Endangered species in my yard-Desert Tortoise

Lise Tyrrell developed Eco Tropical Resorts in 2002 while living in Mexico with her young son. Lise considers herself a citizen of the world because of growing up in different countries, including West Africa. Her motto is “one world, one people”.

I had many different experiences during my travels as an adult. From touristy Cancun, Mexico to a Costa Rica Eco-lodge in the middle of nowhere. Because of these experiences, both as a child and as an adult, I wanted to do something about preserving our fragile environment. These experiences led to the creation of Eco Tropical Resorts. Helping to preserve nature and the environment for future generations is the main goal of this website.

The Online Eco Rating Exam

A hotel or lodging establishment needs a measuring tool to rate how they interact with the environment. This led to the creation of our Online Eco Rating Exam. Myself and other like minded people created the Eco Rating. With the online Eco Rating, hotel owners can show visitors their actions. This inexpensive alternative means more hotel owners can prove their best practices.

Our readers can now take a stand on preserving the earth’s resources when they travel.

We came up with 5 areas of importance when developing the Eco Rating. The areas include using alternative energy, which is renewable. Recycling, to preserve resources and not create waste. Water conservation, a lot of the world doesn’t have enough. Community involvement, sustainability includes the local people. Lastly, conservation of flora and fauna to balance the ecology of the area and preserve it.

News articles about harmful things being done in the name of ecotourism are appearing. We have been posting about the Maasai in Tanzania on Eco Tropical Resort’s Facebook page. The Maasai Mara are being ousted from their sustainable subsistence grazing lands in the name of Ecotourism. Eco Tropical Resorts is leaning towards just calling what is promoted Sustainable and veering away from the term ecotourism because of this. We use Sustainable to mean “using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged”. That is what we are working for.

Lise, of Eco Tropical Resorts, and her dog setting out for a walk

Eco Tropical Resorts

Eco Tropical Resorts was originally started with hotels in the Tropics. The directory is slowly expanding to include the rest of the planet, as well as tour companies. Another area that seems to be growing in popularity is volunteer tourism. We have decided to include that as well. Eco Tropical Resorts hopes readers will come back as we add more countries and expand.

We support other sustainable causes including Wild Futures. They support primate conservation on an international level. Please help us support these causes that make life better! Our Directory lists all Non Profits and NGO’s for free.

Lise lives in Catalina (Tucson), AZ in the US and can be reached at 916-838-1525. The Desert Tortoise image below was taken in Lise’s yard. The Desert Tortoise is endangered in California and Nevada, but not in Arizona.

Here’s a 3 inch Desert Tortoise in my backyard. He’s alive with his head retracted.