Wilderness Adventure, Education, and Nature Conservancy Ranch
Since 1999 we have designed and led trips of varying skill levels, ranging from light hikes to long treks, to mountaineering (all levels). We offer the option of traveling on foot or horseback to our destinations. Along the way, you can fly-fish, raft, kayak and view wildlife. Our neighbors, gauchos working their remote ranches, accompany us on trips as guides and horse packers and add a unique cultural component to our outings. Each trip's length, activity types, and skill level are readily adapted to meet each party's goals and needs. They are best crafted by working in collaboration with our guests to ensure all components are designed to meet your ideal adventure.
We also design and lead educational wilderness and leadership programs. Our educational programs work with high schools, universities, camps and other organizations to provide logistics and risk management oversight for the institution's established program or through our own outdoor and leadership curriculum.
We invite you to take a trip of a lifetime!
Please contact us for more detailed itineraries of our trips.
Our vision is to help conserve and protect the pristine Patagonian wilderness by sharing this unique and remote natural wonder, educating on our impact and empowering our guests to become active leaders and responsible stewards for the environment and in their communities.
Our mission at Patagonia Frontiers is to provide recreational, leadership, and educational adventures and programs for explorers of all ages and skill levels in wilderness areas in Patagonia and around the world. As we grow our for-profit recreational business, we aim to fund a not-for-profit arm called Educational Frontiers Institute, which is focused on youth wilderness education.
We believe in protecting the safety and well-being of all living things. We are committed to taking care of our guests, our community, suppliers, environment, and our resources. We are firm believers in minimal impact (Leave No Trace) ethics; which apply to our ranch, the wilderness, and our community. We try to live simply and use the resources nature provides wisely. We generate our own solar power, access clean glacial water, and grow many of our fruits and vegetables in a large greenhouse or fruit orchard.
John Hauf, our founder, made this region his home in 1989. John had been traveling and guiding all over the world with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a non-profit corporation, and during that time fell in love with for the wild nature of Patagonia. He proposed to NOLS to set up a local branch. His proposal was granted and he founded and directed the NOLS Patagonia branch for fifteen years. During his tenure as the director, NOLS Patagonia was honored to serve three hundred students annually from around the world.
John discovered the ranch as he looked for areas that could be used for educational mountaineering purposes. As time went by he became close friends with all the families living in the valley. In 1999, John had the opportunity to purchase the ranch from Don Anselmo, whose family had lived on the ranch for <x> generations. Don Anselmo was selling it and approached John, somehow knowing that this would be the place that John would call home.
While John had always been a nomad due to his guiding, the land and region seemed to be a natural fit for him and his way of life. It seemed like a place where the natural world still reigned supreme in people's minds. He had fallen in love with the way the locals were at ease with what may seem like a challenging environment. They had found a way to adapt, find a niche, be happy and thrive. Ultimately, he had found a place in the world where the ways of nature fulfilled him.
In 1999, he founded Patagonia Frontiers with the intent to make it his home and conserve the land. He has intentionally built a community where people are drawn to come and immerse themselves in the natural wonder of Patagonia. All with the intent that it energizes and inspires each visitor to make the world a better place.
Many of us have come to or joined Patagonia Frontiers for that very reason.