Javier Lopez and Yerko Ivelic decided to make EcoCamp Patagonia an environmentally friendly five star hotel.
Leaving no environmental footprint, it is a unique place where travelers can connect with nature and discover the riches offered by the Torres del Paine National Park.
In southern Chile between the Andes and the Patagonian Steppe... If you ever have the good fortune to go to Torres del Paine - one of the most beautiful parks in South America - you'll be amazed by the lenga forests, distinctive mountain ranges, thousand year old glaciers and blue icebergs floating on milky lakes. This magnificent setting at the foot of the three gigantic granite peaks (Torres del Paine) is also home to EcoCamp Patagonia where at breakfast time it is not unusual to see local animals such as guanacos, rheas and even condors.
Designed by two Chilean engineers, Javier Lopez and Yerko Ivelic, EcoCamp Patagonia is a model eco hotel that is recognized worldwide for its innovative use of green energy. Its aim is to take comfort to the limits of what is sustainable. The hotel industry is going green, and following in the footsteps of the EcoCamp Patagonia hundreds of environmentally friendly hotels are popping up all over the world: Eden Lodge in Madagascar, the Treehotel in Sweden, the Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica, the Whitepod in the Swiss Alps...
At the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, everything in EcoCamp Patagonia has been designed to minimize its environmental impact. The result is these geodesic domes, inspired by the huts built by the Kaweskar nomadic people, which blend into the natural environment without disturbing the local fauna and flora. In the evening after a long day of hiking, it acts as an observatory from which to watch the stars through the large ceiling windows - a both hypnotic and soothing spectacle. These same windows make the most of the natural light and heat and so save electricity (which is produced by micro-hydro turbines and solar panels). The heat from the wood burning stove in the corner adds to the cozy atmosphere of this new kind of cabin. Charming, but also incredibly efficient, EcoCamp Patagonia relies almost entirely on renewable energy. Waste management is also a very high priority and includes an advanced composting system.
All this does not stop EcoCamp from being a proper luxury hotel - the bed is soft, the decor is immaculate and the food is excellent! The strength of this five-star hotel is that it has always put environmental conservation before any amenity or service that could be detrimental to the park.
For more informations:
- EcoCamp Patagonia and sustainable development
- The best sustainable hotel in the world on Consoglobe
- Lonely Planet's top 10 eco stays for 2014
- EcoCamp on Instagram
- EcoCamp on Facebook
- EcoCamp on Twitter
- EcoCamp on Pinterest
Main picture: © Blanco&Moreno/EcoCamp Patagonia