Creating Earthship Patagonia
Video by Rachel Taylor, USA
In 2007, Earthship Patagonia was a distant dream. International travelers looking for more than a hostel bed in a tourist trap town embarked on a journey to re-imagine the backpacking lifestyle, hoping to capture the goals and aspirations of many into a single and cohesive social enterprise manifested into the form of an accommodation. We wanted to learn, create, share, experience, harmonize, and grow during our travels, while respecting and experiencing every environment we encounter, contributing to its future and inspiring others to care about their impact on the world around them. Years of focus, hard work, charisma, creative talent, and a ton of magic carried out by a group of dreamers lead to enough resources of all types to birth the project's initation.
In March of 2015, we broke ground on a plot of land in the center of El Bolsón, Argentina with the help of 50 international sustainable design students and a powerhouse crew of 20 volunteers and dreamers. Together we laid a foundation of tin cans, built walls of dirt-packed tires and recycled glass bottles, raised a roof with solar panels and rain water tanks, and learned along the way design principles for all participants to be able to continue and create similar projects around the world.
We first opened for guests in October of 2015. Some services we offer include accommodation inside the Earthship and in adjacent Yurts, bike rental, gardening workshops, and optional communal meals. If you will be traveling through the area this season, consider staying with us to learn and create together!
El Bolsón is a special valley deep in the Andes of Southern Argentina which boasts a mild climate and rich soil. Here, we are lucky to encounter a melting pot of global cultures from local gauchos and native Mapuche to European and North American transplants enjoying the progressive small town energy. It is a hub for alternative buildings and holistic lifestyles, making it a perfect location to grow our project. Earthship Patagonia is one of the few locations incorporating various alternative building styles in the town center.