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In this world of vanishing wilderness, EcoCamp invites you to explore remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine; to sit in total silence under the Southern Cross; and to share a glass of wine with new friends on your Patagonia tour.

About EcoCamp
The basic premise on designing the EcoCamp was to maintain the nomadic spirit of the ancient inhabitants that moved along the dismembered coast looking for food and shelter. This people lived in harmony with Mother Nature and built their huts out of wood, furs and leathers, all organic materials they found on site.

In Patagonia, from Golfo de Penas to the Strait of Magellan, these natives were called Kawesqar or Alacalufes, sadly nowadays the few remaining pure blood Alacalufes are no more than 10 and live in the remote village of Puerto Eden.

Kawesqar people built their huts on a geodesic shape bending branches and covering the structure with guanaco and sea lion skins. When whale hunters and marines established bases on their domains they abandoned their traditional ways of shelter and adopted new materials
and construction patterns.

Patagonia EcoCamp design was inspired on the traditional Kawesqar hut resembling and igloo and a dome at the same time. The instinctive engineering ability of the Kawesqar can be easily understood these days. The semi-hemispherical structure of the EcoCamp domes is formed by a number of isosceles triangles that provides uniform distribution of the stress caused by severe wind loads. Wind speed in Patagonia often surpasses 160-180km per hour which makes traditional straight and flat walls extremely vulnerable if the structure is meant to be light. Another significant aspect is that rounded bodies minimize the external surface in contact with the cold environment allowing less exchange of temperature with the warm interiors. Finally, semi-hemisphere gave Kawesqars the maximum internal space in relation to the surface they had to cover with valuable and sometimes scarce animal skins.

Patagonia EcoCamp is a tribute to Kawesqar dwellings and way of life.

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Suite Domes
Suite Domes are used for our Patagonia Wildlife Safari and End of the World trips. Suite Domes are comfortable 28mt2/ 300 ft2 tented igloo-type double domes built the same way as the ancient native Kaweska's 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.

Each dome has a private bathroom, comfortable double or twin beds, and it is heated by a modern low-emission wood stove. In addition, every dome has its own composting device to process waste. Electricity is generated with a micro hydro turbine and solar panels.

EcoCamp's Suite domes are located in a Lenga (beech) forest next to the existing standard domes but allowing enough distance so as to create a separate and independent atmosphere with more refinement and comfort. The domes are set up with enough space between them to provide adequate intimacy and introspection.

Superior Domes
Superior Domes are specially designed for active travelers wanting an upgrade from our Standard Domes. The Superior are a bit smaller than the Suites, but have the same great comfort features. These semispherical domes are the materialization of EcoCamp's desire to continue creating high quality services and activities for their clients in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable manner, while paying tribute to the Kawesqar natives, this area's ancient inhabitants and their nomadic way of life.

The Superior Domes are 23mt / 250 ft, and come equipped with private bathrooms with an innovative compost device for generated waste, and electric stove for heating. Surrounded by nature, travelers have the opportunity of an even quieter more intimate stay, enjoying the first sustainable lodging south of the Amazon, and the only one of its kind in Patagonia.

Standard Domes
The standard domes are used for our trekking trips (Pure Patagonia and Patagonia Panorama) and our End of the World trips in Torres del Paine. These domes in Torres del Paine have vitrified wooden floors and are 2m/6.5ft high with a diameter of 4m/12ft, allowing plenty of space for sleeping comfortably.

They are resistant to the strongest Patagonian winds, rains, and snow and come equipped with two single beds, fleece sheets, blankets, and feather quilts. Please note that there is not a heat source in the standard domes.

There are round windows in the ceiling to observe the stars of Patagonia before falling asleep.

For travelers staying in standard domes, there are comfortable and well illuminated shared toilets, divided for male and female. Both have showers with hot water, w.c., hand wash, special furniture and warm details that will make you feel at home. Each shower is located inside a closed space where the person can dry himself up and put on clothes with privacy. Additionally since our toilets facilities are powered with solar panels generators, there is no electric capacity to plug devices such as hair dryers, electric shavers, etc.

Core Dome
The EcoCamp has 2 Giant Domes:
The Dining Room Dome, 9m/ 30ft in diameter and 4.5m/13.5ft tall. It is equipped with a dining room, and kitchen. The space is bright and airy with a big panoramic window that brings dusk and dawn straight into the dining area.

Living & Resting Room Dome of 6 m/19,6 ft in diameter where the guests can relax, read a book, enjoy the experiences of the day with the other guests, etc.

Yoga Dome
Las Torres EcoCamp recently opened a Yoga dome to its guests. The yoga dome is in full swing and features stretching classes before excursions and yoga classes each evening.

Meals
One of the most popular features of EcoCamp is its delicious and plentiful food!

All that you will find at home: fruits, whole grain and white bread toast, cheese, scrambled eggs, butter, peanut butter, jam, cereals, granola, yogurt, milk, juice, honey, ham, coffee, tea, herb teas, and much more.

Box Lunch:
EcoCamp calls it a "buffet box lunch" because it is prepared after breakfast by each client before starting the excursion- they will find a pretty big table full of tasty elements to prepare a great sandwich: whole grain and white bread, cheeses, tuna, chicken, turkey, ham, beef, salami, sauces, variety of vegetables, hard boiled eggs, and more; additionally they will also find chocolate and granola bars, nuts and fruits.

Lunch or Dinner:
It starts with a cocktail consisting of our famous pisco sour and different small appetizers. Then the meal starts with a local soup and is followed by a piece of white or red meat with rice, potatoes or vegetables, everything accompanied by good Chilean wine - we provide a bottle per each 3 persons. Finally a cup of coffee or herb teas with a delicious dessert will crown the meal. The meals often vary to make client experience different flavors and local preparations. EcoCamp also serves vegetarian and gluten-free meals if indicated with anticipation when booking.

Clients can also buy: juices, sodas, beers, wines and alcoholic drinks.

Patterns for Designing
The main concepts kept in mind when designing the EcoCamp were the following:
  • To be exposed to nature as in a camp tent but with the comfort and sophistication of a four star hotel;
  • Design and build interfering as little as possible with the environment. The hotel is not meant to be seen. No one is interested in advertising EcoCamp on site
  • Take advantage of the sight. EcoCamp gives sight to the Torres del Paine granite pillars right from the dining room and from many dormitory domes
  • The nomadic spirit should be brought alive, let's make the hotel portable, so when moved, very little tracks of previous existence on site will be left;
  • EcoCamp allows the terrain to recover after each season, let's the grass grow, the animals graze, the sun shines and the wind blow all over the place. The domes are removed each winter.
  • The wind is an active part of Patagonia, and it is important that guests experience it, so the canvas that covers the domes will react to the wind. You will be perfectly comfortable on bed but aware that nature is outside knocking at the door;
  • The skies in Patagonia can be spectacular at nights, and the domes let guests fall asleep looking at the stars above
  • Days in Patagonia are long from 5:30AM to 11PM and the best light for photographs is at dusk and dawn. The domes let the light flood the interior warning you that day is on. Grab your camera and get out to catch the first lights striking the mountains;
  • Travelers come this far to be outdoors, let's make the indoor amenities as little as possible;
  • The maximum capacity will be 30 guests so the feeling of intimacy, the idea of being in a Nomadic convoy will be kept even if the EcoCamp is full.
Construction and Energy Supply
EcoCamp has been constructed with intentional goals and objectives. Here are some examples of how EcoCamp has been designed with sustainability in mind:
  • Construct with what you have onsite and minimize the importation of materials that do not exist on place.
  • Minimize the constructed area and leave indoors only the necessary places such as dormitories, living room, dining room, kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Geodesic domes, reminiscent of the Kawesqar hut, will be the basic building module. Animal skin coating should be replaced by sturdy clothing.
  • Avoid foundations. Terrain should be impacted as little as possible.
Energy Supply
In finding the proper sources of energies environmental design consider using the natural forces that are found on site and that human has learned to use on its benefit. EcoCamp obtains all the energy from 100% natural & renewal sources like water, sun and wind.
  • Solar energy has been widely used in Patagonia especially on our summer season when the days can have 17hrs of daylight. EcoCamp uses solar panels to provide energy for small fans on the toilettes chutes and to light the circulation areas.
  • Wind energy is still on an experimental stage in Patagonia, the lodge's experience with two generators has been diverse and main difficulties reside on that the wind flows very irregularly with strong currents at certain hours and not a breeze in others. Nevertheless they have been able to provide lighting for dormitories out of the wind generators.
  • EcoCamp uses propane for heating water at the bathrooms and for the kitchen stove.
  • Despite some investigators claim that the toxic emissions from a modern wood heater are similar to emissions from burning fossil fuels EcoCamp is considering the feasibility of using modern wood calderas to provide sort of central heating and eventually modern wood stoves for cooking. In the vast plains of Patagonia there is plenty of fallen dead wood that could be collected. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and by photosynthesis, release oxygen and store carbon in the wood. When wood is burned, the carbon dioxide is re-created and released into the atmosphere. This is the same amount of carbon dioxide that would be released should the tree die and rot on the forest floor. This is the known as the "carbon cycle" and is environmentally neutral. The contra is that wood heaters generates four times the particulate emissions than oil combustion and ten or more times the particulate emissions than natural gas, though Particulate Pollution will never become a problem in the windy Patagonia it is a matter of consideration.
Putting in practice the considerations described above results on the fact that we can provide our guests with very limited and discretional electrical power: No hairdryers, no battery recharge, no electrical shaving machines, no long showers, no internet, etc.

Passive heating & lighting:
The best way to preserve is with no doubt not to heat nor to light at all and keep up with the natural rhythm. Domes have a panoramic window and come coated with white canvas which allows plenty of sunlight inside. Coating considers an outer canvas layer and a thick insulation cushion to minimize the exchange of temperature.

EcoCamp's Awards
  • Planet Green Top 7 Romantic Getaways in the World: Whoever said that having a romantic first-rate suite means that you have to be stuck up in some stuffy eco-unfriendly hotel. Ecocamp offers all the splendors of outdoor camping with the amenities of a four-star hotel. Each room consists of an open-plan, movable geodesic dome, private bathroom with composting toilets, comfortable bed, modern low-emission wood stove, micro hydro turbine, and solar panels, allowing each couple to live among mother nature's breathtaking scenery in full comfort without disturbing her delicate balance.
  • Eco Hotels of The World gave Eco Camp 5 Green Stars
  • MSN Travel Top 10 Luxury Camping Trips: Chilean Patagonia is synonymous with wilderness adventure - hard to reach and largely untouched, it's a dream destination for lovers of virgin jungle, granite Andean peaks, blue glaciers, and rushing rivers. As Eco Camp shows, however, communing with nature doesn't have to mean roughing it.
  • MSNBC Top 10 Luxury Eco-Resorts: Geodesic domes reminiscent of the local Kawesqar people's huts were constructed for guests visiting EcoCamp Patagonia, which is in Torres del Paine National Park. Trekking into the Patagonian wonderland of mountains, fjords, volcanoes, pampas and ice fields is a top activity.
Location
Patagonia is home of a world heritage site Torres del Paine. This national Park has unlimited beauty and adventure to offer, with glaciers, lakes, mountains, wild flowers and birds, trekking and horseback riding to choose from. Outdoor recreation at its best, our trips in Patagonia offer accommodation in camping or refugio or top class hotel. Suitable for group, individual or family vacations.

There is a choice of soft or hard adventure among the peaks and lakes of Patagonia within the world heritage site of Torres del Paine, expeditions to glaciers and opportunities to visit more remote parts such as Tierra del Fuego.

Trekking or horseback riding, gentle or tough itineraries, with expert Patagonian guides, good food and tours plus accommodation tailored to your needs. The flora and fauna of this area are exceptional, with wild flowers and colors to amaze and plentiful large and small birds for birdwatchers to enjoy. Nature or walking tours, or kayaking the rivers - Patagonia has it all.

Special Departure Excursion Options
Puma Tracking - Join certified guides on this unique puma tracking option.
Private Yoga Instruction - Spend one-on-one time with the lodge's certified yoga instructor in their new yoga dome.
Group picture at the towers
$1,855
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Classic W Trek

8 Day Itinerary
  • Hike the famous W Trek
  • Explore Grey Glacier up close
  • Hike to the base of the towers
  • Enjoy backcountry glamping
Activities: Hiking, Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Challenging
Tour Details
Llamas in Torres del Paine
$4,675
Save $100
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End of the World

11 Day Itinerary
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego by boat
  • Magdalena Island penguin rookery
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Walk on Perito Moreno Glacier
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
The sun breaks through the clouds over the lodge
$5,155
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Ultimate Patagonia Trekking

14 Day Itinerary
  • Ultimate Patagonia trekking trip
  • Perito Moreno and Viedma Glaciers
  • Hike W Trek & Fitz Roy
Activities: Biking, Camping, Hiking, Land
Activity Level: Challenging
Tour Details
Guanaco in Torres del Paine
$1,890
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari

5-7 Day Itinerary
  • Choose activity level of excursions
  • Hike to the base of the towers
  • Visit the Salto Grande waterfall
  • See 100,000+ Magellanic penguins
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
Sea kayaking in Patagonia
$3,960
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Torres del Paine Multisport

7 Day Itinerary
  • Kayak on Lago Grey with icebergs
  • Biking with views of the Towers
  • Horseback ride with gaucho guides
  • Hike to the base of the towers
Activities: Biking, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Land, Trekking & Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Moderate
Tour Details
Breathtaking view of Torres del Paine
$3,635
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Chile North to South

13 Day Itinerary
  • Biking and wine tasting
  • Explore the Atacama Desert
  • Rafting in the Lake District
  • Hike in Torres del Paine
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Land, Local Market, Urban Exploration, Village Visit, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Easy Active
Tour Details
Guanaco in Torres del Paine
$13,995
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South America Grand

34 Day Itinerary
  • Observe toucans and macaws
  • Snorkel among Galapagos marine life
  • Watch water flood over Iguazu Falls
  • Hike to the spires of El Paine
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Biking, Cooking Class, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Land, Local Market, Rainforest Exploration, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Urban Exploration, Village Visit, Wilderness Lodge, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
Rainbow over Torres del Paine
$5,890
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Chile North to South Premium

13 Day Itinerary
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Land, Urban Exploration, Whitewater Rafting, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Easy Active
Tour Details
UM Logo Photo Size
$4,995
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University of Montana Alumni Patagonia

10 Day Itinerary
  • Enjoy a dinner and Tango show
  • Explore Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Hike to view Torres del Paine
  • Visit a colony of penguins
Activities: Land
Activity Level: Easy Active
Tour Details
The shores of the Serrano River. Chile Kayaking!
$690
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Serrano River Navigation

Activities: Fishing, Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
Cheesy snapshot in front of the falls
$1,555
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EcoCamp - Torres del Paine

4 Day Itinerary
Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Land, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
Chilean huasos riding rowards the towers in Torres del Paine
$425
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Patagonia Horseback Riding

1 Day Itinerary
Activities: Horseback Riding, Land
Activity Level: Easy Active
Tour Details
Sea kayaking in Patagonia
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Grey Glacier Kayaking

1 Day Itinerary
Activities: Kayaking, Land
Activity Level: Moderate
Tour Details
Fishing
$520
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Patagonia Fly Fishing

Activities: Kayaking, Land
Activity Level: Relaxed
Tour Details
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Patagonia Wildlife Safari Excursions

Below are the guided excursions that are included when doing the Patagonia Wildlife Safari or End of the World trips: Transportation, lunch, and guide services are included. Please note the days when excursions are offered each week.
MONDAY
Hiking or Biking Laguna Azul

On they way to Laguna Azul, enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the local steppe) where if you are 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, continue our drive to Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), where a delicious Chilean barbecue will have been prepared for you! 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 cycle among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. Then jump into the van again, heading back to EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.
Distance: 3 miles (5 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Low

Navigation Pehoe Lake & Hike French Valley
After breakfast, start your day driving towards Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. Board the catamaran and voyage to the north-western sector of the Lake where you'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go depends on the group's rhythm - An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view. Then continue up the trail to the upper section of the valley where you can admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then, descend through a rippling terrain of grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, the catamaran takes you back to Pudeto to be driven back to EcoCamp. Please note: the excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe. Please contact us for more details.
Distance: 11 miles (18 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - High

Towers Base Trek
Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. The big challenge is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 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 you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Distance: 14 miles (22km)
Hiking time: 9 hours
Difficulty: High

TUESDAY
Western Lakes & Grey Glacier Navigation
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. Stop at various viewpoints on the way to enjoy observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. Drive down past Pehoe lake and enjoy a short scenic walk along the tip of its southern shore, with views of the vast Toro lake. From here drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach on the shores of the glacial water. 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 sight of the glacier up close, drive back to EcoCamp. (*During September, October and April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case an alternative excursion will be planned in the Park.)
Distance: 0.5 miles (0.8km) 
Hiking time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Low

Western Lakes and Cerro Ferrier Hike
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 you walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe,  view the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. It is here where the hike to Cerro Ferrier begins, a fairly steep route takes you through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest where we might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. Go uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that offers a unique perspective of the Paine Massive, Grey Glacier, and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. Then walk back to Grey Beach to meet our fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Return to Ecocamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
Hiking time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: High

Lazo Weber Hike
A drive takes you past the Lazo Weber Estancia where you'll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin our 7.5 miles (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. Stop a moment to refuel by the magical Laguna Honda, and enjoy the sights and sensations of the gorgeous landscape and fresh breeze. On your way, 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 the hike takes you to El Toro Lookout a amazing 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 to reunite with the van. But before you head back to EcoCamp, search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. In the evening arrive back at your “dome sweet dome”, ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about our day hiking the Lazo Weber Trail.
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
Hiking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

WEDNESDAY
Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail
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. First 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. 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 the 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 drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until reaching the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As you walk northwards along the trail look for park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe the occasional puma print!  Pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 3.5 miles (5 km) relaxed walk reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station to meet the van and drive back to EcoCamp.
Distance: 6 miles (10km) 
Hiking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Navigation Pehoe Lake & Hike French Valley
After breakfast, start your day driving towards Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. Board the catamaran and voyage to the north-western sector of the Lake where you'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go depends on the group's rhythm - An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view. Then continue up the trail to the upper section of the valley where you can admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then, descend through a rippling terrain of grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, the catamaran takes you back to Pudeto to be driven back to EcoCamp. Please note: the excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe. Please contact us for more details.
Distance: 11 miles (18 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - High

Towers Base Trek
Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. The big challenge is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 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 you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Distance: 14 miles (22km) 
Hiking time: 9 hours
Difficulty: High

THURSDAY
Hiking or Biking Laguna Azul

On they way to Laguna Azul, enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the local steppe) where if you are 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, continue our drive to Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), where a delicious Chilean barbecue will have been prepared for you! 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 cycle among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. Then jump into the van again, heading back to EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.
Distance: 3 miles (5 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Low

Navigation Pehoe Lake & Hike French Valley
After breakfast, start your day driving towards Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. Board the catamaran and voyage to the north-western sector of the Lake where you'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go depends on the group's rhythm - An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view. Then continue up the trail to the upper section of the valley where you can admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then, descend through a rippling terrain of grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, the catamaran takes you back to Pudeto to be driven back to EcoCamp. Please note: the excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe. Please contact us for more details.
Distance: 11 miles (18 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - High

Towers Base Trek
Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. The big challenge is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 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 you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Distance: 14 miles (22km) 
Hiking time: 9 hours
Difficulty: High

FRIDAY
Western Lakes & Grey Glacier Navigation
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. Stop at various viewpoints on the way to enjoy observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. Drive down past Pehoe lake and enjoy a short scenic walk along the tip of its southern shore, with views of the vast Toro lake. From here drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach on the shores of the glacial water. 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 sight of the glacier up close, drive back to EcoCamp. (*During September, October and April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case an alternative excursion will be planned in the Park.)
Distance: 0.5 miles (0.8km) 
Hiking time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Low

Western Lakes and Cerro Ferrier Hike
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 you walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe,  view the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. It is here where the hike to Cerro Ferrier begins, a fairly steep route takes you through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest where we might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. Go uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that offers a unique perspective of the Paine Massive, Grey Glacier, and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. Then walk back to Grey Beach to meet our fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Return to Ecocamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
Hiking time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: High

Lazo Weber Hike
A drive takes you past the Lazo Weber Estancia where you'll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin our 7.5 miles (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. Stop a moment to refuel by the magical Laguna Honda, and enjoy the sights and sensations of the gorgeous landscape and fresh breeze. On your way, 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 the hike takes you to El Toro Lookout a amazing 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 to reunite with the van. But before you head back to EcoCamp, search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. In the evening arrive back at your “dome sweet dome”, ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about our day hiking the Lazo Weber Trail.
Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 
Hiking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

SATURDAY
Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail
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. First 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. 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 the 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 drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until reaching the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As you walk northwards along the trail look for park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe the occasional puma print!  Pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 3.5 miles (5 km) relaxed walk reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station to meet the van and drive back to EcoCamp.
Distance: 6 miles (10km) 
Hiking time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Low

Navigation Pehoe Lake & Hike French Valley
After breakfast, start your day driving towards Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. Board the catamaran and voyage to the north-western sector of the Lake where you'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go depends on the group's rhythm - An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view. Then continue up the trail to the upper section of the valley where you can admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then, descend through a rippling terrain of grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, the catamaran takes you back to Pudeto to be driven back to EcoCamp. Please note: the excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe. Please contact us for more details.
Distance: 11 miles (18 km) 
Hiking/Biking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - High

Towers Base Trek
Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. The big challenge is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 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 you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Distance: 14 miles (22km) 
Hiking time: 9 hours
Difficulty: High

SUNDAY
Cerro Paine Trek

Head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. Hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows you to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as you start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. 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 the left side. Stop for lunch at a spot with amazing views and maybe some pump tracks! After a heart lunch being the steepest part of the hike, as you leave the forest and hike on the rock. In the ascent admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. Walk upward for about an hour up to 4920ft (1500m) to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio valley. After resting and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.
Distance: 9 miles (16km) 
Hiking time: 8 hours
Difficulty: High

Wild Horse Tracking
Head towards the Laguna Azul sector to begin the 4x4 journey through the folds of the Cordillera Masle, where you can really appreciate the Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de los Toros pass. After about 40 minutes, arrive at a typical puesto where Patagonian gauchos would take refuge while caring for their livestock. Listen to 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 the guide’s experience and knowledge, begin the 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. The experience of tracking, observing, and analyzing the horses in such natural surroundings is a once in a lifetime experience. Additionally, enjoy fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson, and the always imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, return to EcoCamp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to a warm meal.
NOTE: The Wild Horse Tracking is not available during winter; the excursion is therefore not offered in May & September - See below.
Distance: 4 miles (8km) 
Hiking time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Low

Hike Salto Grande & El Condor Lookout. (Alternative activity during May and September)
After breakfast head westwards by van, taking a route along the southern shore of Nordenskjold lake. First stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskjold lake into Pehoe Lake. From here it's a short walk to Cuernos viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mighty Horns. From the viewpoint, drive to Pehoe Lake and begin the two hour round-trip walk to El Condor Lookout from its shores. Go gently uphill through the steppe vegetation; a great opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here witness the piercing blue of Pehoe Lake and and the Paine river. On a clear day, you can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. After a hearty lunch in this perfect location, backtrack along the same trail and drive back to EcoCamp.
 

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