This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Costa Rica wildlife & beaches vacation, Pacific Coast
Wherever possible we use locally run and managed accommodation; we use a combination of eco-lodges and locally run hotels. As a result of this we minimise the impact on the local environment at the same time as providing the traveler with a high level of comfort. This is a private safari which means that your impact on the environment and wildlife is kept to a minimum at all times resulting in you also being likely to see more!
All the hotels and eco-lodges are committed to sustainable tourism. Grano de Oro in San Jose focus on areas such as water management, electricity, and waste management and ensuring the education of all staff in these areas. They have implemented a program with an external company to plant trees which will offset their entire carbon footprint by the year 2016. El Remanso is one of the few hotels in Costa Rica that relies 100% on renewable energies. The lodge is also set within a National Wildlife Refuge that protects the biological corridor of the Corcovado National Park. El Parador protects 7 acres of secondary rainforest, preserving the many species of wildlife inhabiting our jungles, never feeding the animals, maintaining a natural balance on their environment. All the hotels run recycling programs within the properties and use 100% biodegradable products
Our UK operations reflect our standards abroad in that we aim to minimise our impact on the environment as much in the UK as we would do in any of our destination countries. We attempt to do this through recycling of any office waste including, paper, plastic, cans, glass, refuse, in partnership with the Borough of Brighton & Hove.
Through the employment of our local ground operators who use local guides and drivers, money is fed directly back into individual families and villages that would otherwise not benefit from tourism. We give our travelers advice on how to interact with the local population, flora and fauna in order to minimise any negative impact. We encourage the use of local guides in every destination and with every local agent. Even on our specialist led safaris we try to ensure that a local guide is also used. We do not believe in taking jobs from local populations in order to provide for western needs.
Where possible we will always use local suppliers in preference to others whether this is in the purchase of provisions, accommodation, transport or equipment. We believe the best way to learn about and enjoy the experience of being on safari with us is to make the effort to mingle with the local people, taste new foods and try new experiences.
El Remanso employs only local staff; 98% of their workers come from the Osa Peninsula, from the surrounding villages in the Puerto Jiménez area. By staying at El Remanso, guests provide employment to over 25 families in the area. As well as employing from the local community; El Parador provides an alternative use for materials or equipment once they have fulfilled their basic function, usually donating them to community groups or employees and participate in reforestation and community beach clean-up programs. Latitude 10 is implementing the program Building for the Future, a straightforward and tangible program that helps improve school infrastructure and provide needed school supplies.
We make sure tourists have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs and handicrafts, assisting further to contribute to their community, and always give support to local communities and conservation agencies. We advise people not to bargain just for the sake of it and because it is the ‘thing to do’; you should pay what you feel the object is worth to yourself and the vendor, bearing in mind local cultures.