The lodge was built with the help of San Juan village. They are experts in making bungalows with straw and fallen logs. We cut the trees we needed to construct the bungalows. All the staff, including the owners, are all Peruvians. Guides were born and raised around the jungle, having enough knowledge to be doctors applying natural medicine whenever it is needed. Guests will find they have the knowledge of an expert biologist when answering the most strange and researched questions.
Our excursions include a visit to San Juan village to learn how they live and to make a cultural interchange. Now, after eight years being our partners and neighbours, San Juan villagers have no necessity to hunt. They are working in ecotourism and changing their minds about the freedom of the animals. They have the opportunity to learn about cultures and now they feel more proud of being villagers of the last lung in the planet: The Amazon Rainforest.
We take guests on excursions very deep in the jungle to observe untouched scenery and animals that are living in their own habitat. We "teach" our guests that it is possible to see animals in the trees, avoiding visits to zoos or seeing wild animals as pets or living in captivity. Sometimes passengers push our guides to take sloths down from the trees, to hunt animals for eating, etc. Here we take advantage of this situation and try to revert their minds.
One of our priorities is to conserve the environment of the majestic Amazon River as we have found it, finding the right usage of the resources without destroying the ones that can not be restored. We use plants instead of medicines (only when somebody has something really delicate, do we use medicines). The water in the bathrooms are taken from the river and when the basin flushes it goes to sceptic wells which we clean and maintain, we use kerosen lamps to illuminate the area. Fortunately solar power items are starting to be sold in Peru. We eat fish from the river and also plant flora that is from the region.
To minimize our impact in this primary rainforest, we recycle everything that we can at our jungle lodge in the Amazon, Peru. Organic food that is left is put in holes, which we then compost, we make some organic gardening, and use biodegradable detergents. The non renewable garbage is taken back to Iquitos in our boats. We do not kill local animals for eating or for fun. Entering to the Yanayacu River, we slow down the speed boat to avoid disturbing the animals. Our staff know the importance of having an ecological mind, so they are also teaching locals and clients. There is a small school in San Juan, there our guides give ecologic lessons. Also, we send biologists to give speeches to them.