In one of the world’s largest areas of wilderness with one of the most powerful climates, EcoCamp Patagonia opened its doors in 2001 after Javier Lopez, Yerko Ivelic and Nani Astorga combined a new style of lodging, resistant to the fierce Patagonian winds, with sustainable hotel features they’d seen across the world.
Looking for inspiration in the rest of Chile and keen to help protect an area of wilderness and make sure similar destruction never happened again, Javier, Yerko and Nani looked to hiking mecca Torres del Paine in Chile’s extreme south. They knew the best way forward was to build examples of sustainability, and where better than a revered national park where travellers could be shown that they could enjoy the wilderness in a responsible way without leaving a footprint?
Guests carry back home the experience of living in such close quarters to nature yet with all the coziness and comfort of a ‘regular’ hotel and sociable nature of the EcoCamp community. Looking up at the stars from inside their dome, walking through the night air to get to the bathroom during dinner, sleeping in a low-impact sustainable structure where they can hear the wind rushing through the sky – These are all experiences that classic hotels do not offer and that guests relish in the moment and treasure in the years that follow.
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