Olas Verdes Hotel
Hotel in Nosara Guanacaste > Nicoya  
Olas Verdes Hotel Olas Verdes Hotel
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
LEED Certification level: Platinum (80+ points earned)
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
STOKE certified
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Bicycles provided to guests
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Supports over 15 local organizations. Runs 100% on solar energy during sunny hours.
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Adventure Inn
Hotel in San Jose San Jose > San Jose  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Wind
Hydro
Geothermal
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-energy building (zero net energy consumption on an annual basis)
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
The owner is a 1974 Environmental Studies graduate from the University of Waterloo. We are 100% racial and religious friendly. Our staff operate their own store through the front desk. We like to give back to the community. All of our income is spent on local things. We formed a 180 member Costa Rica hotel association to combat the Online Travel Agencies that repatriate profits out of Costa Rica. We have a high staff-to-guest room ratio. We work as a team. We have staff Mother's Day and Christmas parties for the staff.
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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn
Hotel in Heredia Heredia > Barva  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

This family run inn and organic coffee farm focuses on eco-friendly practices and is committed to providing guests a sustainable tourism experience. Part of their efforts include solar-powered electricity and hot water, a chemical-free ionized swimming pool, recycling and regeneration and avoiding the use of toxic chemicals.
Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
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Hotel Cabañas y Mirador Secret Garden CR
Hotel in Cartago Cartago > Cartago  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
LEED Certification level: Plata (50-59 puntos ganados)
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Central America)
Biosphere Responsible Tourism
Travelife
Green Tourism Business Scheme
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
La estructura construida es eco amigable para no dañar los suelos. Así como proteger de reflejos a los animales o emitir calor anormal, se prohibe el sonido de noche para no afectar la vida nocturna de los animales.
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Los Gallitos Eco Lodge
Lodge in San Miguel Alajuela > Alajuela  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Certifications:
EarthCheck
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Zero-waste hotel/accommodation
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We do reforestation, we have a permaculture project and we would like to highlight that we design and we build the little lodges. All the material are reused, recycled and reporpused!
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Rafiki Safari Lodge
Lodge in Savegre Puntarenas > Aguirre  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Certifications:
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders
Savegre Biosphere member
Fonafifo
ASANA strategic alliance
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Green roof
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Electric car charging station(s) available
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
The lodge supports a local village. We provide an alternative source of revenue after the abolition of forestry and the decline of cattle industry. The lodge also protects over 600 acres of lowland tropical forest.
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Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu
Hotel in San Jose San Jose > San Jose  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Central America)
GREAT Green Deal Certification Program (Central America)
ISO 21401 Sustainable Accommodation
Carbon Trust Standard
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Air-conditioning and heating automatically switches off when windows are open
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
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Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa
Hotel in Manuel Antonio Puntarenas > Aguirre  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Central America)
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
Bandera Azul Ecológica: Cambio Climático
Nivel Elite Certificado Sostenibilidad Turística
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
The Hotel offers environmental programs for guests, such as beach cleaning program, tree planting campaigns and others.
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Pacuare Lodge
Lodge in Bajo Tigre Cartago > Turrialba  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
CONSERVATION

– The Pacuare Lodge was built with minimal impact on the surrounding forest and river. No trees were cut to accommodate the suites and main lodge; our buildings use lumber from a reforestation project run by small farmers. The lodge story involves effort and a unique vision from the owners. Since 1995, we have gone through constant evolution, carrying since the beginning the Böëna Wilderness Pillars.

– Suites, spa, and main buildings design include natural ventilation and illumination.

– Pacuare Lodge was the first adventure travel company to acquire parcels of primary forest in this area solely for the purpose of conservation. Over the years, we’ve purchased 340 hectares (840 acres) of primary rainforest along the Pacuare River both to protect the local ecosystem and to offset the atmospheric carbon created by our vehicles. Some of that forest was in danger of being cleared before we purchased it but is now strictly protected in order to conserve the flora and fauna that lives there. Because our goal is preservation of this untouched virgin rainforest, no visitors are allowed into this area.

Energy:

– Our electricity comes from clean energy generated by 2 hydroelectrical turbines and 120 solar panels. The energy produced through these high-tech systems if stored in batteries for its responsible use. We have implemented an educational process to include guests’ participation in water and electricity efficient use, as well as staff and operative actions.

– We also implemented a management plan for water and electricity usage, involving guests and staff. This includes a constant invest in technology, data analysis, and reaching for usage reduction.

– We use electric cars (golf carts) our property to transfer our guests and supplies. These are charged at the lodge with clean energy produced in-house.

Water:

– Water for suites is solar heated with a high-tech solar panel system installed in each suite or villa.

– All the lodge’s wastewater flows into state-of-the-art septic systems to avoid pollution of the nearby river.

– The lodge’s bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. All laundry is made with biodegradable soap, and washers and dryers devices allow an efficient use of the electricity produced in-property.

Wastes:

– Pacuare Lodge operates a waste management program that includes all operative departments and guests, including separating inorganic wastes and organic material. Most organic waste is processed in a compost process, and solid wastes are responsibly managed in the local recycling center.

– Single use plastic bottles are not allowed in Pacuare Lodge and we ask our guests to use reusable instead.

– Tuis Farm: A piece of land was acquired 45 minutes away from the Lodge, in which an organic farm was developed, allowing to use organic produce as much as possible in all of our meal options. This was worked as both a source of organic food for the Lodge as well as a vehicle to teach organic farming practices to local community members, including composting to improve our production and quality of produce we provide to our guests and staff. We also support local community commerce with Pacuare Lodge daily operative requirements.

Wildlife:

Another important component of our commitment to environmental protection and sustainable tourism is supporting a project to study felines and other species in the Pacuare Protected Zone. Since 2009, Pacuare Lodge has supported the Jaguar Program; we signed an agreement with National University and in addition to providing the researchers with food and lodging, we support cameras and equipment needed for their expeditions including tent camps, batteries for the cameras, and support with local guides.

This collaboration is a result of his growing concern about conservation and the environment, and the need to contribute to the preservation of its ecosystems.

The largest feline in the Americas, the jaguar was once common from the southwest United States to northern Argentina, but it has been eliminated from more than half of its original range during the past century. Those spotted cats continue to be threatened by hunters and ranchers in Costa Rica, where they are increasingly restricted to isolated protected areas that are too small to sustain their species. The jaguar project complements our comprehensive sustainable tourism policy, which includes efforts to decrease the lodge’s environmental footprint, benefit communities near the Pacuare River, and contribute to conservation. Those efforts range from recycling programs at all the company’s facilities to planting trees on former pastureland near the river and using wood from reforestation projects in construction of the Pacuare Lodge.

In recent years, the availability of affordable camera traps with movement sensors has revolutionized wildlife research. National University scientist placed camera traps along game trails in the Pacuare Lodge’s 340-hectare (840-acre) private rainforest reserve, the adjacent Nairí Awari Indigenous Reserve and remote Barbilla National Park. Over the years, she has captured approximately 5,000 photos and videos of mammals there with over 144 cameras donated by July 22. Through the equipment and research over the years, the program has documented that the rainforest surrounding the Pacuare Lodge is home to at least 24 species of large mammal, including five of the six felines native to Costa Rica and other rare species such as Baird’s tapir, the red brocket deer and naked-tailed armadillo. Carolina has used the photos and videos to identify five individual jaguars, since the rosettes – patterns of spots – of any given jaguar are as unique as a fingerprint. These include a rare black jaguar (a.k.a. black panther) a mutation that had only been documented in one other region of Costa Rica.

COMMUNITY

Our staff:

– A 100% of the Pacuare Lodge staff belongs to the closer communities like Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve, Bajos del Tigre, Linda Vista, Santa Marta and other nearby communities between Turrialba Town and Siquirres. Pacuare Lodge provides direct or indirect employment to these communities that before lacked any source of formal employment. Their main income used to come from subsistence coriander cultivation and cattle raising.

– Through our Boena Wilderness sister lodges we have a cross training program to improve and share knowledge from property to property, as we believe in empowering our staff and providing growth opportunities.

Community Outreach:

Sustainable tourism should improve the lives of local people, and we’ve made donations and initiated projects in the communities nearest to the Pacuare Lodge.

– Pacuare Lodge believes responsible tourism should benefit and respect local communities and it consistently works toward this goal. The Lodge is in a remote area which as a result has been poorly maintained over time by local governments mainly due to its inaccessibility by conventional means. Its Community Support Program works to enhance the living standards of people along the Pacuare River and near the lodge by improving the infrastructure in this area.

– Pacuare Lodge supports local schools and provides funds to support environmental education, sports and other social programs in the area. It has restored the cable car service which local residents use to cross the river, and also through the years has helped keep the road accessible to use.

Children education:

– In addition to teaching our guests about the ecology of the surrounding rainforest, the Pacuare Lodge has launched an environmental education program for schools in nearby communities. Our goal is to raise awareness among local elementary school students of the importance of protecting their environment, and to promote the adoption of good practices that will help them have a more balanced relationship with nature, to live in an ever-healthier environment, and preserve natural resources for future generations. Teams of river guides and Pacuare Lodge staff were trained to give presentations at local schools. The presentations emphasize sustainability, in a practical, simple way, and urge the kids to adopt good habits, emphasizing 4C’s: CULTURE, CONSERVATION, COMMUNITY, and COMMERCE. Among the principal issues we want the children to understand are:

• The importance of water in their environment and the need to conserve water and protect water sources.

• The importance of energy for human beings and the tools and techniques for conserving it.

• Basic concepts about the local flora and fauna and the principals of their protection.

• The basic principles of managing waste in our communities.

• Biodiversity conservation.

Also in education, the lodge serves as classroom for training and basic courses of guiding, English lessons, and food handling, among other subjects, for the Cabecar Indigenous population from nearby reserves.

– We are founders of the Subcorredor Biológico Barbilla-Destierro, better known as “Paso del Jaguar”. This group studies and supports different projects and initiatives for conservation, sustainable production, and ecotourism, among other actions.

Turrialba Foundation:

– We are founders of Turrialba Foundation, a non-profit organization founded and based in sustainable tourism experiences through Boena Wilderness Lodges and the projects and operations, building options to improve quality living and a sustainable development with our projects and actions.

Fundación Turrialba first name was Turrialba Sostenible and was embraced by the local commerce and services chamber of Turrialba Town. Since the beginning the project was presented to the local government council, and as a result was declared of local interest and then registered as foundation.

COMMERCE

– We also support local community commerce with Pacuare Lodge daily operative requirements. Eggs, chicken, cheese, some of the protein required for meals, and other fresh produce is locally sourced.

– We support the Cabecar Indigenous Nairi Awari Reserve with our visits in the Cabecar Indigenous Hike.

– In Pacuare Lodge our guests support the local community through the Rural experience were our guest through their visit to the Bajo del Tigre Community, where many of our staff come from. This is a farming area, that produce spices, roots, and tubers. We promote visiting a local family’s home, trying traditional snacks learning about daily life in a rural Costarican small town, while supporting them through our visit.

– We offer locally produced products for sale at the lodge, for example chocolate and other artisan products like the laundry bags that are hand-made by Tirrases community women leaders.

CULTURE

– Cabecar Indigenous Culture program: At Pacuare Lodge, culture development is carried with the Nairi Awari Indigenous group. We support a group of Cabecar with an area and resources to promote their art, their techniques, using ancestral materials and supplies, helping carry their legacy from generation to generation. We also support them with job opportunities at the lodge, and through our Cabecar Hike Experience, our guests support their economy through learning and sharing, discovering their secrets through the Cabecar trails.

– Cabecar Ranch: sharing and promoting culture also means introducing the Cabecar Indigenous culture and customs to our guests. We use the Cabecar Ranch, built by members of a clan that lives in the nearby Nairi Awari Indigenous Reserve, located a short hike from the lodge, where the son of a local shaman provides visitors with an introduction to his people’s culture and customs.

– We offer the farm-to-table cuisine with traditional Costa Rican dishes included in our regular menu. Our guests can enjoy a delicious Pozol with corn kernels or the Pejibaye soup, the Casado, Caribbean style Ricen´beans, cas sorbet, or the Arroz con Leche.

– Through the Experiences we offer, we promote nature, cultural and culinary learning for our guests, promoting the local culture among our visitors. During our guests stays, Pacuare Lodge includes natural hikes like birdwatching and the Sustainability Tour, were we share some of our actions towards sustainability and we introduce our vision and pillars to our visitors.

We are Fellow Members of The Long Run, a membership organization of nature-based tourism businesses committed to driving holistic sustainability. Each member aspires to maintain a healthy and productive planet for posterity. Collectively, conserving over 23-million acres of biodiversity and improving the lives of 750,000 people. Through The Long Run, we support, connect, and inspire nature-based businesses to excel in the highest sustainable standards via the tried and tested 4C framework: Conservation, Community, Culture, and Commerce (4Cs).

Boena’s Collection of Wilderness Lodges forms part of the National Chamber of Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO). A non-profit organization, CANAECO provides stimulus to develop responsible and sustainable practices across the tourism industry.

Certifications:

Pacuare River has received the highest rating from the Costa Rican government’s Ecological Blue Flag Program for River Watersheds. Rafting and kayaking experts have long considered the Pacuare to be one of the world’s top whitewater rivers, primarily due to the quality of its environment and rainforest scenery. This Blue Flag rating confirms that it is an exemplary natural wonder, and includes working with local communities to involved them in the river’s protection. The company has always taken great care to ensure that the Pacuare Lodge has no negative impact on the river and together with local farmers and guests, is planting trees in the Pacuare watershed. This designation by the Ecological Blue Flag Program for River Watersheds – a pioneer project on a global level – is yet another recognition that the Pacuare is one of Costa Rica’s natural jewels.

In 2018 we had our second evaluation for the Sustainable Tourism Certificate (CST) from the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT), receiving the highest level of sustainability as ELITE. The CST is a technical tool to strengthen sustainable tourism industry in Costa Rica. It recognizes the organizations management that work actively to mitigate the impact of the operations. This certification empowers social, cultural, economic, and environmental development in Costa Rica touristic areas.

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Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel
Hotel in Paquera Puntarenas > Puntarenas  
This is a beachfront hotel!
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
Carbono Neutralidad
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
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Finca Paraiso Mountain Retreat near San Jose Airport
Bed & Breakfast in Birri Heredia > Barva  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We do not use air-conditioning at all because of the fresh cool mountain air. Zero plastics in all forms, Zero chemicals and only bio fertilizers and repellents are utlilzed in our fruit, coffee and veggies farm. We use water from.our own springs.
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Origins Lodge
Hotel in Bijagua Alajuela > Upala  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

The Origins Lodge in Costa Rica does not only cater for the wellness of its guests but the wellness of the environment as well. By participating in the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, they have pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from their property.
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Green roof
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Electric car charging station(s) available
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
plastic free hotel, and we are producing our own signature line for bath amenities done with herbs from our garden. Shampoo, hair conditioner, body lotion, bath get, facial and body soap made with ylang ylang flowers.
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Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
Resort in San Jose San Jose > San Jose  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
Ecological Blue Flag (Climate Change)
Certification for Tourism Sustainability (ELITE)
Ecological Blue Flag (Climate Change)
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Serving organic food at the restaurant
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We installed a micro electrical network on our property that allows us to mitigate 20.80 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Changes were made to the hotel operation to eliminate single-use plastic. Significant changes have been made to rooms, cup wraps, laundry bags, and plastic bottles.
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Casa Donna Rosa B&B
Bed & Breakfast in Nuevo Arenal Guanacaste > Tilaran  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Recycling bins in guest rooms
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We dont have the certificate for sustainability yet, we are on the process of gathering all the necesary paper work so ICT can give us the certificate.
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Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
Hotel in Fortuna Alajuela > San Ramon  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Casa Luna Hotel & Spa uses a solar panel photovoltaic system to heat water, has 100% LED low-consumption lighting on-site, inverter air-conditioning systems and many more eco-friendly practices.
Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica)
Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Carbon footprint is measured by recognised CO2 measurement tool
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Recycling bins in guest rooms
Automatic system or key card that turns off the light and electrical appliances when guests leave their room
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
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we help offset our carbon footprint by planting trees in a private reserve, thus protecting the forest and animal species. ( Reserva Bosque la Tigra https://www.bosquelatigra.com )

We also promote and sponsor cultural activities in our town with children and schools.
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Blue River Resort & Hot Springs
Hotel in Liberia Guanacaste > Liberia  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

Certifications:
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (Central America)
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Toilet paper made of non-chlorine bleached paper or awarded with an eco-label
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
We recycle, reuse and reduce our carbon footprint by selecting green providers, practicing green initiatives and producing local.
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Nature's Edge Boutique Hotel
Lodge in Uvita Puntarenas > Osa  
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Eco Friendly Hotel

What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Building materials from sustainable resources
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
LED lighting throughout the premises
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
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Hospedaje Amanecer
Bed & Breakfast in Turrialba Cartago > Turrialba  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Certifications:
Programa Viajes Sostenibles Booking
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Windows that block heat/cold (i.e. triple-glazed windows)
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
Organic waste is composted
Most of the ingredients used to prepare meals are locally produced
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Lodge in Monte Verde Puntarenas > Puntarenas  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Solar radiation
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
Written environmental policy statement in place
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Use of non-toxic cleaning products
Environmental manager appointed
Employees are trained to follow environmental policies
Signs in the rooms informing guests that towels will only be changed upon request
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
At Monteverde Lodge, we believe responsible tourism should benefit and respect local communities, and we consistently work toward this goal.  Monteverde and the surrounding communities depend on tourism. In fact, 100% of our staff are from local areas. The hospitality and warmth they provide are second to none and make the difference between an unremarkable stay and a stay that’s remembered for a lifetime. Experience for yourself what it means to meet the friendly locals in what’s often called the happiest country on the planet.

Our Staff: As we said above, all of our staff are local, and their love for their home is reflected in the genuinely friendly and personalized service they provide. To support their career development, we offer regular training opportunities so they can acquire new skills and grow professionally. We also offer cross-training with colleagues from sister Böëna Lodges, which encourage our employees to build leadership potential and expand their professional horizons.

Community Outreach: We support the local recycling initiative through funding as well as provide the center with administration and organizational assistance as part of our staff’s regular work responsibilities.

Buying local: We buy our produce, dairy products, eggs, berries, and other food products from local growers and providers whenever possible.

CONSERVATION:

At Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, we invite our guests to join us as we embrace sustainability practices such as responsible water use, electricity conservation, and waste disposal. Through our efforts, we demonstrate how sustainable living is fully achievable.

Applied environmental conservation is at the foundation of everything we do. And like our sister Böëna lodges, we’ve dedicated a significant portion of our 3.8-hectare property as a private nature reserve.

In total, our Böëna Wilderness Lodges –Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge, Pacuare Lodge, Tortuga Lodge, and Monteverde Lodge and Gardens – own and protect more than 800 hectares (1,977 acres) of primary and secondary forest in vulnerable areas near national parks and along vital biological corridors.

We’ve also formed internal sustainability committees among our staff and collaborators to implement the periodic clean-ups of nearby creeks and the reforestation of our hotel grounds and the surrounding area.

The following list details a few more of our conservation efforts:

Energy:

Much of our energy consumption is supplied through the lodge’s 47 solar panels.
Water:

We use biodegradable and environmentally friendly soaps, detergents, and cleaning products.
Our swimming pool is purified with salt and stabilizers instead of chlorine. Salt systems are much kinder to the environment – and our skin.
We’ve installed only high-tech toilets for the most efficient water use.
By installing water, gas, and electricity meters, we analyze the lodge’s consumption patterns and implement preventative actions for improved water and energy management and the responsible use of our resources.
Waste:

We separate our trash and encourage our guests to do the same. Recyclable materials are taken to the town recycling center (Acopio de Monteverde).
We are currently developing a Monteverde Lodge Compost Center for organic waste.
We strive to eliminate all single-use plastics from our property and our sister Boena Wilderness Lodges.
Tap water in Costa Rica is potable. We encourage our guests to choose reusable bottles over bottled water. Plastic bottles take vast quantities of fossil fuels to produce and are non-biodegradable, exacerbating the country’s carbon footprint.
CULTURE:

Supporting local talent and artists: We regularly invite local musicians to perform live at our El Jardin Restaurant. Guests enjoy our delicious Costa Rican and International cuisine and experience authentic music played by artists while comingling with the area’s residents and fellow travelers.

At Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, we offer farm-to-table fusion cuisine at El Jardin Restaurant. In addition to using fresh ingredients in each dish, we offer traditional Costa Rican dishes—such as the classic Casado—and side dishes with a Costa Rican “touch.” The result is a gastronomic experience that features a surprising combination of flavors crafted with innovative recipes and a masterful flair.

COMMERCE:

We encourage our guests to explore outside of the lodge as well as in. Our concierge can arrange eye-opening tours of nearby attractions such as the Monteverde, Santa Elena, and Curi-Cancha reserves. The founders of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, for example, are the pioneers of Costa Rican conservation and ecotourism. They established the park in 1972 to protect a pristine tract of Central America’s cloud forests from logging and development.

To further support the Monteverde community, we buy most of our produce from local sources. We also give preference to local service providers for the repairs and upkeep of the lodge.

Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is member of Monteverde Chamber of Tourism, a non-profit organization that works promoting Monteverde as a local and international destination, also supports community projects through the sustainability principles, and facilitates training to provide quality services to Monteverde visitors.

The Böëna collection of wilderness lodges forms part of the National Chamber of Sustainable Tourism (CANAECO). A non-profit organization, CANAECO provides stimulus to develop responsible and sustainable practices across the tourism industry.
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Hostel Casa del Parque
Hostel in San Jose San Jose > San Jose  
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Eco Friendly Accommodation

Do you utilise any renewable energy sources to produce energy on the hotel/accommodation premises?
Hydro
What makes your hotel/accommodation eco-friendly?
The structure maximizes air flow to reduce the need for air-conditioning
The structure maximizes natural light to reduce the need for lighting and heating
Engaged in eco-friendly initiatives (i.e. reforestation, wildlife conservation)
Rainwater collection and usage
LED lighting throughout the premises
Toilets flush up to 6 litres per flush
Wastewater is reused after treatment
Waste is separated into at least 3 categories
No disposable (single use) cups/glasses, plates and cutlery
A vegetarian alternative menu is proposed in the restaurant
An energy audit is carried out at least once every five years
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Regions: Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Alajuela, San Jose, Limon, Cartago, Heredia.
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