This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Costa Rica rejuvenation vacation
This tour takes guests to some of the best luxury ecolodges in Costa Rica, all of which have stong environmental policies. For example, El Silencio Lodge and Spa was conceived as a special sanctuary to share Costa Rica’s intense natural attributes, and has its own 500 acre private forest reserve. The lodge has achieved Costa Rica’s certification of sustainable tourism (CST) which is an initiative led by the Costa Rican government to champion and encourage sustainability in the travel and tourism sector. Its holistic focus includes periodic evaluation to assess companies’ commitment to environmental factors, and El Silencio Lodge and Spa holds the maximum 5-Leaf CST sustainability rating. Many of our chosen accommodations are part of the Network of Nature Reserves, a group of more than 200 members who collectively protext more than 140,000 hectares of forest. They do so by leveraging support from the Costa Rican government, NGOs, private enterprises and like-minded individuals.
We ensure that our ground operators are fighting against any type of tourist activity which threatens the traditions and culture of the Costa Ricans or causes social detriment. When choosing our suppliers, we give preference to local companies in Costa Rica as part of a strategy of corporate social responsibility, allowing the involvement of local communities in favour of the development of the regional economy. We ask our visitors to ensure that their dress and behaviour is in line with socially acceptable limits within the area they are visiting. They should be especially sensitive about taking photographs and interaction with children. If they are in doubt about what is / is not acceptable they can check with their guide, driver, hotel staff or our office. We teach visitors that giving directly to children encourages begging and can undermine parents who cannot afford to give their children such items. If visitors must give gifts we encourage useful items - pens, paper, clothing, etc. We are always happy to channel donations to needy organizations. We encourage visitors to learn a few simple words and phrases of Spanish before their visit. Even the simplest words and phrases will go a long way in allowing them to interact with the local people. And, no matter how little they know, it's always appreciated.