Costa Rica holiday, ecolodge accomodation
Description of Costa Rica holiday, ecolodge accomodation
From the flooded forests of the northern Caribbean, rafting through old-growth jungles teeming with exotic birds and out to the turtle nesting beaches, coastal mangroves and tropical fjords of the Pacific. Discover Costa Rica's most wildlife-rich ecosytems with experienced naturalist guides, explored from some of the country's most outstanding ecolodges.
PlanetWe are passionate advocates of what Costa Rica has to offer visitors, but also of protecting and maintaining the country’s habitats and native cultures. As such we have been careful to ensure our partners on the ground are as equally committed to responsible travel practices as us. Our tours are structured to create the least possible impact on local ecosystems.
When we do book tours in advance group sizes never exceed 15 passengers: the standard size being six to eight in any given group. Not only does this help to keep the effect on the local environment to a minimum, it also means clients receive more attention from the guide, and therefore a richer overall experience.
There are now many properties jumping on the eco bandwagon in Costa Rica, with varying degrees of authenticity. We give priority to hotels and lodges with proven ecological credentials, built with sensitivity to the local environment. We only suggest hotels and lodges where we have stayed ourselves, or where our partners on the ground have stayed, and which we believe to be the best in their area. This does not necessarily mean those with the obvious trappings of comfort, but rather those who have an established ethical outlook and a long-term vision for preserving their local surroundings.
The eco-lodge in Tortuguero is Rainforest Alliance varified and has gained various certifications for its recycling programmes, sustainability training and energy and water saving initiatives.
Your base in Sarapiqui has a Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program. Among its activities are the use of solar panels, organic compost waste and the use of biodegradable cleaning products. Its Green Classroom initiative educated children in sustainability practices.
PeopleThe guides we use for walks in the national parks are all trained naturalists and many live locally to the area. They are experts in the flora and fauna of the region and are incredibly passionate about passing on their knowledge, so clients have a greater understanding of local environment and the delicate balance of regional ecosystems. Where possible we only use small, locally run properties, who stand up for their employees’ social rights and offer an honest wage.
Most of our trips are conducted on an independent basis, usually with a hire car, and we encourage clients to book any day tours on the ground with local companies. This gives clients the freedom to explore at their own pace as well as insuring the money spent directly benefits the local economy.
One of the lodges in this itinerary has helped to set up a community programme which has now become a fully-fledged independent non-government organsation. The Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center works to educate community members in the importance of conservation, particularly within the context of ecotourism. The end goal is to help improve the job prospects of schoolchildren, whilst simultaneously create new sustainable occupations.
Visitors are given the opportunity to directly engage with the local residents and international volunteers who help deliver their programmes. Visit the Pack for Purpose website for a list of items that you could bring with you to help support their activities.