Ecorazzi’s Rainforest Editorial Series is brought to you by Hello Green Tomorrow, the Avon Product Inc. campaign to plant a future and help end deforestation.
One of the best ways to experience the rainforest and still have a luxurious vacation is to visit an eco-friendly resort or lodge. We scoped out the hottest earth-friendly places for visitors to stay when visiting the jungle and came up with the top 8 eco-friendly rainforest resorts perfect for getting back in touch with nature, relaxing in a sustainable atmosphere, and simply enjoying incredible flora, fauna and wildlife.
La Cusinga is the hidden gem located in Costa Rica where the pacific ocean crashes into the jungle. Nestled among a private reserve of 600 acres the small ecolodge offers guest the choice of 10 rustic cabins built with local materials and sustainably harvested wood, an open-air restaurant, and activities in abundance. Tours through the virgin rainforest off the south-western Pacific Coast to walking paths along isolated beaches and dining on tropical fare from the fresh produced grown on the farm make this an ideal eco-friendly rainforest destination spot.
La Cusinga Contact Info:
Reservation Phone- 506-2770-2549
Located in North Queensland, Australia the Sanctuary Retreat at Mission Beach is certified in ecotourism. The retreat is set on 50 acres of tropical rainforest overlooking the Coral Sea. Sanctuary believes in keeping up a low impact philosophy, so each building has been designed to make sure that vegetation and bird-life are disturbed as little as possible. Accommodations come in two types at Sanctuary, rainforest huts where you can see, hear, feel and experience the natural rainforest and deluxe canopy cabins for those more inclined to creature comforts. Activities at Sanctuary range from walking the rainforest trails to the Crocodile Cruise to scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Sanctuary also offers Yoga retreats for those inclined to find tranquility among the beauty of the rainforest.
Yachana Lodge is located in La Mariscal Quito, Ecuador and the name Yachana means “a place of learning”. That it is in abundance. This lodge in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest has won numerous awards from magazines like Conde Nast, Smart Voyager and National Geographic. It was the winner for as the best example of geotourism in the world for 2008 by National Geographic for the National Geographic Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge. It’s uniqueness comes from being run by volunteers and students of ecotourism and sustainable development.
Phone:+593 2 252 3777
Fax:+593 2 252 3327
Covering 44 acres of the Borneo rainforest is where this little gem of an ecoresort is located. Permai Rainforest Resort offers up the best of the rainforest in a quiet, relaxed setting that takes you away from the hassles of everyday life. The resort offers tours, activities, and a social responsibility that is uncompromising from recycling to growing local food and selling locally made products that when purchased go back to the community.
“Nature. Nuture. Culture,” is the theme for this ecofriendly rainforest resort located in Daintree, Queensland. The resort brings you into the worlds oldest rainforest where you can stay in a “tree house” or “bayans” and reconnect with nature and connect with the Aboriginal culture. Only 15 rooms make up this little private resort so it has minimal impact on the surrounding rainforest and natural preserves. One of the coolest things this resort boasts is a Kuku Yalanji sacred and special healing site.
20 Daintree Road
Daintree QLD 4873
(07) 4098 6100
Chalalan brings you into the heart of the Bolivian Amazon in the in the MADIDI National Park jungle. Scientist have called the lodge a “Biodiversity Hotspot” and the area is constantly under threat of development. However, the people of San José de Uchupiamonas, have joined together to make this gem an eco-friendly, highly competitive and self-sustainable business that has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. One of the best reasons to go here is the affordability for budget travelers looking to explore the rainforest.
Take a short jaunt from San Jose, Costa Rica to find Sela Verde the place that provides easy access to the wonders of the rainforest including monkeys, toucans, and a tropical environment that is unforgettable. Sela Verde boasts Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism and actively promotes conservation and environmental education throughout the local community. Protection of Costa Rica’s rainforest, which is home to more bird species than North America and Europe combined, is just one reason this resort has been put on the list of top 8 eco-friendly rainforest resorts. Another is because it is a family friendly resort with activities for anyone of any age.
Selva Verde Lodge
Costa Rica, Central America
Costa Rica is a beautiful place that is home to a large part of the rainforest. Many resorts can be found there, but many are becoming more earth friendly and making a name for themselves with geotourism and ecotourism. Luna Lodge is one of them. This eco-lodge is a secluded place surrounded by the pristine and gorgeous Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park in southwestern Costa Rica. Wildlife and Ecotours are just one benefit to this eco-friendly rainforest resort. A retreat center and the Luna spa offer places to learn and relax and get in touch with nature in its primal beauty.
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