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A Sustainable Resort in Chile

A drone view of Ecocamp Patagonia -- a cluster of small green domes in the middle of a hilly, grassy area, with a snowy mountain and the three jagged gray rock towers in the distance behind it.

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Staying at Ecocamp Patagonia was the biggest highlight of my monthlong honeymoon in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. I completely adored this place, and it made my time in Chilean Patagonia incredibly memorable.

Ecocamp Patagonia is home to the world’s first geodesic hotel room. That’s right, they were first — and we can thank their influence for the hundreds of dome hotels that have sprung up all over the world!

But more than anything, Ecocamp is a sustainable resort that actually walks the walk. Carbon neutral, using smart green technology, and dedicated to serving the local community.

One of my readers recommended Ecocamp Patagonia to me after loving her stay, and when I got in touch with Ecocamp’s staff, we decided to work together. Altogether, Ecocamp offered me and Charlie three comped nights in exchange for some coverage; we paid for a fourth night out of pocket.

Let’s take a look at this truly wonderful place.

This post was published in February 2024, based on a December 2023 stay.

Ecocamp Patagonia from above, the Torres del Paine in the distance!

Ecocamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located close to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It’s so close, you can hike directly from Ecocamp to the base of the towers, which I did one day! (More on that below.)

And the entire place is composed of geodesic domes: private domes for sleeping, community domes that house the dining and bar areas, a yoga dome, a massage dome, and all the domes where the staff live!

Ecocamp walks the walk when it comes to sustainability, much more than most sustainable accommodation I’ve visited, and they are committed to minimizing their environmental impact.

What does that mean? Ecocamp has been carbon neutral since 2007 and runs on renewable energy generated by solar panels and micro-hydro turbines from a nearby river.

Other sustainable practices include using composting toilets and a biofiltration system to help replenish the soil; offering only biodegradable soap and shampoo; and heating the domes through sun-exposed ceiling windows.

And then there’s Ecocamp’s social commitment: they’re dedicated to sourcing local produce, buying from their neighbors whenever possible, and financially contributing to the preservation of Torres del Paine National Park.

A dinner menu featuring vegetarian and vegan options for all three courses.

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