What is Ecotourism?
Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural places, which conserves the environment and sustains the well being of the local people.”
Morgan's Rock is practicing Responsible Ecotourism by:
- Protecting endangered primary forest wilderness.
- Educating and motivating guests to become actively involved in conservation, education and forest preservation.
- Creating a sustainable development project that will help the local community by offering employment and education.
- Supporting the reforestation project on the property.
- Protecting wildlife and reintroducing nearly extinct animal species into the private reserve.
- The furniture in the rooms (beds, desks, chairs, etc.) was made by local artisans using the "leftover" wood from the bungalow construction.
- Using solar panels to heat the bath water.
- The pathways leading up to the hanging bridge and to the beach were made of wood that was damaged or split during the construction of the main lodge.
- Several trees grow through cabin roofs, allowing them to stay alive and adding that "special touch" to Morgan's Rock.
- All buildings accommodate slopes and trees. Minimal earth movement and cutting of trees (only the ones in poor condition) was done.
- Instead of using local septic tanks for each bungalow, a centralized system for gray and black water with a bio filter system was installed. Treated water is used for irrigation.
Flora and Fauna Lists
Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge Bird List
The bird population at Morgan’s Rock is typical of tropical dry forest lands, similar to that found in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. There is also a maritime influence which is strengthened by a fine salt water estuary on the property. The bird population is enhanced by Morgan’s Rock’s five-year status as a private nature reserve. The birds listed in the PDF file are ones which might well be encountered on the property. They are classified as Seen, Probable or Possible. "Seen" means the bird has been seen on the property by an experienced observer.
Wildlife at Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Since a large part of the farm has become a private nature reserve, the number of animals has increased significantly during the past years and visitors commonly see monkeys, sloths and other mammals. One great highlight of a visit to Morgan's Rock is watching sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand or the little babies fight their way to the ocean.