Time to take an extraordinary journey to the Amazon and delve into the world of luxury lodges that not only offer a lavish experience but also prioritise sustainable practices ensuring the longevity of this green paradise. Visiting the Amazon should be like any other trip, impressive and environmentally conscious! Luckily, there are several accommodations nestled within this awe-inspiring natural wonder. Let's uncover the top spots that boast opulence and eco-consciousness!
Why The Amazon Rainforest? 🦧🐒🌳🦎
The Amazon rainforest is a place of profound beauty, ecological importance, and cultural significance. Covering 6.7 million square kilometres across South America, this green paradise offers an experience unlike any other. From the breathtaking views to the uncovering of nature new to your eye and immersing yourself in the vast, diverse indigenous cultures, the Amazon is not short of things to tick off of your bucket list and to boast to your friends about. It is important that we as a population encourage travel and tourism in this majestic an marvellous landmark - by visiting, you contribute to the local economy and support initiatives focused on preserving this vital ecosystem and encouraging its life for generations to come.
Where Does Luxury & Sustainability Collide? 🎋🦜🌿✨
Luxury and sustainability may seem like contrasting concepts, especially in a rainforest as naturally diverse and jampacked as this, but in the Amazon rainforest, they can coexist harmoniously. There are several luxury accommodations in the region that guests can choose to stay in that offer the best of a five-star experience as well as the principles of sustainability. Here are our top picks:
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica - Peru 🇵🇪
This exquisite lodge seamlessly blends opulence with eco-consciousness, offering guests an unforgettable experience. The lodge's commitment to sustainability is evident in every aspect of its operations, from its eco-friendly design, constructed using locally sourced materials, to how they hire staff locally to support the local economy.
Indulge in the lodge's elegantly appointed suites, featuring plush furnishings and modern amenities like your own plunge pool and eco-friendly toiletries, while knowing that your stay contributes to the preservation of the rainforest. Kick back and relax, and enjoy the best of what the spa offers, including; locally inflected purification treatments, exfoliations, and massages. Enjoy true Peruvian cuisine here with a vast number of dishes from local and regional dishes served using local produce.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge - Brazil 🇧🇷
When looking for the ultimate blend of both in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, look no further than Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. The lodge's stunning architecture seamlessly blends into the natural surroundings, boasting its serene views, using sustainable materials and employing local Amazonian communities who aided its construction. Whether you want something smaller or to fully indulge, choose from the hotel's accommodation options to embrace the jungle in your own way - cottage, superior bungalow, or the floor-to-ceiling windowed panoramic bungalow.
The lodge's commitment to sustainability extends to its culinary offerings, focusing on locally sourced and organic ingredients. Immerse yourself in the mesmerising beauty of the rainforest on guided excursions led by knowledgeable guides who educate guests about the importance of conservation and ecological balance. Additionally, enjoy the local activities and space by partaking in hikes in the jungle, piranha fishing, dolphin and alligator spotting, canoe trips, and visits to local indigenous communities.
La Selva Lodge - Ecuador 🇪🇨
Head into the Ecuadorian Amazon for a stay at the luxury La Selva Lodge. Take a trip and enjoy a comfortable stay inside sustainably made bamboo and thatch cabins that boast luxury on the inside with their marble floors and plush interiors.
Located within the Yasuni National Park, enjoy the unparalleled views of this part of the Amazon Rainforest and enjoy the nearby excursions in the surrounding gorgeous areas, such as canoeing or hiking, with one of the local Naturalist guides or, opt for something more laid back like the scheduled yoga and meditation classes or innovative treatments at the Spa. After a day of enjoying the best of what the Amazon has to offer, enjoy the on-site restaurant that serves up regional dishes using organic fruit and vegetables from the hotel's local community garden.
The Napo Wildlife Centre - Ecuador 🇪🇨
The Napo Wildlife Center offers the visitor an authentic and sustainable Amazon experience. The lodge boasts a privileged location. It's the only lodge of its class located inside the Yasuni National Park, arguably the most biodiverse region on planet Earth. With this in mind, it was important for the lodge to mirror the ecological efforts of its surroundings.
The lodge's ecological facilities include electricity created from solar energy and high-efficiency generators and a water treatment plant that purifies water, later recycled back into the ecosystem. Additionally, the lodge is owned by the local Kichwa Añangu community, meaning that it ploughs profits back into community projects. Whilst actively participating in the longevity of the forest, guests can stay in one of 10 luxury cabanas in which they can feast in the large dining hall, relax with a book from the library or enjoy a drink or two at the well-stocked bar.