More than thirty years ago, we built our eco-lodge on the banks of the Tambopata River, in southeastern Peru, so that we could protect an area of rainforest and invite travelers to come and enjoy nature and learn more about the Amazon basin.
Since then, we have worked to develop our conservation-based ecotourism project, through our own Private Conservation Area on the edge of the government-protected Tambopata National Reserve. When they visit us, travelers can explore the Amazon rainforest secure in the knowledge that we are doing everything possible to reduce to a minimum any negative impacts from our ecotourism activities.
Our eco-lodge is situated in unspoiled tropical forest, almost 70 kilometers (44 miles) from the nearest jungle town, and such a privileged home comes with great responsibility. To try and reduce to an absolute minimum our impact on our surroundings, the electricity we use to heat the showers in guests’ rooms is produced using solar panels, and we offer guidance for our guests to help them lessen their own impact on the environment. But we also do much more.
Of course, as we go about our daily lives, none of us wants to think about what happens to our waste! But, at Tambopata Ecolodge we prioritize waste management as an essential part of our commitment to environmental sustainability.
Over the decades, we have invested intensively and worked closely with both local and international specialists to address the practicalities of remaining ecofriendly at our location deep in the rainforest. In addition to our wildlife conservation work, this has been one of the main contributors to our status as an officially recognized eco-lodge. To ensure that the grey and black waters produced at our jungle lodge do not leach into rainforest streams and rivers, we have installed efficient biodigester and septic tank systems. As recently as 2019, we invested yet again to renew our entire waste water system, and we are proud to be able to say that this aspect of our commitment to environmental care makes us unique among our region’s jungle lodges.
In addition to this most essential of environmental initiatives, at our eco-lodge we also focus on other ecofriendly details. We provide our guests with biodegradable soaps for their own use. And on the boats we use to transport our guests to and from the lodge and on their guided ecoadventure excursions, we operate outboard motors that don’t use an oil and gas mix. Unlike 2-stroke engines, these 4-stroke motors reduce to a minimum any negative impact on the rivers we help to protect.
Of course, in our modern world almost no human activity in nature can be said to be 100% ecofriendly, but at Tambopata Ecolodge we work hard every day to do all we can to protect and conserve the area of rainforest that continues to exist and to thrive because we are here to take care of it.