In order to preserve 672 hectares of rainforest in the Flor de Marqués Ejido, a Rural Production Society has been formed, in which 25 families of ejido members have committed to conserve their forest areas and use them sustainably. They created Tamandúa, a comfortable campsite for students with a large main palapa where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Amenities include a toilet area, hot showers and a dressing room separate from the roofed modules for camping, each of which is fitted with spacious, latest generation tents able to sleep 1-4. The modules also have a terrace, chairs and hammocks to enjoy the surrounding jungle. The facilities are very comfortable and clean. Tamandúa creates 15 permanent jobs and provides economic benefits at the local and regional level. It has also helped diversify economic activities in the area.
Youth as drivers of change
Tamandúa Camp offers companies the opportunity to sponsor scholarships for students by offering them the possibility of taking part in environmental education seminars and field practices, taking fascinating interpretative walking trails to learn about the different species inhabiting the Lacandon Rainforest, and going on fun visits to caves and grottos. It thereby also contributes to the conservation of high evergreen forest and enhancing ejido members’ income.