Costa Rica highlights family vacation

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27 Mar 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Costa Rica has long been well known its proactive approach conserving the environment, having long ago set aside protected areas for conservation activity. Our entry fees for Manuel Antonio and Arenal National Parks go towards park maintenance, staff salaries, training programmes and the research and monitoring of the plethora of rich wildlife here. These funds also contribute towards the effort to expand the amount of land and sea given a protected status.

In Monteverde proceeds from the entry fees to the cloud forest reserve help to protect the highly endangered habitat of the Resplendant Quetzal, of which only 300 pairs remain in the world. Monteverde houses 2.5% of worldwide biodiversity; income collected through visits are used directly to fund preservation, research and educational programmes to ensure this pristine environment is preserved for future generations.

Our local partner were one of the first tour operators in Costa Rica with the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST), achieving five leaves (level 5) out of a maximum possible of five with all staff given regular training and support to promote environmental best practices including recycling, water and energy conservation.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.


The Impacts of this Trip

We weave in activities into our family trips which support local businesses and at the same time provide an insight into regional customs and traditions. A great example of this is on day two of the trip where we spend the afternoon with Don William, a local artist, who will teach us how to paint a traditional oxcart. These brightly decorated modes of transport have unique patterns and designs with originate in the area.

Two days later, traveling from the Arenal region to Monteverde, we visit El Establo, a family run restaurant and ranch. After a short tour of the ranch, we have a cooking demonstration, then tuck in to a typical Costa Rican dish called "Casado" comprising of rice, beans, beef or chicken or fish and plantain. The money for this all goes directly back to the family.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.


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