Big Falls Lodge
An intimate, family run jungle lodge in the village of Big Falls.
Curiously there are no "big falls", its just a name!
The lodge organises a range of activities both natural and more
adventurous, as well as cultural experiences with the locals.
The lodge works in partnership with local people and a range
of conservation organisations to protect the surrounding rainforest.
Black Rock River Lodge
First of the eco lodges around San Ignacio, the Black Rock, prides
itself on its location first and foremost, and it certainly does
afford spectactular views of the Maya Mountains, jungle and Rio
Macal. Offers a range of trips and activities around Belize.
Very eco-conscious using solar and hydro power only, composting,
recycling and organic farming as part of an eco-friendly program.
Fantastic website for a very green lodge near San Ignacio. Surrounded
by beautiful national park land the lodge gives guests the opportunity
to interact with nature straight from their luxury cabins through
a program of activities such as horse riding, hiking and mountain
biking. Harvests hydroelectric energy, recycling program and
an organic garden. Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, director of
the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now.
Caballo Blanco -
A family owned eco lodge, again near San Ignacio, with an on-site
Avian sanctuary. Affords guests sweeping views of the surrounding
countryside as well as comfortable accommodation and activities
programs. The lodge takes pride in a sustainable approach, with
a raft of sustainable measures including organic plantations
for locals to farm in the grounds and, a nice touch, the provision
of metal canteens for all guests to reduce the usage of plastic.
Casa del Caballo Blanco is host to the Casa Avian Support Alliance
which works in support of conservation of bio-diversity in Belize.
Cotton Tree Lodge
Well known new lodge that has been featured in the New York Times.
Located next to a spectacular jungle river, the lodge offers
the usual range of jungle activities as well as the unusual chocolate
workshops, allowing guests to take part in all aspects of the
chocolate making process. Lots of sustainable policy implementation,
including solar power, organic farming, composting and reforestation
to name but a few measures.
Hidden Valley Inn
A luxury lodge in the verdant rainforest of Belize, with its
own collection of private waterfalls set in a private reserve.
The conveniences are everything you would imagine from a high
end lodge/hotel and they use a team of locals to conserve the
large private reserve.
Rock Camp & Cabañas - http://www.tablerockbelize.com
Very pretty and not expensive lodge that has been built up from
abandoned farm land. They offer a range of activities, some of
which are free and also have a range of easy trails around the
reserve. The owners are also big on conservation with water harvesting,
organic farming and replenishment of local mahogany stocks all
part of their eco policy.
A small family-operated eco resort
on the island of St Maartin surrounded by lush tropical vegetation
-they have eleven 'cottages' made from eco-friendly and recycled
materials, individually decorated by local artist Heleen
Cornet; lighting and water heating is from solar power, toilets
are composting type and rainwater is collected for re-use. They
provide diving packages in association with Sea Saba Advanced
Beautiful Caribbean location with picturesque white sands and
azure seas. Absolute luxury. Featuring the largest solar power
facility of any hotel/lodge in Latin America, sustainably fished
seafood, recycling, composting and no plastic allowed!
- Coyote Mountain Lodge, -http://www.cerrocoyote.com
Cusinga Ecolodge and reserve
La Cusinga Lodge is a coastal rainforest ecolodge dedicated to
marine and terrestrial conservation and environmental education.
One of the best places in the world to watch humpbacks, the lodge
also offers a range of activities and wildlife experiences both
in and out of the water. Uses hydroelectric and solar power,
employs locals only and provides education on sustainability
for the local community.
- Lake Cota Ecolodge - http://www.ecolodgecostarica.com
First established in 1990, this lodge was created as a pilot
for South America and was the first lodge built in Latin America
using an economic endowment from the World Bank. Its mission
is to preserve the environment and develop a true ecotourism
program with 218 hectares of primary forest as a private reserve.
It offers cabins with views of Lake Arenal and the volcano, and
activities include fishing and birdwatching in the primary rainforest,
and is a popular destination for honeymoon packages.
Award winning ecolodge built by John and Karen Lewis on a private
nature reserve at the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific
Ocean. The main lodge and bungalows are built of local, natural
materials along three ridges connected by walking paths and steps.
Built over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling
tropical breezes. Climb further to overlook the forest canopy
and breathtaking ocean vistas. A huge range of activities are
on offer including birding tours, overnight jungle walks, yoga,
fishing, sustainability talks or football with the locals.
- La Paloma Lodge
Sitting on a high bluff overlooking Drake Bay, the lodge extends
over twelve acres of tropical rainforest. The accommodation is
in rooms and ranchos that open up on to the west to catch the
cooling breezes coming in from the Pacific Ocean.
Lodge - http://www.lunalodge.com
Well known, award winning and extremely popular lodge in the
jungle close to Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It offers all the
usual amenities together with impressive views over the surrounding
jungle and the ability to mix with the local wildlife. Features
organic gardens and environmentally friendly policies.
- Sabalo Lodge
Corcovado national park
Budget lodge situated next to mangrove and jungle ecosystems.
Offers a large range of activities including mountain biking,
kayaking, hiking and trips for whale watching, snorkeling and
scuba diving. Sustainability and low impact is a major concern
for the owners so they use recycling, water reharvesting and
organic cooking to help the environment.
- Dolfo Dulce
- Nestled between the luxuriant
green mountains of the Piedras Blancas National Park and the
turquoise waters of Costa Rica's Golfo Dulce, Finca Saladero
is an environmentally sensitive 480 acre private preserve. Their
goal is to provide to travelers the opportunity to observe wildlife
in a sustainable fashion while enjoying the comfortable accommodation.
Their green approach includes energy supplied by hybrid system
of solar power and hydro, composting of organic waste, grey water
recycling and use of organic produce. Enjoy kayaking, fishing,
snorkeling or dolphin watching or trek the forest accompanied
by the sounds of tree frogs and howler monkeys.
- Selva Banito,
Limom - http://www.selvabananito.com
Award winning and extremely eco-conscious lodge set in mountainous
jungle near the coast. Also provides a wide range of activities
for individuals and groups but their main mission is focused
on eco-sustainability, with no electricity, carbon offsetting
and reforestation only a small part of the environmental policy.
- Terrapin Lodge
Beautiful lodge located in dense jungle, but also close to the
coast. Provides guests with a myriad of activities as well as
providing information and assistance for onward travel in Costa
Rica. Uses hydro and solar power only along with composting and
- 3 Rivers http://www.3riversdominica.com
- Small award winning, eco lodge
set in a lush rainforest valley, surrounded by pristine rivers,
in natural and unspoiled eastern Dominica. Activities include
trekking, diving and sustainable living & artist workshops.
They have an impressively long list of eco activities and are
a fully certified member of Green Globe 21 and the International
Eco Tourism Society.
Cloud Forest Lodge,
Coban - http://www.chelemha.org
Beautiful wooden lodge set in verdant cloud forest. Surrounded
by the jungle this budget lodge provides the opportunity to experience
nature close up and also to interact with the local culture.
The reserve is one of the largest and diverse in Guatemala. The
lodge works together with conservation organisations to protect
the cloud forest and was built using sustainable measures.
La Lancha - http://www.blancaneaux.com
Sister lodge of blancaneaux in Belize, this is another fantastic
location on the shore of lake Peten Itza and very close to the
spectacular Mayan ruins at Tikal. Offers a range of activities
and day trips around the region. Features recycling, water harvesting
and organic gardens as part of an ongoing environmental policy.
Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, director of the Godfather trilogy
and Apocalypse Now.
- Hacienda San Lucas, Copan Valley -http://www.haciendasanlucas.com
Beautiful, family owned and rustic lodge situated in the hills
above the Copan Valley, with views over the Mayan ruins at Copan.
Offers a range of facilities and activities for a relaxing or
educational visit. Has a small environmental policy including
solar lighting, heating of water and sustainable refurbishments.
- Las Cascadas Lodge, La Ceiba - http://www.lascascadaslodge.com
Luxurious lodge, found in a reserve surrounded by deep Honduran
rainforest and a collection of beautiful cascades. Offers a luxury
experience, from deep within the jungle along with a range of
activities that can be organised at your leisure. Conserves water
as well as working with the government to protect the reserve.
Bonito Eco Lodge,
Pico Bonito - http://www.picobonito.com
Extremely well known and popular lodge located on the Caribbean
coast. Includes a butterfly farm and serpentarium. The lodge
offers luxury relaxation or activities both in equal measure,
while attempting to help the environment with hydro-electricity,
conservation efforts and education programs.
Amansala - http://www.amansala.com
Calls itself an eco chic resort offering six night bikini boot
camps limited to 25 men and women. The aim is to get in shape
-healthy diet and exercise in a beautiful setting. Beachfront
accomodation is simple, but elegant, with rooms made from stone
and wood, under thatched palapa roofs, in a village-like atmosphere.
They offer a natural lifestyle, sleeping in a beach cabaña,
eating fresh grilled fish, and drinking fresh fruit juices.
Cabañas Copal - http://www.cabanascopal.com
Beautiful thatched and simple cabanas on the beach in tulum,
offering guests the opportunity to experience the jungle on one
side and the beach and ocean on the other. No electricity, water
harvesting and conservation efforts are part of the lodges eco-policy.
Eco-Outreach - http://www.danzante.com
Idyllic setting on a volcanic knoll overlooking the sea of Cortez.
Offers luxurious accommodation and a wide range of activities
mainly involving the marine park, which is perfect for snorkeling
and scuba diving. The resort is entirely solar powered and the
owners work with local government to conserve the marine park.
Desconocido - http://www.hotelito.com
Beautiful new age resort, featuring a spa and beach to relax
on. No electricity and water wheels for the spa make it extra
eco-friendly despite the luxurious trappings. Perfectly placed
for just relaxing or taking part in the many activites including
trekking and scuba diving.
Duna - http://www.ecobaja.com
An ecological centre for creative renewal. Beautiful location
next to the sea of Cortes, offers guests a fabulous mix of holistic
and natural activities in the desert or on the beach. Makes use
of solar power, wind energy, recycling and conservation areas
to improve the local environment.
A pleasant looking small eco lodge, located in Nicaragua's golden
triangle, the countries main coffee growing region. They offer
a few cultural experiences and tours of the local area, but the
main highlight is the beautiful organic garden that fills with
wildlife all year round. Organic coffee farming.
Finca Esperanza Verde - http://www.fincaesperanzaverde.org
Describes itself as a cool, green and tranquil paradise, set
in the mountains of central Nicaragua. The lodge was constructed
by hand and offers a lot of interaction with the locals. It is
also more of a budget option, but still offers a range of activities.
A sideline for the owners is organic coffee farming, which combines
with solar energy and water harvesting to form a part of their
Nr. El Transito
Surf eco-lodge set in a, bungalows with hammocks, terrace and
loungers on a pacific beach, one and a half hours from Managua.
Their ecotourism project includes weekly art classes and yoga
retreats, and they take great care to manage their environment
Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Luxury natural haven offering beautiful beaches, tropical wildlife
and a project of nature conservation, community development and
reforestation as well as using extensive recycling of materials
in its construction.
Al Natural Resort - http://www.bocas.com/alnatura.htm
Bocas del Toro
About as eco-friendly as you can get, the thatched cottages are
made of driftwood, the showers from collected rainwater and the
fans solar powered! All on a small Island off the Caribbean coast
of Panama. Relax away or experience the fantastic marine park.
Lodge - http://www.corallodge.com
Isolated eco adventure lodge set in a pristine natural habitat
with suites in charming over-water bungalows in San Blas archipelago
with its beautiful unspoiled islands and cultural heritage of
the Kuna Indians.
Tower - http://canopytower.com
Soberania National Park
One of the top Eco-lodges in the World, the canopy tower is in
fact a former US radar station providing views of the rainforest
split over 5 different levels that give guests views of the different
layers. Offers a fantastic insight into the workings of the jungle,
combined with luxury accommodation and spellbinding views. Water
saving showers are just one of the eco friendly measures in place.
Lerida Eco Lodge
Family run, extremely cozy and highly recommended eco-lodge in
the West of Panama. Home grown coffee and a plethora of bird
species are the two highlights here. The lodge works together
with the government to maintain the reserve in which it is situated.
Sierra Llorona Bird Lodge - http://www.sierrallorona.com
A beautiful location for this jungle lodge surrounded by rainforest,
but with views all the way down to the Caribbean. The lodge offers
comfortable lodging and varied activities in addition to the
obvious birdwatching focus. Promotes sustainable tourism and
also conservation efforts by local universities.
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