At La Fortuna at Atitlan we strive to be friendly to the environment. Our power is 100% off-grid solar generated, except for a few hours a day when we switch to a generator to use larger appliances.
We have an anaerobic biodigester on the property. Biodigesters essentially digest waste in a series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. They clean our waste and ensure we are not leaching sewage into the lake.
All of our building materials are sustainably and locally sourced including the bamboo which is grown on our property. We also have implemented several bottle walls including our wine cellar – which are beautiful and a great way to re-use materials which could otherwise end up in landfills.
Many of our vegetables and fruit come from our property. We grow avocado, mango, papaya, bananas, squash, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, asparagus, and many more depending on the season – including 1,000 pounds of organic shade grown coffee annually. We also have an extensive herb garden.
As we are only accessible by boat we go to great lengths to reduce the amount of waste we produce as it has to leave by boat as well! We have a huge composting system, which takes care of all our organic waste.