Wildlife Safaris in Patagonia
These are active adventures featuring a variety of activities, based in suite domes at Ecocamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park.
Suite Domes are comfortable 28mt²/ 300 ft² tented igloo-type double domes built the same way as the ancient native Kaweskar’s dwellings. Its 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 and a solar panel as an energy source.
The cozy decoration makes great use of fallen trees or branches, collected leaves & feathers, natural fibers and other natural elements bringing the local heritage of natives and settlers indoors, blending with the surrounding harsh nature. The 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.
There are 10 Suite Domes, 8 of them double, 4 of them quadruple.8 Suites. They have single beds (1.2 x 2m beds) which can also be equipped with king size beds (1.9x 2m). The domes are set up with enough space between them to provide adequate intimacy and introspection.
Suite Domes will have total flexibility and will offer 2, 3, 4 and 5 nights full-board programs based on the Weekly Excursions Chart and programs can start and finish any day of the week. Additionally, there will be regular daily transfers going in /out of the Park in connection with Punta Arenas Hotels/Airport/ Australis Cruises Dock, Puerto Natales Hotels/Skorpios Cruises Dock, and Cerro Castillo Argentine border.
Excursions are all led by an experienced local English-Spanish speaking guide. Although guests staying at EcoCamp Suites will share the transportation with other EcoCamp fellow travelers they will have one or two exclusive guides to lead them on their excursions. We want to keep hikers and non-hikers comfortable at their own pace and also want to encourage the complicity and conformity created in each independent group. Suite Domes Programs will work following the same sustainable operational standards of the EcoCamp, which implies reducing the carbon emissions from our vehicles in Patagonia as much as possible, by limiting their use. For this reason, all Suite Dome passengers will be sharing the regular vehicles in/out of the Park and then private guiding services can be booked. Private guide price: US$183 x each program day.
All EcoCamp tours include a transfer on your first and your last day. EcoCamp operates transfers from/to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales in Chile. Alternatively a public bus service is included from/to El Calafate in Argentina. Please see the chart to find the departure time for your pick up.
We would kindly ask you to book a flight arriving before 11am if you intend to take the early EcoCamp transfer and before 3:30pm if you intend to take the later transfer from Punta Arenas. For your return journey please choose a flight leaving after 3:30pm, or if you’d like to book a later flight (Leaving or departing after 5pm) we can drop you off in Punta Arenas or leave you at the airport.
Please note that in case your airline changes flights times and the new timing does not fit to our transfer schedule a private transfer will be necessary and extra costs apply.
Regular Departures: Everyday from Sep 8 2018 till May 5, 2019
Private or Custom Departures: We can do it, please contact us.
TRAVEL IN APRIL OR MAY AND STAY AN EXTRA NIGHT FOR FREE!
There is no single best time to visit Torres del Paine, but if it’s sceneries and wildlife you’re after then you might want to think about booking a trip in autumn. Spend your days on tracking and trekking excursions into the wilderness and your nights tucked up in a cozy EcoCamp dome - with an additional night free when you book a Wildlife Safari package! Includes transport, guided excursions, all meals, and accommodation.
1) It’s so unbelievably beautiful
Autumncolors in the national park make this season perfect for photographers who get to capture unique shots.
2) You’re not likely to be knocked over
Colder weather here tends to mean fewer wind gusts and because Torres del Paine really does have four seasons in one day, you are just as likely to see sunshine as you are in summer.
3) It’s just you and nature
In summer, 15,000 people take to the Park’s more famous trails every month. In autumn, those crowds are gone so that you are pretty much alone in the wilderness.
4) It all starts to get a bit wild
Puma sightings become more frequent, as well as some of the Park’s other fauna that tends to be more hidden during summer.
Departures during Christmas (Dec 21st to Jan 2nd) have a surcharge of USD 110 p.p.
Regular Departures Everyday from Oct. 1 to Apr 18th Children 6-12 get 50% discount off of double price if sharing dome with 2 adults
- Accommodation at EcoCamp’s Suite Domes.
- Meals as indicated.
- All ground transport as indicated.
- English-Spanish speaking expert escort guide. Guide ratio 1:12 pax. Max group size: 16 people.
- Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park.
- Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake.
- Flight tickets.
- Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this type of trip).
- Voluntary tipping to guides and staff.
- Items of personal nature.