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Costa Rica Hotels are King in Sustainability

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Costa Rica is leading a growing trend of low-carbon to no-carbon footprint hotels. Currently there are 29 hotels labeled as “five leaves,” Costa Rica’s distinction of sustainability, which means these hotels ensure their operations are at a near zero environmental impact.

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Environmental sustainability, increasing the bet hotels in Costa Rica

Golfito (Costa Rica). – Clear water beaches or endless green forests are no longer attractive enough for hoteliers Costa Ricans, who increasingly opt for environmental sustainability to maintain its status as earthly paradises.

Hotels built with certified wood, giving a total treat their waste using solar energy to reduce peak consumption, which have their own organic gardens with which they prepare their food, using only biodegradable products and sun dried clothes are the new trend in the most visited country in Central America.

Tourists seek these havens of peace and nature precisely because of its commitment to the environment, and because they have the opportunity to learn the keys to a life with a reduced environmental footprint.

The Costa Rican authorities to support this strategy and strengthen it created a Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST), which is a kind of quality control for the environmental and social management of tourism-related businesses.

The CST measures how environmentally friendly is a company and calls it 1-5, only instead of the traditional stars of the hospitality industry gives leaves.

This certification is recognized internationally and by the main resorts in the world, who treat the certified hotels preferably in their bids.

Currently 29 hotels Costa Ricans have the “five leaves” of sustainability, ensuring that its operations have almost no environmental impact and are also supportive and socially responsible.

An example of this new generation of hotels with the highest distinction is “Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge” located in the south Pacific, off the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce, amid a lush tropical forest.

The only access to the hotel is by sea, but the ride itself from the port of Golfito (the closest), is a prelude to the expected natural wonder.

A boat takes tourists almost exclusively European and American, on the waters of the Gulf, in a day without too much wind look like a mirror of the sky, a tiny spring until the end of which stay evergreen trees, toucans and other birds of colorful plumage.

The trail from the beach to the hotel reception is short but full of life: spiders, ants and other insects, and tropical birds swarm around until the main building is obvious.

An open, all-wood, emerge from the trees. To enter must remove their shoes, because until the wood floor is bright, and in addition, its administrators, being barefoot makes people feel more comfortable and in touch with nature.

In this place there is no air conditioning despite the high temperatures of over 30 degrees all year, and 98 percent humidity, it is the same sea breeze and the shade of trees which is responsible for cooling the atmosphere.

The sustainability coordinator Nicuesa Lodge, Veronica Flores, told Efe that the aim of the hotel has always been “adjusted to their environment, and not vice versa, as is the traditional formula”.

The energy consumption of the establishment, says Flores, is between 800 and 1,000 kilowatts per month, but if you take into account that the average home will consume about 500 kilowatts a month, you can see how small it is.

The reason is simple: with 20 solar panels charge batteries for all types of vessels, and the rest of the electricity needed to produce a small biodiesel plant.

Plastic bags are not allowed in this place, not even to bring the supplies they buy in Golfito, fruits offered to guests are only those that are in season, and do not accept drinks in plastic containers, on the contrary, juices and soft drinks are prepared with natural fruits that have edible garden.

Guests divide their time between dives on the beach, kayak tours, scuba mask and snorkel, forest walks and even yoga classes, with educational activities such as talks of sustainability, tours of the recycling center and compost and even offers the possibility of planting a native tree.

“Those who plant a tree, we give a certificate for having contributed to the maintenance of tropical forest and we have had cases of people who return every year to see how your tree grows,” said Flores.

Examples like Nicuesa gradually become the norm in a country that is already recognized as a natural destination par excellence, but longs to go further.

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