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EcoCamp-Patagonia

A sports enthusiast' dream come true: the best of Torres del Paine with the best of outdoor adventures!

Unleash your adventurous side on this multi-sport extravaganza, exploring beautiful Torres del Paine by foot, bike, kayak and horseback, followed by relaxing nights under the stars at EcoCamp with good food and even better company.

 

Day 1: Your Patagonian Adventure Starts

 Torres del Paine National Park

In the morning, you will be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick-up and drop-off schedule). On the way, we will make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza," where we enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Sample itinerary below. The itinerary depends on the day of the week the program starts.

Day 2: Cycling through Estancia Laguna Azul & Cañadón Macho

 Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast, we’ll start our biking adventure. The 7 km morning bike excursion follows a route inside the Laguna Azul Estancia close to where it meets Baguales, heading up to Saltos Las Chinas.

Once we are back at Laguna Azul, we will enjoy our box lunch with a beautiful view of the Towers and when we are ready to continue, the van will take us to the next bike track.

This 4 km biking excursion follows a single track through Cañadón Macho, finishing at a junction with the road near Cascada Paine. Although this excursion is not too demanding, there are some sections of the trail that have some difficulty at the point where Cañadon Macho crosses a meadow and starts climbing, followed by an undulating stretch of descent, which is a little steep and rocky.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.
 

Day 3: Kayak on Grey River

 Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast at EcoCamp, we will head off at 7:30 AM to the Serrano area in the western sector of the park arriving at around 9 AM at Serrano Base. From here, we will board another vehicle and head to the Pingo River where we will take part in a safety talk (20 minutes approx.). Afterwards, it’s time to get into the water! Once our kayaks are in, we will move gently with the river’s current towards the Grey Lake Peninsula to see the glacier’s impressive icebergs. After enjoying the moment, it’s time to continue down the Grey River for the next 3 hours. At Puente Grey, we’ll stop to eat our box lunch before continuing downstream to the confluence of the Grey and Serrano Rivers. Around 20 minutes later we’ll return to where our adventure started, at Villa Serrano, after an amazing day on the water. Then we take the van returning to EcoCamp for our evening aperitif and meal.

Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia.
 

Day 4: Patagonia Horseback Riding

 
Torres del Paine National Park

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Patagonia is to ride through it on horseback. After a hearty breakfast at EcoCamp, we’ll begin around 9:30 AM with an induction talk (1 hour approx.) before heading out on our 13 km journey. We will start by making our way around the immense Lake Nordenskjold, with its heart-achingly beautiful views of Mount Almirante Nieto and Cerro Paine, and pass over the ice-cold Patagonian rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for the local flora and fauna who call this land their home, including foxes, condors and dense groupings of lenga forests. We’ll pick up the pace on the beach, and at around 1 PM we will stop for lunch at Paine River. After a full day taking in the sights and sounds of the area, we will head back to EcoCamp around 3 PM to get some rest and enjoy an evening cocktail.

Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia.
 

Day 5: Cerro Paine Trek

 Torres del Paine National Park

We’ll leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its 2 imposing peaks. We’ll 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 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 can admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We’ll walk upward for about an hour up to 1500 m/4920 ft 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 will backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.

Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia.
 

Day 6: Departure Day

 Torres del Paine National Park

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago.

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Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with views of the majestic granite Paine Towers. It was the first geodesic dome hotel in the world, offering an upscale camp at the domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. 

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Loft  (4)Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorSpacious, 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. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

Standard Dome TwinEcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be involved in the Standard Dome sharing option this season. All standard domes will be reserved for individual travelers or travelers from the same reservation group.

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Included

  • Accommodation in EcoCamp Domes
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide. Guide ratio 1:6 Max group size: 12 people.
  • Park entrance fees into Torres del Paine National Park.
  • All meals at EcoCamp Patagonia
  • Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Not included

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory).
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Personal items

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Departure

Regular departures are available every day from September to April.

The daily schedule depends on the day of the week the program starts. Here you can find the excursions per day according to the day of the week the program starts.

Starting / finishing point

The trip departs every day starting and ending in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times from both Chile and Argentina.

Physical demands

This trip is a multi-activity trip and therefore requires a moderate to high level of fitness. Those used to hiking on weekends or doing regular cycling or jogging, etc should have no problem but some warm-up hikes prior to the trip would be recommendable in any case. Horse riding and kayaking do not require advanced abilities. For more details about trekking distances and walking times, check out this Excursion Chart.
Participants should be 16 years of age or older; maximum age: 65 years

Children policy

Children aged 16 and over are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults. The minimum age of participation is 16 years.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transport is in minivans that normally seat between 8 to 14 people. Pick up/drop off times as shown on the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed closer to the time by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile. Check our Weekly Transfer Board details for more information about pick-up and drop-off times to/from EcoCamp.

Weather

The Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared for cold winds (up to 130km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).
. Read more about the weather in Patagonia here

What you need to bring

  • Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once. We recommend the following:
  • A day backpack (10 liters - to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
  • Trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park

Itinerary modifications

The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to plan around at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based upon operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate any part of the itinerary based on these considerations. The routes on the kayak and horse ride excursions may vary depending on weather and safety precautions. 

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Highlights

  • Multi-Sport adventures in Torres del Paine
  • Stay every night at EcoCamp Patagonia 
  • Kayaking on Grey River
  • Trekking to Cerro Paine 
  • Towers base view from a different perspective
  • Mountain bike excursion
  • Horse riding through Patagonia

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“I highly recommend EcoCamp! My husband and I did the Epic Package and it lived up to the name. This package includes hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and kayaking. All of these were challenging, fun, and provided amazing views of the park.”

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