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Los Cardones, Nicaragua

Name of Lodge or Ecotourism Project: Los Cardones Surf Lodge.

Location: Km 49 Carretera Montelimar, 15Km al Mar, Nicaragua.


Year Established: 2003

Tourism activities: World-class surfing, horseback ridging tours, nature exploration, beach combing, community teaching projects & fishing.

Ecolodge / Accommodation details: Beach-front bungalows along the coast, with palm roofs and large shady porches, hammocks and lounge chairs.

Responsible tourism practices. How is impact upon the local environment minimized?: We are using sustainable construction materials (elevated structures, palms, drift wood, eucalyptus, bamboo, canes, earth brics). We are composting organic waste and using compost toilets, we are recycling glass and aluminum. We have greywater irrigation systems. We save our water because it is being pumped by hand from our well. The only electricity we use is solar and is minimized to 4 light bulbs and one computer.

How is the local community involved?: Employment of locals, & give free classes or art and English.

Does the presence of ecotourism leave a positive impact upon the local environment and community? If so, how?: We provide jobs, income to the producers and give free classes of art and English in 4 neighbouring communities. We also manage school improvement projects for infrastructure and supplies. We save endangered sea turtle eggs from poaching by relocating nests to our property and watching over them until hatching. We prevent hunting or harvesting or wild plants in our property for the benefit of local ecotourism.

Who owns the lodging facilities (ecolodge)? Is it communally, or individually owned?: Individually owned by Nicaraguan residents.

Further information: We have work exchange opportunities for experienced teachers who speak Spanish. The lodge provides lodging and meals in exchange for teaching in local schools.

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