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Hotel Zoom-In: EcoCamp Patagonia

A sustainable geodesic dome hotel in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp Patagonia (@ecocamp) is nothing short of an inimitable place of accommodation.

Truly built into its beautiful natural environs, the domes sport locally-made furniture that pay homage to the region. Four classifications of room exist here, including the Standard Dome — considered the world’s first geodesic hotel room.

If looking to make the ultimate upgrade, the Suite Loft Domes are spacious and comfortable. Each one flaunts a modern low-emission wood stove, private terrace, and individual bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. We aren’t lying when we say the hotel is based off its natural surroundings.

Design-wise, rooms are built on elevated wooden platforms, which prevent erosion to the soil and allow animals to pass underneath freely. Structures are made out of renewable materials, such as wicker or pinewood from plantations.

EcoCamp has been recognized as carbon neutral since 2007. At the end of each season, the hotel offsets all CO2 emissions from the property, offices, staff flights, and transportation. They calculate the total amount of CO2 produced, then convert this amount into dollars and use the money to invest in green projects around the world.

Part of the hotel’s sustainability ethos is giving back to the local community. Eco Camp’s domes are modeled after the dwellings of the Kaweskar people, who are known for their “leave no trace” style of habitation.

When in Torres del Paine National Park, hiking is a must. Guests should elect to embark on the “7-day W Trek” — itinerary stops include Lake Nordenskjold, French River Hanging Bridge, Grey Glacier, and Laguna Azul. Flora & fauna are found everywhere here, in different shapes, colors, sizes, and forms. Don’t be surprised if you run into a family of guanacos grazing amidst the fertile grassland that populates the region.

Oh, and don’t let us forget to tell you about the stars. They are magical here at night.

Needless to say, we are dreaming of EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del National Park, and Chile as a whole.

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