Chile’s Chepu Adventures Ecolodge among Lonely Planet’s Top 10

The beautifully situated Chiloé establishment was selected for its focus on innovation and energy efficiency.

Located on the beautiful island of Chiloé, Chepu Eco Lodge has been praised by travelers from around the world for its strong commitment to sustainability. Now the recognition has come from renowned travel guide Lonely Planet.

Chepu Adventures featured in Lonely Planet’s “top 10 eco stays for 2014”, a ranking to promote the most environmentally friendly places to stay this year and the unique ways they are going green.

The lodge has also been credited by Chile’s National Tourism Service, Sernatur, with the “Sello S.” This award is a stamp of approval for Chilean accommodation providers committed to sustainability.

The Lonely Planet described the idyllic life that awaits guests arriving to the north of Parque Nacional Chiloé and the amiable hosts on hand to facilitate their green getaway.

“Fernando and Amory, two lovely souls who fled Santiago years ago in search of an off-the-grid life, wine and dine green-conscious travellers, who cannot get enough of the mystical kayak trips at dawn, the views and the BBQs,” said the article, which ranked Chepu at number 6.

Some guests have described Chepu Lodge as a lesson in sustainability, with each visitor informed on exactly how each innovation contributes to lowering energy consumption.

Guests can take a “sustainability challenge” while staying, ensuring that they are contributing to the lodge’s goal of keeping energy levels down. Tablet screens will breakdown the use of every resource minute by minute.

Among the new innovations coming to Chepu are the introduction of electric kayaks, which use deep cycle batteries charged by wind energy. Guests will be able to watch birds and mammals in complete silence as the powered kayaks cruise without a sound, with the lodge working on GPS tracking systems to ensure nobody gets lost.

Chilean tourism officials described the mention by such an important travel publication as a window for not only Chepu Eco Lodge, but also for Chile.

The Lonely Planet list was topped by Lapa Rios in Costa Rica, with a wide variety of locations featured on the list, with lodging between Papua New Guinea, Morocco and Russia making an appearance.