This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Costa Rica bespoke holiday, wildlife and volcanoes
Ecotourism in Costa Rica is one of the key activities of its tourism industry. The country was a pioneer among several in Latin America turning to ecotourism as a way of responding to the growing demand for responsible travel. Eco-friendly lodges and activities draw visitors to the many extensive national parks and protected areas around the country, and you will be impressed by the slick and professional way in which these policies have come to fruition.
Our local partners in Costa Rica, with whom we work to select accommodation and activities for you, have a declared policy of adhering to responsible attitudes toward waste and water management and energy resources. They aim to strengthen these principals through management practices of their employees. The companies seek to minimize the impact of visitors on the landscape and its wildlife, respecting the fragility of the ecosystems.
Your accommodation virtually throughout is in lodges which are dedicated to the conservation of the natural environment and wildlife.
Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast has incredible biological variety owing to the existence of 11 different habitats, including rainforest, swamps, beaches and lagoons. It’s home to the manatees, caiman and crocodiles, which live in the channels; and endangered jaguars, three species of monkeys and three-toed sloths among a multitude of mammals thriving in the forest, along with reptiles and 375 species of birds. There are more than 400 species of trees and approximately 2,200 species of plants. Tortuga Lodge is a leader in the field of environmental protection here. It’s a secluded lodge encompassing jungle trails, a private canal and an isolated beach on the Caribbean Sea. The lodge provides highly trained staff and guides, local descendants of the first settlers in the area who came from Jamaica, Costa Rica’s main Caribbean city of Limon (also of Jamaican descent) and Blue Fields, Nicaragua. Your guides will ensure that you see the “hidden Tortuguero” because they live here all year round and make a constant study of the environment. The beaches are a key nesting ground for endangered sea turtles, including hawksbill, loggerheads, green and leatherbacks. Tortuga Lodge supports scientific study of these creatures and protects their breeding grounds.
When you move on to the area surrounding Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica’s heartland you will stay at Volcano Lodge. The hotel proprietor is acutely aware of the importance of conserving the surrounding environment and established a reforestation project called “Leave your mark on Costa Rica”. This ongoing project has thus far involved the planting of over 3,000 trees in the region. You, the hotel guest, can participate by planting a tree yourself.
The companies we contract in Costa Rica also aim to respect local communities, supporting conservation and development initiatives. As part of their work, they engage in activities to promote the human development of the communities they visit. During this holiday you will have the opportunity to engage in these efforts; for example, Tortuga Lodge supports local organisations – it donates annually to support turtle research and has helped the town’s museum. They also provide support for the volunteers of Global Vision International, and rebuilt the school in neighbouring San Francisco, also donating musical instruments and cost of traditional clothing fora children's dance troupe there. Tortuga Lodge regularly donates to the police force and Tortuguero village school. Arrangements can be made in advance if you want to combine your holiday stay there with volunteer opportunities locally.
We pride ourselves on delivering our clients truly authentic and unforgettable experiences in Latin America. With this in mind we have included a tour of Tortugero village; led by a local guide you will see the community that the development initiatives mentioned above have helped and we believe it is a fantastic opportunity to open up a dialogue between visitors and local working people and their families. During this tour you will gain an understanding of the importance of tourism in this area: most of the adults work in some form of tourism or conservation related business and responsible tourism has helped the village meet their basic needs such as running water, medical and dental care, garbage collection and management. You will also visit the local school (when in session), the Park headquarters, the general goods store and walk down the paths with colorful Afro-Caribbean homes.