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La Selva's Environmental Commitment

    Leading the way for eco tourism

    The Ecuadorian Amazon is a healthy ecosystem, but it is in constant threat from outside forces. Deforestation, logging, pollution and oil operations are just some of the threats faced by the equatorial rainforest.

    Therefore, La Selva has made a promise to lead the way in sustainable tourism and ecoluxury by using available resources and ultimately paving the new path of luxury ecotourism. The following are the certifications we have earned from our practices.

    Rainforest Alliance

    The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization that works around the globe in order to conserve forests and other natural resources while also advancing sustaingable livelihoods. Since 1987, the Rainforest Alliance has focused on transforming forestry, agriculture, and tourism, collaborating with foresters, farmers, businesses, and workers to build strong forests and healthy communities, protect habitats, and rebalance Earth.

    TripAdvisor Green Leaders

    After being reviewed and completing a thorough application, the world reknown review site TripAdvisor awarded us the Gold Green Leader title. It is the highest achievable in their green hotel category.

    Environmental and Social Responsibility

    Having created a strong bond with the local community we are even better prepared to protect this beautiful land. By continuously improving this relationship we also better our business, consumer, and landuse practices. It also makes recycling, reusing, reducing, using local products, low energy resources, and no air-conditioning even easier. Below is a concentrated list of our conservative practices.

    • No air conditioners. They use too much gas to power the generators. Instead, we use a combination of fans and airy well-ventilated rooms to keep our guests cool.

    • The main lodge is built with iron and sustainable bamboo. The bamboo is a renewable resource that also provides jobs for the community.

    • Waste water system. Water is filtered and cleaned before returning to the environment.

    • Local produce. Whenever possible, we prepare meals with locally grown ingredients, benefiting the communities that produce them.

    • Local Employment. We provide many opportunities for the local community decreasing their need to hunt, fish or cut down trees to make a living. This results in a healthier jungle with more wildlife.

    • Re-use.We ask guests to use towels until they absolutely need washing to reduce unecessary energy.

    • Junior Naturalist Program.Our kids program stresses eco-friendly activities like learngint to paddle a canoe, leaving no trace in the wilderness and interacting with the local communities to further protect the rainforest.
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