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Envision yourself exploring Patagonia. Scaling mountains, exploring glaciers, fjords, paddling rivers, cycling through valleys. We want to inspire you to spend more time in the wilderness.

Our guides have years of experience and training in leading trekking, mountaineering, kayaking, cycling and climbing adventures; all with an emphasis on guest satisfaction and a priority for safety. We will provide you with a level of service that allows you the ability to explore Patagonia as your own unique place.

Dittmar Adventures is part of the following groups: Argentina Travel Agents, Chile Travel Agents, Patagonia Travel Agents

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Patagonia January 2024
Patagonia | Jan 8 - Feb 8, 2024

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Lavier G.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2024

We have recently come back from a Trip to Patagonia (both Chile and Argentina) which Erin organised for 4 of us prior to a cruise to Antartica.
Erin suggested a very good itinerary to accomodate this, which we subsequently modified considerably based on timing, cost etc. All enquires were answered promptly and with Erin's suggestions we had an excellent itinerary.

The trip itself was excellent. All operators turned up on time as per the schedule . Guides Camila and Mateus were execellent.
I would definately recommend Erin in planing any trip to Patagonia

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Feb 22, 2024

Hi Lavier,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm really happy to hear that you all had a memorable trip! I agree that both Mateus and Camila are wonderful guides, and have sent that feedback along to them and their bosses. I loved planning this trip with you all, you all were so present in the planning process and booked well in advance which makes for a really smooth trip and process on our end. Wishing you all the best and thanks again for everything!

Erin

Erin organised our tour to Patagonia and Puer...
Patagonia | Jan 8 - Feb 8, 2024

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Wendy S.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Erin organised our tour to Patagonia and Puerto Varas in January this year.
She was very helpful with extensive local knowledge.
I made so many changes and asked so many questions that I must have made her crazy but she was very patient and coordinated things really well.
Everything went very smoothly during the tour. All of the guides and transfers went well.
The accommodation was very good.
I would definitely recommend and Erin and KimKim travel to organise your tour of South America.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Feb 22, 2024

Thank you Wendy! You are a fantastic planner yourself and I'm really thankful for the experience to have planned a trip with you and Lavier. It was so fun to mold the trip around your own research and it makes me really happy to hear that the trip met all of your expectations. With every year that passes I enjoy more the challenge of putting together trips that folks dream up, this was one of those! You all are great and thank you for trusting us to be your support. Salud from Patagonia!

Fabulous Sabbatical in Patagonia!
Patagonia | Jan 9 - Jan 24, 2024

Anne
Anne K.
San Antonio, TX | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
This was a sabbatical that we planned one year in advance. We love South America but had never been to Patagonia. We decided to spend a couple weeks there and spend a few days in Buenos Aires as we made our way home. It was AMAZING! Planning the trip with Erin was a lot of fun, and Nara was also very helpful. The originally proposed itinerary was great, but we made a few tweaks to make it even better. We told Erin we like to be active during the day (hiking, biking, etc.), stay in really... Read more

This was a sabbatical that we planned one year in advance. We love South America but had never been to Patagonia. We decided to spend a couple weeks there and spend a few days in Buenos Aires as we made our way home. It was AMAZING!

Planning the trip with Erin was a lot of fun, and Nara was also very helpful. The originally proposed itinerary was great, but we made a few tweaks to make it even better. We told Erin we like to be active during the day (hiking, biking, etc.), stay in really nice hotels, and drink great wine. We did all of those things and more!

During our trip, we stayed in six different cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, El Chalten, and Buenos Aires. Our transfers were very reliable. We appreciated kimkim's responsiveness when we had flight delays to ensure our driver was notified.

Punta Arenas - We liked Hotel Boutique La Yegua Loca. It was quaint, and the staff members were friendly and helpful. The highlight was traveling by boat to Isla Magdalena to visit the penguin colony.

Puerto Natales - The Singular Patagonia was one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in. It was truly incredible. We loved our room and view, as well as the hotel bar and restaurant. The only hiccup we experienced was some confusion over logistics to get to the departure point for the boat tour excursion to visit the park and glaciers. There was not a pick-up, and we had to walk to the dock, which was 15 minutes away. Having to walk wasn't a problem, but we were a little late--just glad they didn't leave without us!

Torres del Paine - We thought it was a great idea to drive up the western side of Torres del Paine since we would eventually be staying and hiking on the eastern side. Our driver and guide were terrific. We stopped numerous places (waterfall, views, etc.), took photos, and learned about geology and wildlife. The Hotel Las Torres was fine. Our room was small but comfortable. The bar and restaurant were okay. Access to the trails was the selling point. The hike to Las Torres Lookout was easily self-guided but challenging; the views are weather-dependent, and seeing the glacier lake was worth the effort.

El Calafate - The Kau Yatun Hotel & Estancia was nice. They had an assortment of tasty food for breakfast, and we enjoyed cocktails and dinner of guanaco in their restaurant. The hotel has bicycles to borrow, which is helpful, as it is a pretty far walk to the main drag in town. Taxis were also available. Kimkim warned us that obtaining pesos was necessary but challenging; therefore, we sought that out immediately, but it was not easy. Banks closed early afternoon; the money exchange office ran out of pesos. We ended up having to go to a restaurant "back office" for an off-market change of money. It was interesting to learn that the exchange rate for American large bills ($20 and larger) was more favorable than that for small bills. We got a kick out of the Yeti Ice Bar (cheesy but fun). The boat trip to the glacier was lovely. Unfortunately, due to the proximity of icebergs, we were unable to dock and go to the balcony overlooking Perito Moreno Glacier.

El Chalten - It was fun to stop in Leona on the way to El Chalten. We enjoyed stretching our legs and learning about the historic spot. We appreciated the support we received from kimkim when we asked to do different guided hikes (one of us was still recovering from ankle surgery); one of us went to Laguna de los Tres and the other to Laguna Capri--both were great experiences. Both hikes could have been self-guided, but we liked our guides. One benefit was being dropped off at the north end of the Laguna de los Tres trail, which cut down on back-tracking. Mount Fitz Roy and the Fitz Roy Range are spectacular. On our last day, we hiked up to Mirador de los Condores, which offered fabulous views. Destino Sur Hotel was great, and we loved the town. We took advantage of the hotel's bikes so we could ride around town; there are no Ubers. We enjoyed beer and nosh at La Cerveceria and cocktails and wine at La Vineria. A local folkloric group performed a few tunes for us while we were dining at both Oveja Negra and Fuegia, which was a special treat. We had a blast riding mountain bikes 23 miles from Lago del Desierto to El Chalten. It was gravel the whole way with a few hills and a lot of tailwind and gusts. We stopped often because it was just so beautiful.

Buenos Aires - We were a little disappointed when we arrived a the Duque Hotel Boutique & Spa in the Soho neighborhood. Our room was quite small, and there wasn't anything special about it; however, we received exceptional service from the staff. They helped us plan our free days in Buenos Aires with an estancia excursion for the full "gaucho experience" with a brief nose-to-tail horseback ride, asado, and folk music, as well as a boat trip to the Tigre district. Due to a strike, our flight home was delayed until 3A. It was very kind of the staff to allow us to shower in the spa after we had checked out so that we would be more comfortable traveling home. We really enjoyed riding around Buenos Aires on bikes with a guide and ending with charcuterie and a wine-tasting. We were disappointed in the sub-par dinner at Viejo Almacen but absolutely loved every minute of the tango show afterward. There were plenty of good restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. We especially liked Nicky Harrison--fantastic sushi in the front and a step back in time at the speakeasy tucked behind the restaurant.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Feb 22, 2024

WOW, Anne thank you for taking the time to send over such a detailed review. It folks like you that help keep us up to date and good at what we do, we are really appreciative for that. Thanks to you for planning in advance we were able to put together a trip with all of these wonderful locations. Thank you again for everything, planning with you was very easygoing and natural. Wishing you the best and glad that we could be part of your experience :)

The activities and sites we chose based on yo...
Patagonia | Jan 20 - Jan 30, 2024

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Pavla P.
Czechia | Reviewed on Feb 06, 2024
The activities and sites we chose based on your recommendations were the right fit for us - we really enjoyed all the excursions. All the local service providers / guides were just great, helpful, very nice people, friendly and easy to chat with and happy to share information on various local topics - be it Maria at Puerto Varas for the trip to Osorno volcano, Chloe for the kayaking, the Aqua Fresca team at Punta Arenas or Nara and Andres in Puerto Natales. Last but not least, Antonia with... Read more

The activities and sites we chose based on your recommendations were the right fit for us - we really enjoyed all the excursions. All the local service providers / guides were just great, helpful, very nice people, friendly and easy to chat with and happy to share information on various local topics - be it Maria at Puerto Varas for the trip to Osorno volcano, Chloe for the kayaking, the Aqua Fresca team at Punta Arenas or Nara and Andres in Puerto Natales. Last but not least, Antonia with the team from the Estancia were also amazing (and the lunch prepared there was way beyond our expectations - speaking for myself, I have never had better lamb asado!
Only the drivers taking us from/to the airports seemed not to be always quite informed that those transfers were already paid for, but we managed to explain and got this solved rather quickly.
The selection of hotels was just right as we wanted (we particularly loved the hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natales) and the overall organisation was perfect.
Indeed, our overall positive impressions from our trip were enhanced by the exceptionally good weather.
Thank you all!!!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Feb 22, 2024
Thank you Pavla! Sounds like the weather was very much in your favor for this trip, which is not so typical for Patagonia. We loved having you all, our partners and guides really enjoyed the company of your group and thanks for the kind words, I've passed your positive feedback along to each of them involved. I can say with 100% certainty that the lamb barbecue at Estancia La Peninsula is the best in all of Patagonia hahah, no I can't be that certain but it's the best I have ever had and it... Read more

Thank you Pavla! Sounds like the weather was very much in your favor for this trip, which is not so typical for Patagonia. We loved having you all, our partners and guides really enjoyed the company of your group and thanks for the kind words, I've passed your positive feedback along to each of them involved. I can say with 100% certainty that the lamb barbecue at Estancia La Peninsula is the best in all of Patagonia hahah, no I can't be that certain but it's the best I have ever had and it makes me happy to hear someone else say the same. Thank you all for trusting us and wishing you all the best!

Top notch itinerary for friends reunion
Patagonia | Jan 20 - Jan 30, 2024

Michaela
Michaela S.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Feb 01, 2024
Erin did a top notch job for us - 4 high school friends coming from 3 continents to Chile, celebrating our big birthdays together. All 4 of us were able to co-create the itinerary in the chat which was great. Erin's responsiveness and advice on where/what/how was just what we needed to get the perfect itinerary. Our questions on all the details and options or alternatives were quickly answered and resolved (especially getting us into the refugios and off the waiting lists and out of the... Read more

Erin did a top notch job for us - 4 high school friends coming from 3 continents to Chile, celebrating our big birthdays together. All 4 of us were able to co-create the itinerary in the chat which was great. Erin's responsiveness and advice on where/what/how was just what we needed to get the perfect itinerary. Our questions on all the details and options or alternatives were quickly answered and resolved (especially getting us into the refugios and off the waiting lists and out of the tents! All the tickets, vouchers were right on point, easy to understand and worked like magic. We just got back and everything was perfect and executed just as designed. Nara was excellent answering last minute questions. The excursions and providers were all great, just as described. If you want to do Patagonia or Chile, highly recommend Erin, Nara and Laura.

Hotel Reviews
Solace Puerto Varas
Puerto Varas

Simple, practical, great breakfast and really good location - one block away from the center - grocery store one block as well - nothing negative to point out - staff very friendly and accommodating (even late check out).

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Hotel Vendaval
Puerto Natales

Our favorite - mostly b/c of the minimalistic design, modern look and just general vibe - the roof top was amazing. Small rooms but who cares if you are there to sleep or rest on the bed.... highly recommend. Location perfect right around the corner from the square and restaurants/shops.

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Refugio Torre Central
Parque Nacional Torres del Paine Pedro Montt

We were all surprised - maybe our expectations were low? Efficient, well organized, great services considering it is in the middle of nowhere, literally. Very clean overall, fun atmosphere and comfortable beds + blanket/sleeping bag. Location can't be beaten given the hikes start right there - and the closeness to the visitor center for departure is a huge plus. Surprising food too - nothing shabby. Highly recommend!

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Hotel Alma Sur
Punta Arenas

As with the other hotels, perfect for our need. Close to the center and bus station, very good restaurant inside is a big plus if you are exhausted, attentive staff. Small rooms but again, totally fine for our night and shower. Would recommend anytime.

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Hotel Big Sur
Puerto Natales

Very new so clean, miminalistic - very attentive staff who called cabs for us. Close to the water yet still close enough to the center with some nice restaurants and services (massages) on the street.

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Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Feb 22, 2024

Thank you Michaela for such a great review, and for taking the time to provide feedback on all of the hotels, this is so helpful to both us and future travelers. I really loved planning this trip, what a fun adventure for a group of high school friends. I might have loved even more hearing about how much you all enjoyed it, I am so joyed to hear that it was right in line with your expectations. You all were spoken very highly of by our guides and partners, thanks for the great energy and come back any time!

Excellent Experience, Excellent Destination!
Patagonia | Dec 16 - Dec 30, 2023

Nicholas
Nicholas M.
Steep Falls, ME | Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024
My wife and I (late 30s) enjoy visiting both cities and exploring natural places when we travel so it was incredibly helpful to have the assistance of kimkim to help plan our 15 days in South America, where we traveled through five cities, did a five day backpack, and stayed in multiple hotels, had multiple private and bus transfers and in general was a logistics heavy trip! Having never spent any time in Chile or Argentina, and not having many friends who have, we needed local expertise to... Read more

My wife and I (late 30s) enjoy visiting both cities and exploring natural places when we travel so it was incredibly helpful to have the assistance of kimkim to help plan our 15 days in South America, where we traveled through five cities, did a five day backpack, and stayed in multiple hotels, had multiple private and bus transfers and in general was a logistics heavy trip! Having never spent any time in Chile or Argentina, and not having many friends who have, we needed local expertise to handle the complicated booking profess for Refugios, plus help us find lodging in centrally located neighborhoods that were up to our standards (Trip Advisor/Google reviews can always be misleading at times).

Jimena helped us navigate this with ease during the booking process and assisted with us changing our minds more than once. Upon arrival our local outfitter Dittmar Adventures (and Nara!) were incredibly helpful in making sure we had what we needed, knew where we needed to be, and helped us with some trip changes. The trip chat feature is super convenient, my wife and I could see messages at the same time, and if one of us had a question we could easily chime in. We took a empanada cooking and wine tasting class and expected to be in a group but were so delighted that it was just the two of us! All of the neighborhoods where the hotels were located were in walkable areas--something we asked for since we were traveling without a car.

We would definitely use kimkim again--for two busy professionals the ability to have influence over the trip without having to handle all of the logistics and bookings was a welcome way to travel and made vacation just what it should be--relaxing!

Hotel Review
Hotel Lunajuim
El Chalten

Our favorite hotel of our trip. Incredibly nice staff, exceptional food and a relaxing atmosphere. Would definitely stay here if we return to El Chaltén!

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Local specialist: Jimena Pérez
Jimena
Jimena Pérez
Local specialist in Chile and Colombia | Replied on Jan 17, 2024

Hi Nicholas!

I'm really happy you both enjoyed your trip to South America and specially Patagonia! It was great to help you plan these days full of adventures and exploration of natural places.

I hope you have a beautiful 2024 and all your new trips come true!

Wishing you the best,
Jimena!

Phenomenal Patagonia Trip
Patagonia | Dec 26 - Jan 8, 2024

John
John E.
Eunice, NM | Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Really phenomenal trip. Patagonia is beautiful and the tour was so well organized. The Strait of Magellan, Torres del Paine, Estancia La Peninsula, and Argentinian Patagonia were filled with memorable moments and sights. I would highly recommend this trip and booking with Erin.

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Jan 16, 2024

Very little do I get to plan trips for the same person. John visited us some years back for a winter trip and decided to come back again during the summer season and to get to know Patagonia even more. Thank you for your trust, we really appreciate it and even more than that your kind disposition. Wishing you and Kirsten the best!

Planning with Erin was such a pleasure
Patagonia | Dec 26 - Dec 31, 2023

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Kalisha S.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Erin helped us to plan our trip to Patagonia, specifically the W trek (with a few add ons), but she had an absolute wealth of knowledge to support us with all our other queries. She wasn't short on ideas and suggestions to make the trip unique and tailored to us. She went above and beyond to find options for us as vegans and celebrating our honeymoon and a birthday. She always responded promptly and with so much detail and enthusiasm. It was such a joy, thank you!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Jan 17, 2024

Aww thanks Kalisha, was also a joy planning with you! Thank you for all of the great feedback as well, I'm sure our future vegan travelers will be even more prepared thanks to you both. Maybe see you back in Pucon someday!

Best,
Erin

Amazing trip planning
Patagonia | Dec 28 - Jan 6, 2024

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Jon P.
Willow Grove, PA | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2024
Kim Kim put together an amazing trip with everything taken care of start to finish. Will use again. Read more

Kim Kim put together an amazing trip with everything taken care of start to finish. Will use again.

Hotel Review
Weskar Lodge
Puerto Natales
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Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Jan 15, 2024

Thanks Jon! We are really happy to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time in Patagonia. Thank you for trusting us to put it together and wishing you all the best.

Warmly,
Erin

Awesome trip, superbly organized
Patagonia | Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2023

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Preten P.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Jan 04, 2024
Our entire trip was planned by the Kim Kim team (Erin, Nara and Laura). It went smoothly and meant we didn’t need to organise much ourselves at all. They were super helpful right from the start and met us at the beginning of our trip to help answer any questions and go through the itinerary. The team had cleverly scheduled our W trek itinerary well ensuring we were camping / sleeping at the best spots and at the best times. Throughout our trip if we had any further follow ups or problems she... Read more

Our entire trip was planned by the Kim Kim team (Erin, Nara and Laura). It went smoothly and meant we didn’t need to organise much ourselves at all. They were super helpful right from the start and met us at the beginning of our trip to help answer any questions and go through the itinerary. The team had cleverly scheduled our W trek itinerary well ensuring we were camping / sleeping at the best spots and at the best times. Throughout our trip if we had any further follow ups or problems she would respond instantly. We cannot thank them enough for making our trip enjoyable and helping it run smoothly.
Thank you!

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Jan 04, 2024

Hi Preten,

Thank you so much for this kind feedback and review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip and I can say wholeheartedly that everyone on our team enjoyed working with you. Thank you for being kind and flexible (Patagonian weather, as you learned, sometimes presents changes) and an all around delight to plan with.

Wishing you the best!
Erin