Sustainability

At Senderos all our small team recognise there is a Climate Crisis and a biodiversity crisis.

Despite the many issues with tourism as a whole, we believe that the right kind of tourism is important, indeed at times vital, in conserving ecosystems, biodiversity, unique and ancient cultures, traditions & communities. And in providing fair work, employment and poverty reduction. Senderos follows the 4Cs sustainability framework for guidance and inspiration — Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce (credit @ The Long Run).

Senderos has an unshakeable commitment to

· Reduce any negative environmental impact of our work in the UK and Latin America such as our office and transport and balance whatever carbon we still are unable to eliminate working towards the 2030 and 2050 goals

· Proudly, robustly and honestly showcase our partners sustainability credentials, their on-going often groundbreaking work in the areas of land and wildlife conservation, community, culture and social inclusiveness

· Be a strong advocate for change, continually encourage best practice and striving to improve

Please contact us for more information / specifics.

Our Partners

Polar Latitudes

  • Polar Latitudes are pioneers of citizen science in the region and work with research facilities such as NASA and the Scripps Institute. Guests are encouraged to get involved, collecting seawater samples, tracking whales etc. 
  • The ships are equipped with a modern technology fuel optimisation system from Lean Marine and all itineraries are created with fuel consumption in mind.
  • Rubbish is sorted and recycled on board - none gets disposed of until return to Ushuaia
  • The Scanship Foodwaste System is used throughout the Sky-fleet, a modern and efficient Food Waste Digester to provide a safe, cost effective and environmentally friendly solution for processing food waste.
  • Necessary measures taken to eliminate single use plastic on board, eg. changing passenger and staff expedition jacket suppliers so we can eliminate thousands of plastic wrappers; also we don't use plastic water bottles or straws on board and instead we provide stainless steel water bottles to passengers
  • Polar Latitudes works with Ocean Care, Blue Ribbon, Happy Whale, Better Blue, WDC, Falkstock, Scott Polar Research Institute, South Georgia Heritage Trust, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (see details at https://polar-latitudes.com/giving-back/).

Comuna do Ibitipoca

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle - Reimagine have long been the watch words here. Projects - too numerous to all list here - include

  • Conservation and rewilding (the crown jewel of which is the endangered Muriqui spider monkey)
  • Rural regeneration at the village of Mogol
  • Solar power and mineral water from pure water sources within the reserve; guests are welcomed with bespoke ceramic water bottles.
  • Walk, cycle or ride a horse to explore. Guests who drive their car within the reserve are charged an ‘environmental fee’, which is donated to the Zero Footprint tree-planting project.
  • Most of the organic produce for the restaurants comes from the reserve itself. They do not serve red meat or saltwater fish to reduce their environmental footprint and in Mogol the resaurant serves delicious vegan cuisine only.

We base our work on one goal from the Agenda 21: “embrace sustainability to change the direction of environmentally predatory and socially exclusionary global economic growth”. We reflect on global issues and act locally to spread a collective consciousness that the future depends on each one of us.

Tierra Patagonia

  • The lodge was designed with the environment in mind. Built from sustainable lenga wood, the innovative architecture blends seamlessly into the landscape, a Unesco Biosphere reserve. Furnishings were handmade by Chilean craftspeople and influenced by the culture of native Tehuelche people. Design features include LED lighting, thermal efficiency, and a kitchen garden is planned.
  • Tierra is fully committed to minimising their footprint and helping conservation in this pristine environment. All hotels are single use plastic free.
  • In partnership with the Chilean Tourist Board and Forest Association to deliver an ambitious reforestation project across Chilean Patagonia’s national parks.

Tierra Atacama

  • The hotel was designed to have minimal impact on the land it occupies, and is at the forefront of the ‘renewable energy in tourist spheres’ movement in South America; their initiatives have won awards.
  • 100% solar powered via on-site energy plant (emergency back-up generators); NASA designed water system to provide drinking water and no plastic bottles used on site; bathing water extracted from their own well and treated on-site; grey water is used to irrigate the gardens.
  • The hotel runs an apprenticeship scheme with a local technical college, to educate students in the fields of tourism, education and agriculture.

Salkantay Lodge to Lodge Trek by MLP

  • MLP is run by Peruvians who are passionate about the mountains and their Andean neighbours. They consistently create strategies for social/economic advancement and environmental sustainability in local communities.
  • In 2006 MLP sponsored the creation of Yanapana Peru, a non-profit organisation, whose purpose is to reduce extreme poverty in the Andean Highlands by improving quality of life through sustainable community development.
  • This led to a joint venture with the people of Huacahuasi to build a lodge in their remote hamlet, and give them hospitality training to run the lodge, which features in MLP’s Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure programme. They are now looking to expand this innovative business model in other local communities. A key strategy is to empower, train, and employ as many locals as possible to become modern-day travel industry professionals.
 

Hacienda Zuleta

  • The hacienda runs a non-profit foundation to improve the education and infrastructure of the local community, and protect their unique environment. This includes a ground-breaking Condor Release Programme, to conserve and increase the numbers of these endangered birds. 
  • Delicious Ecuadorian meals are made with organic vegetables, dairy, trout from the farm and meat from the regional suppliers (Ibarra).
  • Much of their 4000 acres is protected native primary forest, home to spectacled bear cubs, an endangered species in South America.

Caiman

  • Caiman is home to some of the most respected conservation projects in Brazil, including the NGO Onçafari and its jaguar habituation project, by which wild jaguars become accustomed to vehicles so they can be tracked and studied.
  • Caiman and Oncafari were the first in the world to successfully rewild jaguars. The story of how two female cubs returned to independent lives in the wild was the subject of a BBC Natural World documentary by Joe Stevens with commentary from Sir David Attenborough.
  • Conservation projects include the hugely successful programme to breed Blue Hyacinth macaws and another to protect endangered blue-fronted parrots.
  • Caiman hosts an "RPPN" (Private Natural Heritage Reserve), protected in perpetuity by law, which is only visited by scientists studying the unique properties of the Pantanal landscape.
  • Caiman is a GER (Global Ecosphere Retreat) of the The Long Run - having undergone a vigorous recognition process

Cristalino Lodge

  • Clean solar energy, intelligent architecture with natural ventilation and full treatment of effluent.
  • The lodge’s Private Natural Heritage Reserve (RPPN) has been permanently protected from development, and together with the bordering Cristalino State Park provide a safe wildlife corridor for endemic and endangered species, including the jaguar, puma, giant anteater, sloth and white-whiskered monkey
  • Supports a variety of educational and research programmes in the region. Stays here directly contribute to these wonderful causes.
  • More information here on their website

Tierra Chiloé

  • Designed and built using innovative construction methods to make the most of natural resources for natural heating and ventilation; light and heat from the sun are absorbed through thermopanel windows and renewable biomass energy heats the hotel.
  • A strong link with the neighbouring community, many of whom work at the hotel. Guests are gifted a pair of slippers hand-knitted by local women, and the hotel supplements the regional organic harvest with produce from their own orchards.
  • Chiloe is world-renowned for its ancient agricultural practises and native plants. Tierra helps maintain these traditions within their 20 hectares of land, planting native herbs, fruit and vegetables to serve in the restaurant.
  • Promotes the sustainable management of Pullao wetlands and their rare shorebirds, helping to preserve the island’s biodiversity.

Hotel Puerto Valle

The hotel have a tree nursery and organic kitchen gardens where they also produce their own compost

Organised waste bins and recycling management all over their property – with special care of toxic waste and measuring the generated waste.

They use, buy and promote products made by local people. They provide thermos flasks and maté in the rooms, wooden toys, and the menu of the restaurant reflects local culture and tradition.

They prioritise local suppliers in the are who also follow sustainable practices

They provide in depth sustainability training for all their staff.

See here for more information

Estancia Cristina

  • They adhere to all National Park regulations on the disposal of waste and use of the land
  • For all of the packed snacks and meals which guests take with them on excursions, they provide reusable containers and utensils to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable materials, they also use biodegradable and compostable bags and paper food wrap.
  • Their refuse bags are made from recycled materials, napkins which are not treated with bleach and cups made of biodegradable polypaper cardboard.
  • Development of their own vegetable kitchen garden to reduce their carbon footprint.

Mallín Colorado Ecolodge

  • The lodge and cabins are made entirely from wood harvested from their private forest.
  • They have made an effort to reforest their land with native trees that had been cut down for farming.
  • They use underground cables
  • They have a greenhouse to cultivate organic vegetables for the menu
  • They have a close relationship with the local community
  • Their family union is a strong bond which in their words ‘is the most sustainable part of their business’

Pacuare Lodge

  • Nature: the lodge is set in 840 acres of primary forests (preserved into propriety), which protects the wild habitats of thousands of plant and animal species. It was built in totally harmony with nature, without cutting down a single tree and using sustainable materials.
  • Practises: 100% renewable clean energy, harnessed on the property using water turbines, solar power and a biodigester, and tours are carbon neutral. Organic produce in the restaurant; biodegradable toiletries, waste water flows into septic systems to protect the river.
  • People: All lodge staff are from nearby communities and 95% of the rafting guides are from Turrialba. Pacuare supports local schools, and works with the local indigenous Cabécar Indian people

Pousada Trijunção

  • An ecolodge set in 33,000 protected hectares, whose mission is to support the preservation of the threatened Cerrado and its inhabitants via sustainable tourism and farming.
  • Guests are taught about conservation and its challenges when they stay
  • Solar panels for heating water; LED lighting; flooring is made from demolition wood; decoration is largely sustainable - plants, leaves and bark from fallen trees
  • Most staff are local and the pousada supports the sustainable culture of fruit trees in the region, which means employment for over 2,000 families.
  • More information here

Kasiiya Papagayo

  • Zero environmental impact on the surrounding environment as the brief for development.
  • Constructed on wooden platforms and a no concrete build.
  • Composting waste water systems from each suite.
  • 65% photovoltaic solar energy, remainder green grid
  • Deep community support “Here we stand Together” with Nuevo Colón
  • Minimal waste of food, with carefully constructed menus and locally sourced ingredients
  • Fellow Member of The Long Run
  • Kasiiya Impact Bill (please enquire for more info)

See more on Our Stories

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Lapa Rios is a world-famous model for eco-tourism and has won many awards for its sustainability initiatives.

  • Set in a private reserve, whose purpose is to permanently protect 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest and act as a protective barrier and wildlife corridor for the 100,000-acre, mega-biodiverse Corcovado National Park.
  • Practises include solar energy, biomass boilers, fully biodegradable cleaning products, no single-use plastics (reusable water bottles), and the imaginative production of biogas (using their pigs!) to power the kitchen. Guests can take a ‘Twigs, Pigs and Garbage’ tour of the various Green initiatives, and can each plant a primary rainforest seedling as part of the hotel’s reforestation project.
  • Since its inception, the lodge has worked in close harmony with the local communities, setting up the Carbonera school to educate children, and teaching adults about conservation practises and alternative ways of feeding a family other than ‘slashing and burning’ the rainforest. Their latest project is to encourage remote villages to grow organic produce, which the hotel can then buy for the restaurant, thus encouraging their sustainable development.
  • Lapa Rios is a GER (Global Ecosphere Retreat) of the The Long Run - having undergone a vigorous recognition process
  • More information here

Bahia Bustamante

  • Classified as an IBA (Important Birding Area) and part of ‘Blue Patagonia’ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: only a few places in the world house such an amount and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals.
  • Electricity from a generator sunset-dusk; outside these hours it is solar powered. Guests should bring torches.
  • Largely self sufficient - wool and meat from the sheep, wood from their forests, a kitchen garden.
  • More info here

Integrity, Galapagos

Integrity has the Galápagos Quality Gold Seal for its environmental practices. The boat’s owners Pamarent are prominent members of the Galápagos Tourism Chamber and Adatur (Asociación de Armadores Turísticos). Their unparalleled commitment to conservation of the Islands includes:

  • Integrity being the first yacht in the archipelago to be fitted with its own wastewater treatment system, a 6-stage unit capable of processing daily 2,000 gallons (7,570 ltr), treating black and grey water and producing sterile effluent for disposal.
  • Contributing to annual coastal cleaning with the coordination of the Galápagos National Park.
  • Helping to fund the eradication of invasive plant species across 300 acres (121 ha) and creating a 50-acre (20 ha) Private Nature Reserve to preserve and reforest the native Miconia shrub.
  • See more of Integrity's sustainability credentials here.

Sandi Hotel

  • Formation and partial financial support of a Municipal Orchestra made up of 60 children 
  • Donation of equipment and materials to the Boxing School and support for social project Educar Pela Dança to give children, young people and adults free Ballet and Jazz lessons 
  • The creation of a Marine Farm in Pouso da Cajaíba, with a local family, for the cultivation and sale of scallops

Plans for 2022 

  • Water treatment mini-station in Paraty, 50-50 with local government, covering the entire block in the Historic Center to start improving water quality of the river Perequê-Açu
  • Photovoltaic energy for 2022 to provide clean energy for the pousada (and villas)

Bom Jardim Villa and Loft

  • Permaculture treatment of waste (fossa ecologica)
  • The creation of a Marine Farm in Pouso da Cajaíba, in partnership with a local family, for the cultivation and sale of scallops
  • Photovoltaic energy planned for 2022 to provide clean energy for the villas (and pousada)

 

Finca Rosa Blanca

  • Awarded the highest level, Elite, from Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism and 5/5 rating from Blue Ecological Flag programme
  • Over the last 25 years, they have planted more than 5,000 native trees and were one of the first carbon-neutral hotels in Costa Rica.
  • Showcasing the huge biodiversity value of forested organic coffee production versus monocrop
  • Reduction of impact on the environment through solar powered electricity and solar heated hot water.
  • The pool is chemical free, using ionization which eliminates 100% of the bacteria and algae
  • Dedicated to preserving local traditions through cultural interpretation: travel, tales, and tours dedicated to the local heritage, promoting cultural integrity, and seeking human wellbeing through increased social capital and traveller involvement in the local community.
  • Hire 100% local to directly benefit immediate neighbours

More info here

Anakonda Amazon Cruises

Tortuga Lodge

  • Tortuga Lodge actively support the community, collaborating in as many ways as possible. This includes donating rooms and meals for local cultural and environmentally related activities such as the Local Music Festival and the local Health Fair.
  • They employ a solar energy system for heating the water in all rooms and the restaurant kitchen.
  • A high-tech system of filters and ultraviolet lights purifies water to be 100% drinkable. This system also helps eliminate the use of bottled water.
  • The swimming pool uses a system that works with regular salt instead of chlorine.
  • They use Bio-Agua, a mix of 80 different tropical microorganisms that ferments solid and liquid waste to eliminate odour, reduce solid and decontaminate the effluent runoff in the septic and grey water system.
  • Grey water produced by the lodge is treated by an Environmental Septic System, with two biodigesters that create methane gas used by the kitchen for cooking meals.
  • On their request, the Costa Rican Electric Company insulated the Lodge’s high-voltage cables to avoid the electrocution of wildlife.
  • Tortuga Lodge assists with local research programs. Bird tagging research is done every year in the reserve by Sea Turtle Conservation.
  • They privately own, protect and preserve 5.9 hectares (14.75 acres) of old forest growth and secondary growth around the lodge grounds.

 

Monteverde Lodge