ECO CAMP PATAGONIA
WHERE IN THE WORLD
THE WORLD’S 1ST GEODESIC DOME HOTEL
Embark on an adventure to EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning, sustainable dome hotel in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.
Torres del Paine National Park is located in the southernmost part of Chile serving as one of the 11 areas protecting the Patagonia region, Magallanes, and Chilean part of Antarctica. Four of the protected areas are national parks with Torres del Paine encompasses an area of 700.43 square miles (1,814.1 sq km) by itself.
EcoCamp was opened in 2001 by Javier, Yerko and Nani. It was the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the world’s first geodesic hotel room. We offer all-inclusive programs to trek the W, go on multi-sport excursions, discover wildlife and connect with nature. Come explore with us!
The team at EcoCamp is an energetic mix of guides, cooks, assistants, maintenance staff, drivers, housekeepers and administrators, mainly from the neighbouring town of Puerto Natales (180 km) or Punta Arenas (330 km). Their hardworking and positive attitude ensures service levels for both guests and the environment are of the highest quality. Eco Camp’s superstar guides are mainly locals who have grown up breathing fresh Patagonian air. They are all fun-loving and environmentally-conscious trekking enthusiasts who love their job and can be counted on for knowledge, reliability and entertainment.
KIND TO THE ENVIRONMENT
EcoCamp has been recognized as a trailblazer in eco-tourism both in the Patagonian region and the rest of the world.
To minimize CO2 emissions, EcoCamp primarily uses renewable energy sources. Four micro-hydro turbines draw water from a nearby river, which is then converted into energy in our battery bank. Photovoltaic panels convert energy from the sun. In total this makes up to 95 percent of the energy used at EcoCamp, powering the refrigerators, providing electricity and lighting, powering the stereos, etc.
To keep warm, EcoCamp Domes were specifically designed with skylight windows to preserve heat from the sun during the day. This works well — especially considering the region gets up to 17 hours of daylight during certain points of the year. Extra heat is also provided by using pellet and wood stoves and solar panels connected with thermosifones provide hot water for the showers.
LOW IMPACT DESIGN & INFRASTRUCTURE
EcoCamp was designed and built with the intention of having minimal impact on the environment. This hotel was built on raised wooden platforms, which prevent erosion to the soil and allow animals to freely pass underneath.
In addition to raised wooden platforms, EcoCamp use outdoor solar lamps to brighten pathways. This lighting is subtle and does not disturb night animals in the area. As a result, this thoughtful design brings guests closer to nature and has allowed them to witness many animal sightings close to the hotel, including the elusive puma.
UNIQUE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
EcoCamp uses various sustainable practices. For instance, composting toilets and a biofiltration system help replenish the soil. Additionally, biodegradable products, like soap or shampoo, are used and all trash is separated. We give organic trash to the pigs at a nearby farm and a Reserve Collection Centre picks up other waste. Additionally, we have recently implemented a new organic composting system.
To understand it all, EcoCamp offer a detailed Sustainability Tour led by our onsite Sustainability Manager.
The region of Patagonia is remote and rugged, vast and diverse. Expect to see dramatic mountain formations, smoky volcanoes, flat barren pampas and expansive ice fields throughout this area. Specifically in Torres del Paine, the highlights include the base of the Paine Towers, French Valley, Grey Glacier and the park’s various trekking routes.
The most popular treks include the W Trek or the Paine “O” Circuit, both which take several days to complete and pass through some of the most incredible spots in the park. Meanwhile, other travellers prefer to take shorter day trips on the trails by signing up for a program such as EcoCamp’s Wildlife Safari.
Regardless of how you explore, you are certain to be in awe over the ancient forests, massive glaciers, rivers and fjord and fauna that can be seen throughout the park and near EcoCamp’s grounds.
Just being in Patagonia is an adventure! However, we know that some of you adrenaline junkies may be looking for a little extra rush. Patagonia is perfect for excursions like kayaking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The best time for these sports is during the warmer months, November to March.
Meet one of Patagonia’s more elusive birds or animals (Ñandú, guanacos, pumas, huemuls, and condors) – it can be easier during the quieter travel seasons. If you’re looking to see specific animals in the wild then it’s best to check out habits & migratory patterns of the species. For example, to see penguins on the Strait of Magellan, we recommend travelling November to March.
Trekking is one of Patagonia’s most popular activities. There are so many unique treks you can go on, some available year round! Check out our favourite excursions and when you can embark on them (see below).
Start or end a day of adventure with stretches, poses and landscape views in Eco Camp’s yoga dome. It is the ideal space to practice yoga with daily classes twice a day. With the Paine Towers rising in the background and the landscape spread out before you, you’ll feel connected to nature instantly.
Get lost amongst the thrombolites, but watch your step – pumas are about! Check out this awesome day trek to catch incredible views and observe the native flora and fauna. The trek is available from September to May. But September and October are the best time to visit if you want to see the region’s iconic cat.
Check out Cerro Paine and be amazed by some of the best views in the park! You can take part in this day hike as part of the Wildlife Safari program or the Epic Patagonia Multi Sport Adventure program at EcoCamp. It is available all year.
Catch all of the highlights in Torres del Paine, in addition to some of its hidden secrets! This 9-day adventure takes travelers through popular trails and more
off-the-beaten-path areas in the park on an exciting circuit trek. This experience is offered from November to March.
The W Trek is definitely one of the most well-known treks in Torres del Paine National Park. It ranges from a 5 to 7-day trip and hits all of the park’s unbeatable views, including: the base of the Towers, French Valley, Grey Glacier and more. Now you can hike the W all year round, even in chilly winter.
Other treks available include: Los Glaciares National Park, Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Grey Glacier, Cerro Castillo and Dientes de Navarino. Please enquire for your perfect safari.
What’s holding you back? Let’s go explore!
Please contact us for full itineraries and rates for your party and for Better Safaris to prepare your adventure itinerary. Better Safaris work directly with the hotel to ensure all tours and programs run smoothly.
Patagonia Torres del Paine 7 Day W Trek
Tackle the incomparable W trek
Duration: 7 days (9 day trek available) | Difficulty: 4/5
Trekking Expedition Price from: $1,188 USD
Highlights: Trek the beautiful French Valley, take on the challenging Tower Base trek, take in the views of Los Cuernos, boat ride to Grey Glacier, stay 4 nights at EcoCamp Patagonia, stay 2 nights at mountain refugios along the trail.
Patagonia Wildlife Safari 4-7 Days
Customized adventure package
Duration: Flexible | Difficulty: 2/5
Wildlife & Nature Price from: $818 USD
Highlights: Departs any day, stay every night at EcoCamp Patagonia, make like-minded friends for life at EcoCamp, learn all the local secrets from our knowledgeable guides, choose between nature walks, longer treks and bike excursions, explore unique fauna and flora, be amazed by the beauty of Glacier Grey , conquer Challenging treks to the base of the tower and French Valley, daily yoga stretching group class.
Patagonia Puma Tracking
Tracking the king of Torres del Paine
Duration: 6 Days | Difficulty: 3/5
Wildlife & Nature Price from: $4,326 USD
Highlights: Go on excursions led by professional wildlife experts , watch for possible puma, fox, ñandú and guanaco sightings, enjoy stunning natural surroundings, spend 5 wonderful nights in EcoCamp Suite Domes, explore with small groups of up to 5 people for optimum personalization.
Epic Patagonia Multi-Sport Adventure
EcoCamp’s Unique Multi-Sport Adventure
Duration: 6 Days | Difficulty: 3/5
Multi-Sport Price from: $2,866 USD
Highlights: Multi-Sport adventures in Torres del Paine, stay every night at EcoCamp Patagonia, kayaking on Grey River, trekking to Cerro Paine Towers base view from a different perspective, mountain bike excursion, horse riding through Patagonia.
YOUR “HOME” IN THE MOUNTAINS
Check out Eco Camp’s cozy, eco-friendly accommodation! There are four types of domes, all decorated with locally-made furniture and a Patagonian vibe.
Settle into the world’s first geodesic dome hotel room. A trailblazer in the field of sustainable, geodesic dome lodging, our 10m²/108ft² Standard Dome was the world’s first geodesic hotel room, and soon became the staple design model for other dome hotels across the globe.
Enjoy precious views of Patagonia from our Superior Domes, equipped with heating and private bathrooms. Superior Domes are the best choice for trekkers wanting a bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s hike. They are the perfect upgrade from a standard dome and ideal for travelers looking for heating, a private bathroom and a more spacious interior.
Relish in our most popular and luxurious domes, with extra heating, private bathrooms and the best views. Decorated in the local Patagonian style and designed after the “leave no trace” dwellings of the ancient Kawésqar tribe, each spacious Suite Dome measures a comfortable 28m²/ 300 ft². Each Suite Dome comes with either a cozy double or twin beds, a private bathroom with hot water and a state-of-the-art composting toilet, a modern low-emission wood stove, a safe box and locally-made decorations.
FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS
We recommend taking a flight from Santiago to either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. It’s also possible to cross from El Calafate, Argentina by bus. Once in the area, our team is happy to pick you up and drive you via semi-private transfer to EcoCamp.
Flights may vary, please check directly with available airlines.
Patagonia’s weather changes quickly and is relatively unpredictable. You can easily
experience all four seasons in a single day. It’s not an exaggeration! Don’t be surprised
if you are caught in snow during the height of summer or experience a clear, warm day
Mid/Late-September, October and November: It can be either warm or chilly during the day and nights are cold. Expect strong winds.
December, January, February and early
March: Warm days and cool nights. Summer also has the strongest wind.
Late March, April and May: Cool days and cold nights. Possibility of rain and a possibility of snow later in the season.
June, July, August and early September: It is cold and there are milder winds. There is a possibility of snowstorms and low visibility
HOW TO BOOK
Please contact us for full itineraries and rates for your party and for Better Safaris to prepare your adventure itinerary.
Better Safaris work directly with the hotel to ensure all tours and programs run smoothly. Additionally, we are here to help you organize other parts of your trip in Patagonia and South America! Through our direct trade with our partners in South America, we can provide a wide range of day and multi-day trips throughout Chile, as well as in Argentina and Bolivia.
Full terms & conditions of booking will be confirmed at time of enquiry. A deposit of 25% of the total amount is payable to confirm your booking. The remaining 75% balance is due 6 months prior to travelling. If your booking falls within 6 months of travel, then the full balance is due to confirm your booking.
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