Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Travel: Destination Costa Rica
Updated: Apr 26
Originally posted in our Collab Blog Post Guide to an Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel Lifestyle; this experience from Travel Bloggers Francois and Alexandra visiting Costa Rica is inspiring for you who want to choose stays that are eco-friendly or outspokenly conscious about our world's environment when planning your next destination.
Guest Blogger: Alexandra and François, VireVolte
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Sustainable Tourism and Nature Preservation in Costa Rica
In 2020, we were lucky enough to travel 3 weeks in Costa Rica and to come back to France just a few days before the lockdown. On our final days in Costa Rica, we went to Corcovado National Park, in the Osa Peninsula. Costa Rica is a country we have a lot to learn from in terms of Sustainable tourism and nature preservation (the country will be Carbon neutral in 2021!).
Each national park is very well preserved, due to many rules: entries are limited, incoming and outgoing waste checked, paths marked and monitored, the locals are very aware of the protection of nature. And that is why it is working so well because people care!
In the Osa peninsula, we have found some people who do not only care but who are doing their best every day for the country and the fauna and the flora of the peninsula: the people working at Luna Lodge, an eco-lodge, in the middle of the rainforest. No, you are not dreaming.
The Luna Lodge is an amazing place, where nature is celebrated and preserved in every possible way. The people working at the lodge are coming from local communities, the hotel purchases everything they can from small businesses nearby, the hotel is 100% self-sufficient energetically and produces clean energy, using solar energy for water heating, for instance.
Guests are informed, made aware, and invited to care for nature as well, by sorting waste, saving energy, using their own water bottle, not disturbing the nature of the wildlife.
Single-use plastic is excluded from the hotel, and the Luna Lodge quantifies and compensates any Greenhouses Gases they are not able to limit.
Lana, the owner of the Lodge, is also a Yoga teacher, and she will teach you how to reconnect with nature, listen to yourself but also the rainforest, and take good care of it.
What a relief to see that yes, it is possible for the hospitality industry to shake things up and to provide an amazing and sustainable experience, in the middle of the rainforest, for the most astonishing experience!
Alexandra and François, from VireVolte are traveling the world while working remotely. They are very fond of nature, treks, drone photography, and food! On Virevolte they talk about their favorite destinations, detail each of the itineraries, and give advice for digital nomads working remotely as they do! Follow them on Twitter!