You wake up to captivating views awash with greens and browns, with trunks, branches, vines, leafs, birds and crawling clouds all around. It’s a bit like being on a crystal capsule, observing the forest life from the comfort of your bed. Open the window, and the sounds of bird and frog calls wash over you. The rooms’ lighting is subdued with hidden LED lights that run along the handsome wooden bedheads providing a magical touch.
Our Ecuador Eco Lodge is more than a five-star Lodge in the forest: it was conceived and is meant to be one-of-a-kind Travel Experience where the material features of the property are just the ideal complement for an unbeatable contact with the fauna, flora, geological, geographical, ecological, climatic, scenic and historic features of one of the most remarkably biodiverse corners of the world, now protected as a Nature Reserve.
The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary Ecuador Eco Lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the unique world of the nature preserve, located in the heart of the Equatorial Chocó Bio-Region, regarded as one of the planet’s most important “hot spots” of biodiversity, just three hours from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. A hideaway in the forest, only accessible to its privileged guests and located on a scenic plateau, the Ecuador Eco Lodge features amazing views of the surrounding forested mountains right up close through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows.
Our Ecuador Eco Lodge was built with the latest techniques for sustainable construction and is designed to blend perfectly with its natural environs. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright color, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amidst the cloud and tropical forests, a unique natural world just steps away, ideal for discovery, exploration, contemplation and relaxation.
The Ecuador Eco Lodge uses LED lights in order to reduce energy consumption. It also uses yellow lights not to attract insects at night. The hotel treats the waste waters biologically, utilizing its organic waste and recycling the solid waste.
The Ecuador Eco Lodge project was one of the first in the country to participate in the governmental program “Cree Ecuador”, devised by the Ministry of Production. This implies that the Ministry invests US $ 1.5 million of the project’s cost. In exchange, the company will collaborate with the Ministry to create and support a local association of the community and that its employees acquire a minimum of 10% of this sum in company shares.
The Ecuador Eco Lodge has financed the employment of a resident biologist since 2010. He and his team have conducted an extensive study in the reserve which contributed to the reserve being awarded with an Environmental License from the Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador with a Protected Area of 1300 hectares. The investigation has identified species of frogs that were thought not to exist in the area. An extensive list of birds, insects, mammals and reptiles has also been developed. In addition to financing the resident biologist it also finances the Lodge’s “Life Centre” as a Field Center of Research.
The Ecuador Eco Lodge has also had an important role in reinforcing the initiative to establish a new and larger reserve of 17.200 hectares, which was declared as a Protected Area by the Municipality of Quito in May of 2011. The Private Reserve of the Ecuador Eco Lodge is already inside this bigger reserve, ensuring its future viability and enhancing the success of the lodge, not only as a source of employment but also to share the learning and experiences with the local communities.
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