Sustainability

ARA Tours considers our environmental impact, from now and in the future, and takes steps to reduce the use of resources in order to reduce unwanted impact on our operations and service providers.

Know our Commitment


As part of this policy, we´ve made a good practice manual which has been developed in the office, which includes a series of recommendations and implementations in some areas, such as waste management, use of power, management and consumption of water and Use of material resources.

In addition ARA Tours is fully committed with important national laws and frequently we inform our compliance to our staff and clients:

  • Law 7317 Wildlife Conservation.
  • Law 7554 Organic Environment.
  • Law 7600 Equal Opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Law 7899 Against the Sexual Exploitation of Minors.

In addition, our guides and drivers are properly aware of good practices during passenger care, for which the company has developed the best practices manual for guides and drivers.

We are aware that our actions have an impact, both on the environment and on those we relate to. Therefore, in order to improve our environmental, social and economic performance, we have implemented the necessary mechanisms in Sustainable Management, which are being reviewed periodically.

With this we aim to: Adopt the necessary measures to avoid or minimize the environmental and social impacts of our activities that are negative. Manage the organization in a sustainable way, so that it is respectful both with humans and with the environment.

  • Download our Internal Sustainability Policy (Spanish version for our providers)
  • Download Good Practice Manual for Tour Guides (Spanish version)
  • Download Good Practice Manual for Drivers (Spanish version)

Environmental tips


Respect Nature

  • Follow the instructions of the park rangers.
  • Refrain from smoking in nature.
  • Do not leave the designated hiking trails.
  • Do not talk too loudly.
  • This makes it easier to spot some wild animals.
  • Do not use the flash on your camera when taking pictures of animals.
  • Do not touch or feed wild animals.
  • Do not touch plants as they might be poisonous.
  • Do not take plants, rocks or corals with you

En route and in your hotel

  • If possible, avoid plastic packaging.
  • Prefer local products.
  • Separate your garbage during your travels.
  • Use water and energy consciously.
  • Reuse towels in your hotel.
  • Turn off the light, fan, and the air-conditioning when leaving your room.
  • Follow the eco-tips in each hotel

Drive responsibly

  • Keep the speed limit.
  • Start your car only when you are really ready to go.
  • Use the air-conditioning as little as possible.

Back home

  • Find ways to act more eco-friendly in your home.
  • Look for ecological projects in your area and support these.
  • Inspire other people to think and act green.

Code of Conduct


ARA TOURS has signed an Internal Code of Conduct for the protection of children and adolescents against commercial sexual exploitation in travel and tourism since 2005 to date.

This Code confirms ARA Tours´ commitment protecting Costa Rican children. It implies supporting the initiatives that are developed in order to support this program, as well as collaborate in the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, through a firm attitude of rejection before any action that promotes it.

Our team fully supports this initiative. Each and every one of us remain vigilant to avoid actions aimed at affecting minors.

We inform our clients about this program and our commitment through our tour guides.

In addition our business partners are aware of our commitment and we are pleased to know that more and more allies choose to protect the future of this country, with this type of initiatives.

For more information: http://www.ict.go.cr/en/sustainability/code-of-conduct.html

Contact Information

Phone: +506-2232-0400
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Address

Apdo 799 – 1007
San José, Costa Rica

Licenced by the Costa Rican Tourist Board: Lic ICT OT 293

Liability insurance: Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS) Coverage: Territory of the Republic of Costa Rica

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