Upload & Sell: On
Six months? She has time to learn a DSLR!
Cashed up - RX1; not so much so - RX100.
RX100s can be had for under $600:
Patagonia is a premium destination not just for travel, but sublime mountain scenery and cultural interest, even hardened travellers like me want to go there. And that a vast number of cameras of 35mm FL have been made for decades...
'Image quality' is the first stated criteria, also. Travel photographers might want to use everything from medium format down to that recent guy who loved his OOC jpegs of the Caribbean - you really have to know more about the person's wishes and means. Make it a Sony, galenapass, is my advice - RAW + jpeg. Use memory setting 1 and leave it set to that...it'll never forget it. Teach her the charger routine, buy extra stuff for her (cards, spare batt), you know the drill.
Oh, and those with excellent photographic vision are very often people who may be female and may be of mature years with little 'camera nous'. I know a few.