While traveling through South America is an incredible experience not to be missed, you need to be careful about how much of a carbon footprint you leave behind. Luckily, many accommodations throughout the continent are creating eco-friendly properties people can feel good about staying in. To help you plan a green-focused itinerary, here are Tripify’s top picks for eco-retreats in South America.

While traveling through South America is an incredible experience not to be missed, you need to be careful about how much of a carbon footprint you leave behind. Luckily, many accommodations throughout the continent are creating eco-friendly properties people can feel good about staying in. To help you plan a green-focused itinerary, here are Tripify’s top picks for eco-retreats in South America.

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Photo: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Located in Trancoso, Brazil, in the state of Bahia, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa is not only sustainable, it’s luxurious. Most of the property’s opulent design makes use of recycled materials, like wood beams from abandoned farms, canvas from old trucks, and door handles and fixtures from abandoned homes. Once you arrive at the hotel you’ll feel like you’ve entered a hidden retreat, as UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa features no signage but instead has a hidden entrance through a historic fisherman’s home. Additionally, the historic Quadrado where UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa is located is blocked from motorized traffic, so you admire the colorful fishing homes in peace without having to breathe in fumes. Enjoy a drink at their bar crafted from old fishing boats, swim in their expansive pool made from local green aventurine quartz pebbles, and stroll through their lush garden with paths created from recycled wood. Bonus: Not a single tree was cut down during the building project.

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa
Photo: Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, an “adventure spa hotel,” is situated in the Altiplano of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile and provides guests with a hotel stay they can feel good about. Before the boutique luxury property was built, they did a study of the landscape to ensure no habitats or historic remains would be disturbed, protecting a pequén nesting site and old cattle corral. Moreover, their farm-to-table restaurant features dishes made with ingredients grown on their onsite garden, some of which include maize, quinoa, apples, figs, pomegranates, seasonal vegetables and herbs. These pair perfectly with an impressive list of local Chilean wines. In the spa, sumptuous treatments incorporate locally-sourced desert ingredients like volcanic mud, lithium rich salt and desert herbs, which one can enjoy before relaxing in the spa’s hot tub or on their locally-made outdoor furniture while enjoying views of the famous Licancabur volcano. Additionally, the property uses low-energy solar panels and makes use of natural lighting with lots of glass (which is great for enjoying prime views of the landscape).

Eco Pampa Palermo, Argentina

Eco Pampa Palermo
Photo: La Chica de Mochila

For those looking for a more budget-friendly green experience, Eco Pampa Palermo hostel delivers. Residing in the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the property uses solar panels for energy, low-energy bulbs for lighting, insulated windows for warmth and cross-ventilation chambers to keep rooms cool. Moreover, their computers are low-plastic and low-carbon emission. When designing the hostel, recycled materials were incorporated into the design and layout, like old windows to make mirrors, recycled wood to create furniture, chairs upholstered with publicity banners and antique decor. And if you’re interested in further educating yourself on green practices, Eco Pampa Palermo hosts educational eco workshops.

Madre Tierra Eco-Resort, Ecuador

Madre Tierra Eco-Resort
Photo: Madre Tierra Eco-Resort

Located in the wellness-focused destination of Vilcabamba, Ecuador, Madre Tierra Eco-Resort is committed to giving guests a sustainable and healthy stay. Vilcabamba is known as the “Valley of Longevity,” and for good reason as its locals live in accordance with Mother Nature. Guests of the hotel can sip the area’s pure mineral water, take hot showers warmed by solar-power heating, indulge with an all-natural spa treatment and enjoy healthy and organic meals — made with ingredients from their garden and without the aid of a microwave — in their bohemian restaurant. After exploring the area’s many scenic hiking trails you can replenish with a fresh coconut smoothie made with local raw milk. You won’t leave Madre Tierra without having made friends with the staff and learning some new ideas about eco-friendly living.

The Green House, Peru

Peru Sacred Valley
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The Green House is a cozy and sustainable bed and breakfast located in Peru’s Sacred Valley. What makes the Green House particularly unique is that while it has the ability to immerse you in the beauty of being in the middle of nowhere, it’s a two-minute walk from the main road of the community of Huarán. The hotel’s intimate design (it has four rooms) blends into the landscape and interacts with nature by using natural lighting; local and nature building materials like adobe, natural dyes, eucalyptus wood and stones; and a beautiful garden that also hosts hummingbirds and butterflies. Along with the homey feeling, the best part of a stay at the Green House is the floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow for views of the surrounding mountains and rolling hills dotted with colorful flowers. Spend some time getting in touch with yourself in the meditation area, have a homecooked meal made with organic ingredients, sip an herbal tea by the fire or explore the area through kayaking, cycling, hiking, rafting and horseback riding.

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