The EcoCamp Patagonia Experience in Torres del Paine National Park

The EcoCamp Patagonia Experience in Torres del Paine National Park

EcoCamp Patagonia

About EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagonia is located at the very tip of South America, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Guests enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and Chilean food and wine at night, before falling asleep gazing up at star-filled skies in their cozy sleeping quarters. Guests arrive in Torres del Paine from Punta Arenas or Calafate, Argentina and are immersed in nature as they enter EcoCamp and explore its wildlife and wooden walkways leading to green domes with cozy interiors.

 

The uniqueness of EcoCamp's location, right in the heart of the park in Estancia Cerro Paine, allows the park’s spectacular mountain formations, forests, glaciers, rivers, fjords, flora and fauna to be enjoyed on EcoCamp’s doorstep. No journey time is needed - Guests wake up with the view of the Torres every day and begin trekking from their front door, returning on foot to enjoy sunset from the park’s heartland. There are three large community domes where guests can eat breakfast and dinner overlooking the Torres, unwind in the bar in the evening, or plan excursions in the library. Outside the Community domes there is a large terrace where guests enjoy an aperitif in summer while local chefs prepare Chilean food, including Patagonian barbecues. Guides eat with guests every night and then hold a briefing to discuss the following day’s trek.

Environmental Design

Community domes are connected to sleeping quarters via raised open walkways which minimize foundations, excavations and terrain disruption and allows animals to roam around freely underneath. All domes are designed and constructed to cause minimal impact on the terrain and to provide efficient thermal insulation and wind protection. Domes have a limited height so as to blend into their natural surroundings, and renewable materials are used in the construction of domes and their indoor amenities. Green technology is constantly studied, tested, and installed and all of EcoCamp's energy comes from a micro-hydro turbine and from solar panels. Electricity is very limited and items such as hairdryers are not allowed.

 

EcoCamp was certified under ISO14.001 regulations by a third party in 2007, to date the only lodge or hotel in Chile and Patagonia to have received such recognition, and in 2008 became carbon neutral. EcoCamp has worked to become fully sustainable and proved the efficacy of its low impact design when it relocated within the park in 2005, leaving no trace behind. EcoCamp's goals center around the development of environmentally-friendly tourism practices and the protection of local flora and fauna. EcoCamp aims to act as a best practice of tourism in a fragile natural environment and help shape the future of eco-tourism in areas of wilderness. This means educating guests about their surroundings and EcoCamp's innovative sustainability efforts, and outlining individuals’ responsibilities regarding recycling, waste management and protection of flora and fauna.

The EcoCamp Experience

EcoCamp has 25 bedroom domes in total - 13 standard domes, 2 superior domes and 10 suite domes. Standard domes are cozy, resistant to all the Patagonian elements and have shared bathrooms, while superior domes have more space, heating and a private bathroom. Suite domes are designed with the highest level of comfort allowed by sustainable development in a natural environment and have a wood fire, en-suite bathroom and outside terrace. In all domes guests fall asleep looking up at the star-lit sky through the ceiling and listening to the wild Patagonian wind outside.

 

EcoCamp treks have gained international recognition for guides' intimate knowledge and high-quality adventure services in the Patagonian wilderness. Guides take guests on an unforgettable experience through the prime locations in Torres del Paine National Park, exploring the park's nooks and crannies leading to pristine forests, lakes, rivers, breathtaking views of glaciers and exquisite wildlife.

 

The EcoCamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari is a unique multi-day trip created by EcoCamp, taking guests through the park's exquisite flora and fauna by day and giving them the opportunity to enjoy suite domes or standard domes by night. The Wildlife Safari is perfect for families, individuals, groups of friends and couples of all ages, who can opt for easy or active excursions depending on their preference that day. Easy excursions include trips to Blue Lagoon, Condor viewpoint, sailing to Grey Glacier, walking along the Fauna Trail and the Botanical Safari Trail, while active excursions include hiking the Pingo Trail, French Valley and the Towers.

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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