Ecocamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine
|Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine, Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, CHILE.|
Description: Ecocamp PatagoniaLocated in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp Patagonia is a unique eco-lodge, offering environmentally sustainable experiences in twenty-nine carefully designed domes, ranging in size from a cosy 10 sq m to an immense 37 sq m.
Firmly committed to environmentally friendly tourism, EcoCamp has been designed and built to be 100% sustainable, and has an award-winning reputation for sustainable policies and the innovative use of green technology. Its privileged location means that it is ideal for exploring the Torres del Paine National Park, and the camp organises professionally guided experiences and treks, which include Wildlife Safaris, the famous W Trek, and the Paine Circuit. Other options include multi-sport adventures, with hiking, cycling, kayaking and horse riding; expeditions to Perito Moreno or fly-fishing in the region's rivers and lakes.
Accommodation at EcoCamp Patagonia is offered on a nightly bed and breakfast basis or all-inclusive lodging including all meals and activities. The EcoCamp community domes are the hub of the camp's social activities, and where all meals are served. Guests can expect hearty breakfasts in the morning, cocktails and drinks by the fire before dinner, and delicious fusion cuisine in the evening, based on Chilean, Altiplanic, Patagonian, and international dishes. Wines are from some of Chile's best-known vineyards, and vegetarian, gluten-free or other special diets can be catered for on prior request.
Type of rooms: Ecocamp PatagoniaStandard Dome:
The 10 sq m Standard Dome was the world's first geodesic hotel room, and soon became the staple design model for other dome hotels that arrived years later in Europe, Argentina and other locations in Chile. Domes are resistant to the fierce Patagonian wind and have ceiling windows to look up at the stars as you fall asleep. Without heating but cosy and snug with fleece blankets, Standard Domes are the perfect home to return to after a day's trek and a dinner shared with group and guide. Guests staying in Standard Domes use a shared bathroom.
Spacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day's walk. They are the perfect upgrade from a Standard Dome for those doing the 'W' trek and looking for heating, a private bathroom and a more spacious interior. Guests can fall asleep looking up at the star-lit sky from their cosy bed and wonder at nature's immensity as they hear the wind hurtling outside. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet. Electricity is very limited inside the domes, meaning hair-dryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged. Superior Domes feature 23 sq m area; comfortable queen-size or twin beds; decoration in natural fibre; propane heater in bedroom; private fully-equipped bathroom; state-of-the-art composting toilet.
Suite Domes are comfortable 28 sq m geodesic domes built in the same way as the ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings. Their structure produces minimal environmental impact while providing an efficient thermal and wind resistant unit, with great exposure to nature in the most magnificent Patagonian setting. Guests can gaze at the stars through the ceiling windows while falling asleep each night, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from their private terrace. Each Suite Dome has comfortable double or twin beds, a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet and a modern, low-emission wood stove. Electricity is very limited inside the domes, meaning hair-dryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged. Spacious 28 sq m area; open terrace to read, relax and admire the view; enclosed porch to hang wet clothing; comfortable king-size or twin beds; low-emission wood stove; Patagonian decoration; propane heater in bathroom; private fully-equipped bathroom; state-of-the-art composting toilet.
Suite Dome Loft:
Suite dome lofts are two-storey Suite domes which have been designed for sleeping in the highest level of comfort allowed by sustainable development in a natural, untarnished environment. These quadruple domes sleep up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, are 3,7 m high and are equipped with a modern low-emission wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Guests can gaze at the stars through the ceiling windows while falling asleep each night, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from their private terrace.
Each Suite Dome Loft features: a generous space of 37 sq m; open terrace to sit, relax and admire the view; Four single beds (1,05 x 2m) or two single beds and a king-size bed (2 x 2 m); decoration in natural fibres and other elements from Chilean and Patagonian cultures; comfortable sofas for reading and resting; enclosed porch to hang heavy and wet clothing; modern low-emission wood stove; fully equipped bathroom with composting toilet chamber; propane heater in bathroom; staircase leading up to loft.
Additional information: Ecocamp Patagonia
Punta Arenas Airport is 361 km from the lodge.
Children aged 6 and over are welcome at Ecocamp Patagonia.
Number of rooms: 25
Official category: Lodge.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 2001.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French.Smoking policy: No preference.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club.
How to get here: Ecocamp is located around 120 km from Puerto Natales (approximately a 2 hour drive). Drive via Cerro Castillo and enter the national park through Laguna Armarga. Ecocamp is located 5 km from the entrance, on Estancia Cerro Paine.
GPS Coordinates: 50° 57' 47.49'' S 72° 51' 51.70'' W
Nearest airport: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport - 114km.