Costa Rica vacation

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11 Jul 2021
US $1695
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

As a world leader in green energy, environmental protection, and plastic use reduction Costa Rica beckons us towards sustainable tourism and we gladly heed that call with our itinerary. Our community partner helps by providing a carefully-thought out experience throughout the first two days of our trip, with fresh locally-sourced meals, agricultural tours, and opportunities to engage with projects like communal gardens as well as a nearby farm utilized to educate the community on green practices.

When we venture to the mountains, jungles & beaches, each boutique accommodation we've selected boast many eco-friendly habits like water conservation, organic local ingredients at their restaurant, and energy reduction efforts. One eco-lodge goes even further with its sustainable and self-sufficient practices, from organic agriculture to energy production and carbon neutrality. As well, when we buy snacks for the road, we look for fresh and local bites; in Costa Rica this might be tropical fruits (young coconuts, anyone?), plantain chips, or Pejibaye - a starchy, nutty fruit .

On all of our trips, we focus on reduction of plastic and make sure that water jugs are available for refilling personal reusable water bottles. In the event of waste, recycle and composting, we direct client to the appropriate bins and disposal method. In Costa Rica, safe, filtered water is not always easily available so we provide guests with a special discount code for a Grayl water filter if they'd like to reduce plastic waste even more by drinking filtered tap water.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our Costa Rica itinerary excels at community support. Throughout the first 2.5 days of our itinerary we'll spend time learning about engaging with projects created by Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation to support the vulnerable and impoverished district of La Carpio. In addition, throughout those days clients will stay with local families in a nearby suburb of San Jose. These home stay opportunities, set up by CRHF, provide families with a helpful source of income as well as engaging cultural exchange. During the latter half of these days, we'll also explore nearby communities and delve into cultural educational opportunities like visiting an indigenous reserve to learn about the history and current issues of Costa Rica's tribes.

Our accommodation and activity vendor partners throughout the trip are all locally run businesses that offer comfortable and sustainable employment to local populations at fair wages. Each business and restaurant we patron is a leader in their community, providing thoughtful job training that will serve their employees for decades to come. As well, our guides throughout the trip are locals who understand the intricacies of Costa Rican history & culture and are eager to pass along their knowledge. While we explore the beauty and history of Costa Rica, we will also learn the philosophies of their culture like the ever-present motto: Pura Vida!


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