This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Costa Rica holiday, wildlife, volcanoes & coastlines
Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation; we use a combination of eco-lodges and locally run hotels. As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveller with a high level of comfort. This is a private safari which means that your impact on the environment and wildlife is kept to a minimum at all times resulting in you also being likely to see more!
All the hotels and eco-lodges are committed to sustainable tourism. Grano de Oro in San Jose focus on areas such as water management, electricity, and waste management and ensuring the education of all staff in these areas. They have implemented a program with an external company to plant trees which will offset their entire carbon footprint by the year 2016. At Mawamba Park in the grounds of the Mawamba Lodge there are frog, iguana and butterfly gardens. There is also a Bio digester which is the only one in Tortuguero that treats the sewage waters to convert them into a natural source of gas to heat up the stoves. Arenal Nayara’s design and architecture follows guidelines for the conservation and protection of the environment. The structures are built using local artisan materials that both support the Costa Rican economy and safeguard its environment. Energy and water conservation are also a high priority, where natural light is promoted and low energy light bulbs are used; flow reducers and aerators have been installed that conserve water. All the hotels run recycling programs within the properties and use 100% biodegradable products.
Our UK operations reflect our standards abroad in that we aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We attempt to do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove.
Through the employment of our local ground operators who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. We give our travellers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We encourage the use of local guides in every destination and with every local agent. Even on our specialist led safaris we try to ensure that a local guide is also used. We do not believe in taking jobs from local populations in order to provide for western needs.
Where possible we will always use local suppliers in preference to others whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. We believe the best way to learn about and enjoy the experience of being on safari with us is to make the effort to mingle with the local people, taste new foods and try new experiences.
El Establo Hotel thinks that is very important to help the community, that is why, with your help we can continue given the opportunity to improve their skills. Right now there is a group of kids learning and rehearsing Costa Rican dances. The age of the members of the group are from 5 years old to 12 or 13 years old. With your help we can get as much fancy dresses we need to prepare a high quality show.
Cala Luna supports the non profit organization CEPIA Costa Rica (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents). Their compassion is aimed at supporting the necessary head start for children and teenagers from under privileged family backgrounds in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. They are proud members of the Pack For A Purpose initiative, which encourages you to utilize space in your luggage to provide supplies to the communities you visit.
We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the ‘thing to do’; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.