Solar Powered Boat

I’d like to tell you about Monte Gisborne of http://www.tamarackelectricboats.com.  He is promoting a “green” boat that is powered by the sun, has very little impact on the environment, and runs silently and therefore enables you to see wildlife without disturbing it with loud noises and pollution.  This is an awesome idea that I hope eco lodges and eco tours will pay attention to.  What’s the point of going to a remote eco lodge on a river if you then use a gas boat that has a bad impact on the environment.  The savings in fuel will more than make up for the cost and will also help our waterways.

Monte recently started a blog, http://www.tamarack.wordpress.com in which he describes a family vacation he took recently.  He titles his piece The $3 boat vacation of a lifetime.  Well worth reading. 

Disabled Access at ecotourism lodges

I just added a new lodge in The Gambia, Africa.  It’s called Footsteps Lodge, their website is http://footstepsinthegambia.com.   This is the first lodge that I’ve added to my ecotourism lodge directory that has stressed disabled access.  I’m really impressed by this.  They’ve constructed their lodge on one level so that it is easily accessible, with all their doorways being wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.  Kudos to Footsteps Lodge!
Lise at https://www.eco-tropicalresorts.com/

 

Sri Lanka

I added an Eco lodge in Sri Lanka yesterday called the Kumbuk River Lodge.  Whenever I add a lodge I try to contact the owners or managers to make sure that they are promoting sustainable tourism.  Dinesh, the owner, had this to say about the travelers warnings in Sri Lanka “It is true that we have a protracted conflict in our country with some incidents recorded in peaceful areas from time to time.  But if one studies the global situation, and take the time to visit Sri Lanka, one would agree that the popular tourist destinations of Sri Lanka are as safe as London, New York or Paris.  Sadly the world media only highlights the conflict and the coverage makes it look like the whole of Sri Lanka is a war zone.”

On this same note, I had an email from Ron at Planeta about the situation in Oaxaca, Mexico.  He said that things are not as bad as they are made out to be.  I think it’s easy to scare people about visiting some foreign places but the truth is more likely that we will be harmed in our own backyards.  Don’t let journalistic sensationalism keep you from travelling!

A blog added to Eco Tropical Resorts

It’s about time that I finally added a blog to my ecotourism lodge directory.  There are many things that come up or that I read about that I want to share.  This will be a great venue for that!