Gay Nagle Myers
Gay Nagle Myers

From fostering orphaned wildlife in the general manager’s private pool to diverting 750 pounds of raw food waste to a local hog farmer, the 345-suite Velas Vallarta resort in Puerto Vallarta has raised the bar on environmental sustainability.

In response to guest interest, the resort recently launched complimentary on-site, behind-the-scenes eco-tours.

Specialty guides take guests to hotel areas seldom seen by visitors, including the solar panels, which heat the showers and pool water, and the recycling facility.

Tour participants learn composting and how to reduce the use of pesticides and get a peek at enclosures used to house resident peacocks and injured wild birds.

The gardens at the Velas Vallarta resort are free of insecticides and a haven for the resort's resident peacocks.
The gardens at the Velas Vallarta resort are free of insecticides and a haven for the resort's resident peacocks.

Velas Vallarta is located on Puerto Vallarta’s Marina Vallarta beach, where sea turtles nest from June to December.

The resort has a turtle nursery where the eggs are kept for 45 days until they begin to hatch.

Volunteers come from around the world and camp on the beach for weeks to help scientists find and protect turtle eggs.

“We share the dedication of these volunteers and support them with shower facilities and three meals a day,” said Donald Willis, assistant manager of operations.

“Last year, with our combined efforts we were able to raise and release 23,471 baby turtles,” he said. 

The koi pond at Velas Vallarta resort.
The koi pond at Velas Vallarta resort.

Recent guest Carol Patterson, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, said, “The resort’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond formal standards and underscores research showing consumer choice is influenced by hotel support of host communities.”

Velas Vallarta is certified with EarthCheck (formerly Green Globe) and also with TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, which recognizes properties that are actively committed to environmentally friendly practices.

For resort details, visit www.velasvallarta.com.

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