Patagonia is an epic destination, perfect for celebrating a milestone—and for Peter Bonnell's 40th birthday, he did just that. His group toured the Perito Moreno Glacier, paddled through Ushuaia National Park, and did plenty of trekking around El Chaltén with trailside views of iconic peaks and glacial lakes. Hear more about Peter's adventure and check out his photos below.

Name: Peter Bonnell
Home Country: United States
Destination: Patagonia
Travel Specialist: Maria Szlafsztein

Tell us a bit about yourself. What's your travel style?

Peter Bonnell on his 40th Birthday Trip to Patagonia

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?  

Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, Beagle Channel

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?

Views of Mount Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres from the trail

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? 

Visiting Tierra del Fuego National Park

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?

Paddling in Lapataia Bay

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?
Iceland!