EcoCamp is situated in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile, and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. Enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and share evening meals with new friends, before falling asleep gazing up at the star-filled sky through your EcoCamp dome ceiling. Wake up in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy geodesic dome, with a panoramic view of the majestic Torres del Paine, ready to hit the hiking trail!
Patagonia EcoCamp design was inspired by the traditional Kawesqar hut resembling and igloo and a dome at the same time. The semi-hemispherical structure of the EcoCamp domes is formed by a number of isosceles triangles that provides uniform distribution of the stress caused by severe wind loads. Wind speed in Patagonia often surpasses 160-180 kilometers per hour which makes traditional straight and flat walls extremely vulnerable if the structure is meant to be light. Other significant aspect is that the domes' rounded bodies minimize the external surface in contact with the cold environment allowing less exchange of temperature with the warm interiors. Finally, semi-hemisphere gave Kawesqars the maximum internal space in relation to the surface they had to cover with valuable and sometimes scarce animal skins. Patagonia EcoCamp is a tribute to Kawesqar dwellings and way of life.
Activities at EcoCamp Patagonia
Travel packages at EcoCamp include various activities like hiking and mountain biking depending on the tour. Patagonia fly-fishing and a day trip to the famous Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Argentina, are two new EcoCamp Extras that you can book as an extension to your stay at EcoCamp. 1- or 2-day fly-fishing prices start at $497 per person and include EcoCamp Suite Dome accommodation, evening meal, fly-fishing equipment and practical lessons with an expert. Book the 24-hour Torres del Paine to Perito Moreno excursion, starting at $410 per person, for a boat ride to the 230-foot glacier wall as well as an EcoCamp Suite Dome accommodation and evening meal.
There are a number of social activities offered each night, such as Chilean wine tasting, pisco sour making classes, film showings, live music and wildlife talks.
EcoCamp also features a yoga dome, with complimentary hatha and kundalini yoga sessions almost every evening as well as stretching classes and fusion dance.
Dining at EcoCamp Patagonia
One of the most popular features of EcoCamp is its delicious and plentiful food. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be made available if indicated in advance when booking. Juices, sodas, beer, wine and alcholic drinks are available for purchase. Following is a short description of the meals served:
BREAKFAST: All that you will find at home: fruits, whole grain and white bread toast, cheese, scrambled eggs, butter, peanut butter, jam, cereals, granola, yogurt, milk, juice, honey, ham, coffee, tea, herb teas, and much more.
BOX LUNCH: Called a buffet box lunch - it is prepared after breakfast by each client before starting the excursion. Find a pretty big table full of tasty elements to prepare a great sandwich: whole grain and white bread, cheeses, tuna, chicken, turkey ham, beef, salami, sauces, variety of vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and more; additionally find chocolate and granola bars, nuts and fruits.
LUNCH OR DINNER: It starts with a cocktail consisting of our famous pisco sour and different small appetizers. Then the meal starts with a local soup and is followed by a piece of white or red meat with rice, potatoes or vegetables, everything accompanied by good Chilean wine - we provide a bottle per each 3 persons. Finally a cup of coffee or herb teas with a delicious dessert will crown the meal. The meals often vary to make client experience different flavors and local preparations.
Accommodations at EcoCamp Patagonia
All EcoCamp domes are immersed in nature, resistant to the fierce Patagonian wind and have ceiling windows to look up at the stars as you fall asleep. Guests staying in Standard Domes use a shared bathroom, for several environmental reasons – minimizing constructed areas, controlling water and heating consumption and collecting waste in a central heated composting chamber. Electricity is very limited inside the domes, meaning hairdryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged.
EcoCamp Suite domes cater to those looking to combine adventure and nature immersion with a more comfortable relaxed stay in the heart of Torres del Paine. Suite domes were designed for sleeping in the highest level of comfort allowed by sustainable development in a natural untarnished environment. Each 300 square foot Suite Dome has comfortable king-size or twin beds, a private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet and a modern low-emission wood stove. Also enjoy an open terrace and an enclosed porch for hanging wet clothing. EcoCamp's Suite domes are located in a Lenga (beech) forest next to the existing standard domes but allowing enough distance so as to create a separate and independent atmosphere with more refinement and comfort. The domes are set up with enough space between them to provide adequate intimacy.
Suite Dome Loft
Suite Dome Lofts are two-story Suite Domes that 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 12 feet tall 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. Four single beds (3’9’’ x 6’6’’ beds) or two single beds & a king size bed (6’2’’ x 6’6’’).
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 Wildlife trek and looking for heating, a private bathroom and a more spacious interior. Each 250 square foot Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.
The 108 square foot 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. Cozy and snug, Standard Domes are the perfect home to return to after a day's trek and a dinner shared with group and guide. Standard domes have shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided. Both male and female bathrooms have showers with ample space to dry and put on clothes, hot water, composting toilets and hand wash basins. They are decorated with Patagonian decor and receive ample sunlight during the day.
Where you go for meals and gatherings. There are three Core Domes interconnected with dormitory domes via raised wooden walkways. Dining takes place at two connected Giant Domes 9m/ 30ft in diameter and 4.5m/13.5ft tall. The space inside is bright and airy with large windows offering a panoramic view of the Paine granite towers. Each of the Core Domes has a low-emission wood stove. There is a bar, three different resting areas, and a small shop.