In this blog, you will find 5 ideas on how to make your Costa Rica trip environmentally friendly and leave the smallest possible ecological footprint.
Do you love to explore and travel the world? Do you like to immerse yourself in foreign cultures and landscapes to charge your batteries with valuable life energy? If so, then you may be one of the people confronted with an inner conflict, at least since Greta Thunberg's Fridays-for-Future-movement started: Should I stop travelling for the sake of the environment? If you answer this with a yes, then I congratulate you on your consequence. If not, in this blog you will find 5 ideas on how to make your Costa Rica trip environmentally friendly and leave the smallest possible ecological footprint.
But before we come to the tips, I would like to briefly show you how important tourism in Costa Rica is for the protection of the rainforest. In 1940, 75% of Costa Rica’s territory was covered by forest. Due to excessive livestock breeding and fruit farming, the forest area was cut to a low of 21% by 1987. In 1990 tourism started to grow and the country realized that untouched rainforests full of wildlife have an immense touristic value. Protecting nature and making it accessible to tourists became more profitable than cutting the trees. Today, 52% of Costa Rica is covered by forests again and many species of animals that were almost gone 30 years ago are back. A massive abandonment of travel to Costa Rica would sooner or later have the effect of deforestation again. Is that really in our interest?
It remains a fact: The flight is the most polluting part of your trip. And if you don´t want to miss the journey, you only have two options: either you travel with a guilty conscience or you compensate the CO2 emissions, for example with one of the popular platforms like www.myclimate.org. The compensation of a roundtrip flight from New York to San José in economy class costs about 35 US$ per person. Some airlines like United offer the voluntary offset of your emissions right in the booking process.
The Costa Rican Tourism Board certifies sustainable tourism companies with the “CST” (Certificado para la Sostenibilidad Turística) for more than 10 years now. If you want to be sure to choose the best travel experiences and programs for your trip, a local travel agency might be the best option. Make sure this agency is CST certified. This is a guarantee that your journey will be environmentally and socially compatible. Just a few agencies are additionally certified as climate-neutral companies (for example www.aratours.com). Here you can be sure that the company measures, reduces and compensates for all of its emissions.
Choose CST-certified hotels and you guarantee a gentle handling of the environment and the local people. Such hotels are doing hundreds of smaller and bigger things to minimize the impact in nature and maximize the positive impact on the social environment. It just feels great to stay in these hotels and I recommend you to ask for a sustainability tour at the reception. It is exciting to see what you can do to create a better world!
With these 5 ideas, you travel to Costa Rica in a very eco and climate-friendly way and with a good conscience. It’s more than that: you are even contributing to the protection of the rainforest and into reforestation.
Do you have other ideas about how to make your trip more sustainable? I am looking forward to your feedback!
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