Travel simply makes people happy and I want to be a part of that. If I am not traveling myself then I want to surround myself with people who are.
Originally from Michigan, I grew up camping and adventuring along the shores of the Great Lakes from a young age. My love affair with South America started in 2006 when I took my first international trip to Peru. Since, I have been back and forth between my home in Michigan and South America, having spent considerable time both working and traveling across the continent. I am currently based in Puerto Natales, Chile where I am lucky enough to have Torres del Paine National Park as my backyard.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We specialize in trips in and around Torres del Paine National Park as well as Los Glaciares National park in Argentina.
I can help you organize anything from the standard ´W´ Hike to more exclusive and off-trail hikes in some of the parks hidden valleys. Would you fancy a 3-day camping and kayaking expedition? I can do that too!
Adventure, adventure, adventure! "
How did you get involved in travel?
"Around 2008 I began traveling to Peru each summer, organizing trips for a University of Michigan based sustainable development project. This initiative brought me back each summer and from there I discovered the world of backpacking. After numerous trips and years spent in South America it became clear that I wanted to root myself here, and what better place than Patagonia. With over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry and a grand passion for travel and the outdoors I decided that a career in the adventure travel industry was the way to go, and here I am!"
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I spent 4 days in a hammock on a boat floating (very slowly...) down the Amazon River."
Erin's favorite itineraries and travel advice
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If you love hiking, this active 14-day trip highlights Patagonia's best trails with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world (thanks to two UNESCO-listed parks). Start...
This 15-day trip combines outdoor attractions around Chile and Argentina's spectacular far south, also known as Patagonia. You'll start with penguins, horses, and glaciers...
With 10 days you can explore and enjoy some of the most incredible sites and national parks in the Southern Cone, that great expanse of Patagonia that covers both Argentina and...
Recent trip reviews for Erin
Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2023
Wonderfully planned vacation. Excellent clearly planned details provided. Always available for help along the way!
Patagonia is amazing......hike to Grey and the base of Torres del Paine is a MUST!!!!!!
El Perito Moreno in Argentina is spectacular!!!!!!
We unfortunately were unable to do the kayaking to Glacier Grey because of high winds.....but I would still recommend doing it.
Thank you Pamela for your kind review!
We are so happy that you enjoyed your time in Patagonia. This April was oddly windy for down here, I hope that you were able to enjoy a bit of the fall colors, such a special time to visit.
Wishing you the best!
We loved our kimkim trip! Here are some deta...
Mar 23 - Apr 5, 2023
We loved our kimkim trip! Here are some details:
•El Calafate: Our first hotel, Cauquenes de Nimez, was clean and quiet although the breakfast lacked variety. The two excursions we went in this area were very good. The Mayo Spirit Trek had a wonderful guide and the activities were so fun. The trip to Estancia Cristina was very special. The boat captain made it easy to see and photograph the magnificent icebergs we saw on the way to the estancia. We learned so much history about the... read more
Mar 22 - Mar 31, 2023
We began in El Calafate with a quiet afternoon. We took a boat excursion to Perito Moreno recommended by our kimkim agent, Erin. It was perfect! My first site of this glacier brought tears to my eyes. The next day we returned to kayak in front of the glacier. Perfect! An iceberg turned over right in front of us and moments later, a whole side of ice came down off the wall. We went on a multi day horse ride with Niebepo Aike and rode through rain, fall colours, snow and brilliant sunshine. Our... read more
Devon - what incredible photos, thank you for sharing!!!
I can relate to tears when seeing how beautiful the glaciers are here, it happens to me as well :)
Thank you kindly for everything, it was such a pleasure to work with you on planning this trip and thanks to you I discovered a new destination to offer multi-day horseback riding to our clients. You have been so easy going and patient as we worked through the changing details, flight changes, etc. and I am so happy to hear that your trip was what you expected and more.
Wishing you both the best!
19 Day Trip to Southern Patagonia (Chile and Argentina)
Mar 7 - Mar 25, 2023
Erin helped us plan a great itinerary for our 19 day trip to southern Patagonia. She knows the area very well and made helpful suggestions on things to do and see and how to plan the logistics for what we could accomplish in a given day, especially where to stay the night before to be properly positioned to make full use of the following day. She arranged all the transfers, hotels and guided excursions, and each provider communicated with us the day before about what to expect. Our trip... read more
Amazing trip to Patagonia
Feb 17 - Mar 7, 2023
The trip was amazing! Thank you to Erin and Nara for organising such a great trip, we had such a good time. Everything was really well organised, the itinerary was clear and helpful, and we always knew exactly what we needed to do each day without needing to worry. All the activities really suited us and the structure of the trip was well put together, we really noticed the consideration and experience that had gone into planning the trip.
One tip for others is to be prepared for things... read more
A wet and wild adventure of a lifetime in Patagonia
Feb 25 - Mar 8, 2023
We really appreciate the role that Erin and Nara had in helping us to put together a personalize adventure in Patagonia at a reasonable cost. The hotels were great, especially the Hotel Lago Grey in Torres del Paine and Kosten Aike in El Calafate. Everywhere the hotel staff were very professional, helpful and friendly. All the daily activities and pick ups happened on time as per the program. The guides were outstanding with detailed knowledge and experienced especially Chri in Torres del... read more
Trip of a Lifetime
Feb 6 - Feb 14, 2023
The trip was overall great! Thanks for everything! read more
Camilo, our guide did a great job. The lunche...
Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2023
Camilo, our guide did a great job. The lunches got old after a few days but the food was good besides. The Frances camp tents were one person tents for two people - not great. All other accommodations were great and we enjoyed being with all of the other hikers. It was a trip of a lifetime! read more
Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2023
Erin was absolutely amazing. We stared to plan this trip six months in advance, and her attention to detail was very impressive. We had no logistical issues whatsoever, and it was a very well-organized trip. Would absolutely encourage you to use her services. It was a trip of a lifetime! read more
The O route was spectacular - the views and h...
Feb 20 - Mar 1, 2023
The O route was spectacular - the views and hikes were very nice. Varied landscapes, open plains, glaciers, high passes and lagoons. Accommodations were very fun - our particular group spent half of our nights in tents and half in the Refugio’s - we enjoyed the mix. It was a super experience all around. read more
Feb 6 - Feb 14, 2023
El calafate was a great little town. B n B there was comfortable and very kind and helpful staff. Tours were great from there. Perito Moreno glacier amazing, so beautiful. Hotel in Puerto Natales, hotel Costraulias was great location! Day trip to Torres Del Paine was wonderful. Highlight of the trip was the day at Estancia Mercedes. Wonderful people, stunning property, incredible lunch and then quesadillas and mate tea on the side of the waterfalls, horseback riding through gorgeous, rivers... read more
Great support and responsive trip planning
Jan 29 - Feb 11, 2023
Our local specialist, Erin and our on the ground advisor, Nara were both great. Communication was excellent and they were both very responsive.
This was a big trip for us and we felt well supported by Kim Kim and Ditmar/Walk Patagonia. The app was helpful, and Erin was well-organized and responsive.
Nara was a friendly communicator in Puerto Natales and helpful to have as a local orientation. Some feedback - we found the maps for the W not accurate, and we would have preferred... read more
Trip to ChileWe had one of our best vacatio...
Feb 2 - Feb 13, 2023
Trip to Chile
We had one of our best vacations ever thanks to Erin and her team at Kimkim.
Everyone of our airport transfers were waiting for us when we cleared customs and baggage claim and drove us to our destinations giving us good information regarding that region of Chile.
The hotels Erin selected were excellent with nice rooms, good locations for exploring the cities, and great breakfasts.
The activities that were scheduled for us were both challenging and interesting (kayaking,... read more
Chile Torres del Paine W trek thru Argentina El Calafate and El Chalten
Jan 29 - Feb 11, 2023
Erin and Nara helped us with our W trek and our transport and lodging from Lago Grey in Chile to our El Calafate and El Chalten stays. They were very responsive and the KimKim platform made it very easy for us to review our conversations and trip details. When one of us left her sunglasses on a shared ride van, Nara was very responsive and contacted the transport provider who found and delivered the sunglasses to us! After we made a change to one of our lodging arrangements, Erin went anboce... read more
Dec 28 - Jan 9, 2023
When I was contacted by Erin, we discussed all that we wanted to do in 2 weeks time. Buenos Aires was a must for us - I had heard so much about this city so wanted a coupe of days to explore it. From BA, my daughter, a friend (from Botswana), and I flew to El Calafate and then to El Chalten for 3 days. Our private hiking guide (Leo) in El Chalten was fantastic and so knowledgeable. With his expertise an encouragement, my daughter and I were able to hike Laguna de los Tres and Mt. Fitzroy... read more
Exceeded all expectations!
Jan 15 - Jan 24, 2023
We planned this trip for our honeymoon and it exceeded all of our expectations! From the beginning, Erin was super responsive and helpful to assist us in designing and tailoring our trip wishlist to include every hike and activity we asked for, affirming all the highlights we wanted to see and do. Even when an activity was cancelled due to reasons beyond their control she helped us move stuff around so we could still have a similar activity/experience included and it ended up being our... read more
Stacy, your photos are incredible!!! Thank you for sharing! I particularly love the one of the sunset skyline of the Fitz Roy mountain range, what a gem.
Planning this trip with you was great, the two of you provided the perfect amount of details mixed with the perfect amount of trust to make this honeymoon a success. Thank you for being flexible in light of unavoidable changes and really for trusting us to make this experience happen for you.
Wishing you two a lifetime of happiness and hopefully more trips like this together :)
A perfect 2 weeks in Patagonia: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Los Glaciares, El Chalten
Dec 9 - Dec 22, 2022
We had the trip of a lifetime! It's really hard to narrow down our favorite parts of the trip, but one huge positive of using Erin and her team at Dittmar was that they were able to find experiences that were off-the-beaten-path, give us great advice on the better-known hikes and sites, and tailored the entire trip to our exact requests. My husband and I are both extremely busy people, so to be able to tell Erin the major things that we wanted to see, the type of vacationing that we wanted to... read more
Erin was amazing!
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2023
Erin was amazing! She nailed our itinerary on the first try. She was very open to questions and helped us narrow things down as needed. Every transfer, guide, etc was great. We spent two weeks in the region and never had any complications. I would highly recommend Erin for travel planning.
We loved the Estancia La Peninsula where we spend the day riding, eating incredible lamb and learning how the ranch worked. I left feeling like I’d spent the day with family.
We had several... read more
Loved Patagonia with KimKim!
Dec 21 - Jan 1, 2023
The overall experience of KimKim was great. I have to admit, when it started it out, it was very slow at first. My assigned specialist wasn't very responsive. But then, Erin took over, and she was excellent in terms of her timliness and her knowledge. Then, she referred me to an even more localized specialist, Nara, who also was great. I was very happy with their organization and their efforts!
The overall trip to Patagonia was wonderful. The highlights for us were the hikes on both the... read more
Crissy and Bob - Patagonia
Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2022
Crissy and I had an amazing time in Patagonia. This trip was a long time coming, delayed several times for COVID, and ended turning into our Honeymoon.
Erin and the KimKim crew were fantastic during the changes and final prep. Very knowledgeable, offering up timely responses, and extremely flexible.
We really enjoyed the Penguin Island, Torres Base Hike, and the Serrano River Kayak. Weather was absolutely perfect. Hotels were decent, with the Hosteria Pehoe being the most... read more