Travel is the best form of education. But traveling with a conscience is even better. Recent research shows that one third of all travelers look for holiday companies that are sustainable when researching the next getaway. This is why 2019 is the year of traveling with a conscience; in other words, 2019 is the year of sustainable travel. Sustainability has become one of the most important factors when determining where to travel to and which companies to travel with.
Enter Patagonia Camp. Chilean Patagonia’s premiere glamping experience, Patagonia Camp is all about opening visitors’ senses to the 360-degrees of pure, uninterrupted nature. The project was created so that each guest is immersed in the raw, unspoiled beauty that surrounds Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park.
The camp’s 20 luxury-style yurts bring guests up close and personal with nature, close to the elements, but still protected and pampered with comfy amenities.
One of the main pillars of Patagonia Camp is sustainability. In fact, the operation includes the implementation of systems that attempt to emit as little carbon dioxide as possible, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the getaway. To accomplish this, the camp has placed special emphasis on the optimization of energy resources through low-power electrical appliances and the use of a low-power generator.
Additionally, Patagonia Camp is surrounded by beautiful rivers, lakes and lagoons whose waters are completely pure and crystal clear. Part of the camp’s philosophy is to keep these resources as pristine as possible for all future generations. The camp has installed a 100 percent organic water treatment plant with peat and bacteria that allows for the transformation of the water used back to the same purity with which it was collected. All of the products used at the camp, and the amenities offered to guests, are biodegradable, as well.
The camp’s organic waste is transformed into compost by composting worms, which is then used on farmland for the cultivation of the aromatic herbs and vegetables from the onsite garden.
Recycling is another founding pillar of Patagonia Camp. Not only is the use of glass and plastics minimized as much as possible, the camp uses returnable and refill containers, as well as delivers Patagonia Camp canteens for all guests.
Sustainability doesn’t only pertain to the environment. It pertains to preserving and supporting local communities, as well. Patagonia Camp is committed to the local culture and its staff is predominantly made up of people rooted in the area. Through this, travelers have the unique opportunity to engage in a cultural exchange, learning about local customs and the stories of Patagonia from the people who live it on a daily basis. In addition, the decorations around Patagonia Camp, including handicrafts and souvenirs, are developed by local artisans and small businesses.