Holiday destinations and travel tours often take their cue from trends in popular culture. Over the past few years, the concept of green living has exploded onto the marketplace, bringing with it new products, foods and travel destinations. There is an enhanced social awareness taking place around the globe, and it is transforming people’s lifestyle choices. They are not only shopping at wholefood stores for organic products and outfitting their homes to be more energy efficient, but also taking eco-friendly holiday tours. In other words, travel and leisure has been radically influenced by the green community, changing how people think about and plan their trips. Whether you are staying at an eco-friendly lodge in the Alps or a solar powered villa on the island of St. John, in the Caribbean, there are more eco-styled holidays being offered now than ever before. However, it is Costa Rica, a small country in Central America rich in biodiversity, which leads the way in ecotourism.
Costa Rica: A Country With Innovative Ideas
Costa Rica is often celebrated as the greenest country in the world. The New Economics Foundation has continually awarded it the top spot on the Happy Planet Index. Part of Costa Rica’s green reputation stems from an announcement the government made back in 2007. It set the framework for Costa Rica to become the first carbon neutral country in the world, and the government hopes to accomplish this goal by 2021. With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica is a lush and majestically beautiful country, and it only makes sense that the government would attempt to safeguard the environment. Roughly 25% of Costa Rica is already protected by national parks and wildlife preserves. The Costa Rican government’s innovative philosophy, combined with the abundant natural beauty and biodiversity in the country, has been a major draw for tourists seeking a green holiday.
Flora, Fauna and a Sustainable Sanctuary
Costa Rica is a small country, but it has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world. Where else can you find beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and swamps all existing in such a small land mass? There is an abundance of exotic flora and fauna. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest there is believed to be around 2,000 different types of plants. From tropical birds to rare wildlife, Costa Rica is a dream holiday for the nature enthusiast. In order to traverse this rich landscape there are many ecotour operators available. They will guide you through Tortuguero National Park or up Coyote Mountain.
Ecotourism is not only about admiring nature, but also about visiting and staying in the landscape without leaving a carbon footprint. In Costa Rica there is no shortage of sustainable lodges and eco-villas. Solar power, wind power, recycling and healthy living are the main focus of these accommodations. They are sanctuaries where humans and nature coexist in harmony, and they provide a perfect retreat from the modern world.