A ¨zero waste¨ Eco Hostel

We live in a sustainable way, so staying with us means you will cause lowest environmental impact in Patagonia, helping to protect the pristine nature of this region. 

How? With simple practices, you will experience that you may produce Zero Waste (or nearly) and that the water and energy you daily consume is less than usual. It will depend on you...

 
  PERMACULTURE
We apply some techniques based on Permaculture. Permaculture is about designing sustainable human habitats and perennial agricultural systems by following nature's patterns.It is an ecological design system that inspires and empowers us to create our own solutions to local and global problems. It is based on the philosophy of co-operation with Nature.
  ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
We cultivate with organic practices, without chemicals. We produce in the garden and in the greenhouse the vegetables we eat. Also we grow aromatic and medicinal plants, we are keeping native seeds, we make instant gardens, we irrigate with grey waters, we produce our own fertilizer with compost...
 
  SAVING ENERGY
  We save energy using the parabolic sun cooker, a sun oven and a haybox. We have an eco-fridge and the shower works with solar energy. About 50% of the indoors lighting is produced by simple sunlamps. For heating we use wood obtained directly from our forest when clearing the brushwood, but not by destroying trees. We only use dry wood so as not to pollute.
 
  RECYCLE, REUSE, REDUCE
  Practising simple daily habits, our guests produce "Zero Waste" (or nearly). We do eco-bricks with inorganic wastes, we crochet with plastic bags, we recycle cardboards for covering the instant gardens, organic wastes make compost, oil used from cooking is collected for doing great home - made soap.
 
  BIO-BUILDING
  With the help of volunteers, we have built a geodesic dome made of bamboo. The second we made, it has been adapted as a home for chickens. Next project is a straw bale house with tyres for foundations and green roof.
 
  VERMICULTURE AND OTHER ANIMALS
  We have red worms for making compost. Chickens, ducks and goose are coming next spring for helping us with insects, fertilizing and giving us eggs.
 
  REFORESTING
  Before we arrived here, this land was overgrazed and there was a devastation of native trees for making the fences and setting electric poles. Now, the soil is getting better and forests are growing again, while we plant other species that are still scarce.
 
LEAVE NO TRACE
We inform travelers about Leave No Trave principles and we encourage them to practice and take into account both here and in the rest of their trip.These principles recommend to protected wild areas visitors, simple techniques and easy to apply in every situation or environment:
LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES
1- Plan Ahead and Prepare
2-Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3- Dispose of Waste Properly
4- Leave What You Find
5- Minimize Campfire Impacts
6- Respect Wildlife
7- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
 
 
  SUSTAINABLE TOUR
  We will present this project where we aim to inspire you and encourage you to take a further step towards sustainability, with practical and simple solutions. We will show you different ideas and alternatives for reducing your carbon footprint.
Duration: 2 hours
 
  WORKSHOPS Temporarily not available
  If you are a traveller who wants to experience and learn, you can participate in a workshop. What do we do?: Awaken and develop your environmental awareness and propose alternatives to practise in daily life. Open your mind and discover new knowledge and ideas for inspiring you to have a more sustainable lifestyle. Experience and practise.
 
  ZERO WASTE
  It is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature. Zero Waste is a goal to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. 
 
  CRADLE TO CRADLE
  “From Cradle to Cradle” or “remaking the way we make the things” is a new concept created by the architect William McDonough and the chemist Michael Braungart. Un Destino No Turistico project, also tries to design a new concept for tourism, which reduces the negative impact of the mainstream tourism on culture, economy and environment.
 
 
VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY
  We try to live simple. It is a life option for reducing our carbon footprint and a way to contribute to the “Decreasing growth” political movement. If everybody knows that world population is increasing every day and natural resources (which we are dependent on) are limited, why do we live and consume as if they were not to deplete?
 

HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

Responsible travel is about truly connecting with the place you are visiting.
These guidelines below help make travel an environmentally, culturally and economically aware activity.
We follow these guidelines and hope that you will too.

Briefly, a Responsible Travel …

Reduces the negative environmental impacts and, where possible, makes positive contributions to the conservation of biodiversity, wilderness, and natural and human heritage.

Respects culture and traditions, fosters authentic interaction and greater understanding between travellers and hosts and involves local people in decisions that affect their lives.

Generates greater economic benefits for local people, enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the travel industry, supports local services, and operates on the principles of fair trade.

 

Be Environmentally Conscious

Be resource efficient. Use energy, water, and other resources in a way that is efficient and appropriate to their availability in the place you are visiting.

Whenever possible, use reusable materials and recycle. Avoid bottled water.

Minimize the impact of travel. Travel by non-motorized transport whenever possible. Always use the most energy-efficient practicable transportation option.

Leave no trace. Do not harass wildlife or collect ecologically crucial materials. Do not leave garbage or other items in inappropriate areas. Rationalize campfires and reduce their impact.

Be considerate of other visitors.

Avoid tourism activities that create harmful impacts on the environment.

Critique service providers to make sure they are not undermining ecological health in hidden ways.

 

Be Culturally Sensitive

Travel for the right reasons. Please do not travel to check off destinations or collect stamps in your passport.

Travel out of a genuine desire to experience the world and meet local people.

Take the time to get to know the people and the places you visit, rather than rushing in to take pictures and rushing out again.

Cultivate a true desire to share, and give of yourself in whatever culturally appropriate way you can.

Respect differences. When the customs, beliefs, and values of the people you encounter differ from your own, realize that they are simply different, not better or worse than your own.

Honour these differences and treat local people with respect and dignity.

Seek to deepen your understanding of other people and cultures, and reflect daily on your experiences.

Avoid causing offense, even accidentally. Be careful to avoid offensive behaviour, particularly in regard to dress, photography, and religion. Be humble and do not expect special privileges.

Do not buy or wear items that are sacred or otherwise central to the culture.

Understand cultures on their own terms.

Enter a culture in a spirit of humility, with a desire to understand and a willingness to ask questions.

Do not make assumptions or act as if you know all the answers.

Avoid creating barriers. Travel in a way that doesn’t create walls between you and the place you are visiting. Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized transport whenever possible.

Travel in small groups and mingle with locals.

Truly observe and listen rather than just seeing and hearing.

Avoid racist, ethnocentric, pejorative, and sensationalizing language in your speaking, writing and thinking.

Minimize your use of technology to avoid letting gadgets get between you and the natural rhythms of your destination.

Be especially careful in your use of video and camera equipment.

Do not undermine the local culture. Do not participate in tourism activities that negatively affect local values or traditions.

Consider that you may be one of thousands of visitors and understand the cumulative effects of tourism on the local culture.

Choose activities that preserve and celebrate cultural diversity.

 

 

Be Economically Beneficial

Keep resources in the community. Spend money so that it remains with the local people. Stay in lodgings and use services owned by members of the community.

Buy locally produced food and beverages except when this would negatively affect the community’s supply.

Do not compete for scarce resources. Where food and beverages are scarce, either travel somewhere else or make sure you are self sufficient.

Do not patronize tourism establishments that undermine the local economy.

Avoid service providers that siphon money or resources away from local communities to the absentee elite or outside corporations.

Be aware that in most places, spending on motorized transport has minimal benefits to the local economy because the equipment and energy are imported.

Be sensitive to fair pricing and do not seek out bargains at the expense of the local producer.

Be satisfied with what the local economy can provide.

If you need all the comforts of home, why leave home in the first place?

 

(text from "Responsible Travel Code" by David Mozer)

 
e-mail: info@destino-noturistico.com
Address: Camino Laguna La Manga 1,5 km. - Puerto Guadal