This program is for anyone who wants to forge a deep connection with nature and awaken the senses to a new level of consciousness. This trip combines the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park with yoga and meditation to help us recognize that all life pulsates.
Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with views of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.
Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.
Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.
Spacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet
EcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be involved in the Standard Dome sharing option this season. All standard domes will be reserved for individual travelers or travelers from the same reservation group.
Fixed departures will be informed every season.
This trip starts and ends in Punta Arenas (hotel or airport) and includes all transfers.
This trip has been ranked with a difficulty level of the medium due to the trekking involved on Day 5 (Tower Base). Ideally, guests should have some yoga experience, but the instructor will adapt the poses to suit the capability of each participant (thus positions from beginner to advanced).
Susanne Steiger is a pediatric nurse, as well as the founder and director of the yoga academy "yogapatagOMlila" and yoga house "patagOM" in Puerto Natales. Twenty-five years ago she began practicing Iyengar yoga and ashtanga vinyasa in Germany, then she traveled for three years through Central and South America, practicing at any yoga studio she could find. In Santiago, Chile, she participated in her first teacher training program for one year, focusing on punra/integral yoga. This experience inspired her to create the first yoga house in Puerto Natales, where she has been living since 1999. More intense studies and practice brought her to her second teacher training course in the Bahamas (International Vedanta Center Sivananda) and an additional advanced teacher training in Vrindavan, India. Furthermore,n she did a training course in Germany for yoga therapy, seeking new tools for different people with specific needs, such as pregnant women. Yoga is for everyone and therefore it is important to be aware of various needs for different people in all places and situations. Susanne is so happy to bring yoga and yoga education to the end of the world and is always looking for new skills and tools, such as Thai massage (passive yoga) or singing bowls, to make her classes special and unique.
Her qualifications include the following:
This program will incorporate the traditional hatha yoga style and will adapt to the level of each participant. Hatha is a broad genre of yoga, focusing on physical postures, breathing exercises and relaxation. It is the stairway to raja yoga or classical yoga, which focuses on the mind, deep concentration and meditation. “Asanas” or yoga postures, are defined and should be done quietly and relaxed. There are postures like standing, sitting and lying on the back or on the belly. In the program, participants will focus on the spine and different movements which will create more space, strength and awareness of daily postures and how to economize energy. In general, hatha yoga focuses on kriya-asana combinations through poses and breathing exercises, releasing toxins from the body and mind and creating balance. Expect exercises such as forward folds, hip openings, mantra chants, lying on the spine or stomach, etc. It’s an opportunity to get in touch with your body and your essence to shine.
Minimum group size of 6 passengers and maximum 12. Guide to passenger ratio: 1:12.
In Torres del Paine (and throughout Patagonia), transport is in vans that normally seat between 8 to 14 people.
You can expect all four seasons in one day. This is because the Patagonian Andes are exposed to the same winds that circle Antarctica, while the sea and the Southern Patagonia Icefield both exert their own influences. This means that fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing with it rain or even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared for strong, cold winds (up to 130km/hr), rainfall and average temperatures of 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, it can become lovely and sunny just as fast so come prepared for all types of weather!
We will also send you a detailed list before your departure.