Responsible Tourism

MINIMUM IMPACT TOURISM

Tourists who visit the lodge are helping our important responsible tourism initiatives.

  • Rooms powered by photovoltaic panels, generating 2.3 MW per month and reducing CO2 emissions in the environment, thus ensuring maximum comfort in the midst of nature.
  • Recycling and separation of inorganic waste (aluminium, plastic, metal and paper).
  • Heating water using solar energy.
  • Treatment of grey effluent - from the sink and shower - using a permaculture system.
  • Treatment of black effluent - from the toilet - using layers of filters and an evapotranspiration basin.
  • Intelligent architectural construction, adopting natural ventilation and using window screens.
  • Use of biodegradable cleaning products.
  • Rational changing of bedding and towels, to avoid wasting water and energy.
  • Training of staff in the responsible use of resources and appropriate supervision of visitors on the trails.
  • Using organic fruit and vegetables whenever they are available.
  • Limiting the excursion groups to a maximum of eight guests per group, to reduce the impact on the trail while improving the chances of observing wildlife.
  • Offering limited accommodation with the aim of providing a rich experience for visitors while avoiding the impact of mass tourism.
  • Banning the feeding of wildlife, in order not to affect their ability to obtain food and also to avoid making them dependent on humans.
  • Responsible management of the Cristalino reserves, through the Cristalino Foundation committee, comprising biologists, scientists and administrators.

FOREST CONSERVATION

The preservation of primary forest has been made possible by the Cristalino Lodge’s responsible tourism practices.

  • Cristalino Lodge directly preserves 28,167 acres (44 square miles), an area six times larger than Fernando de Noronha Archipelago or 1.3 times larger than Manhattan Island, USA. 

In 2008, these efforts gained formal recognition when the lodge was honored as a winner of the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award (conservation), one of the world’s top sustainability awards in the hotel field.

Other recognition includes the 2012 Global Vision Award, presented by Travel + Leisure.

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 

Human development has to occur in harmony with the sustainable use of natural resources. Therefore, making conservation feasible in the Amazon region needs to take into consideration the needs for the native population. Through education and the quest for sustainable economic activities, it is possible to obtain results that are favorable for human development. That is why the Ecolodge supports a variety of regional projects, such as A Day In The Forest, Young Conservationist, research and theatrical programs, through the Cristalino Foundation.

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