jaunts all over Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll tackle various trailheads and be treated with scintillating views of iconic peaks and alpine waterways too. As a kind of savory motivation, we’ll tuck into an elaborate picnic prepared by Ray and our local guide, topped off by an authentic mate masterclass and tasting. We’ll sample the traditional beverage on its own, then learn from Ray how to offset the bitter punch of the yerba mate with the careful addition of local honey.

In the evening, after returning to our estancia, Ray will take us on his own private tour of the estancia’s gardens and orchards, sharing the finer points of foraging before dinner.

Day 6 Hiking
6-7 hours, 10.8 miles, 2900′ elevation gain/loss

Day 6 Highlights

  • Hiking in Torres Del Paine
  • Picnic on trail
  • Stay at Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 7

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, Ray will guide us through the art of preparing this beloved national cocktail, made from grape brandy and foamy egg whites and served generously by the pitcher. And then it’s onto the main event—a traditional asado dinner like the locals have been eating for centuries. ¡Salud!

Day 7 Highlights

  • Puma spotting excursion
  • Pisco sour demonstration
  • Asado dinner
  • Stay at Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 8

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, Ray 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 8 Highlights

  • Transfer to Puerto Natales
  • Private wine tasting
  • Farewell dinner by Ray
  • Stay at El Singular

Day 9

It’s time to say adios to Patagonia, to Ray, and to 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 place. 

Day 9 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.

Los Ponchos

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.

Los Cerros Hotel

El Chalten

A symphony of snow-capped panoramas and poetic river views, this hilltop retreat at once enhances and harmonizes with the stunning splendor of Patagonia. Inside, tall, vaulted ceilings lend a warm chalet feel to spacious rooms, while over 120 bottles of regional wine line the walls of an expertly-curated cellar. It would be tough to leave this quiet sanctuary if not for the convenient web of nearby hiking trails connecting the hotel to its scenic surroundings.

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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  1. What does the price include?

    Eight nights of elegant, boutique hostería and estancia accommodations; all ground and ferry transportation; daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners; expert local guides; wine tastings, 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?

    This is considered a ‘moderate’ adventure accessible for most age levels who maintain good physical fitness and are prepared for the demands of hiking in remote mountainous areas. On our hiking days, we’ll cover no more than 5 miles a day and carry our own day packs. We recommend that participants have a good level of fitness and have at least some hiking experience.

  4. What are the arrival and departure details?

    This adventure begins in El Calafate, Argentina. The closet airport is El Calafate (FTE), which has daily direct flights from Buenos Aires’ international Ezeiza (EZE) and domestic Aeroparque (AEP) airports. 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 some 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?

    U.S. citizens staying for less than 90 days do not require a visa to enter Argentina or Chile. The passport must have at validity for the entirety of your stay to be allowed entry. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Chilean or Argentine Embassy or Consulate 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 July 7, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. After July 8, 2023 of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; If you cancel on or after September 5, 2023, 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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