Napo Wildlife Centre has just received one of the most prestigious hotel industry awards this month! On July 13th at the Real Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in La Paz, Bolivia, we were recognized as Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel because of our excellent services.
This year is the 25th annual awards ceremony of the organization, which monitors and rewards luxury hotel service all over the world. The 2019 Latin American Ceremony has premiered Napo Wildlife Center as Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel 2019. Miguel Andy proudly accepted the award on behalf of all those involved in running the Ecolodge and Tour center. The lodge had previously been nominated as the world’s leading Ecolodge some ten years ago. Still, this year it received a double nomination: that of South America’s Leading Ecolodge and Ecuador’s Leading Green Hotel. In fact, the entire country of Ecuador has been named as South America’s Leading Green Destination.
As one would imagine, the competition for these awards is fierce, and any traveller that heeds the recommendation that an award of this kind affords will have no regrets about their chosen holiday destination. The award winners are always decided by both hotel professionals and the guests themselves, who have received the hospitality offered by these hotels.
In the case of the Leading Green Hotel category, it is not only the personal service that the hotel guest receives that must be considered, but also care of the local environment too. This obviously poses twice the challenge. Running a first-class hotel in the heart of Amazonia and keeping up standards of excellence at the same time as minimizing human impacts on the rainforest is a daunting prospect. Still, the management and staff of the Wildlife Centre have pulled it off.
The concept of the hotel was to blend in with the environment, using local materials and minimal area of construction, to limit any damage to the landscape. It is a commitment to conservation in action. The local inhabitants of the rainforest, the Kichwa tribe, are the hosts of this fantastic hotel. They have mastered all of the many areas of the hospitality industry and are also the tour guides that take guests on sightseeing and photography trips. As the Ecuadorian Amazon is their ancestral home, they have a firm commitment to preserving their homeland.
Along with preserving their own culture, they ensure that contamination from human presence is kept in check at minimal levels. Renewable solar energy is in use and being extended. Dirty water and other kinds of waste are treated. Vegetables and fruits for the hotel kitchen are locally grown. Vegetable waste is used to produce biomass, which provides fuel for cooking. Every step is taken to guard the environment.
We invite you to experience this commitment to the flora and fauna of this planet. Enjoy the benefits of an Ecuadorian Amazon holiday! Surround yourselves with the wonder of the rainforest, knowing that the revenues earned from your stay will help preserve all that you see.