How to Visit an Eco Lodge

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George Duffy, Owner

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Ecolodges are by nature more remote. You can’t just show up. You have to plan in advance. There’s 4 ways.

  • fully guided small group multi-day program
  • self-guided
  • fully guided private excursions
  • semi-guided

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Fully guided small group multi-day program

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.

To get an idea please check this video on our travel website,

I work with all the operators here, so contact me about getting the trips that will visit the area you want. You can see some sale listings here.

Self guided

Self guided programs have all accommodations and transportation are preplanned and prepaid. You are given a packet of information with instructions on getting around and a service contact to call if you need to.

This is a very popular 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.

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.)

Fully guided private excursions

These are really the ultimate type of trip for really keen enthusiasts. They are fully customised for you and they feature a local guide and driver for your entire trip. They may be supplemented by on-site specialist guides.

Semi-independent longer explorations

This is a trip where most of 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.

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 or text away.

A word on using online travel agencies to book your trip: Don’t.

Here’s why.

Book your fly and flop vacation on an OTA, but don’t use them for anything else. OTA’s don’t function well with changes due to weather or any other unexpected event (think Corona virus). See this article.

If you book direct with us and you get into something that needs human attention, we will handle it.

If you want to get prices from an online agency search what you want, make note of the details and then contact us directly. We will review the program to see how it will work best.