For us, the term “eco-” is not a marketing tool to attract visitors. We are officially certified as an Ecolodge by the Peruvian government and acknowledged as a genuinely responsible company fully committed to conservation of rainforests that exist because we exist. In Peru and the rest of South America, ecotourism is the best chance tropical forests have of continued survival.
In Peru it is tourism that has made it possible to create national reserves and save the forests of the Amazon basin from destruction. By working to encourage travelers to visit the rainforest, we are ensuring it will be around for future generations to appreciate. Pioneering projects like Tambopata Ecolodge, which was established in 1991, provide the model that teaches local people the importance of conserving our natural heritage, by showing them that forests are worth more to us all when they are left to flourish, instead of being exploited.