Organic and fair trade coffee – Selva Negra

17 Sep

Offering organic coffee at your hotel can be a nice example of sustainable practice. With over 50% shade cultures, natural pesticides and fertilizer, fair salary and work conditions for its workers, smooth waste water management… (and these are just a few examples!) Selva Negra offers a top quality arabica coffee and help respecting the environment avoiding deforestation. José was born in the community of Selva Negra where his parents (now retired) were working on the coffee plantations. He took me on a great coffee tour and explain us in the video below (in spanish) what makes a coffee, a sustainable one.

Organic farm products – Selva Negra

17 Sep

Offering products from a neighbor organic farm, or even from the hotel farm, can be a nice example of sustainable practice. At Selva Negra, they have a huuuuge organic farm. Marden, a very friendly trainee, took me on a farm tour and explain us in the video below (in spanish) what is on the restaurant menu at Selva Negra ecolodge for the guests (North Nicaragua).
Read an article about offering organic farm products in your hotel on Hopineo following this link.

Welcome to Utila, the crazy island!

16 Sep

Are you looking for a cheap place to go diving and having fun in the Caribbean?

Welcome to Utila Island, Honduras! I spent 4 days there passing my PADI Advanced course (at Alton’s Dive Center)… and this was awesome! I let you discover the spirit of the island through images and music… and in bonus, you can meet my scuba diver instructor, Ginski, the crazy one with blond hair jumping in the water with a bike and doing the scuba diving briefing (you can’t miss him!) ;-) All my pictures of Utila in the Photo Gallery.

Trujillo: Beach + Resort + Eco?

11 Sep

Trujillo Beach Resort Honduras

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Rammed Earth Construction – Trujillo Resort

3 Sep

Discover more details about this sustainable practice reading the article that I wrote on
Hopineo.org – Read the full article here

Casa Nery, a small hotel to become bigger

3 Sep

Casa Nery La Ceiba panoramic

After a week spent at Tegus (as people call it around here), I finally left the capital to better explore the country! After an 8 hour bus ride, I found myself in La Ceiba, on the Caribbean coast. The man sat by me on the bus told me that in Honduras they say ´in Tegucicalpa we think, in San Pedro we work and in La Ceiba we have fun!´. If the proverb is to be believed, I should be moving on from the ´quiet reflection´ stage and into the ´ let it flow´ stage; but not just yet, not right away at least!

To begin this new week, Casa de Nery welcomes me, for the first of my 3 stops in ‘ Honduras, chapter 2′ !

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Sustainable practice ideas for your Hotel

31 Aug

Hopineo

Would you like to implement new sustainable practices in your hotel, but not knowing where to start ? Good news, Hopineo is there to share with you plenty of concrete sustainable practices ideas… Not any kind of ideas, but ideas that were already successfully implemented in hotels all around the world !

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Feeding Birds – Casa Xochicalco

31 Aug

Discover more details about this sustainable practice reading the article that I wrote on
Hopineo.org – Read the full article here

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Casa Xochicalco, a secret shelter in Honduras

28 Aug

Casa Xochicalco Tegucigalpa

Esperanza is a little bit of a mixture between Paco (Uxlabil Eco Hotel, Guatemala) for its Professor of Philosophy side, and Carolina (Arbol de Fuego Eco Hotel, El Salvador) for the women entrepreneur look alike.

Esperanza was the first person to confirm a hotel mission with me (via LinkedIn) as I was still in Barcelona, and my Hospitality Tour was still in its pre-project phase. We had been exchanging e-mails for three months (where I postpone my arrival almost every week… thank you Esperanza for your patience!). But we finally met, here I am! It’s fantastic to move from the virtual correspondence to meet in person. Would to come meeting Esperanza with me? Direction Tegucigalpa, Honduras…

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Hotels’ Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

28 Aug

Here some pictures of nice eco-friendly decorating ideas that I discovered in hotels during my Hospitality Tour through Central and South America. Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do!

Biogarden – Arbol de Fuego Eco-Hotel

27 Aug

Discover more details about this sustainable practice reading the article that I wrote on
Hopineo.org – Read the full article here

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Arbol de Fuego, towards energy self-sufficiency

22 Aug

Arbol de Fuego Eco-Hotel

Welcome to Salvador by my side! I just stayed one week in Salvador, but I’ve met the hotel that is considered as the best example in sustainable development by the national tourism ministry. So, despite brief it was an intense stay where I learnt a lot thanks to Carolina and the nice study case of her Eco-Hotel Arbol de Fuego.

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Solar Dryer – Arbol de Fuego Eco-Hotel

20 Aug

Discover more details about this sustainable practice reading the article that I wrote on
Hopineo.org – Read the full article here

Experience Salvador, really!

20 Aug

Interview with Raul Martinez from the Tourism Agency Live Experiences

I met Raul during my stay at the Eco-Hotel Arbol de Fuego in San Salvador. Raul is developping a new innovative project here in Salvador. He’s going to offer volunteering stay with different local communities all around the country: for travellers but also for local companies who want to organize team-building.

If you’d like to get the full story of Raul and his project, you can read the article on Hopineo.org.

Beautiful Sceneries of Guatemala

17 Aug

Before to leave Guatemala, I offer you this little present: a video clip of one of Ricardo Arjona song. This Guatemalan singer is very popular all around Latin America. I bumpt into this video clip randomly (on the TV of the bus going from Guatemala City to Salvador). It’s not really my favourite music style, but here you can listen to Ricardo Arjona everywhere, and this video clip is a nice promotional video for Guatemala! It gives a great overview of all the best spots of the country through which I passed by these last weeks: TikalSemuc ChampeyAntiguaAtitlan. Will you recognize also the different places from what I told you and the pictures you might have see on the blog?!