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What We Love

  • Most tents at EcoCamp have a direct view of the magnificent Torres del Paine
  • The carbon-neutral camp’s eco-credentials are internationally certified
  • The tents offer upscale accommodation while retaining the connection to the wild landscape
  • A cozy wood-burning stove quickly warms up each tent
  • Expert guides on hand to lead tours or suggest itineraries
  • Sharing excellent local food and Chilean wine with the other guests, as well as your travel and trekking tips, in a large communal dining tent
  • Suite Domes' private bathrooms and showers

What To Know

  • This is a sample itinerary and treks and outings vary depending upon arrival date and weather conditions
  • Torres del Paine National Park is a long way from anywhere
  • You’ll need to be in reasonable physical condition to make many of the treks
  • The weather in Patagonia is famously unpredictable any time of year; be prepared to experience summer and winter in the same day
  • Although luxurious, the tents are still tents, and it can be cold in the mornings until the stove is burning
  • Children are welcome, but you will need to be realistic about what activities they will be able to enjoy, depending on their ages and physical abilities
  • For the flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas on LAN or Sky Airlines there is a 44-pound luggage weight limit
  • If you wish to add extensions to the trip, EcoCamp Patagonia can help coordinate requests for an additional cost; contact EcoCamp Patagonia directly to inquire

Amenities

  •  Eco friendly
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Overview

The Review

Chile’s Torres del Paine is one of the world’s most spectacular national parks, but accommodations within its boundaries are limited, and unless you’re carrying your own tent it’s either expensive hotel rooms or basic hostel dorms.

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Treks are served up à la carte, so to speak, with one eye on keeping the Kawesqar nomadic spirit alive and the other on the weather, which dictates what hikes, boat rides and stops can be safely undertaken. Availability of certain treks and outings varies depending upon arrival date; rest assured, a wide selection of guided adventures will be available each day of your stay, and EcoCamp’s expert guides are always on hand to organize them and enlighten guests about the area’s amazing geology, flora and fauna.

Whether you opt for an arduous hike up the Ascencio Valley to the Las Torres base or an easier jaunt to lookouts over the southern face of the Paine Massif to watch Chilean condors circling on the wind currents, you will be well fueled. Lunches are a “buffet box” prepared prior to departure from the camp with a selection of breads, meats and cheeses for sandwiches, and a variety of veggies and fruit to boot. Guests return to camp to pisco sours and tapas followed by a communal dinner in the large dining tent. Meals start with a local soup, followed by a hearty meat dish with rice, potatoes or vegetables, all complemented by delicious Chilean wines.

EcoCamp is completely carbon-neutral and meets the most stringent international environmental standards. Waste is recycled or composted in regional villages, discreet solar panels and wind turbines provide power, and wood stoves burn the region’s vast quantities of dead and fallen trees to heat the tents. So after a rigorous day in the wild, you can lay your head down in your plush bedding, the Southern Cross shining through a ceiling window, knowing that your accommodations and adventures are in complete harmony with Mother Nature.

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Day 1: Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park
The adventure begins in Punta Arenas, either at your hotel or at the airport. The drive to the park and EcoCamp stops in Puerto Natales, a lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza: “Last Hope Sound.” You’re invited to check out the town and enjoy a hearty lunch at EcoCamp’s offices before departing for Cueva de Milodon, a vast prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. Upon arrival at EcoCamp, meet your guides, get unpacked in your dome tent and prepare for exploring the wilds of Patagonia.
Overnight at Torres del Paine National Park; lunch and dinner included

Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park
There are many ways to get acquainted with the park and its stunning scenery, and your Patagonia experience might start with a drive to lookout points over Paine Grande’s snowy peaks and the black granite spires of Los Cuernos.

Those not wanting to test their physical limits just yet might hop on a boat for a ride across the icy waters to take in the towering blue walls of Grey Glacier. Those who want to get physical right away set off on a hike on the Pingo Trail, which winds through a lush Magellan forest dotted with rock formations. The trail ends at a lookout point with a stunning view of Los Cuernos’s west face before the descent back to Lake Grey to meet the travelers coming back from the boat and the return drive to EcoCamp.
Overnight at Torres del Paine National Park; breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Torres del Paine National Park
For some, the day starts off with a drive toward Laguna Azul, at the northeastern edge of the park, stopping to snap photos of blooming wildflowers and cascading waterfalls. From Laguna Azul, a hike climbs above its crystal-clear waters to a panoramic point perfect for sweeping landscape photos of the lagoon and the granite towers looming above it. The hike continues along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores, where guanacos are often seen. Later guests walk to Paso Las Corneas, which has beautiful views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Paine Massif.

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Overnight at Torres del Paine National Park; breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Torres del Paine National Park to Punta Arenas
Wake up early for breakfast and the scenic ride back to Punta Arenas, arriving in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. This trip can also be extended to Argentina and EcoCamp Patagonia can help coordinate requests for an additional cost; see what to know.
Breakfast included

How to Get There

EcoCamp Patagonia
Don Carlos 3187 A
Torres del Paine National Park, 755-0139 Chile

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 628 Reviews
Stay here!
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stay here during our W trek hike with Cascada Expediciones, and it was one of the highlights of our South America trip. The doomes are super cozy and clean, the views and surroundings are awesome and the entire service was incredible. Great food (which they easily adjustet to allergies) and they also had a nice little bar.

This is a beautiful part of the world and the camp has worked incredibly hard to have little impact upon it. We truly loved our stay here!

Once in a lifetime
Reviewed 1 month ago

One of our highlights during our South America trip. With 4 days over here and day trips around the entire place like to the Torres del Paine and the lagoon that are amazing, not only the guide but the entire service was incredible. The place cannot be compared to go camping, too luxury, but the way to be related to the nature is still far from being in a hotel, and that's why we came here. The tent stays warm over night, important, as its cold outside. Same for the food, got enough energy every morning to make the day a success. To do something different, this is a great place to start.

Just great!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Toured Patagonia for 10 days. Booked 2 days standard dome tent and extended stay for 1 night in suite. Had really nice dinner, breakfast best of my stay - large selection and freshly prepared. Was less keen on standard dome - basically a bed in a unheated tent (but that’s how it’s announced as), but Suite has wood stove - much better when it’s freezing outside. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would go back without hesitation but would directly book suite.

My Excellent review from Torres del Paine!
Reviewed 1 month ago

I only give one excellent review in which city in the world.
Since I tried many places in this area this one was my favorite!

So... don’t really know how to put in words what I feel about this place! Starting with the amazing view from Torres del Paine every morning when you open the curtain of your eco-dome, to all the sustainability of this place, to the warm welcome of all the staff always ready to help you in a glance, to the yoga dome, to the delicious meals (the strawberry juice, organic pie and homemade granola with almods milk from breakie and the amazing idea of do-it-yourself for your lunch box to the yummy food from locals to the dinner causing great wonder to all!) and the ambience of the bar at nights!
Absolutely an astonishing place nestled in a magic surroding! We go again!! For sure...

Amazing Experience Well Beyond Expectations
Reviewed 2 months ago

I don't usually write reviews, but the service I received from Cascada Expediciones and EcoCamp Patagonia was so exceptional that I felt compelled to write one!

First off, dealing with Cascada Expediciones, who owns the EcoCamp, and booking my 5 day W Trek, was excellent. They were very responsive and answered all my myriad of questions. And the week before my trip they sent me a detailed itinerary.

It started with my hotel in Santiago, which I received from them as a promotion for trekking during the low season. The place they booked was a cute, boutique hotel that was very well situated for seeing the city and with excellent and helpful English-speaking staff.

The next day I flew to Punta Arenas and was greeted by a very polite man with an EcoCamp sign who led me to van (where the other guests were waiting, I was the last to arrive). The van was very comfortable and clean and it was a pleasant drive to Puerto Natales where they provided an excellent lunch and then on to Torres del Paine National Park.

I really enjoyed my EcoCamp Dome. I chose the Standard domes with no amenities but I found it to be a very comfortable glamping experience. Although it was not heated and it was the fall in Patagonia, they blankets provided kept me comfortably warm at night. And the service at the Welcome Dome, where again I asked many questions, was friendly and helpful.

The trip included breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and my expectations were low but the food was really, really fantastic. The dinners were really terrific and the servers were incredibly attentive. The breakfast buffet was was delicious and satisfying and for our 'boxed lunches' that we took on the hikes, they provided materials to make your own sandwiches that included a number of rustic breads, meats, cheese, vegetables and spreads. These were fairly gourmet sandwiches. I don't think I've ever eaten so much food. You definitely will not go hungry at EcoCamp.

The hike was difficult. Patagonia is known for changeable weather and the wind was intense and the rain was quite heavy, but that's all part of the experience :) The guides were fantastic -- really fun and knowledgeable.

And one of the best parts of the trip is the other people you'll meet at EcoCamp and throughout the park. It takes a certain kind of person to want to spend their vacation time in Patagonia :)

After the trip concluded, we were back in the comfortable vans to our next destination and also included was a bus ticket to Calafate, where I was headed next. The guides rode with us in the van, helped us through the bus terminal, and made sure we got on the right bus on time. From the time they picked us up to when they dropped us off I felt fully taken care of and was able to just concentrate on having a terrific time. It's not a cheap trip, but its not a cheap park to visit and they do take care of absolutely everything between when they pick you up and when they drop you off -- I didn't spend a penny while I was down there, everything was included.

I have always wanted to go to Patagonia and this trip really exceeded my expectations. I was so impressed with the service I received. I felt that everything was taken care of very professionally and I look forward to visiting again!