When I first started this blog, I wrote a post on how to choose an eco-lodge. Looking back, I still agree with everything I said back then. But there was one element I forgot to mention until I saw this post by an award-winning travel writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Mr Costas Christ. In his outstanding article, he talks about how the lodge should reflect the culture of the country its in. The Tambopata Research Centre looks like its in Peru. Selva Verde looks like its in Costa Rica. Hornbill Camp looks like its in India. And these as well as many other I have blogged about make a point of employing local people and contributing to the local economy. I could go on, but this is one very important factor that sets a fantastic eco-lodge apart from just a good eco-lodge.