Eco Village

Eco Village

SUSTAINABILITY IN PACHAMAMA

PachaMama is committed to coexisting in harmony with nature, protecting the Earth, and living an ecologically conscious life. Transformation is a holistic process, and cannot be completed unless it encompasses the way of relating with all that exists.

Reforestation and Community Planting

Formerly a cattle farm, this 500 acre land was comprised mainly of grassland with very few patches of forest when the founders arrived. Through the community’s reforestation efforts it has undergone an immense transformation: thousands of trees have been planted, including rare and endangered species. Now that the land is healed, the wildlife, butterflies, insects, and birds have returned and the ecosystem is thriving.

Building and Responsible Construction Practices

All of the hardwood that is used for construction in the village is from fallen trees. The houses in PachaMama are built below the ridge line, so as not to dominate the peaks but to integrate into the forest.  The evolution of the village goes hand in hand with the principles of conservation and respect for nature.

Waste Reduction

The carbon footprint is also reduced by eliminating single-use packaging such as plastic, tetra packs, and aluminum. The Jungle Shop has minimized the use of plastic by providing only refillable glass and paper containers. In order to protect the water supply, only biodegradable soaps and cleaning agents are sold and used in the community.

Visitors are asked NOT to bring non-rechargeable batteries, or plastic waste such as disposable bags and water bottles.

Compost Toilets

Used in the main public areas and many accommodation neighborhoods, these toilets not only drastically reduce water usage but are also alchemy for garden soil.

Soil Regeneration

The Soil Center is in full production transforming organic waste into nutrients for the soil using biochar and vermiculture techniques. Soil erosion is controlled through planting and swales.

Healthy Cuisine

PachaMama is making a supreme effort to bring in only organic produce and is partnering with local farmers, reducing the carbon footprint as well as supporting local agriculture.

The food grown and harvested in Pachamama is 100% Organic. Many types of potent superfoods, leafy greens, and fruits are harvested on the land such as turmeric, noni, and cacao.

PachaMama Greenhouse

The greenhouse produces native trees along with a variety of greens, herbs, mushrooms, and superfoods.

Clean Energy

100% of Costa Rican electricity is clean and renewable.

Grey-water Recycling and Water Retention

Grey-water systems have been installed in the restaurant, Wild Treats, Colibri bungalow neighborhood, and some private homes. These systems reuse water from kitchens and showers for irrigation. Water is also conserved through the use of swales and retention lagoons. Rainwater is returned to the aquifer by using the natural features of the land to reduce erosion. In addition, millions of liters of water are saved every year through the use of compost toilets.

Native Ecology

Botanists and herbalists from local communities visit and educate PachaMama on planting and restoring native and endangered species of plants and trees. The intention is to create a more hospitable environment for the native wildlife populations (from birds and insects, to monkeys, and big cats) to be restored and the forest ecosystem to thrive.

Education

Eco activities are held regularly in the school in order to share the responsibility with the future generations. The children maintain their own garden, take initiative for beach cleanups with local communities, and spend a lot of time in nature interacting with the earth and nurturing a connection and reverence for the natural life all around.

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