The Juma Amazon Lodge has just won the ABETA Natural Brazil award in the “Sustainability” category. The hotel is located in the forest some three hours from Manaus, in the municipality of Autazes (AM).
The award has been presented annually since 2003 by the Brazilian Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism Trade Association, the objective being to recognize the excellence of companies operating in these segments. The 2020 edition took place between October 16 and 18.
Built on stilts in an area of 7,000 hectares, the forest hotel makes every effort to maintain the ecological balance of the region where it is located. It sees the forest as a priority in the immersion-in-nature experience it offers its guests. In addition to having panoramic views, each of its 19 bungalows provides the necessary comfort, but without any excesses.
Some 40 solar panels arranged on a floating base and a further 72 batteries guarantee the electricity supply, thus reducing the use of conventional generators. The water heating system is also solar-based, with each bungalow having its own individual system.
Juma also has its own sewage treatment plant and a central waste facility for separating garbage, which complement the Lodge’s recycling initiatives. It is also worth noting that some of the available personal hygiene items are biodegradable, which contributes to the hotel’s waste treatment policy.
The hotel is also concerned with valuing the local community, and 90% of its work force comes from there, which helps generate income for the local economy. Talks are offered on topics related to protecting the environment, such as recycling and reducing environmental disasters. The hotel is also involved with solidarity actions, such as charitable donations and auctions.
Sustainability practices extend to include the activities that the hotel suggests for its guests and that encourage visitors to have a positive attitude and interact respectfully with nature. For example, as a way of contributing to the Amazon’s ecosystem, hotel guests are able to plant a tree.
The Lodge’s infrastructure includes a restaurant, a bar, a pool with water coming from the Juma River, and a deck for stargazing. Reservations and further information can be obtained on the website: www.jumalodge.com.br/, by telephone (92) 3232-2707 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.