Nomad Lodges Amazonas

AMACAYACU NATIONAL NATURAL PARK, COLOMBIA

Located on a 237 acre private reserve in the heart of the Colombian Amazon near the Amacayacu National Park, bordering Brazil and Peru, with the Loretoyacu River and the Tarapoto lagoon system to the south, Nomad Lodges Amazonas is a luxury eco lodge due to open in 2017. 

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Nomad Lodges Amazonas is situated within 1.2 million acres of the Colombian Amazon, bordering Brazil and Peru. It is an exciting new project that aims to create a sustainable, authentic and inspiring travel experience in the Colombian Amazon.  The concept has been developed with the belief that ecotourism is the solution to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest providing the local communities that inhabits these lands, the necessary input to the preservation of their culture and their environment.

 

They plan to build 12 luxury sustainable bungalows on the 237 acre private reserve offering guests exquisite comfort, peace and relaxation as well as spacious design embracing the marvellous views.

 

The lodge neighbours these indigenous communities – Ticunas, Cocamas and Yaguas, and embraces traditional Amazon design, from the main building to its bungalows. The concept has been developed with the local communities input, giving them the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of their environment and their culture.

 

The lodge is expected to open at the end of 2017.

 

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The 4Cs

Nomad Lodges Amazonas joined The Long Run in 2016 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.

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CONSERVATION

The lodge is housed within 1.2 million acres of rainforest. The forest is rich in biodiversity and is home to 500 bird species, 150 species of mammals and 1,000 species of plants among others. The Loretoyacu River and the Tarapoto lagoon system is to the south of the property. As the area is protected, there’s little to no deforestation.

 

The lodge is being built using certified wood from a WWF project that harvests wood according to sustainability standards. Local materials are being used for decor and construction.  The design allows for rapid and easy dismantling of the entire infrastructure leaving the area exactly as it was found should the need ever arise. Transportation, power compensation and environmental awareness programmes have been developed in conjunction with the local authorities. The lodge will use sustainably harvested rain and river water, and international waste recycling standards. The lodge is powered using locally produced alternative sources of energy avoiding the need for externally produced fuel to be brought to the area. Most of the food and drinks consumed in the lodge will come directly from the area.

COMMUNITY

22 local communities — 5700 inhabitants in 800 families, 1700 of them children under 5 years of age, make up the ATICOYA – Association of Ticunas, Cocamas and Yaguas. The lodge is being built with the support of the ATICOYA, who are keen to have an ecotourism project to emulate and to aid in setting up of their own projects in their own lands.

 

The lodge is working with the  National Park and nature conservation NGOs to develop community understanding of sustainability.  Together they’ve expanded fishermen’s understanding of sustainable fishing. The lodge has also helped the community with species identification and provided information on  native reforestation species for their lands.

 

The local economy is dependent on fishing and subsistence farming, logging and forest products. Villagers also engage in various tourism, construction, public and private entities related activities. However families do not have sufficient financial resources to meet all needs and have challenges with infrastructure, school supplies and transportation for the municipalities in finding new opportunities for study or sale of its products.

 

Projected Lodge activities for the ATICOYA include:

 

Environmental development: Improvement of sanitary infrastructure; Waste management; Water resource management; and Improved energy provision.

 

Socio-cultural development: Vaccination campaign; Installation and improvement of existing dispensaries; Improving the available elementary education; and purchasing boats to transport children to their school

 

Economic development: Food production autonomy through supporting the use of ancestral and local agricultural and fishing practices; Artistic and Cultural development through value addition local traditional knowledge and handicrafts; Using traditional knowledge and skills in ecotourism and Economic Autonomy through establishing ecotourism as the source of new local sustainable revenues.

 

CULTURE

The local culture of the ATICOYA has been integrated into the lodge through building design and artefacts.  Many of the traditions are being lost and the project seeks to revive them through products such as handicraft, ethno-botany and reforestation on community land with native trees, fruits, and plants for handicraft.

 

As part of the project, the community will share cultural knowledge with guests, showcasing the traditional artwork, artisanal handicrafts and jewellery of a typical Ticuna abode. Guests can see and talk about how local products are made. They will be able to purchase products from the lodge’s  boutique, directly benefitting the community.

 

Workshops where guests can work side-by-side with the Ticuna, cultivating genuine relationships and understanding will be offered. The Seiba night, a special event anchored around the divine Seiba tree, will be offered in the multifunctional space where hosts and guests can enjoy traditional Colombian and Ticuna dishes together.

 

COMMERCE

The project will provide the community  with additional revenues through employment and participation in ecotourism based activities, which will contribute to the preservation of the environment & culture.

 

60 local people will work directly at the lodge as guides, cooks, maids, waiters, and gardeners.

 

To support local enterprises and minimise the lodge’s carbon footprint, all the food (fruits, vegetables, fish, chickens) served at the hotel will be sourced locally, as will furniture and amenities.

 

The lodge will provide sustainable business training programs to local communities.

 

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