Hacienda Tres Ríos is dedicated to a strict set of environmental regulations and follows a sustainable tourism model that governs any and all developments on the property. The nature park consists of 150 of the park’s 326 acres. The rest is protected from human impact and development in order to allow the natural ecosystems of the area to flourish.

The property is guided by the Tres Ríos Ecology Mission:

  • To be the leading model for sustainable luxury tourism in the Mexican Caribbean.
  • To guarantee the enduring, intelligent and responsible use of the property’s jungle, mangrove, dune and marine ecosystems.
  • To guarantee the long-term preservation of the ecosystems’ environmental functions, flora and fauna.
  • To provide exceptional vacation experiences for guests of Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort.



The Tres Ríos’ model of sustainable tourism development clearly distinguishes us from other hotels and resorts. Establishing a clear set of environmental criteria to guide the design of the hotel allowed us to clearly identify the proper technologies and actions required to both develop the resort and protect the environment. Tres Ríos has invested in infrastructure, equipment and environmental management tools that have positioned us as model for sustainable tourism development.

Several years were used to study the ecosystems in Tres Ríos. During that stage of environmental characterization and analysis, a team of scientists and experts was assembled to undergo research in topics as diverse as digital aerial photography, geographic analysis, mangrove and jungle ecosystems, wildlife, coral reefs and geo-hydrology. This stage was fundamental, as it provided the basic information required to orient the sustainable development of the Tres Ríos Master Plan.

The information obtained from several studies allowed us to establish “preferred use” areas, which were used as the basis to appropriately place the hotel on an area with a lower environmental value within the ecosystem. The placement of buildings on lower environmental quality areas is fundamental to lessen environmental impacts and to avoid disturbing higher environmental quality areas.




  • Buildings constructed on over 400 pilings, 2.8 meters above ground which allows natural water flow to continue
  • Use of pre-fabricated construction, assembled onsite, reducing dust contamination
  • Refuse carefully sorted and recycled when possible
  • Use of regional materials and finishes
  • 4,000 plants of 11 endangered and protected species rescued




Proper environmental management requires executing daily actions that are guided by the Tres Ríos Environmental Management System (EMS). This system is comprised of 7 programs and 20 sub-programs that are constantly implemented by the Tres Ríos “Green Team” (also known as the Environmental Supervision Team), and includes plant and wildlife management, environmental monitoring, waste management, environmental education and environmental contingency actions.




  • Cold water from deep well used to cool air conditioning systems
  • Heat generated from air conditioning is captured and used to heat water
  • In-room motion sensors shut down unnecessary energy use when rooms are unoccupied
  • A titanium-clad water desalination plant treats and filters the water, avoiding use of the freshwater aquifer