Conserving Costa Rica
Given the naturally beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the most visited destinations in Central America. The term ecotourism was created in Costa Rica and for good reason—to date, we have protected 26% of our country through the dedicated work of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación (National System of Conservation Areas) who preserve wildlife areas and National Parks. Mountains, valleys, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, caves, forests, national parks, mineral springs, thermal waters, and myriad species of fauna and flora are some of the natural gems visitors can enjoy while in Costa Rica and at Costa Rica Sun Tours, we ensure that you don’t just tick items off a list, but that your experiences here have a positive and lasting impact. You can find information about Costa Rica’s wildlife areas and National Parks here: https://www.sinac.go.cr/EN-US/Pages/default.aspx
Over time, Costa Rica has built on the idea of ecotourism and is now a cornerstone of sustainable tourism—an economic activity where respect for the environment is of utmost importance, thus causing the minimum impact possible while maintaining a positive social and cultural environment in the country. In 1997, Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (The Costa Rican Tourism Board -ICT) implemented the Certificación para la Sostenibilidad Turística (Certification for Sustainable Tourism program)—a standard recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as a pioneer program that has transformed the way to enjoy tourism. Each day, more and more local businesses show their commitment to sustainable management, through specific activities such as improving waste management, making the most of resources, and coming up with creative ways to protect the environment, while respecting local culture, and contributing to the communities they belong to.
The sustainable tourism development model is the hallmark positioning of Costa Rica as a destination. All the country’s initiatives are built around social and economic development, and the preservation of the country’s cultural and natural richness.