Torres del Paine Eco-Camp

EcoCamp Patagonia’s domes, immersed in the park’s wilderness, provide treks and cycling excursions with your local expert guide, cozy accommodation each night after dinner and wine with fellow travellers.

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Wild Adventure

With EcoCamp’s program, you choose the activities! Nature walks, treks, bike excursions, and more are yours to pick from – it all depends on your mood, weather conditions, and travel companions’ preferences! Plus, our private excursion option gives you the freedom every day to choose any excursion that matches your special interests and wishes.

Travel Highlights

Difficulty Level: Easy
Trip Style: connect with Nature
Operational Season: September to April
Departures: Every day

Information

Departs and finishes any day
Experience 1st Patagonian Safari
Every night in a cozy EcoCamp Dome
Choose between nature walks, treks and bike excursions
Explore unique Fauna and Flora
Daily Yoga stretching group class
Start in Calafate, Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales (transfer included)
Ask to start in Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires  (not included)

Seasons

  • Low Season: 12 Sept – 15 Oct 2016 (Spring) and 18 Apr – 7 May 2017 (Autumn)
  • Shoulder Season: 16 Oct – 31 Oct 2016 (Spring) and 1 – 17 Apr 2017 (Autumn) 
  • High Season: 01 Nov – 13 Dec 2016 (Spring-Summer) and 21 Jan – 31 Mar 2017 (Summer)
  • Peak Season: 16 Dec 2016 – 20 Jan 2017 (Summer)
Regular Departures: Everyday from Sep 12th 2016 untill May 7, 2017

Kids' guide

1) The absolute minimum age for children wanting to stay at the EcoCamp is 6 years old at the time of travel, or within the same month. 2) All those between 6 and 12 years are considered to be children. 3) Children between 6 and 12 years can receive up to a 50%* discount. 4) All children must be in good health and able to cope with excursions into the natural world. 5) Children of all ages may take part in all Wildlife Safari NATURE excursions with difficulty category EASY without a requirement to hire a private guide. 6) Children may only participate in excursions with difficulty category DEMANDING if the family hires a private guide to accompany them during the outing. 7) However, there can be exceptions made for children between the ages of 10 and 12 years for the above activities, provided that the tour guides are provided with a written and signed declaration from a guardian that the child has previously undertaken trekking activities for a period of over 8 hours, and that the family agree to hire a private guide if the child has trouble keeping up with the pace of the group. This rule has to exist because we must bear in mind the other guests and ensure that they too have a good experience during the excursion! 8) Ibiza Travel and Ecocamp Patagonia is against the exploitation of human beings in any form, particularly sexual, especially when it can affect children. We take all possible measures, for our staff, suppliers and customers to prevent this. In case of minors traveling with us, we ask the accompanying adults to provide proove that they are parents or close relatives. All our suppliers are required to prevent the exploitation of human beings in any form as well. Regarding our staff, we do not work with minors and comply with existing labor legislation in Chile. Keep in mind that you will be detained by customs if you are traveling with children and both parents are not present. Grandparents or legal guardians traveling with children under the age of 18 must present proof of custody or letters from the child’s natural parents authorizing the trip.

Itinerary & Activities

During your Trip you can choose between nature walks, treks and bike excursions! To make the most out of you stay we recommend a 6 day Safari program.

Monday and Thursday

Hiking or Biking to Laguna Azul

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On our way to Laguna Azul, we will have the chance to enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the local steppe) where we will be lucky enough not only to spot many elegant guanacos, but also to hop out of the van and walk amongst them. After soaking up these beautiful surroundings, we will continue our drive to Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), where a delicious Chilean barbecue will have been prepared for us! We will enjoy our lunch looking out over the lake, with a view of the three granite towers in the distance. An alternative is a bike ride in the wilderness near Laguna Azul where you will cycle among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. We will then jump into our van again, heading back to the EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.

Activity: Nature Walk or Biking
Schedule: 10am to 4pm
Distance: 5km / 3mi
Difficulty: Easy
Walking time: 2h
Altitude point: 200m / 660ft

Towers Base Demanding Hiking

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After a hearty breakfast we set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,850 m/ 9,350 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

Activity: Demanding Hiking
Schedule: 8am to 5pm
Distance: 22km / 14mi
Difficulty: Hard
Walking time: 9h
Altitude point: 914m / 3000ft

Pehoe Lake Boat Ride Camp

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After breakfast, we will be driven to Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. We will board the catamaran that will take us to the north-western sector of the Lake where we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group’s trekking rhythm. A faster pace will take us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley.We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day’s adventure will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, we will board the catamaran which will take us back to Pudeto, where we will be collected and transported back to EcoCamp. N.B. The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe: During May (low season) the catamaran service will be out of operation. Therefore, the excursion will be replaced by a 15km/9mi Trek to Los Cuernos. [Read more about Los Cuernos Trek]. We will walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this nice walk we will have the opportunity to admire the area’s exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent views of the park’s central lakes and the Paine’s Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif.

Activity: Demanding Hiking
Schedule: 8am to 8pm
Distance: 18km / 11mi
Difficulty: Medium
Walking time: 6h
Altitude point: 500m / 1640ft

Tuesday and Friday

Drive Camp

Western Lakes, Glacier Grey

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We start off driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at various viewpoints on the way to enjoy observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to EcoCamp. – *Please be aware that the Grey Glacier boat trip is subject to availability, so please confirm your reservation in order to participate on the day of your arrival. (*During shoulder season -September, October, April and May- the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the park.)

Activity: Nature Walk & Boat Trip
Schedule: 10am to 8pm
Distance: 0.8km / 0.5mi
Difficulty: Easy
Walking time: 1h
Altitude point: 200m / 660ft

Western Lakes drive

Cerro Ferrier Hike

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We will begin the day driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande’s snowy peaks and the black, granite, horn-like spires of Los Cuernos. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive us south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. It is here where we will begin our hike to Cerro Ferrier, a fairly steep route taking us through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest where we might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. We will go uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that will offer us a unique perspective of the Paine Massive, Grey Glacier and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. We will then walk back to Grey Beach to meet our fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Together, we all head to Ecocamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Activity: Hiking
Schedule: 10am to 8pm
Distance: 12km / 7.50mi
Difficulty: Hard
Walking time: 3.30h
Altitude point: 800m / 1970ft

Lazo Weber Hike

– Medium –

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We’ll start our day at 8:30am with breakfast at EcoCamp and a moment to prepare our Box Lunch before boarding our bus at 10am. Our ride takes us past the Lazo Weber Estancia where we’ll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin our 12km hike. The Lazo Weber Trail is packed with native flora and wildlife – so have your cameras ready to snap pics of the guanacos, owls, eagles, condors, and caranchos; another bird of prey – all with the mountainous Paine range on our right. The hike is rather easy and apart from a few hills, the trail remains rather flat. We’ll stop a moment to refuel by the magical Laguna Honda, and enjoy the sights and sensations of the gorgeous landscape and fresh breeze. On our way, we will hike through one of the quietest forests in the national park, a fantastic opportunity to observe native trees such as the Lenga and the Coihue. The rest of our hike takes us to a lookout point (El Toro Lookout) where we’ll be wowed with a 360 degree view of the Paine mountain range, the Patagonian Andes, and a suite of rivers and lakes (including the Paine, Grey, and Serrano Rivers, and Lake Toro, the largest in the region). An hour’s descent towards Paine River will see us reunited with our van. But before we go back to EcoCamp, we’ll search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. At about 7pm, we’ll arrive back at our “dome sweet dome”, ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about our day hiking the Lazo Weber Trail.

Activity: Hiking
Schedule: 10am to 8pm
Distance: 12km / 7,5mi
Difficulty: Medium
Walking time: 5h
Altitude point: 700m / 2300ft

Wednesday and Saturday

Pehoe Lake Boat Ride Camp

Sarmiento Lake Camp

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This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins our ascent back to the van, and along the way we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp.

Activity: Nature Walk
Schedule: 10am to 5pm
Distance: 10km / 6mi
Difficulty: Easy
Walking time: 5h
Altitude point: 200m / 660ft

Towers Base Demanding Hiking

Sunday

Wild Horse Tracking

(High Season)

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After enjoying a buffet breakfast at EcoCamp, we’ll head towards the Laguna Azul sector. From here, we’ll begin our journey by 4×4 through the folds of the Cordillera Masle, from which we’ll be able to appreciate the Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de los Toros pass. After about 40 minutes, we’ll arrive at a typical “puesto” where Patagonian “gauchos” would take refuge while caring for their livestock. Here, we’ll hear a short but interesting introduction to the area’s history and the evolution and characteristics of its wild horses.With the help of satellite tracking equipment, coupled with our guide’s experience and knowledge, we’ll begin our trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated in this sector surrounded by mountains, lakes, and plains, in the most pristine and untouched terrain of Torres del Paine. Depending on the location of the horses, we’ll choose a place to have lunch and share our stories and experiences. The experience of tracking, observing, and analysing the horses in such natural surroundings is uncomparable. Additionally, we’ll be privy to fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson and the imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, we’ll return to EcoCamp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to a warm meal. N.B. The Wild Horse Tracking is not available during winter; the excursion is therefore not offered in May & September.

Cerro Paine Trekking

– Very Hard –

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We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it? As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We walk upward for about an hour up to 1500m/4920ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the ascencio valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.

Activity: Demanding Hiking
Schedule: 9am to 5pm
Distance: 16km / 9mi
Difficulty: Very hard
Walking time: 8h
Altitude point: 1500m / 4920ft

Accomodations

EcoCamp is situated in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. You 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 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 pick up the hiking trail!

Suite Domes

Suite Domes (28m²/300ft²)

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. Suite Domes are comfortable 28m²/ 300 ft² Geodesic domes built in the same shape 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 hairdryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged.
 
Inside Suite Domes
  • Spacious 28m² / 300ft² 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 Loft (37m²/398ft²)

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 3.7m/12ft 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. Guests can gaze at the stars through the ceiling windows while falling asleep each night, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from their private terrace.

 
Inside Suite Dome Lofts
  • Generous space of 37mt²/398 ft²
  • Open terrace to sit, relax and admire the view
  • Four single beds (1.05 x 2m / 3’9’’ x 6’6’’ beds) or two single beds & a king size bed (2 x 2 m/ 6’2’’ x 6’6’’)
  • Decoration made of natural fibers 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

Superior Dome

Superior Domes (23m²/250ft²)

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 cozy bed and wonder at nature’s immensity as they hear the wind hurtling outisde. 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 hairdryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged.
 
Inside Superior Domes
  • Spacious 23 mt² / 250 ft² area
  • Comfortable Queen-size or twin beds
  • Decoration made of natural fibers
  • Propane heater in bedroom
  • Private fully-equipped bathroom
  • State of the art composting toilet

Single Traveler – Shared Dome

Standard Shared Domes (10m²/108ft²)

The 10m²/108ft² 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 cozy 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.

Solo Traveler – Shared Dome
One of the great benefits of a Standard Dome accommodation at EcoCamp Patagonia is that it can be booked on a sharing basis. If you are a solo traveller you can share a dome with another traveller of the same gender (you will never be made to share with someone of the opposite gender). Your can take advantage of all tour price based on Standard Dome double occupancy, but you can also ask for single supplements, if you prefer to take your dome solo.
 
Shared bathrooms
Guests staying in Standard Domes use a shared bathroom, for several environmental reasons – minimising constructed areas, controlling water and heating consumption and collecting waste in a central heated composting chamber.
 
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. Towels are provided upon arrival and guests are asked to use the same towels during their stay.
 
Electricity
Standard domes do not have electricity but you can charge cameras etc in Community Domes.Limited electricity supply is available at EcoCamp. The voltage in all suite, superior and community domes with electricity is 220V. This is sufficient for charging most cameras. However, photographers with highly professional cameras may need to bring their own equipment, such as an adaptor. We therefore ask these photographers to contact us in advance to inform us of the type of camera they will bring and the voltage necessary for charging it. Although there is no electricity available in the Standard Domes, there is LED lighting throughout EcoCamp for ease of movement at night. Thus, there should be no problem in getting to and from the shared toilets and the dining room after nightfall. If necessary, handheld flashlights can be lent out to guests on request. In case of severe storm, electricity supply may be temporarily affected. We have a generator on site to ensure that our guests have access to electricity if normal supply is cut.
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