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 much about living and working in the wilds. Owner/manager Tamara Jacobi offers you a memoir and do-it-yourself guide that adventurers will love. Catch a quick glimpse of Wild Entrepreneurship, below. Book release details coming soon! Be the first to know by clicking here.

"In 2007, at age 23, I had a starry-eyed vision-to create an eco-lodge with my parents on the Mexican Pacific. Wild Entrepreneurship, combines my experience establishing the Tailwind Jungle Lodge (an eco-lodge, yoga retreat center and adventure company owned by my American family) with detailed steps that empower the reader to embark on their own entrepreneurial adventures. This 85,000-word book stands out from traditional entrepreneurship books, as it illuminates adventurous living as part of a business strategy implemented with love, Zen and passion for life. Throughout the book I incorporate a global chorus of voices from other wild entrepreneurs to inspire and guide the wild at heart.

Out-of-the-box thinkers are seeking alternatives to the 9 - 5 job, driving a global movement of creative entrepreneurship. These budding entrepreneurs crave guidance, but why would free-spirits read another boring business book? Wild Entrepreneurship quenches their need with a fusion of Swiss Family Robinson and Let My People Go Surfing that would delight readers of Outside magazine. This fun-loving business memoir/self-help guide will appeal to a broad audience and a spectrum of niches. Told from a female voice, with international experience and fresh perspective, my book will intrigue potential and existing entrepreneurs, as well as millennials, families, expats, women, nature lovers, yogis, and those simply seeking a tale of adventure.

I have lived the life of a wild entrepreneur. Born in Vermont in 1983, raised in rural Quebec, and intermittently home-schooled throughout Mexico and Central America, our family adventures included bike-packing 2,000 miles of the USA's Continental Divide trail, kayaking 800 miles down the Baja's Sea of Cortez, and mountaineering up Mexico's Pico De Orizaba (18,490 feet). My parents ingrained the blueprint for wild entrepreneurship within me. In February 2007, as I skied down a mountain in my cap and gown in celebration of my graduation from Middlebury College, I held a business plan in one hand and a financial sector job opportunity in the other. I chose to journey into the wilds and follow an uncharted trail that led us to sprinkle a shot of tequila to break ground on a raw canvas of jungle.

I quickly discovered the hard realities of what it would take to build an eco-lodge with my parents. The memoir portion of each chapter displays the belly-flop failures, delicious epiphanies and surprising triumphs that we encountered as our wild business came to life. These experiences illustrate the fundamentals of wild entrepreneurship, with chapters exploring topics such as biomimicry, investing in yourself, and "couplepreneurship." Along the way, interactive exercises-brainstorming sessions, visualizations, diagrams and more-prompt the reader to begin their wild business journey. Interspersed between chapters I highlight wisdom from other wild entrepreneurs, who have creatively and successfully navigated their way through building businesses that align with their values and ethics. Wild businesses interviewed include Wildmex (surfing school), Powder Factory (handcrafted skis), Ranchito Del Mar (organic farm), SweatPlayLive (beach boot-camps), PartyInMyPlants (nutrition), Tahoe Sailing Charters, Mexicolate (chocolate maker), Rewild (yoga retreats) and Rizzarr (social media platform)."

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