Isla Verde was inspired by the majestic natural beauty that surrounds us, and our guests experience nature through our ‘eco-chic’ style. The hotel was conceived as an ecological venture to protect this wonderful landscape around us and to minimize our impact on the environment. These principles guided the construction of our space and now rule our day to day operations: from our sources of electricity to what we buy, how we transport it, and how we manage waste. Fairness to our planet directs every step we take.
Keeping a small footprint
We employed ecological building practices throughout our hotel: earth bags, eco bricks and non-treated wood amongst others, as well as tons of reclaimed materials. Set on a natural hillside, our wooden cabins allow rain water to follow its natural path, and the lush vegetation keeps the soil in place. Learn more…
Honest food production in our backyard
Fresh avocados fall from the trees at Isla Verde, and by just walking through our grounds you will see a large sample of the many species of plants and trees found in this lush part of Guatemala. We want Isla Verde to be a local plant preserve, and also to produce a good part of the vegetables, fruits and herbs we serve in our slow food restaurant. Learn more…Please do explore our gardens, we are very proud of them… you will find different types of fruits, salad ingredients, medicinal plants, coffee, teas, and aromatics amongst the gorgeous flowers. All of our food production is 100% organic using only our homemade compost and no artificial pesticides.
Lush. Vibrant. Alive
The basin around Lake Atitlan teems with life. There are almost 800 known species of plants and trees in the sub-tropical dry forests surrounding the lake, including oak, cedar, pine, avocado, jocote, kapok, wild fig, acacia, alder, and many more. Learn more… Ferns, orchids, and cacti add exotic flare to the local flora, and reedy water plants support birds and filter the water. The lush grounds at Isla Verde reflect the richness of the local ecology which we are trying to protect. Join us in living in harmony with our surroundings and minimizing our environmental impact.
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