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Tataquara lodge is an island on the Xingu River in the Brazilian state of Para. Para is located in
Northern Brazil. Owned and operated by a cooperative of six local tribes, the lodge has
fifteen rooms that are open to tourists. The activities offered include canoeing, fishing,
wildlife viewing and forest walks, guided by local people. The surrounding rainforest has a
variety of wildlife, including some endangered species such as the Harpy Eagle and Giant
The Advantages of Ecotourism:
The lodge was built from local materials found on the ground (such as wood and
straw). This means that the rainforest wasn't damaged by the lodge being built,
because no trees were cut down. The materials used to build the lodge make it blend
in with the natural environment, so it doesn't harm the scenery and make the area
less attractive to tourists.
The lodge uses solar power to run, rather than burning fossil fuels which cause
The food served in the lodge is locally produced. This means less fossil fuels are burnt
because the food doesn't have to be transported across the country.
Any income generated goes straight back into the local economy.
As the lodge uses food that is locally produced, local people get a fair wage and
money goes back into the economy.
Benefits for local people:
The lodge creates jobs, and therefore a source of income, for local people.
People in local villages are encouraged to visit Tataquara Lodge to sell crafts and
perform traditional songs and dances. This provides them with a source of income
and preserves culture for future generations.
The profits earned from the lodge are used to develop services and provide
healthcare and education for local people.
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Sustainable Development of the Area:
Profits from the lodge are used to improve healthcare and education in the area. This
helps the area to develop by increasing the quality of life of local people.
Money is generated without harming the environment. Local people don't have to
find other employment that could damage the environment, such as logging, and
resources aren't used up because solar power is used to power the lodge, instead of
fossil fuels. This means the resources are available for future generations.…read more