Owners Eric and Lyn are “retired” expats from the US who came to Panama to start a new life after the economic crash of 2008. With a strong interest in sustainable living and a desire to be less dependent on outside support and infrastructure we began researching how to accomplish this goal with our recently purchased property in Panama. It has been an amazing and wonderful journey so far and we are still learning every day. We set out to put Eric’s creative building skills to the test and began our foray into the unknown of the Panama jungle. We are very proud of the resulting lodge and cabins built out of chainsawed lumber from “dead fall” while protecting all of the trees on our property. We take our stewardship of this beautiful piece of jungle seriously. For this reason you either hike in or come on horseback as there is not a road to the main part of our property. This also helps to protect our wildlife by lessening contact with the “outside” world; minimizing the impact of people who aren’t conservation minded.
To protect the biodiversity of our beautiful segment of the Panamanian ecosystem through sustainable, minimal footprint, service-oriented tourism. To successfully demonstrate and practice the use of sustainable alternative energy sources. To share with visitors the beauty of the natural unspoiled Panama jungle and the wildlife who live there.
Rambala Jungle Lodge strives to tread lightly on both its immediate and global environment by practicing sustainable management, providing an economic incentive for preservation through jobs for local residents, and by raising ecological awareness of all who participate in our project.
Some of the ways Rambala Jungle Lodge reduces its’ impact:
Reducing our use of resources by:
- Running on solar and on-site micro-hydroelectricity
- Buying local food and resisting packaged and imported items
- Utilizing hand-construction methods, whenever possible, in building our cabins and minimizing the use of fossil fuels.
- Installing both rainwater and well water systems to make best use of available resources
- Designing buildings to effectively use natural light and air currents, thereby eliminating the need to use energy on air conditioning and cutting back on energy used for lighting.
- Also soon to come our new geodesic dome cabins built almost entirely of re-purposed materials.
- Using biodegradable soaps and cleaning products.
- Not allowing the capturing or baiting of wildlife.
- Re-using and Recyling Resources by:
- Composting virtually all organic materials, including composting toilets
- Constructing cabins from “deadfall,” wood that has fallen naturally.
- Irrigating shower gardens with graywater from the very showers they adorn.
- Fertilizing our gardens and other plants with our compost and plant cuttings.