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Saladero Eco Lodge  Hot
Hotels 5 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 5 star
Stars: unrated
Location: Central America
Country: Costa Rica

Saladero Eco Lodge
They are a small (boat access only) eco-lodge, located 35 minutes from Golfito or Pto Jimenez in the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) of Costa Rica. With mile of beachfront and 480 acres of primary rainforest, all of which is in the Piedras Blancas National Park, they offer a unique experience for guests to sustainably explore by boat, foot or kayak. Here you will enjoy access to the most pristine rain-forests, mangroves, river estuaries and coral reefs in Costa Rica.

Prices are all inclusive and include boat transportation from and back to either Golfito or Pto Jimenez. They also include a familiarisation tour, a cabin, 3 meals a day with afternoon snacks, natural juices (made from their own fruit trees and plants), unlimited use of their kayaks, snorkelling, fishing equipment and unlimited use of the many nature trails.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★ (5)

Energy Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - All energy provided is solar power with one building having solar and mini-hydro. Passive solar lighting is used in several buildings. All laundry is dried outside in the sun or under plastic drying areas when there may be rain. For cabins without solar electricity we provide rechargeable lanterns which are charged in the daytime when the sun is charging our batteries.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Water supply is from our natural spring. All water use is monitored. Sheets/towels only washed when requested. Permaculture techniques are used in all our gardens. We receive 320 of rain per year and it is not practical or necessary to have Xeric irrigation. We do plan our gardens using native tropical plants, mulch, natural organic fertilizer and improved soils. In the dry season Jan through mid April we ask our guests to conserve water by taking short showers. Laundry is done only with full loads.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Although we are remote, we take our garbage and recycling to town in conjunction with other journeys to dispose of the waste through the local municipal waste and recycling program. We are striving for a zero waste goal, we are not there yet but we recycle, compost and reuse whenever possible. This has resulted in one large garbage bag a month of non-recyclable waste even during our busy guest season.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Ours is an intimate lodge and we dine with our guests and discuss informally how we participate in the community, provide work for local people in a employment impoverished area and the stewardship of our land and environment. We also take our guests on a tour of the lodge/farm to show them the organic food we grow for the table, medicinal plants we grow here and the importance of the rain forest we live and operate our lodge in. We explain and discuss the symbiotic relationships between plants, animal and insects, indigenous animals, native fruits and permaculture techniques we use here. We know our guests take some of our practices away with them to incorporate in their own lives.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Our concerted and continuing efforts to educate our workers on a daily basis about conserving and protecting our environment is part of our management ethos and practiced along side other duties. For our employees, we know we have made a positive influence on them and their families. Before we came here no one recycled. All garbage was buried or burned. We provide a means for them to protect the environment by educating on the techniques and transporting waste and recyclables with our boat to the nearest town that has a program. As part of our commitment to our community we: Employ local Costa Rican staff from the work improvised area nearby Saladero. All employees are hired knowing personable guest interaction is part of the job description. Include sales of local Costa Rican artwork and handicrafts of local indigenous tribes that benefit them directly. Provide education in best practices to all employees. This in turn affects the attitudes and social habits of their families as well. Give direct financial support to the park service of Piedras National Park by providing needed equipment and materials. We also provide camping and bathroom facilities for the park rangers when working in this area. Invite guests to visit local homes and properties to experience the people and culture up close.

Contact Details

Saladero Eco Lodge
Golfo Dulce,
Costa Rica.
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