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Sustainable Travel Tips - Costa Rica


Responsible traveling starts at home...

Save Energy!
Pull the plug on any unnecessary appliances – such as TVs, VCRs, stereos, toasters and microwaves. These items can still use energy in their off or stand-by mode. Set your thermostat and water heater to low settings so that energy isn’t wasted while your are traveling.

Travel paperless!
Stop the delivery of your newspaper (temporarily) or donate the paper to a school or neighbors while you are gone. Use the internet to plan and book your trip. If necessary, print information material on recycled paper. Grab only the maps and brochures that you will actually use. If in a group, share brochures whenever possible. According to the International Transportation Association (IATA), the implementation of e-tickets saves approx. 50,000 trees per year.

Plan your trip carefully!
Traveling during high and peak season might increase the negative impact on the environment. Therefore, inform yourself in advance about the travel destination and the best time to visit certain places. Look for hotels and tours that carry environmental friendly certifications or memberships in the green industry. Select hotels close to public transportation or near the places you are going to visit during your stay.


Orosi Church Costa RicaNature and Cultural Heritage: Discover the beauty of natural and cultural monuments. Learn about history, customs and the biological diversity which characterizes these unique sites. Contribute to the preservations of the natural and cultural values by respecting local regulations and customs. Take pictures and leave the location as you found it.

Never remove, keep or commercialize wildlife - fauna & flora! - from it’s natural environment including plants, shells, rocks, flowers and corals!

The introduction of exotic species (non-native plants or animals) is prohibited, as it may cause alterations and damages to the local eco-system.

Never feed wildlife! Animals can become dependent on human, supplemental feeding and develop alterations in their natural behaviour. Human food may also cause them serious health problems.

Any kind of commerce with arqueological items is strictly prohibited, as these belong to our country's cultural heritage.

According to Costarican legislation, sexual harassment, exploitation of children and adolescents, and the consumption of illegal substances are crimes which are punished by law.

Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them!

Familiarize yourself with the foreign culture: Plan your trip ahead and inform yourself about cultural characteristics of your holiday destination. Show respect to the locals by behaving appropriately.

Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many
Oxcarts Costa Ricacountries, modest dress is important.

Behavior: Be respectful of local citizen’s privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes or private land.

Photographs: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos or videos of people. Always ask first.

Protected areas and environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass wildlife. Always follow designated trails and stay in marked areas in order to avoid destroying vegetation.
Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.
Encourage your friends and family to support these organizations through future visits and donations.

Souvenirs: Never purchase crafts, clothing, furniture or other products that are derived from members of protected or endangered animal species. You make yourself liable to prosecution by buying products from endangered species.

Pay a fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don’t short-change on tips for services. Pay attention that your tour operator offers fair working conditions in the industry.

Oxcarts Costa RicaBuy locally: Choose locally owned lodges, hotels and B&Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets and attend local events. Buy locally produced products in order to reduce the pollution required to import goods. That way your spent money stays in the community.

Guides / Tour Leaders: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?

Hazardous Waste: Many countries don’t offer the possibility to dispose special waste, such as batteries, in an environmentally sound manner. Try to avoid bringing special waste products to your holiday destination. In case it is no avoidable to bring e.g. batteries, take them home and dispose it in special waste sites.

Water / Energy: Use water sparingly. In many countries it is a scarce resource. In many countries sewage can’t be purified the same way as in many developed countries. Therefore it is important to use biodegradable cosmetics. Always turn off the lights and the A/C when leaving your hotel room.


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