As part of our ecotourism involvement, La Cocotera includes programs that enhance the cultural integrity of the native community and minimize the negative aspects that tourism can have on nature. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water recycling system, conservation and creation of economic opportunities for the local population.
La Cocotera also sponsors wildlife projects – one is with the Olive Ridley turtles, which still nest on our beach. We buy the eggs from people who would sell them to be eaten and, instead, allow them to hatch, raise them and release them. We are also sponsoring a program through a Salvadoran agency called SalvaNatura that aims to reintroduce the Scarlet Macaw back into the country. It has been extinct in El Salvador for over 50 years.
- Turtles: The turtle release program in Central America allows La Cocotera to safely release thousands of Olive Ridley turtles each year. Come experience this wonderful event and set baby turtles free in the ocean!
- Birds: La Barra de Santiago is a haven for birds from all over the world. Paddle a kayak into the estuary and spot birds from as far away as Antartica!
- Species Reintroduction Program: La Cocotera is the proud sponsor of El Salvador’s official program to reintroduce the Scarlet Macaw into the country. Guests can learn all about this exciting program and meet people involved in the project.
In addition to the wildlife, La Cocotera was built by locals, utilizes solar energy for all hot water and has its own state-of-the-art waste water recycling system.