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Glamping & Horsetrekking: Eco-Tourism in Torres del Paine

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What is growing at the foot of the largest mountain in this area of the Patagonian desert? (Almost) Everything! Hotel Las Torres, where I am staying for one weekend, runs an organic orchard for its many international guests here, including tomatoes, rhubarb, delicious local Calafate berries, apples, broccoli, cucumbers, salad and many more. After breakfast, I “take a walk on the bright side” including a personal tomato tasting with farmer Mauricio! Que bueno!

Diese reifen Tomaten sind einfach zum Anbeißen. Prompt darf ich verschiedene Kosten: Auch am "Ende der Welt" schmecken sie vorzüglich!

These tomatoes are just delicious: also “at the end of the world”!

Mit Gärtner Mauricio schaue ich auch in den Apfelgarten; gleich dahinter erhebt sich das Torres-Bergmassiv. Beeindruckend!

Local gardener Mauricio explains me about the organic farm of Hotel Las Torres, behind which the mountain range of Las Torres rises. A fascinating spot!

Das Hotel Las Torres lädt an allen Ecken und Enden zu spektakulären Blicken auf die Bergwelt des Nationalparks ein: Hier an der Bar, Rezeption und Aufenthaltsraum.

Besides, the hotel provides ample space for recreation with stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains, such as in the bar and reception area.

Pferde grasen hier direkt vor dem Fenster; mehr als 150 zählt das Hotel für Ausritte und als Packpferde für die umliegenden Lodges!

Horses graze right by the window; altogether there are about 150 of them for excursions (“cabalgatas”) and pack horses to serve nearby huts.


Travelling to Patagonia “Gaucho Style”

On horseback is the way to go. With real “Baqueanos” or “Gauchos”, as the cowboys of Patagonia are called. Of course, I had to do this. “Our horses are used to visitors …” horse whisperer Carlito, a gaucho through and through, explains laughing. Carlito knows every one of this 150 horses by name, some of which are also used as pack horses to cater to the hikers’ huts. My horse on this trek is called “Rebelde” (Rebel) and knows its way around perfectly. Horse trekking in Torres del Paine is complete with stunning mountain vistas and an absolute highlight when experiencing the national park: A must-do if you love horses!

Schon über zwei Jahre bin ich nicht auf einem Pferd gesessen ... Meine Vorfreude ist daher groß.

It’s been two years since I last sat on a horse … I am therefore very excited.

Ich reite gemeinsam mit einer Gruppe abenteuerlustiger Amerikaner: Vor dem Aufstieg aufs Pferd wird alles nochmal ganz genau erklärt.

Together with a group of adventurous Americans: Off we go! Before we start riding, everything about maintaining the horses and the actual trek is explained to us in detail.

Das bin tatsächlich ich hier auf dem Pferd: Mit Blick auf Torres del Paine. Einfach atemberaubend ... :)

Me! On a horse! In front of Torres del Paine ! I LOVE it 😀

Die Ausblicke beim Reiten sind einfach spektakulär, von "hier aus" hat man das Bergmassiv stets gut im Blick. Allen voran reitet unser Gaucho Carlito ... sehr cool!

The views from horseback are just stunning … Especially when returning from our 3-hour excursion, we get really great views of Torres del Paine, led by “our” Gaucho Carlito!


100% Ecological: EcoCamp Patagonia

For the first time ever, I experience what’s called “glamping”, or glamourous camping combined with strong care for the environment, such as bio-degradable soap in showers, compost toilets, sustainable and robust wooden tents, cosy fur blankets and delicious local food plus great Chilean wines.

EcoCamp Patagonia spearheads ecotourism in Torres del Paine national park and comes with a price of about € 200 a night (including full board). As a treat that in addition is very environmentally friendly, I can definitely recommend it. Only 10 minutes from Hotel Las Torres, the EcoCamp is located at the foothill of this spectacular mountain range offering wonderful vistas of the famous Torres. “Come and take a walk with me!”

Heute Nacht schlafe ich hier: Hütte / Zelt? Nr. 5 mit Blick auf Torres del Paine ... Wow.!

Today, I’m sleeping here: Hut Nr. 5 looking up at Torres del Paine. Wow.!

So eingekuschelt wird mir garantiert nicht kalt ... Urgemütlich hier!

Very cosy here: Sleeping like a baby inside this glamorous hut / “tent”!

Luxuriös ist es auch im Inneren der "Zeltstadt" des EcoCamp: Hier im Gemeinschafts- und Frühstücksraum mit ausgezeichneten Speisen und Getränken wie dem berühmten Pisco Sour.

At the heart of EcoCamp: The common area makes for easy encounters with fellow travellers, including excellent Pisco Sour & more popular drinks and food.

Der Blick (mit Zoom) auf die Torres del Paine ... In diese faszinierenden Berge habe ich mich wirklich verschaut. Ich freue mich echt schon sehr auf die Wanderung zur "Base de las Torres"!

A (close-up) look upon Torres del Paine … I really fell in love with these mountains. Can’t wait to start our trekking adventure with my friends Anne-Laure & Julien!

Auch das Essen im EcoCamp ist vom Feinsten, die Gesellschaft mit internationalen Gästen stets sehr unterhaltsam.

Eating at EcoCamp is fantastic and delicious, too, especially when surrounded by other like-minded, happy travellers.

Dazu kommt der ausgezeichnete chilenische Wein, den wir hier goutieren ...

In addition, we enjoy tasting some very good Chilean wines …

Das EcoCamp Patagonia ist wirklich eine Reise wert und ich empfehle es auch Backpackern, sich diese Erfahrung zu leisten: Sehr außergewöhnlich :)

I can truly recommend EcoCamp Patagonia as a more upscale alternative, even for backpackers wishing to treat themselves: If you want to treat yourself, consider doing it here!

Disclaimer: I have been invited by Hotel Las Torres on this trip to Torres del Paine National Park. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Hermann Paschinger

    Tomaten, Pferde, Öko-Camp in aufregender Landschaft & Wein – eine spannende Kombination!

  2. Elena

    Danke, es ist in der Tat spannend hier in Torres del Paine und ich kann den Besuch nur empfehlen 😀

    Das EcoCamp ist wirklich etwas Besonderes … Luxus beim Campen, den man sich leisten sollte!

  3. Charlie de Pelet

    Love it – some proper sight seeing. What an adventure and yet still some comfort.

  4. Elena

    Thanks, Charlie!

    Adventurous indeed, and relaxing at the same time – a perfect experience 🙂

  5. East African Canvas

    We love the fact that glamping has taken off throughout the world and not just Africa. We at East African Canvas think glamping is the best way to experience the outdoors.

  6. Elena

    Dear team at East African Canvas,

    Sounds wonderful! Where exactly are your experiences based? Perhaps I’ll have to come and see you some day soon in order to “glamp” with you and experience what must be just awesome outdoors … !


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