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EcoCamp at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia.

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Ecocamp is an environmentally friendly place to stay when visiting southern Chile‚Äôs rugged Torres del Paine National Park. This camp provides a comfortable home base made of several geodesic dome tents at in which to explore the surrounding wilderness park which offers world-class mountain vistas and where it’s possible to view wildlife such as the llama-like guanacos, puma, condors and rare birds like the ostrich-like Lessor Rhea.

The domes tents are big enough to comfortably walk around in, has its own bathroom, heated with low-emission wood stove and electricity is generated by solar panels and micro hydro turbine. These tents, echo the early dome-like dwellings of the nomadic Kawesqar tribe, an ancient native people who lived in the area. The dome shape helps maintain stability in high winds, which are common in Patagonia. The tents are linked together by boardwalks and have wooden floors, beds, round windows for amazing views. There is a common-area tents for meals, chilling out, and socializing.

The camp is deep inside the often windy park along dirt roads and in a valley surrounded by awe-inspiring granite mountain peaks, glaciers and azure lakes. In the summer months (end of September through end of March) you can get up to 17 hours of daylight, so you will have lots of time to explore the park. This camp in Chile’s Patagonia is as about as far south as you want to get, but if you want to get even closer to the end of the world then you will need to make complicated travel plans that will eventually get you about 300-400 miles further south in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego.

Details on the various options to book a trip are on the EcoCamp’s website

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Chalalan Ecologde in Bolivia – Madidi National Park

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Chalalan.jpgChalalan Lake and ecolodge are located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This amazing retreat has been carefully constructed using local materials, traditional techniques, solar energy, treatment of all waste water and resulting in minimal ecological impact. Madidi National Park was established in 1995 in the Northwestern section of Bolivia. It protects a full array of ecosystems, from the high Andes to the Amazon basin and includes a vast wilderness of over 4 million acres of unparalled biological diversity from cloud forest to dry forest, humid lowland rainforest to savannah, and wild rivers to lakes. The Chalalan Lake and Ecolodge is located in an area that was shaped by ancient geological and glacial processes that render spectacular views today.

The park is home to more than 1,000 species of birds, 44% of all New World species of mammals, and an estimated 38% of neotropical amphibians. Your local guides will impart their deep knowledge of the area, ensuring you will enjoy your immersion in this uniquely beautiful and rich country.

The local owners of the Chalalan Ecolodge, the village of San Jose de Uchupiamonas, a Quecha-Tacana ethnic group, hope that by participating in responsible tourism, they can be successful in the preservation of thousands of hectares of pristine rainforest that belong to them and were inherited from their ancestors.

Departures: Year Round

Price: From US $379.00 per person (5days) excluding flights. Additional cost airplane ticket from La Paz-Rurrenabaque-LaPaz. Approximately $120.US per person

Contact: http://www.responsibletravel.com/Trip/Trip100638.htm

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