Ecological

Concrete goals

Black Sheep Inn’s goal is to become self-sufficient in energy, water and food production.

We have made significant steps in this direction, such as researching and designing for alternative energy installations, expanding gardens, and improving water collection.   Black Sheep Inn will never be a ‘finished project’.  Change, efficiency and improvements are a part of our everyday process.  Using permaculture ideas, we have been connecting existing features and buildings on our property for a more efficient use and re-use of resources.  We aim to increase environmental education in the area, enhance protection for the Iliniza Ecological Reserve, and participate in ecotourism conferences to share successes and best practices.

Eco philosophy

LAND

Historically land and people are inherently tied together.  Native American tradition believes that people cannot own land; in fact they believe that the earth owns the people who temporarily reside upon it.  When starting the Black Sheep Inn, it was the first time we owned property.  We knew that we should care for our land if we wanted our land to sustain us.

CULTURE

All human beings have basically the same needs for food, shelter, warmth, clothing, family etc… how different societies provide for these needs is based on local climate and culture.  Celebrating cultural differences and diversity is just as important as maintaining biodiversity.

ENVIRONMENT

We believe it is important for human beings to maintain a connection to the land that sustains them: to know where the foods they are eating come from, to value the resources they are consuming, to appreciate different foods, arts, music, buildings and ways of living around the world.

COMMUNITY

Everyone on earth lives in some type of community.  The particular community and world we live in sustains us and therefore we must sustain them.  We are neither fanatics nor purists, yet we have become conservationists. We respect our community and the earth.  We choose to tread lightly whenever possible.

While exploring Ecuador and traveling to other parts of the world, we hope you choose establishments that are ecologically sound, supportive of their community and promote low impact tourism.

Quilotoa Lagoon

Carved out by a powerful volcanic eruption over 800 years ago, this azure jewel cradled within the crater’s embrace captivates all who behold its beauty.

Rio Toachi Canyon

A rugged testament to nature’s artistry, carves its serpentine path through Ecuador’s verdant landscape, offering adventurers a thrilling journey into its depths.

Canyon Plateau

The Canyon Plateau stands as a majestic expanse of sculpted rock and winding rivers, a testament to the relentless forces of erosion over millennia.