By Dagmar Spremberg

We’re more than just a Yoga Retreat. We care about the wildlife and habitats we showcase, the local communities we visit and the opportunities for education through exploration. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’ve made it onto the Top Responsible Costa Rica Eco Tours 2019 list!

Playa Grande Costa Rica

Curated by Terra Incognita – a social enterprise seeking to promote the best examples of ethical ecotourism worldwide – we’re part of a group of nearly 40 incredible tours across Costa Rica working to conserve the environment, support the well-being of local people and educate visitors and hosts.

“Costa Rica is often the first place that comes to mind when we hear the word ‘ecotourism’, yet it can still be challenging for visitors to choose a responsible tour”, said Kristi Foster of Terra Incognita.

The list includes a transparent explanation of how all tours contribute to conservation, local communities and education, and is open to reviews from guests who’ve participated in the tours.

Tour operators on the list are doing everything from cleaning up beaches and donating to community projects, to offsetting their carbon emissions and encouraging their guests to do the same. Some are actively contributing to conservation research, while others are empowering local conservation ambassadors through environmental education and capacity building.

“With every new tour we discover, we’re amazed to see what operators are doing to have a positive impact on the planet through tourism,” said Dr Nick Askew of Terra Incognita. “Eventually we hope to showcase ethical tour experiences in every country worldwide.”

“Even though ecotourism is fairly well established in Costa Rica, there’s still so much to discover”, said Kristi. There are many small, local and family-run ecotourism companies offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences while supporting the country’s natural and cultural heritage”.

Experiences highlighted range from kayaking in bioluminescent waters off Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, to observing dolphins on the Osa Peninsula, to exploring Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park in search of the Critically Endangered tapir, sloths, monkeys, crocodiles, caimans and more.

With 40 tours across the country you can find a once-in-a-lifetime ethical experience that suits your interests, budget and adventure level.

You can view the Responsible Costa Rica Eco Tours 2019 list at www.terra-incognita.travel and join a movement to create positive change for people and planet through travel.

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