How to Visit an Eco Lodge

eco lodge touring on the amazon
George Duffy on the Amazon.

To Experience an Eco lodge is To Experience life.

The whole milieu of an eco lodge  is life. Bird songs, night sounds, friendly chatter of other guests talking about what they’ve seen and done that day, tracking your day by the sun, healthy fresh food. Sleep so deep you’ll wonder how you’ll  manage back in the city.

See: For Yourself

Ecolodges are by nature, more remote. You have to plan in advance. There’s 4 ways

  • fully guided group excusions
  • semi-guided
  • self guided

Fully guided small groups

If you haven’t taken a tour recently, you may not think you’d like this option. BUT, before you completely discard the idea consider this: tours have radically changed since you may have last checked. Please check this video on our allied website,

If you’ve enjoyed this kind of travel before, you are probably sold on it. So easy, low stress, fun companions and sense of safety in numbers. This a good thing to remember because some ecolodges are pretty remote and having a group may be quite comforting.

There are types of tours that use a lot of public transportation instead of all private vehicles. These are reasonably priced options that are with a small group and are good ways to get to some ecolodges as part of a longer trip. These can also be purchased as last minute (up to 6 weeks in advance) on sale. You can see listings here. Please contact me about getting the trips that will visit the area you want.

Semi-independent explorations

This is a trip where all your arrangements are prebooked for your own independent travel, but still have assistance from a local guide or host.

This means that you may have a driver or driver and guide for parts of your trip. For countries where language can be challenge, this can be a good alternative to taking a fully guided tour. The big advantage of this type of trip is that you’ve got an interpreter for at least some parts of your trip. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gone past interesting places because I could not read signage (or lack there of) while travelling by local bus on my own.

Self guided

This is a very popular new way of using occasional local guides that are based in the sites you are interested in. It actually makes a lot of sense if you are looking for a trip with no guides or just the odd specialist guide like a birding guides for example. Typically, that’s exactly what type “model ecolodges” have. I suggest you read more about ecolodges on this page of the website, if you haven’t already.

The key thing is, self guided programs with accommodations and transportation are fully organised and prepaid, for the most part. You are given a packet of information with instructions on getting around and you have check-in vouchers that you remit to the local suppliers (ecolodges, transportation, other services etc.) For the independent traveller type person this option is very good since you still get a lot of financial security and help is only a phone call away, since the arrangements are all coordinated by a local company.

Check this video of me to get another idea of self guided. It is from a very small community based eco lodge in Mexico. If this is your type of travel, ecolodges are probably for you. ( I was not paid anything or receive any kickback for distributing this video.)

Another time I recall so vividly: waking up in a small community ecolodge on the shore of lake Atitlan and falling in love with the Mayan lady making breakfast. The sweet, smoky aroma of fresh, hand made tortillas cooked on a wood fired stove in the morning light overlooking the volcanoes is a breakfast never forgotten. And the taste! Your teeth melt through them while they are hot and they burst into a steamy heaven in your mouth.

Using Online Travel Agencies

There’s many things to consider when you want to travel all on your own or use online travel agencies or OTA’s as they are known. I’ve visited a lot of ecolodges and things are not always as simple as they seem.

Getting There

Getting to visit an eco lodge can sometimes be bit tricky since they are often “off the beaten track”. You can do it all yourself, but there are a lot of really good reasons to get some assistance. To get help, contact me at Flight Centre Independent No obligation.

Tricks to Using OTA’s to Find Ecolodges

You can now find many ecolodges online but they are not called ecolodges. For example if you want to find a good ecolodge in Peru or Costa Rica or Brazil, you can narrow the search by scrolling down the initial  search result page and look for Property Types. Try filtering lodges. Or in Italy or Spain etc. try farmstays, villas, lodges, even country homes. These will remove all the hotels and show you more interesting results. Good luck but if you’re Canadian, contact me to help you book. I will provide you with a better margin of safety and promise you better customer service. I’ve been in this business for over 25 years.

George Duffy

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