EcoCamp Patagonia

MAGALLANES Y LA ANTÁRTICA CHILENA, CHILE

EcoCamp is owned and operated by Chilean in-bound tour operator Cascada Expediciones, specialising in adventure trips of the highest quality. Cascada was founded in 1991 by university friends Yerko Ivelic and Javier Lopez and environmental steward Nani Astorga and over the last twenty years has been running eco-friendly trips in Patagonia, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia with activities including trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, skiing, wildlife observation and wine tours. In the last twenty years over 20,000 people visiting Chile have enjoyed Cascada-operated tours at EcoCamp Patagonia and throughout Chile. Check out Cascada’s photo timeline from the last 20 years!

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EcoCamp was opened in 2001 by Javier, Yerko and Nani – The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the world’s first geodesic hotel room.

 

Here you can get a great glimpse of the experience at EcoCamp Patagonia, its history, ethos and natural heritage.

 

EcoCamp has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. We are leaders in environmentally responsible travel to areas of fragile natural resources and we minimise the footprint of every visitor in Torres del Paine National Park through our careful development strategy and implementation of green technology. Our low impact design and focus on raising guests’ awareness of how to care for their environment highlights our commitment to a greener present and future for tourism. Conservation is central to the philosophy driving our operations, and we have been certified as complying with the highest international standards of environmental management, such as ISO14001.

 

You can also read here for more about EcoCamp Patagonia’s sustainable design.

 

ECOCAMP’S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

 

We will endeavour to adhere to the following goals in order to deliver sustainable, responsibly operated holidays where EcoCamp’s guests, staff, community and surrounding environment are of the utmost priority

 

 

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The 4Cs

EcoCamp Patagonia joined The Long Run in 2015 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.

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CONSERVATION

EcoCamp has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. They are leaders in environmentally responsible travel to areas of fragile natural resources and they minimise the footprint of every visitor in Torres del Paine National Park through their careful development strategy and implementation of green technology. The low impact design of the camp and their focus on raising guests’ awareness of how to care for the environment highlights our commitment to a greener present and future for tourism. Conservation is central to the philosophy driving their operations, and they have been certified as complying with the highest international standards of environmental management, such as ISO14001.

COMMUNITY

EcoCamp makes a concerted effort to benefit the local community in which it operates. All food is bought from nearby farm suppliers who sell products such as eggs, meat, cheese, dried fruit, grain, marmalade and bread in addition to buying fruit & vegetables from local vendors. Horses are hired from local ranch owners and most handicrafts and decoration are purchased from local artisan markets. Many pieces of furniture are also bought locally in Punta Arenas. 90% of all staff employed are from the local region – the majority from nearest town Puerto Natales and some from the regional capital city Punta Arenas. All staff receive initial training when they start work at EcoCamp and learn in depth about EcoCamp’s philosophy and sustainable practices.

CULTURE

Patagonia is a vast region which is sparsely populated. The region has a rich cultural history but over time all of the native Patagonian tribes have become extinct and the main Patagonian culture which exists today is the Baqueano (Gaucho) culture. EcoCamp works to preserve the region’s cultural history and embrace the ongoing Baqueano culture.There is relatively little unique cultural heritage in Torres del Paine, compared to say other regions in Chile. Natural heritage and geological assets are the main draw! The tradition of Baqueanos (Patagonian horsemen) still exists however, and EcoCamp hires Baqueanos for its horse riding trips. All of EcoCamp’s furniture, decor and decorations are made in Chile, the majority in Patagonia.

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