YOUR HOSTS & HOW WE GOT HERE
Your hosts, Diana Morris and Wayne Lamphier, are from Calgary Canada but they've been living in the Peruvian Andes for the past ten years and much of the past 18 years. Wayne was involved in developing the first park management plan for Huascarán National Park, pioneering a community and public consultation program when he fell in love with the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and its people. After spending eight years in Colombia and Ecuador, Diana and Wayne moved to Peru in 2003 to build the Lazy Dog Inn, committing themselves to long-term community and environmental support.
ACTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Construction of The Lazy Dog Inn
The Lazy Dog Inn and its cabins are truly unique adobe structures built entirely by hand (no equipment or electricity was used) with all the labor provided by our community neighbors. Virtually all the materials used in constructing the mountain lodge came from the immediate area reducing the environmental damage that comes with harvesting, transporting and treating building materials that come from remote locations. The adobe buildings themselves are comprised of 45 cm thick seismically reinforced walls, with steel rebar passing through every brick between the foundations and the roof, and the optimal soil mix used to make the adobe blocks.
The Inn generates zero sewage and zero wastewater! All our bathrooms use dry composting urine diverting toilets whose wastewaters are filtered and re-used for sub-soil irrigation of animal pasture while the solids are dry composted into a rich organic fertilizer. Our household solid wastes are also recycled 90%!
Aside from using local labor for all our work, The Lazy Dog Inn, is involved in a great number of local community development efforts. Our goal is to help people help themselves in expanding local economic opportunities and incomes in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. Andean Alliance (Asociación Civil), our Grassroots Organization, is involved in supporting everything from community road repairs to small business development and educational programs for children and youth.