Graced with pristine beaches, lush rainforests, colorful flora and prolific wildlife, Latin America showcases some of Mother Nature's best work. Happily, protecting it is a growing priority for meeting and incentive groups when they visit the region. From Argentina in the south to Mexico in the north, destinations are attracting groups that care as much about the fragile environment as they do about warm weather and rich culture.
As a result, eco-friendly properties are proliferating across Latin America, giving travelers an opportunity to enjoy the land while respecting it as well.
Emblematic of the trend is Malibu Popoyo, a new all-inclusive boutique surf resort that opened on Dec. 1 in Popoyo, Nicaragua. Located along Nicaragua's Costa Esmeralda -- considered one of the world's best surfing destinations -- the resort caters to environmentally conscious surfers, yogis and adventure travelers.
"We aren't just a hotel, a surf break, a retreat center, an organic restaurant or a yoga studio. We are all of these and so much more," reads an informational download from the property's website.
Currently, the resort has six guest rooms that combine natural raw materials with culturally significant elements in one neat sustainable package. Each room includes open-air rain showers and vanities, organic linens, and locally sourced amenities, while the larger property offers an open-sided yoga palapa, a 16-meter pool, a poolside lounge and an on-site restaurant serving an all-organic Nicaraguan menu.
For more about this property and four other eco-friendly incentive options in the region, visit NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.