Eco Friendly Hostel

Since 2014

Eco Amigable


Dry Toilets

Many guests laugh the first time they visit the Ladies or the Gents. Why the amusement? Eco means compost, so therefore we have dry toilets. Just make sure you pee in hole #1 and poo in hole#2 and ‘flush’ with a cup of sawdust lime mix. We collect your creations in a tanks and take it daily to Tintipan Island. There we have our composting operations based where we produce fertiliser.

Showers

We have Bucket showers! Just like the good ‘ole days! (It does add to the Robinson Crusoe feeling though). As this precious water is limited, you can only take evening showers.

At Tintipan Island we have two water tanks holding up to 100,000 liters of clean rainwater. Although this may sound like a lot of H2O, it’s unfortunately not.
The Casa uses about a 1000 liters daily, which is brought over in jerry cans on a boat every evening.

Trash

We separate our trash as much as possible here at the Casa. Once a month, a big ship cruises to the islands to collect the garbage from the area and to take it to the mainland.
We use the organics from the kitchen and bar to make our own compost, which is also used to make fertiliser. We reuse the glass bottles from the bar for bricks and decoration. With the aluminium cans from the bar, we started a project with the locals and other hostels to collect as many as possible, which can be sent to the mainland to be sold for recycling. This money will go towards building a new football field for our local football team on Islote!

Community

We are proud of our friendly, cheerful, and hardworking local staff. Almost the entire crew lives with their families on the Island of Islote, with a few others coming from the mainland. Casa en el Agua has created employment opportunities for the local people, creating a positive effect on their lives with particular reference to wealth and access to healthcare. We aim to both learn from, and educate, them about conservation and preservation of the sea life and mangroves, working in conjunction with the the National Park.

National Park

The casa sits among the the San Bernardo islands, and is part of “Parque Natural National Corales de Rosario y San Bernardo.” Established in 1977 and covering 1,200km squared, The park holds the most extensive, diverse and developed coral reef in the entire Colombian Caribbean continental coastline. The park aims protect the marine ecosystems & coral reefs, which are living in depths of up (or down!) to 30 meters. The park is home to 170 species of fish, 52 types of coral and 25 sponges in a stunning rainbow of colours. The flora is characterised by mangroves and seagrass beds.

Showers

We have Bucket showers! Just like the good ‘ole days! (It does add to the Robinson Crusoe feeling though). As this precious water is limited, you can only take evening showers.

At Tintipan Island we have two water tanks holding up to 100,000 liters of clean rainwater. Although this may sound like a lot of H2O, it’s unfortunately not.
The Casa uses about a 1000 liters daily, which is brought over in jerry cans on a boat every evening.