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Spring Break Lux Travel for Family Ecotourists

A responsible global citizen is more than someone who ditches plastic straws or re-uses hotel towels.  It means someone who takes social, economic, and environmental actions that benefit local communities.  These actions don’t have to take...
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Extreme Eco-Travel Experiences

Not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way – maybe between the marketing of hemp clothing and natural cleaning products – the concept of a having green lifestyle became a bit, dare I...
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Luna Lodge Helps Conserve Habitats, Entire Ecosystems on Osa Peninsula

While Costa Rica comprises only .01% of the earth’s landmass, it is home to five percent (5%) of the planet’s biodiversity. Breaking it down even more, within Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula provides a pristine...
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Kid Green Travel Guide to Costa Rica

There’s an abundance of quality travel guides available, but none that focus on engaging elementary school students who want to learn some green travel tips for the foreign country they are visiting with their family....
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What Does Eco-certification Really Mean for Travelers?

What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible,...
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Grano de Oro is a welcome respite from the hum of San Jose

Our last stop on our introductory tour through Costa Rica that included Finca Rosa Blanca and Pacuare Lodge, was San Jose, where the CST Level 4 certified Grano de Oro was grandly perched and waiting...
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Finca Rosa Blanca provides a perfect introduction to Costa Rica

Our first impressions of San Jose reminded us of the surrounding hills and valleys of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. My husband and I had just landed (via San Salvador) and the warm,...
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Costa Rica Sustainable Certification Explained

The Ecotourism Certification Standards series continue with a description of Costa Rica sustainable certification for tourism. In North America, the term ecotourism has become synonymous with the country of Costa Rica. Its lush natural environment...
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