Why we like this refugio
- Whether you stay in their structured domes or cabins, you will be well protected from the elements and are sure to sleep soundly
- Its location in Serrano Village gives you a tranquil base from away from the crowds of the more central areas of the park
- You will share with a maximum of only four others
- The refugio stays open throughout the winter
Types of accommodation
You can stay in a dome or cabin, or you can camp if you wish. Whichever option you choose, you will enjoy the peace and quiet amidst the forest.
Domes have bunk beds and there's space for up to four people in each. Beds are separated by partitions for privacy, and covers, pillows and sheets are all provided. Each one has solar-powered lights and USB points for charging your devices.
There are two cabins available for five people in total. One cabin includes a double bed, whilst the other comprises of a single bed and a bunk bed, for three people. They have their own kitchen, bathroom and dining area.
Refugio Darwin has a large campsite and there are three ways to camp here:
- Tent pitch only: bring your own equipment and set up camp on arrival
- Tent pitch, plus firewood: bring your own equipment and receive wood to build a campfire
- All camping equipment provided: you don't need to bring any gear as you are provided with a tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mattress.
Food and drink
If you're staying in the domes or cabins, meals are included and are an indulgent affair. Delicious local dishes are served in the heated communal dining dome which has wooden tables and benches and fantastic views of the Paine Massif. If you're camping, you can set up your cooking equipment in one of the domes. There's also a 'quincho', a traditional cooking room where barbecues are prepared.
Domes and cabins have their own bathrooms while there is a separate block of showers and toilets for campers. Bathroom facilities are basic but clean and there are hot showers.
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