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Eco-Lodge Itororů  Hot
Hotels 3 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 3 star
Stars: unrated
Location: South America
Country: Brasil

Eco-Lodge Itororů

"Itororů" means "The Whispering of the Waters" in the language of the Tupi-Guarani. This close connection with water is further highlighted by the nearby brook from which the Inn receives the purest water and always at the perfect temperature. The secluded location offers a great opportunity to relax as well as a range of activities from hiking tours to horseback riding and of course swimming in the crystal-clear natural pool.

The Eco-Lodge Itororů offers simple and cozy accommodation in inviting log houses. Their philosophy is closely modeled on Dr. Fritz Dungs' ideals formulated during his stay in the area studying and protecting orchids. In the course of his pioneering work, he published two volumes of "Orchidaceae Brasilienses", together with G.F. Pabst, this is regarded as the fundamental work on Brazilian orchids and it is here that he chose to make his central researching field and a starting point to numerous study tours and expeditions.

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Overall Rating: ★★★ (3)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We sue solar energy and normal electricity. We use energy saving light bulbs. We have no pathways lighting and all outside lights are out by 10:00 PM.

Water Rating: ★★ (2)
Staff Comment - We are aware of the wasting of water. We teach our staff to fix all leaks and we don't use chemicals in the water.

Disposal Rating: ★★ (2)
Staff Comment - WAll garbage is separated. Organics are composted, all other materials are taken to the city disposal bins.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - Restoration of the environmental balance The Eco-Lodge Itororů's main goal is to restore the original ecological balance of the Atlantic Rainforest. The increasing dominance of non-native vegetation takes to a drastic lack of balance in the Atlantic Rainforest. As a result, a dramatic change of the climate, flora and fauna takes place. More and more eucalyptus and cryptomeria-trees plantations are taking the place of the Atlantic Rainforest. Since eucalyptus and cryptomeria trees are not native to the Brazilian nature, they are changing the balance of the natural environment. Flora and fauna are changing and many species are in the brink of disappearing. Our goal is to restore the Atlantic Forrest in this region and eliminate the non-native vegetation. The pilot-project is showing us that we are on the right track. In the areas in which we are eliminating non-native forests the recovering Atlantic Rainforest is thriving. The positive results are a motivation for us to go on and try to implement the recovery of the Atlantic Rainforest in the whole region. At the same time, in cooperation with schools, universities and other institutions we want to involve school children and the local population in our projects.

Protection Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - A gigantic task... The projectís concrete goal is to stop the infiltration of non-native thickets and to reverse this process. Effective means can be found and proper measures can be taken. The diverse characteristics of the immigrating non-native trees have to be faced with different project conceptions in each unique situation. Part of this initiative is being carried out very successfully. All single steps, measures and plans should be documented and complemented in the future, through ongoing collected data for the regeneration process. With the gained experience we raise the efficiency of later coming initiatives, since the remaining tasks are enormous.

Contact Details

Eco-Lodge Itororů
Rainer Dungs
Estrada do Curuzu s/n
C.P. 96.675
Nova Friburgo, 28.600-000
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