Greetings nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts!
We welcome you to Steve’s lodge! Steve’s lodge is located in the Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena hotspot. A hotspot supports nearly 60% of the world’s plant, bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species, with a very high share of endemic species. These sites are called “biodiversity hotspots” and there are only 34 hotspots that have been identified in the world.
The property around Steve’s lodge has small valleys and hills and has been planted with coconut palms, cacao trees, King palms, lemon trees, grapefruit trees, guaba, guayaba, avocado and laurel trees. Steve’s lodge is a river front property located on a peninsula.
From its balconies you can enjoy the view of the Cayapas and Onzole rivers that are considered between the most navigable and swimmer-friendly rivers in Ecuador and the world. These rivers are also known for their unique clarity in the summer time. The land around the lodge is blessed with many bird species of different sizes and colors, small mammals as well as wild flowers and butterflies.
The lodge is only 45 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. The breeze from the Ocean rushes up the Cayapas river and cools off the property and provides it with a nice and suitable weather. The local fishermen unload their boats each morning at Steve’s lodge and you can enjoy the fresh catch of the day combined with fresh tropical fruits for desert. Steve’s lodge has access through the Cayapas river to various eco-tourism amenities such as La Tolita island, Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve, and the sugar cane press.
Steve’s Lodge Goal: Our goal is to use natural energy for our transportation such as walking and canoeing. There are gas-powered out-board-motors for transportation to places that are at great distance but our goal is that eventually we can use solar powered vessels to get from one place to another. We are also looking forward to provide water to the lodge via a wind-powered system.
Benefits to local people by Steve’s Lodge environmental activities: All the environmental activities at Steve’s Lodge require participation from the local people who live at the Tumbes-Choco-Magdalena Hotspot. This participation stalls the locals from harvesting old growth trees for their survival; instead, their energies are re-directed towards the preservation of the animals and plants in the area.
Steve’s Lodge does not own canoes, instead, Steve rents out canoes from the locals so that they can have a source of income. Tourists also purchase handcrafts directly from the locals while being on an outing with Steve’s Lodge crew.