Tell us a bit about yourself. What's your travel style?
Adventure is what excites me about travel. I enjoy unique experiences while traveling that involve trekking, amazing sights, getting to spend a little time with locals, and trying new foods. In this case, I was looking for a classic Patagonia trip with outdoor activities, glaciers, El Chaltén, and memorable hotels.
What made you decide to seek local expertise for your Argentina trip?
The breadth of options and the sheer size of the area necessitated local advice. I wanted Maria to be my specialist because she lives in Buenos Aires and goes to Patagonia frequently. She was extremely patient and helpful over the months of planning, and totally available during the trip itself as well. And having local tour guides who pointed us to off-the-beaten-path sights, food, and experiences really enhanced the trip.
What are the most memorable moments from your Argentina trip?
Definitely the all-day hike in El Chaltén. Our route took us from El Pilar down past the Piedras Blancas glacier to Laguna de los Tres. It was incredible to be in the shadow of the Fitz Roy range.
Do you have advice for travelers interested in doing a trip like yours?
Listen to the experts! Maria listened to my preferences—hiking and visiting classic highlights—and planned an itinerary that perfectly coupled organized tours of Perito Moreno, Estancia Cristina, and the Beagle Channel with several unscheduled days for long, amazing hikes that we planned on our own after talking with locals and our guides.
Would you recommend this trip? Is there anything you would change if you could do it again?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this trip. Patagonia is stunning—it was 7 days of each day being more amazing than the last. If I did it again, I would add a visit to Torres del Paine and spend another half day in Ushuaia to see the penguins.
Last but not least, where are you going on your next trip?