The concept of ‘glamping’ has been circulating the globe for over a decade, and as the phenomenon grows in popularity, it continues to spread to every corner of the world. However, some so-called ‘glamping’ sites are misusing the term by discarding the traditions of camping, essentially neglecting six-eighths of what makes it up. The true roots of ‘glamping’ lie in the merging of the conventional with the contemporary; the ‘away from it all’ experience without relinquishing the luxury of gourmet food and cozy beds desired by the modern-day camper.
One longstanding memory of childhood camping trips is the ever-present campfire which served as cooker, heater and general source of life. Of course we have adopted this enduring tradition, but we have also adapted it.
Each comfortable dome features a wood burning stove which is lit by the friendly staff while you are savoring a delectable three course dinner- more of that to come later. But while giving the flickering flames time to pick up a roaring pace, you can enjoy the outdoor fire pit at the top of the camp. The peaceful spot is the perfect place to take in the wonders of the Andean sky by night while wrapped up in your new alpaca hat as the crackling logs burn.
Although not losing sight of the traditions of camping, it is undeniable that Peru Ecocamp has modified them. But who could complain about the installation of hot water showers that can connect to your device via Bluetooth in order to wake you up to your favorite songs? If we were to define ‘glamping’ it would be the geodesic domes themselves- the embodiment of the fusion between glamour and camping. With their substantial size of 28 square meters and simple yet classic interior they are both incredibly sleek and futuristic while managing to comfortably blend into the surrounding environment. Each dome also features electric plugs so if you are on a five-day trek, then worry no more about packing ludicrously heavy portable chargers which weigh significantly into your luggage allowance. Furthermore, all of our electricity is solar-powered, meaning you can charge up your camera battery while resting easy about your impact on the local environment.
Despite stating the obvious, after all it is in the name, Peru Ecocamp makes every decision with the environment as its priority. Along with the solar-powered energy, all products used in the camp are organic non-detergents which means that waste water can go back into the ground and organic waste is passed through a bio digester to be used as compost. We also have natural water sources which we filter and purify to ensure it is safe to drink, therefore reducing the need of plastic bottles and ultimately cutting down our waste.
In a bid to become ever more self-sustainable, we are always adding to our flourishing, organic vegetable garden. We boast several varieties of potato; although considering that across Peru there are 4,000 different types of potato, we still have some planting to do. The privilege of having all this produce materializes when we can proudly serve you delicious potato chips which were dug up from the ground only an hour before.
The food at our Ecocamps is another example of the balance between the classic and the contemporary. The locally sourced meals range from traditional and wholesome quinoa soup to elegant twist on a ‘causa’, the Peruvian potato based dish. Our excellent chefs strive to satisfyeach hungry adventurer with striking and delicious dishes.
And unlike in the cold nights of other camping trips, you need not worry about the preparation, serving or clearing as it is all taken care of by ourhelpful staff. Likewise, the previously unbearable early morning wakeups are a thing of the past. In true modern glamping style, in our camps you can wake-up to a hot shower and stroll across our luscious grass to the dining dome to be greeted with a variety of teas and local coffee. The breakfast caters for everyone, with local fruits, cereal and yoghurt as well as a choice of fresh juice, bread with home-made jams and eggs cooked whichever way you like them.
So if you have read why you shouldn’t wait to do the Salkantay Trek, but the thoughts of losing your way among streams of tents after a midnight mission to the bathroom, or struggling to stuff your sleeping bag into its pack in the frozen morning air are fast putting you off, then join us on a ‘glamping’ experience and let Peru Ecocamp be your dome away from home.