Cascada Expediciones: Enjoying the Patagonian Wilderness Responsibly with EcoCamp Patagonia

Cascada Expediciones: Enjoying the Patagonian Wilderness Responsibly with EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagnia

EcoCamp Domes: Designed to Blend In

Situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, EcoCamp Patagonia has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. EcoCamp Patagonia, owned and operated by the Chilean in-bound tour operator Cascada Expediciones, is carbon neutral, 100% renewable energy, and carefully designed to minimize environmental footprint.

 

EcoCamp’s dome design was inspired by the ancient nomadic Kaweskar inhabitants, who relocated within the park without leaving a trace. The domes have semi-spherical structures, which minimize external surface area and temperature exchange through walls, as well as giving maximum internal space and ensuring a uniform distribution of wind stress.

 

The dome exteriors are green and of limited height so they blend harmoniously into the natural environment. All walls have an outer canvas layer and thick insulation cushion, ensuring warmth and protection from strong winds. Skylight windows allow guests to follow natural light patterns, star gaze at night, and utilize natural heat and light resources.

 

Recycled materials are used for amenities and wooden dome structures, and fallen dead wood is used in fireplaces. Walkways connecting domes are raised so as not to damage the terrain, and to allow animals to roam around freely without structures blocking their path. As they walk between domes on these walkways, guests can responsibly connect with their outside surroundings.

EcoCamp's Sustainability Features

EcoCamp’s energy source comes from hydro-electric and solar power. Sixty percent of energy is obtained from hydro-electric generators, using water coming down from the mountains, and the remaining Forty percent of energy comes from solar panels which light the walkways at night and power small fans on toilets. Solar energy is particularly effective at the height of summer when Patagonia receives up to 17 hours of sunlight a day. Propane gas is only used for heating water, refrigerators and superior domes. Due to electricity being limited, items such as hairdryers are not allowed.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Green Features

EcoCamp's sustainability features - from solar power to composting toilets

 

The bathroom compost system at EcoCamp is particularly noteworthy as it is the world’s southern-most composting chamber! Liquids and solids are separated and liquids are passed to the ground and evaporated while solid waste is composted in a heater chamber to ensure bacteria remains alive. Recycling is an important procedure at EcoCamp, and organic and non-organic materials are separated so non-organic rubbish can be removed from the park and organic material fed to a neighboring pig farm. Guides ensure guests leave no rubbish en route during treks, and that all non-biodegradable material is brought back to EcoCamp to be properly disposed of. Guests reuse zip-lock lunch bags and water flasks, and minimize shower time so as to preserve heating resources.

 

A traveler handbook is available in all domes, so guests have the opportunity to get informed about all environmental policies and learn about our eco-friendly technology. EcoCamp has been certified as an ISO14001 property, complying with high environmental standards and constantly testing and sharing new, innovative green ideas in an attempt to set the bar for other tourism developers.

 

Ecocamp became the first hospitality company in Chile to receive the prestigious ISO14001 Environmental Management System certification from a third party certifier - Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) - Switzerland. ISO 14001 certification is a rigorous process, and must be renewed each year. Ecocamp must continually improve its Environmental Management System standards in order to maintain certification.

Camp in Comfort at the End of the World

The combination of carefully-planned sustainable construction with high-end camping amenities including good food and wine, quality service and cozy dome interiors allows guests to relax, knowing both they and the natural environment around them are being cared for.

 

Ecocamp offers the perfect combination of the comfort of hotel accommodation and the excitement of camping. In the large dome-shaped tents where you can stand up straight and lie down on a real bed, you are in closer contact with the environment and in harmony with nature than is possible in a hotel. Join EcoCamp Patagonia's nature tours in Torres del Paine National Park, and you can truly get away from it all, surrounded by the wonders of Patagonian natural beauty. From trekking, photo safari to wildlife expeditions, these tours with English speaking guides are a great addition to your unforgettable Patagonia experience.

About EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagonia offers trekking adventures and wildlife tours in Torres del Paine, Patagonia. Since opening its doors in 2001 as the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, EcoCamp has gained international recognition for its expert guides, high-quality services and environmental sustainability.

About Cascada Expediciones

Cascada Expediciones is a Chilean in-bound tour operator dedicated to developing eco-friendly trips in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. With 20 years of experience offering a wide range of exciting trips - trekking, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife trips - in the region, Cascada owns and operates EcoCamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park, from which most of Cascada's trips depart.

 

 

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