Stay in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park at EcoCamp, the pioneer of geodesic dome hotels. Surrounded by rugged peaks and azure lakes, the setting is hard to beat, and you'll be itching to get out and explore which is just what you do at EcoCamp! Hiking, biking, kayaking and horse riding are all possible, with activities varying in both duration and level of difficulty, allowing you to select those that most appeal to you. You go out in small groups led by friendly and professional guides, to see huge glaciers, wide valleys and soaring granite peaks, with chances to spot wildlife as you get a feel for this wilderness environment.
You need time to rest, too, and EcoCamp's community domes provide the perfect spaces for relaxing, socialising and dining. There's a real community feel in camp, as you share experiences with fellow guests while enjoying a hot or cold drink. Mealtimes are sociable, too, and the food is both nutritious and delicious. By dinner time you'll have worked up quite an appetite, and the 3-course dinner will be especially appreciated. There's a yoga dome where you can join in group sessions of healthy exercise and stretching.
Accommodation is in mini versions of the community domes, with insulated walls and skylights making them cosy and light. There are different styles, with varying amounts of space and comforts, ranging from the cosy standard domes with shared bathrooms, to the suites with heating in both the bedroom and en-suite bathroom and a private deck. Some suites have a mezzanine floor with an extra bedroom, making good family accommodation.
Open: EcoCamp Patagonia is open from September to early May annually. It first opened to guests in 2001.
Location: EcoCamp Patagonia is in Torres del Paine National Park. You can fly into Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales from where there are daily shuttles to EcoCamp.
Rooms: Accommodation is in geodesic domes. These come in 3 styles: standard, superior and suite. All are cosy with thick, insulated walls and have a main window and skylight windows admitting natural light. Standard domes are the most compact (10sqm), do not have heating or electricity. They have shared bathrooms. Superior domes (23sqm) have a propane heater in the bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a composting toilet. Suites are the largest at 28sqm, have a wood stove plus an enclosed porch and an en-suite bathroom with a composting toilet and a propane heater. Some have a mezzanine floor with a 2nd bedroom, so are suitable for families. Hairdryers and electric shavers cannot be used, as the power supply is limited. There are charging points in suites and communal domes only.
Activities: You have a wide choice of activities ranging from nature walks to multi-day hikes. Popular activities include hiking, kayaking, cycling, horse riding and wildlife watching and specialist tours such as the W trek and puma tracking. Activities are led by professional guides. Maximum group size is usually 12. Private tours can be arranged, too, subject to availability.
Facilities: There are 3 large communal domes: the community dome for dining, bar dome for relaxing and welcome dome which acts as the reception area. There is a yoga dome where you can take part in free classes on certain mornings and private classes for an extra charge if wished. The design is similar to the guest domes, but scaled up, and each main dome has a large window
Dining: The food served at EcoCamp is locally sourced and the menu features regional and national dishes. Meals are served in one sitting in the community dome, with wine available to accompany the 3-course dinner. Breakfast is a buffet with fruit, cereal, bread and yogurt with cooked eggs and sausages usually available. Lunch is a picnic which you select from the various dishes offered in camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in your stay.
Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. The mezzanine suites make good family accommodation.
Health: No particular health issues to be aware of here.
Communication: There is no wifi internet access.
Notes: EcoCamp is owned and run by Cascada Expediciones, a Chilean adventure holiday operator.
Explore the beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park as you go in search of pumas and other wildlife.
Explore the wild, remote and compellingly beautiful region of Patagonia, whose very name conjures up excitement and adventure.
The EcoCamp has been designed and built to strict sustainability principles and to leave the most minimal footprint. Domes are built of renewable materials such as pinewood from plantations, wicker for furniture, and have soft furnishings made of natural fibres. Solar power and an efficient micro-hydro turbine are is used. Carbon emissions are offset. When EcoCamp opened in 2001 it was the first geodesic dome hotel in the world, and has since inspired similar camps elsewhere.
"A really great place to stay, cosy and warm in the dome the log fire was very good.The food throughout was 5* including the pack lunch. Staff were very helpful and service excellent. only comment would be that the solar lighting on the boardwalk was not very good requiring torches at night."