Costa Rica holiday, natural highlights
Description of Costa Rica holiday, natural highlights
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetEcotourism in Costa Rica is one of the key activities of its tourism industry. The country was a pioneer among of 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. They 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.
On this highlights holiday you will be able to appreciate the extraordinary diversity of natural landscapes in Costa Rica, visiting remote regions where you will be able to see what is being to to preserve these fragile tropical environments and resist the pressure of irresponsible development.
Your accommodation virtually throughout is in lodges and hotels which are dedicated to the conservation of the natural environment and wildlife.
The Osa peninsula, on the southern end of the Pacific coast, is a region of luxuriant rainforest where a number of wildlife reserves have been established, sheltering magnificent biodiversity. El Remanso Lodge is active in its aim to preserve its pristine forest environment, which it acknowledges is the main draw for its guests. It joined an initiative with other local landowners to create a National Wildlife Refuge which protects the biological corridor of the Corcovado National Park. It is also involved in conservation projects, actively supporting a series of studies of endemic species and wildlife, hosting and supporting the work of local biologists. El Remanso has "adopted" a stretch of nearby beach and funded a conservation project for sea-turtles. The lodge also supports a wildcat conservation project with camera traps set out in the reserve. Regular project presentations offer you the chance to learn more about the local conservation initiatives.
The lodge is also environmentally friendly with regard to renewable energy, waste management, construction materials, water consumption and recycling, as is Hotel Poco a Poco in the mountains of Monteverde, which you visit next. You’ll explore the trails and observe the rich flora and fauna in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Administered by the tropical Science Center, the reserve was set up by Quakers to conserve its unique wildlife-filled landscape and protect it from the threat of hunters, mine prospectors and land developers. If you elect to take a guided tour in the reserve, your entrance fee will contribute to the sustainability of this policy.
You visit the fertile plains, hot springs and and wooded hills in the picturesque region around Arenal volcano staying at Arenal Manoa lodge. The lodge is committed to environmental practices which will sustain the property and minimise the impacts on the environment. As such, the hotel is a participant in the Certification of Sustainable Tourism scheme - authorised by the Costa Rican institute for Tourism - promoting eco-friendly initiatives.
One of the main objectives of the hotel is involve the guests on the productive activities of its own farm. You can take part in an organised free daily excursion to the farm and participate in its day-to-day daily activities, such as milking and feeding the cows. The farm endeavours to operate in a sustainable way causing the minimum possible damage to the environment and includes a reforestation project.
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 and375 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 insure 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.
PeopleThe lodges and hotels we have chosen for you are active in their support of their local communities.
El Remanso on the Pacific coast employs staff recruited locally: 98% of them are from the surrounding villages in the Puerto Jiménez area. By staying at El Remanso, you help provide employment for over 25 families in the area. The lodge uses local ingredients in its kitchen, including fish, not only to help the local economy but also as part of your cultural experience.
The lodge’s gift-shop sells exclusively crafts made by local artisans who visit the property weekly to offer their work to guests. All adventure activities are operated exclusively by locally run and locally owned tour operators. El Remanso actively supports the creation of the local library in Puerto JImenez and encourages you to bring books to donate. It also supports the education of two local families financially.
The small and friendly Hotel Poco a Poco in the Monteverde cloud forest gives preference to hiring local workers and suppliers to strengthen the economic and professional development in the area. It has a stated aim to support local, national and global efforts to protect the environment, its use and conservation. The hotel buys its fresh ingredients from local producers, and assists the manufacturing, sewing, souvenirs, crafts and professional services undertaken by community neighbours. It has also developed an extensive training programme in comprehensive sustainability and internal incentives for employees and students in key sectors of the neighbouring area.
Tortuga Lodge on the Caribbean coast supports local organisations, donating annually to support turtle research and helping to build the museum. It also provides 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.