Other hotels and guesthouses do even more. Up the Pacific coast from Los Cabos is the incomparable Posada La Poza, which has not only done an excellent job of using no- or low-impact landscaping for its grounds but has turned the lagoon it sits on into a sanctuary for 85 different types of birds. The owners provide binoculars and a bird guide to guests when they check in.
Over on the mainland of Mexico in the popular but small town of San Francisco (San Pancho, as it is known locally), Tailwind Outdoor is a shining example of green tourism, offering bungalows and palapas for rent, including safari-tent style camping, while causing minimal impact on the environment. They not only use low-impact landscaping but they recycle grey water, provide composting toilets, dry linens in the sun and use found materials like drift wood and fallen trees in the construction of their buildings (among other green activities).
A bit further down the coast is another example of green accommodations, at CocoCabañas in Barra de Navidad. While the solar-powered property and rental cabañas may be too rustic for your average vacationers, it’s a nice alternative to your typical mega-resort. The cabañas are designed to stay at a moderate temperature and the landscaping is sparse, making use of a wetland water treatment system.
While the bigger resorts can’t begin to completely erase their environmental impact, it is nice to know that there is a growing movement to consider this effect during the planning stages. Meanwhile, more eco-resorts are sprouting up to give travelers who are truly concerned about green living alternatives to the traditional vacation of hotel complexes and condos.
Photo of CocoCabañas © Robin Noelle