Costa Rica tour, activity and nature

“An 11 day, tailor made tour around some of Costa Ricaís most magnificent national parks, with guided tours, private transfers and staying in small locally owned hotels. A wildlife loverís dream vacation. ”

Highlights

San Jose | Tortuguero National Park | Arenal Volcano National Park | Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve | Manuel Antonio National Park

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Costa Rica tour, activity and nature

Environment

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste. Staff are encouraged to ride a bike or take public transport to work. Recently we have also started an initiave to plant a tree in Peru and Bolivia for each and every client traveling to these wonderful countries. So booking with is like your making your very own contribution to the environment!

Community

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do.

Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the local communities we visit, as well as their knowledge of the lakes, fauna and flora you will pass on route. This will give you an insight into the history of this fascinating region. In our pre departure information pack, and throughout the orientation on site, we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the diverse environments which we visit on this tour. This information includes simple advice on waste disposal and the offset of carbon emissions through our carbon offsetting program created for your journey with our company.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip. Most importantly a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in needs.

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Reviewed on 04 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Turtle viewing

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do as is

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most certainly in Costa Rica

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying at Tortuguera - in the forest, only accessible by boat, sharing the site with various monkeys, sloths, birds (including macaws and toucans) and other creatures.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take some warmer, waterproof clothing if you intend to visit Monteverde - a great cloud forest, but can be cold and wet.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most tours were run by local people, and hotels locally owned.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A good combination of destinations.

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