Patagonia is labeled as a desolate region, and with good reason! The tricky access to its main attractions, the harsh weather conditions and the long distances between the few towns and villages…surely, they all turn this region into a truly special site.

Torres del Paine – Patagonia

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May 23rd, 2022

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W hen traveling to Patagonia, one of the main concerns revolves around accommodation. With that in mind, we decided to interview Isabel Meneses, Tour & Travel and Marketing Manager for Patagonia Camp, which is the first luxury campsite or glamping in Chile and a landmark in South America. In our post today we will be describing this project and its main challenges, their commitment with the environment and so much more…

Patagonia Camp and its origins

This campsite was opened back in December 2007, but its history had started a decade before. A group of friends, who run a travel agency in Chile, used to organize tours to the wildest and most exotic destinations in the country. “When they reached these sites, they would set up camp and always carry wine, which would give these tours their own characteristic stamp.”

“As a National Park (Torres del Paine), the place lacked the high-quality services that these friends offered in their own excursions. So they sought some partners to rent some land and be able to develop their own campsite – one that blends in with the landscape, offering guests both comfort and luxury, with minimum impact on the environment. Their mission is to provide the best quality service in a remote setting, a venture that came to be around the year 2000, and which today has become an icon in the world of glamping around the world.”

Patagonia Camp

Inspiration and Challenges of its building in the “middle of nowhere”

They found their inspiration while visiting the Ushuaia Museum, where they came up with the idea of using Yurts: “They looked like the tents used by nomad monks in Mongolia, where the weather in some areas is just like the one in Patagonia.”

However, building Patagonia Camp implied huge efforts, given the remoteness of the area –as there is no connection by land-, the timing, the characteristics of the place itself and the transportation of the materials, as many of the latter had to be carried by hand.

“The design and its subsequent construction sought to leave no trace behind if the campsite was ever to be removed. For that reason, the lodges are built on wooden stilts and platforms so that the vegetation remains unspoiled”.

Patagonia Camp

What is the impact on the environment? How do you care for the natural setting?

“The climate is harsh, and in the summer season the winds may reach up to 150 kms an hour. Several tests were carried out to make sure that the structures were suitable for the area. Some of the measures taken by Patagonia Camp included: not using nails, verifying the anchorage, setting up 2 100%-organic plants for the treatment of waste waters, using biodegradable products, among others.”

The enchanted surroundings of Patagonia Camp

The setting attracts both locals and tourists. “The Torres del Paine National Park is the magnet; the shapes of this mountain range are unique. Spread over an area of 250,000 hectares with diverse and contrasting microclimates, the park is home to a lush evergreen native forest and Lake Toro, the longest in the region”.

Trekking Torres del Paine

How easy is it to get to Patagonia Camp?

From Buenos Aires, there are direct flights to Calafate in Argentina. The campsite is quite close to the border, so the journey takes approximately 3 or 4 hours by car. Another strategic point is the Chilean capital city, from where you may take a flight to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, the latter offering direct flights from Santiago only during the high season. In both cases the journeys from the corresponding cities to the accommodation take four hours and one hour (respectively) by car.

If you already feel enthralled by this place, you may contact one of Chile On The Go´s operators, who will ensure you reach Patagonia Camp safely. Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@chileonthego.com

Torres del Paine National Park

How long should I stay?

We suggest you stay at least for 4 nights, so that you may go on the main excursions. Please note that the weather in this area can be unstable, so you should spend enough days to get the chance to enjoy its attractions.

Patagonia Camp

Which is the best season to visit it?

What could be better than Isabel Meneses´s advice when it comes to that… “ I have two favorite seasons: the fall, when the colors create a romantic landscape, and the spring, because it all becomes so beautiful. At those times there are fewer people, which means you can make the most of the site and its attractions”, concluded our guest today.

Patagonia Camp