Patagonia with William Dissen
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Epic outdoor adventure alongside explorer and chef William Dissen
March 15 - 25, 2023
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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, surrounded by a jigsaw of snow-capped mountains lording over windswept valleys and cobalt-blue lagoons, and it hits you. You’re in Patagonia, jewel of the Southern Hemisphere. Every inch of the sprawling steppes and deserts, the fairytale forests and fjords feel likes it’s all yours. You’ve tracked graceful pumas, spotted guanacos and rheas, swapped tall tales with gauchos on horseback, foraged for local greens with a master of the arts. Tonight, relaxing in luxury at a century-old estancia, dining on a well-earned feast roasted over an open fire, a glass of local Malbec wine in hand, you watch as the sunset gives way to a dazzling night sky ablaze with the light of a million stars.
With us on this incredible adventure is William Dissen, culinary diplomat (more on that later) and six-time featured chef at James Beard House. He’s faced off and beat Gordon Ramsay on Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, and has earned an elite reputation as one of the top chefs in the U.S. He’s also deeply passionate about sustainability in every aspect, with Fortune magazine twice naming him “Green Chef of the Year.” We can’t wait to experience the inspired landscapes of Patagonia with a chef who’s so deeply passionate about heirloom ingredients and traditional cooking methods. If you crave elevated adventure with a culinary twist, this trip is for you.
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.
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 and are prepared for the demands of day hikes in remote mountainous areas at higher elevations. On our hiking days, we’ll cover no more than 5 miles a day, 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 William Dissen, we’ll hike amidst serene lagoons and snow-capped mountains, through vast forests in lesser-traveled parts of Patagonia.
Why We Love William Dissen
William weaves local ingredients together with his Southern roots into every dish he creates. His passion for locally sourced ingredients has made him a global advocate for sustainability and environmental stewardship. He's also an adventurer at heart: In Patagonia we'll see William in his element as we hike, forage, raft and explore. It doesn’t get better than this.
William is part of the American Chefs Corps, a joint project between the US State Department and James Beard Foundation. Being a food-focused statesmen brings him out of the kitchen and out into the world to connect around humanity's common ground—food.
Roots to Table
Hailing from the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, William grew up enjoying the outdoors and especially his grandparents’ farm. Here is where he would watch his grandmother pluck fresh food from the garden for family dinner — a memory that influences him to this day.
Keeping it Local
William owns and is the culinary force behind North Carolina's The Market Place, Billy D’s Fried Chicken, and Haymaker. Each serves up different, always delicious, farm-to-table experiences with locally foraged ingredients a constant on all three menus.
Xelena HotelEl Calafate
Nestled right along the majestic Lago Argentino, this hotel, with its friendly service, cozy vibe, and hearty breakfasts, is the perfect resting place for new arrivals to Patagonia. Rooms tier downward from the fourth floor and weary travelers can delight in the heated pool as they ponder the serene stillness of the lake below.
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.
Estancia Nibepo AikeEl Calafate
This elegant fourth-generation working ranch is set along the shores of Argentino Lake inside Los Glaciares National Park. Savor the views, and the unique opportunity to experience Patagonian traditions firsthand, from sheep shearing and herding to horseback riding through the estancia grounds. The family's orchards and gardens are abundant; every meal is an ode to farm-to-table ranch cooking.
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 $1,000 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; 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.
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?
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.
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).
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 some 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?
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.
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 15, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. After November 16, 2022 of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; If you cancel on or after January 14, 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).