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It's official, 'glamping' has reached Torres del Paine. EcoCamp Patagonia is the region's first fully sustainable accommodation, offering individual geodesic domes for guests to sleep in. Perched on a ridge just up the road from Hotel Las Torres, but with even better views of the park's majestic towers, this innovative camp offers three categories of dome accommodation.
Standard domes, the smallest, offer double or twin beds, no heating and shared bathrooms. Two larger superior domes offer queen or twin beds, a propane heater and a private bathroom with composting toilet. Both categories are usually reserved for walking groups as the camp operates an excellent range of five- to nine-day treks in the park, including the popular 'W' trek and the longer Paine circuit.
What we highly recommend are the suite domes, which boast king or twin beds, an open terrace, an enclosed porch to hang wet clothing, a low-emission wood stove, a fully equipped bathroom with propane heater and a state-of-the-art composting toilet. These are mainly used for the camp's various wildlife safari packages (where both easy and active excursions are on offer each day) but are also perfect for independent and tailor-made stays.
EcoCamp may not be for everyone (domes can be hot and stuffy by day and cold at night) but if you're looking to stay in the centre of the park and feel your days of roll mats and sleeping bags are behind you, it's a fun and attractive option. The list of excursions is as good as any and better than most. Guides are knowledgeable, reliable and environmentally conscious. The hosts are friendly and the communal dome areas are extremely sociable. Breakfasts are taken together, pack lunches you get to make yourself, and evenings are spent enjoying cocktails on the terrace, three-course meals and wonderful views of the towers in the moonlight.
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