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Ecocamp, Torres Del Paine

Listed under Camps & Campsites in Patagonia, Argentina.

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I understand the word luxury and mountain hiking aren’t typically things you would put together, but when I had the opportunity to stay at Ecocamp, a unique environmentally responsible lodge at the base of the Torres, I figured this allowed me the best of both worlds. Plus, thanks to Ecocamp’s guided hiking programs, I would be able to complete the whole W trek with some extra support of a porter, guide, and a nice bed to sleep in for my sore muscles!

I was introduced to the other travelers in my group in Puerto Natales where the 6 of us were picked up. We had a nice international mix of solo travelers from the UK, Brazil and the US as well as one couple from Canada. Ecocamp was located on a little hill tucked away on it’s own with Las Torres peak perched above it. The circular domes looked like Hobbit houses, but were meant to represent the old native structures used by the Kaweskars, a nomadic tribe in Patagonia. Their native semi-circular huts were built from simple materials, built to withstand the strong Patagonian winds, and they left no trace behind when they moved on. The modern Ecocamp domes each had a bed, and a nightstand but there was no electricity or plumbing in the standard dome. However with the long days of the Patagonian summer there wasn’t much need for lights.

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

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