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This unique trip takes you through Torres del Paine's highlights and lets you enjoy the best of the park's flora and fauna on treks with your specialist guide. Standard Domes or heated Suite Domes provide cozy accommodation each night after dinner and wine with fellow guests in EcoCamp Community Domes.
US$1 = $490 Chilean Pesos
At Ecocamp we are convinced that good quality food is fundamental to enjoying a vacation and we do our best to meet our promise of providing tasty, innovative high quality meals. We've put a lot of effort into developing a menu of fresh hearty meals using locally-sourced ingredients, fusing Chilean, Altiplanic, Patagonian and international food. Groups eat together in Community domes and meals are a very sociable affair. Meals at mountain huts on trekking routes are simple but plentiful. Vegetarian and special diets are welcomed, just let us know well in advance. The fusion dishes allow you to taste new flavours and aromas, mixing well-known ingredients like rice and potatoes with typical ingredients from Chile which form staples for the native inhabitants, such as purple potatoes, quinoa, patasca from the Altiplano (a stew made from tripe, veal, potatoes, corn and peppers) and molasses made from the meaty sweet fruit found on northern Chile’s chañar trees. A hearty breakfast is the key to enjoying a day’s trek or nature walk and we encourage guests to fill on our tasty buffet selection each morning. Breakfast is served in the community domes from 7:00am to 9:30am and consists of a plentiful buffet selection with hot and cold beverages. After breakfast you go to a different buffet table to select the ingredients for your box lunch which you’ll take hiking with you in your backpack to eat at a viewpoint en route. The ingredients change each day in order to vary lunch boxes. Be creative and mix a wide range of ingredients: wholemeal, white, tortillas and pitta bread are on offer with sandwich fillings including cheese, tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, ham, beef, salami, lettuce, tomato, pickle and hard boiled eggs. Cereal bars, chocolate, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts are also available so stock up! Dinners are innovative and ‘nouvelle cuisine’ but with appetizers and 3 courses you won’t go hungry! Starters range from salad or soup to carpaccio and main meals usually fuse typical Chilean dishes made from beef, pork or fish, accompanied with locally grown vegetables, with potatoes, rice, couscous or quinoa. At least once a week there is a Chilean barbecue, known as an ‘asado’, with spit-roasted lamb. Desert is usually a torte or mousse made with local fruit and served with coffee.Good quality Chilean Wine is served throughout the meal - one bottle is allocated per two people. Should you wish to drink more simply notify the waiter who will bring you a bottle of your choice and add it to your bill. Afterwards in the bar you are free to continue socialising and buying wine, beer, liquor or soft drinks.
From Punta Arenas airport in the morning drive to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate en route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
The native language in Chile is spanish but english is spoken by many locals in areas frequented by travelers.
Santiago, Chile's capital is located 1233 miles south.
Evenings are for well deserved rest in EcoCamp's community domes with the rest of your group, feasting on the day's memories and tasty fusion cuisine and Chilean wine. Communities domes are the social hub of EcoCamp and everyone unites to enjoy an aperitif and appetizers in the bar before moving through to the dining room for dinner. After your three course meal you have the option of unwinding in the library or moving back to the bar to continue socialising with guides and other guests.
For all trips: • Binoculars • Camera or video camera with case for protection against humidity and rain • Plenty of film • Sun block lotion • Sunglasses with a strap • Swimming trunks • Broad-brimmed hat or cap • Insect repellent • Personal toiletries and medications • Photocopy of your passport • Reading material If you are heading for the jungle do not leave without: • Lightweight, light colored, long cotton pants • Long sleeved, light colored cotton shirts • Absorbent socks • Ankle-high hiking boots • Sneakers • Sandals • A powerful flashlight with batteries • A water bottle or canteen • Rain suit or poncho If you are going somewhere cold don’t forget to add: • Sweaters • Jackets • Woolen cap • Gloves • Hiking boots • Rain suit
Connect with nature, hiking, horseback riding, Sailing the Fjords, trekking, mountaneering, sea kayaking, ski and snowboard, hot springs, white water rafting, zip-lining and many other activities are available around the EcoCamp and the region.
Time zone is four hours behind GMT.
U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, on business or to attend conferences or the like do not need a visa to enter Chile and can stay for up to 90 days. There is a reciprocity fee of US $140 that must be paid upon arrival or entrance to Chile. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. Citizens of other countries should contact the Chilean Consulate closest to their place of residence.
The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the influence from the strong marine currents and Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In Torres del Paine in spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and possibly snow. Autumn can also be unpredictable and winter is bitterly cold. Even in summer (December to March), cold strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall are not uncommon. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). Rest assured, however, that just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become pleasantly warm. Night-time temperatures will most likely range from –1°C to -5°C (30s and 40s ºF) depending on the weather.
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