Green Living at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge

In March 2009, the Tailwind Jungle Lodge became the first certified sustainable eco-lodge in Mexico. This certification through Sustainable Travel International had been a goal for the lodge since its inception and represents the Jacobi family's commitment to natural living and sustainability. At the Tailwind Jungle Lodge, we embrace a holistic approach to sustainability that includes three overarching elements:

  • The health of the natural world
  • The health of the San Pancho community: culturally and economically
  • The health of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge and our ability to make low-impact living! realistic, comfortable and cost effective.

We are proud to be a part of the thriving and international community of San Pancho. Our hope is to support and set an example for local businesses as we protect and connect travelers with this natural paradise. We are committed to cultivating a presence that is eco-conscious, community-oriented and culturally mindful.

Call to action: Things YOU can do while traveling

  • Bring your own reusable mug and containers. Trade disposable for reusable whenever possible. Avoid single use cups, bottles, utensils and plates!
  • Bring your own straw. Metal and glass straws are a great substitute for plastic. When eating out in town remember to ask for "no popote" (popote = straw).
  • Buy local & eat local. Support the San Pancho community (link to community section below).
  • Choose locally made souvenirs (skip the tacky, generic stuff). Check out our local farmer's market (Tuesday in the plaza) and discover local Huichol (indigenous tribe) art and jewelry.
  • Choose low impact, non-motorized activities such as hiking, kayaking & sailing.
  • Minimize use of water and electricity. Take quick showers and turn off lights when not in use.
  • Bring donations for our community center. See current needs here.
San Pancho Community


San Pancho Community

Throughout our development, the Tailwind jungle lodge has created a strong relationship with the local San Pancho community. Over the years the Jacobi Family has hosted special community events in the jungle as well as donated time and money to support sustainable development in this area. We are very proud to be a part of the San Pancho community.

Check out these amazing organizations in San Pancho:

Local non-profits:
  • EntreAmigos Community Center, Gallery & Gift Shop
  • Grupo Ecologico: San Pancho Turtle Conservation
  • Hojanay Jaguar Conservation
Local Organizations:
Organic Garden Ranchito Del Mar San Pancho Community
  • San Pancho Birding Club
  • San Pancho Yoga
  • El Estar Yoga Studio
  • Organic Garden, Ranchito Del Mar
  • Tuesday Mercado Del Pueblo (Farmer's market)
  • Circo de Los Ninos
  • Ranchito del Mar (organic garden)
Shops, Boutiques and Galleries:
Mexicolate San Pancho community
  • Mexicolate (local chocolate maker)
  • Pancho Vida (locally printed t-shirts)
  • Cori Jacobs Gallery
  • Huichol vendors (indigenous art)
  • Moana Boutique
  • Nativa Surf Shop
  • Angelical Massage & Spa
Local Restaurants and Grocers:
  • Gallos (Authentic Mexican Cuisine)
  • Hotel Cielo Rojo Organic Bistro (and local tequila)
  • Maria's Cafe
  • Mar Plata
  • Los Arbolitos Tacos
  • Mexotik Restaurant (Mexican/Asian Fusion)
  • La Ola Rica
  • La Chalupa
  • El Indio Grocery store
  • Martin's Fish Market

Support our Community: Current Projects in Need

A must see in San Pancho is our community center, Entreamigos (translation: between friends).

Founded in 2007, by Nicole Swedlow, the center has become an example of what can come of culturing positive relationships between the visitors, expats and the local community.

Entreamigos encourages visitors to the center and also welcomes groups or individuals who wish to get involved in volunteer projects.

The Tailwind jungle lodge is proud to support our local scholarship program & recycling program.

Guests of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge can contribute by making a donation at Entreamigos by clicking here

Recycling Program

We are lucky to have a recycling program in San Pancho! In fact, the community center does its best to reuse before recycling. RECICLA SAN PANCHO has been focusing on finding innovative local uses for the recycled products and has spawned a series of small business enterprises for local residents. Beautiful glasses are being made from recycled wine bottles, as well as candles, goblets and other products. Women make belts and bracelets from soda can tabs, purses, picture frames and collage art from magazines, jewelry boxes from newspaper and orange peels and many other amazing products from items that were previously disregarded as trash. These items can be purchased in the EA Gallery. The proceeds from your purchase supports the Recycling program and educational programs at Entreamigos.

However, despite their best efforts, it costs over $20,000 USD annually for EA to keep the recycling program going. They need all the help they can get.

Jungle Book - The Wildpreneurs

In the last decade, the jungle family has learned a few things about living and working in the wilds. Founder Tamara Jacobi offers you a memoir and do-it-yourself guide that adventurers will love.

Jungle Book - Wildpreneurs

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Whatever you desire to create (or may already be creating!), this is the place to ignite your idea, make your plan, take action, gain momentum, and find support along the way.

Whether you're a new entrepreneur or you've been journeying through wild business for a while, you'll find golden nuggets of inspiration, wild wisdom and resources here.

Get started here with your FREE GUIDE: Secrets for Wildpreneurs

Jungle Book - Wildpreneurs

Jungle Dining

Tailwind Jungle Dining

Making tacos in the jungle is fun! All of our bungalows, palapas and casitas have kitchens. You'll be able to make yourself a jungle feast! We don't have a restaurant on site but there are many excellent restaurants in San Pancho, from basic taco stands to fancy four star restaurants. There is also a great little grocery store, farmer's market and fish market.

Tailwind Jungle Dining

Too lazy to cook? If you are a group of 6+ we have an excellent available to prepare local, healthy and tasty meals in the jungle. Please inquire about chef services. Reservations must be made well in advance. Check out this little video of Chef Daniel (owner of Mexotik restaurant) in action at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge.

Video: Mexotik Jungle Feast

Learn more about Tailwind's commitment to sustainability on the Mexican Pacific

Download the brochure here.Tailwind Activities PDF