How Ecolodges Work ~ Ecolodge Principles (2 of 6)

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The Sani Lodge is owned by the Sani community, employing locals. Profits from the lodge are used to support community projects such as building a school in Coca, where local children will be educated in traditional Quichuan culture as well as by a university-preparatory curriculum. Photo: Sani Lodge

Ecolodge Principles

According to The Ecotravel Center, a service of the Conservation International Foundation the termecolodge can be defined as:

An industry label used to identify a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of ecotourism.

Essentially, an ecolodge will offer you an educational and participatory experience.

If you are going to stay at an ecolodge, there are several things you can expect from your vacation experience. According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), a good ecolodge should:

  • Provide comfortable rooms and common areas that reflect the designs and heritage of the local culture
  • Offer a natural setting that has been carefully preserved and contains local plant life
  • Use locally harvested and sustainable and/or recyclable building materials
  • Purchase food from local farmers
  • Use environmentally-friendly energy, water and waste systems
  • Offer opportunities for interaction with local owners, managers, staff and guides

Nestled in a lush tropical 30 acre valley surrounded by the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, the award-winning Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is Australia's leading green hotel. Photo: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Nestled in a lush tropical 30 acre valley surrounded by the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, the award-winning Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is Australia's leading green hotel. Photo: Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Source: How Stuff Works

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