Offset your flight
It's not always easy to be a conscientious environmentalist and keep your carbon footprint low at the same time. I like the idea of offsetting ecological shortcomings (like long-haul flights) by supporting businesses with a focus on conservation. One such business is Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in Nicaragua. (Believe it or not, it's in the picture above.)
The eco-friendly thatched roofs of its 15 lodges were created with an eye towards the conservation of its natural surroundings.
The hotel is part of a 1000-hectare tree farming and reforestation project, as well as an 800-hectare private nature reserve, along the Pacific coast.
In the past ten years, almost 1.5 million trees have been planted there, and are home to forest animals like howler monkeys, sloths and white tipped deer, while the beach is a nesting ground for sea turtles.
The lodge has a minimal impact the natural life around it, and in fact benefits from it. Its bungalows are open on all sides, so you can feel the tropical dry forest winds blowing through, or cool off in the hotel's infinity pool.
Visitors are invited to get involved in the various projects the hotel is engaged in: reforestation, tree farming, organic shrimp farming, dairy farming, traditional fishing, and growing fruit and vegetables. There are nature walks along the riverbed, sunrise kayaking expeditions, and baby sea turtle tours.
Morgan's Rock combines creativity and adventure with a sustainable vision. An admirable achievement. RM