This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Costa Rica wildlife vacations
Costa Rica is known as one of the most environmentally-friendly countries in the world. They practically invented ecotourism, and over 25% of the country is a protected reserve. During this trip you will be visiting a good selection of these important reserves.
The country runs a successful conservation initiative called the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). This recognises services committed to preserving the environment and sustainability of the country. Costa Rica also has a Blue Flag programme.
Selva Verde has 5 leaf (top) certification, and Bosque de Paz has 3 leaves. Evergreen Lodge is Rainforest Alliance certified.
The gardens of Bosque de Paz at Bajos del Toro Cloudforest are a haven for wildlife and birdlife including large numbers of hummingbirds. There are 22kms of nature trails in the grounds letting you experience different aspects of the forest. There is also an orchid garden here, created in 2000 and showcasing over 200 species.
Local guides are drives are used throughout this trip, and lodges which promote using local staff.
We've weaved in visits to local villages on this trip. The visit to Tortuguero village for example, gives a good insight into local life and culture, and an understanding of how the villagers back the turtles protection projects.
In San Jose and elsewhere, we always encourage and advise visitors to try local restaurants, and buy locally made products.
The company offering trip works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveler wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
The also back a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They are currently raising funds for 9 different grassroots projects in nine different counties, which travelers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.