Best of Costa Rica tour
Description of Best of Costa Rica tour
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe natural environments that you’ll travel through in Costa Rica are fragile; the cultures and traditions precious and often the communities we pass through are reliant on tourism. This trip visits national parks and important wildlife reserves including Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (one of the most diverse tropical cloud forests in the world), so it is important that we plan our trip in a sustainable manner.
We are aligned with “Leave No Trace”, an international organisation that has set the global standard for outdoor ethics. Through targeted education, research and outreach, its mission is to ensure the long-term health of our natural world while maintaining sustainable recreation in nature.
We choose accommodations for this program which focus on environmental policies where possible, for example when available we book the Volcano Lodge in Arenal, they run a reforestation program called, “Leave your mark on Costa Rica ”, where guests can be involved in tree planting .
Our company-wide Waste Management Policy encourages our travelers to take their own reusable water bottles and reusable stuff sacks to avoid single-use plastics. We follow this same philosophy in our office as well as on the tour: in our London office we have banned single use coffee cups and water bottles. We use recycled paper in our office and we are working towards reducing the amount of paper we use, as well as recycle all of our paper and plastic waste.
We were the proud recipients of the inaugural Australian National Travel Industry’s Environmental Achievement award for our Responsible Travel Guidebook. This detailed guide to responsible and sustainable travel is provided to all our clients before they travel.
Under the guidance of World Animal Protection, we have developed our Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct, advocating for cruelty free animal encounters.
PeopleOur preferred accommodations we use on this trip are locally owned and not part of big international hotel chains; this way we ensure your tourist spend is staying within the area and benefiting local people.
When possible we choose accommodations which are focused on responsible tourism practises. For example our preferred hotel in Monteverde is the Trapp Family Lodge, which has achieved the CST (Certificate of Sustainable Tourism) for four levels of sustainable tourism achievement; this program is run by the Costa Rican Tourism Board and regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission. Since 2011 the Hotel has established a relationship with the nearby communities, especially San Luis and Santa Elena and has been involved in projects including supporting the Health Center of San Luis and a Greenhouse construction for Los Olivos School.
We use local guides throughout this trip. The guides are highly experienced, have strong local knowledge of the area and a love and understanding of their country that they are happy to share throughout the trip. This not only provides a richer experience but creates valuable employment helping to keep income within the community.