Luxury honeymoon to Costa Rica

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Luxury honeymoon to Costa Rica

Environment

- Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world with a high use of renewable resources, including hydroelectric and wind power. As well as being one of the most environmentally aware countries in the world, it is the greenest country in Latin America. By supporting this country in encouraging our clients to visit, we are supporting the practice of green and sustainable energy.

- Guests go for nature walks and hikes with local guides where they learn about the flora, fauna and wildlife in these regions and how they can help to preserve it. Guides ensure the guests understand the issues in the area, and how to act responsibly. They ensure visitors do not disturb the wildlife and leave everything untouched.

- We use lodges that employ ethical and responsible practices, with a small footprint and an emphasis on educating guests about the surrounding environment. This improves awareness and individual responsibility. Our lodges and hotels are also environmentally sound, relying on renewable energy where possible and local produce and resources. Xandari near San Jose has four kilometres of trails filled with native birds to watch and an orchid house and greenhouse where guests can learn about the local flora and fauna and go bird watching with local guides.

Nayara Springs villa in Arenal is set amongst tropical rainforest where guests can do nature walks with local guides. It also has its own organic gardens, with the vegetables grown used in the hotel's restaurant. The Harmony Hotel on the Guanacaste Coast has its own organic garden with the produce grown served in the restaurant. They also produce their own organic moisturisers and shampoos for each of the rooms. Yoga, surfing and meditation classes are run by locals.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a wildlife project in Costa Rica. Our environmental charity in Costa Rica is Kids Saving the Rainforest (kidssavingtherainforest.org), which rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals.

Community

- Our guides are locals, which helps us support and sustain the local economy through tourism in a long-term way. It also gives our clients a more authentic experience of a destination and a chance to meet local people, aiding their knowledge of the place and culture. This understanding is key for people to get the most out of a trip and to firm up relationships between locals and tourists.

-We organise a huge array of activities for guests from nature walks the in the Arenal region, surf lessons, horse riding and private tours. These are all run by local guides, therefore supporting the local community.

- The hotels and lodges we use are staffed by locals, which follows on from our own policy of only using local guides. This serves to empower the community and create long-term, stable and well-paid jobs. The Marriott San Jose is set in a large coffee plantation where guests can learn about the local industry and sample the produce. Xandari hotel which is outside of San Jose is also set on forty acres of plantation gardens and the organic garden supplies the hotel's restaurant. Nayara Hotel and Gardens in Arenal offers numerous activities with local guides from volcano tours, hikes, horse riding and white water rafting.

-Throughout their stay in Costa Rica, guests are taken to local restaurants and cafes to try out the local cuisine and experience the culture associated to their food. They are also provided with a detailed list of local restaurants and cafes that are run by locals, as well as shops that sell local handicrafts and not-for-profit organisations they can help.

- For each of our Latin America trips sold, we donate money to a school charity based in Ecuador. Our school charity in Ecuador is the Condor Trust (condortrust.org), which helps encourage low-income families to send their children to school. The funds provide uniforms, school materials and books for the children.

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