Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua

Nearly half of the 4,000 acre property is a government designated nature reserve (Reserva Silvestre El Aguacate). Through reforestation, tree planting, environmental awareness and education Morgan's Rock helps defend this important natural area against poaching, illegal logging and deforestation. Thanks to the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees and an ongoing vigilance to keep poachers off of the land wildlife has increased all over the property since the lodge opened in 2004. This protected area represents one of the last large sanctuaries, critical to the conservation of regional wildlife habitat along Central America's Pacific coast. Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan's Rock used local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, and sustainably sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure.

Sustainable Design at Morgan's Rock

  • Morgan's Rock was constructed with minimal impact on the surrounding environment and respect for local indigenous communities.
  • All buildings accommodate slopes and trees. Minimal earth movement and cutting of trees was done.
  • The lodge's 15 luxury bungalows were built and furnished by Simplemente Madera, an international sustainable wood products and furniture company based in Managua.Wood used in Simplemente Madera's furniture is certified by SmartWood and pieces are marked with a label stating the source of the wood, species, and date manufactured.
  • The lodge interior features unique designs using sustainably sourced hardwoods from the property itself.
  • The color and traditions of local indigenous cultures inspire the décor.
  • Pathways leading to the hanging bridge and to the beach were made of wood damaged or split during the construction of the main lodge.
  • Solar panels are used to heat the bath water.
  • Use of a centralized system for gray and black water with a bio filter system. Treated water is used for irrigation.
  • The entire lodge was designed in communion with nature. It was "carefully built to minimally impact the surrounding nature, creating a unique architectural blend of tropical comfort."

Since the owners purchased the land in 1998, 1.5 million trees (fruit, teak, and other sustainable forestry trees) have been planted on the property. These will be harvested in the next 10-20 years, and new trees will be planted in their place. This method of "tree farming" represents an alternative to traditional or illegal logging, which threatens Nicaragua's precious forests. The benefits reaped by this sustainable forestry program will last for many decades to come.

On the premises there is an organic working farm, providing approximately 60% of the basic food used by the lodge. There is also an organic shrimp farm providing fresh, sustainably farmed seafood. The lodge often gets fresh seafood from local fishermen who reap their catch using traditional fishing methods in nearby waters. Sustainability initiatives such as these help the lodge remain relatively self-sufficient and allow us to operate with minimal negative impact on the surrounding environment.

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