The Conscious Traveler

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Hotel El Ganzo, Los Cabos' stand out boutique hotel, strengthens its sustainability program.

By Amy Sedeño

Declared the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations, 2017 is shaping up to be an important milestone for conscious travelers. Hotel El Ganzo, which has followed a sustainable model since its inception, has put a stronger plan into action to continue advancing its sustainability efforts.

El Ganzo’s plan focuses on five main areas of corporate social responsibility – energy, water, waste, carbon and education. Guests of the boutique hotel, located at the base of the Marina Puerto Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico, will find an eco-friendly culture in a hotel that prides itself in going a step beyond encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets.

From the solar-heated rooftop to a strong waste management program, El Ganzo is on the quest to become as green as possible.

Green Culture

Every room in the hotel features its own branded cantimplora, a reusable, BPA-free water bottle guests can carry around the property and refill at the hotel’s many refill stations. In terms of social sustainability, El Ganzo features only locally sourced bath salts and toiletries in each guestroom.

The Conscious Traveler gardenEl Ganzo’s Herb & Vegetable Garden has flourished into a small lot containing a variety of organic herbs, micro greens and vegetables used by the hotel’s chef in daily cooking. This reduces the CO2 emissions and brings locally sourced ingredients to the guest’s table. The hotel has also teamed up with Huerta Los Tamarindos, a neighboring organic farm that provides the resort with fresh produce.

Other environmentally friendly practices include reducing plastic waste by using recyclable straws and saving water by utilizing a local nopal-based laundry detergent that reduces the hotel’s water consumption by 80 percent, electricity by 60 percent and gas by 50 percent. This year, El Ganzo will implement a special recycling training for staff in an effort to continue instilling a sustainable mindset among its employees.

El Ganzo is a platinum member of The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a policy-oriented research organization dedicated to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism. The hotel is also a Kind Traveler partner, which is a booking platform where guests get exclusive hotel rates by donating to their choice of top-rated charities.

“At its core, our sustainable program reinforces our commitment and determination to contribute to limiting our environmental footprint in beautiful Los Cabos and to the development of a community that thrives on tourism,” says Ella Messerli, the hotel’s general manager and CREST board member.

Appreciation of the Arts

El Ganzo is known for its chic, laid-back vibe and robust arts program. The hotel has created “El Ganzo Community Project,” which gives back to the community of La Playita. It consists of a free art program for the local kids that stimulates children to engage with art.

Local children, artists and visitors can connect through an interactive process of art, music and organic gardening lessons – all for free. Guests who would like to contribute to the Art Center can do so via Paypal donations or art materials contributions here: http://www.elganzocommunity.org.

El Ganzo exudes a cool, barefoot elegance from the tip of its rooftop sushi bar to the edge of the dramatic infinity pool overlooking Marina Puerto Los Cabos and down into the underground recording studio, where resident artists and visiting performers work their magic. Book your visit to El Ganzo by visiting www.elganzo.com or by calling the toll-free number at 1-855-835-4269.

Amy Sedeño is a travel-obsessed publicist living in Miami. She is the Miami director for CIIC PR, a New York City-based agency specializing in hospitality public relations. As a result, she does quite a bit of traveling. From holding a tarantula in an ancient site in Guatemala to high tea in Dubai, she’s got stories to tell. Sedeño has worked with some of the world’s most renowned hotel brands: Marriott International, Hyatt, and Hilton, and represented travel destinations like Los Cabos, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Chile, La Paz, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco. Sedeño can be reached at asedeno@ciinews.com.

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