We are Pioneering Eco-Plastic Accommodations in Chile! - Chile Nativo

We are Pioneering Eco-Plastic Accommodations in Chile!

Plastic Wood? Discover how we transformed 20 tons of waste into an ecological campsite with Patagonia Circular.

Just a few steps from the marvelous Serrano River, very close to Torres del Paine, you’ll find our base camp: RiverSide Camp. This camping experience is unlike any other, with a distinguishing factor that sets it apart from the rest—its construction material: ecowood. Thanks to our collaboration with Patagonia Circular and their production of eco- friendly materials, we are the first campsite in Chile built using reused waste materials from the Magallanes region.

More than 115 years have passed since the creation of plastic, and today it can be considered a dual discovery. While it was a valuable contribution at its peak, it is now considered a threat.

In Chile, the average daily waste per person is 2.5 pounds. Specifically in Torres del Paine, the waste per person reaches around 28.7 pounds.1

Source: Subsecretaría de Desarrollo Regional y Administrativo: Región de Magallanes y Antártica 2018.

That’s why our main motivation is to innovate through sustainable actions. One of our first steps on this path is at our RiverSide Camp. The campsite offers double Lotus Belle tents with private bathrooms and access to local cuisine, all while enjoying magnificent views of the national park.

Did you know? The base of each tent is constructed with 20 tons of recycled plastic waste from the region, transformed into ecowood. Thanks to the collaboration with Patagonia Circular, we have achieved this milestone! This company is dedicated to the sustainable development of the Magallanes region through the Circular Economy, thereby extending the short lifespan of plastic to over 100 years.

Ecowood is a material that is easy to apply and handle, requires no treatment, is water-resistant, fire-resistant, 100% recycled, and sustainable.

A material like this isn’t created overnight. Patagonia Circular emerged through Bernardita Ortíz, the company’s director, who explains the challenge of creating the first ecowood project in the area at the Chile Nativo RiverSide Camp.

We transform locally generated products, whether from individuals or industries, offering comprehensive solutions for the entire region.” Explains the Director regarding the importance of the Circular Economy. 

The positive impact on the community is enormous. Eco-indicators demonstrate the project’s sustainability results.

In summary, approximately 96 trees were saved from being cut down. This also resulted in a total reduction of 77,391 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary greenhouse gas, equivalent to what cars would emit over 90,888 miles. Additionally, 39,004 cubic meters of water were saved, equal to 3,900,400 liters or around 39,004 five-minute showers. Lastly, 390,040 plastic containers did not reach the sea or nature.

RiverSide Camp teaches a lesson: These figures are not just statistics; they bear witness to how collaboration and innovation can become agents of change.

At Chile Nativo, we are committed to ecotourism, and step by step, we have transformed our actions into planet-friendly solutions. This project with Patagonia Circular is a step forward in what we aim to achieve: making local adventure tourism more sustainable.

SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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