At Pisatahua we employ energy-efficient innovations to enhance the comfort and aesthetic experience of our guests. We make every possible attempt to utilize local, natural, and sustainable building materials for housing and furniture.
We use renewable energy resources and we’ve implemented simple, cost-efficient, energy and water conservation measures. We treat grey-water and recycle all our waste.
Sustainable Construction at Pisatahua
Our facilities were constructed utilizing sustainably-harvested wood, bamboo, and palm leaves. We designed all infrastructure in accordance with traditional construction techniques; however, these methodologies were adapted to meet our specific needs. Local community members are employed for all our construction and maintenance needs.
All construction methods minimized the removal of vegetation. The trees whose lives we spared return the favor by cooling down the area and shielding our guests from the sun.
We constructed limited number of elevated walkways to prevent soil erosion and protect fragile ecosystems. These walkways also protect our guests from the jungle elements.
Water Conservation and Treatment
At Pisatahua we’ve taken steps to minimize our water usage by implementing a few simple measures including: low-flow restrictor valves, low-flow shower-heads, low-flow toilets and water saving nozzles.
Furthermore, guests are required to use 100% biodegradable, phosphorous-free soap and shampoo.
Due to our remote location, we’re completely off-grid and we must generate our own electricity. Electricity use is limited to power a few appliances such as common-area lighting, refrigeration and kitchen equipment.
Some of our energy conservation measures include:
- Renewable solar energy systems
- Drying racks on clothes line
- Reusing towels and linens
- High efficiency appliances
- Energy efficient refrigeration
Recycling and Composting
Pisatahua’s goal is to Leave-No-Trace when it comes to waste. Anything we pack in, we bring out. All paper, plastic, glass and metal is separated and taken to a recycling center in the city of Riberalta. All organic matter from the kitchen is composted. A conscious effort is made to reduce all packaging. Whenever possible we purchase supplies made from recycled materials.
Passive Cooling Techniques
Air conditioning isn’t available at Pisatahua, so we designed our lodge utilizing several passive-cooling techniques including:
- Wrap-around porches (to keep direct sun from main living areas);
- Limit the removal of trees and vegetation
- High-pitched ceilings
- Open design for maximum airflow
- Situated buildings to face the lake to maximize cool breeze and view; and
- Provide adequate shade through the use of vegetation and facility orientation.
Each structure is situated according to its preexisting surroundings, placed within indigenous trees and vegetation for both an optimum view and maximum privacy.
All of our furnishings are made locally with sustainably harvested wood by local artisans. This includes tables, chairs, bed frames, wardrobes, bookshelves, cabinets and night stands.
Cleaners and Pesticides
All cleaners, polishes and pesticides are 100% biodegradable, non-toxic and phosphate-free.
Formulated from natural plant oils and botanical extracts, we use non-toxic biodegradable, environmentally friendly pesticides with no harmful side effects. All cleaners and pesticides are made on-site by our staff. Additionally, we’ve planted flora known to repel mosquitos.
Energy Awareness Program
Upon arrival, all guests are provided an orientation to the ecolodge which explains some of our environmental conservation strategies. These measures allow us to serve as a model whereby our guests can learn about environmentally conscious living.
These represent a few of the strategies implemented at Pisatahua to minimize our impact on the local ecosystem.