Bethany traveled outside of La Paz, Bolivia to aid in master planning the region's first tent and yurt camping facility: an eco-friendly development on private property spearheaded by the wonderful local Mendoza-Donlan family.
[Translation from Spanish] "From the point of view of environmental management is important because it shows the responsibility of both owners and visitors. When visiting such hotels guests learn concepts of recycling, waste management, efficient use of electricity and water resources. It is important not only for prompt being a green hotel, but the multiplier effect it has on society.
"There are three key areas where hotels like Colibri Camping can maximize impact: solid waste management, efficient use of electricity and the efficient use of water resources.
"The use of simple technologies are important; for example, solar thermal heating and photovoltaic electricity use. This shows us that technology can not be disassociated from the environmental issue.
"It is essential to find a balance between economic, social and environmental. The responsibility to society is of great importance for the environment because it helps reduce the carbon footprint while increasing biocapacity for creating sustainability. "
-Article on Colibri Camping.
[Four photos of built conditions credited to Amanda Kessaris]