Ecotourism is :
"Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people."
It is not because we speak about ecolodge or about ecotourism that you will have to fetch the water in the well !!! You will have naturally all the comfort and the opportunities of a modern, new and well thought establishment. We were very careful to integrate our activity as well as possible within the natural environment that surrounds us.
- Tacacori Ecolodge was built with a minimum impact on nature. No trees were cut to accommodate the bungalows and the "Oropendola terrace". The main lodge and guest bungalows were constructed with sustainability in mind, taking advantage of natural light and ventilation, and complementing the natural environment.
- The lodge's bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable soap and shampoo and water for the showers is solar heated.
- Wastewater is treated in septic tanks with no addition of any synthetic chemicals.
- We are in the process of installing solar energy for hot water. We make use of a garden illumination system of 12 Volts and photocells and timers to minimize energy use. On the parking lots, energy efficient light bulbs with photocells are used. Electricity in the bungalows is disconnected when they are not in use.
- Water needs and usage were also carefully planned in the design. Water comes from a spring located on the mountain above the lodge, and is transported using hidden pipes buried in the garden during dry season.
- We have an information form in every bungalow reminding our guests that using towels twice or more saves energy and water. They decide how often towels should be changed.
- At the lodge, there is a program for separating plastic, metal (cans), wood and glass waste, in which guests are invited to participate. Aluminium and glass are given to the staff for transport to recycling companies.
- All Tacacori Ecolodge staff (except managers) is from Tacacori village, the closest pueblo to the lodge to involve local people in the decision-taking that may affect their lives and their standard of living.
- We use local people/guides for tours and small transports within the valley.
- We have some resource materials, field guides and books in a small library to help educate our guests on the many types of trees, plants, animals and insects of Costa Rica.
- Each guest room contains information about the lodge, the local area, the tours we offer and advice on how guests can adopt "responsible tourism" and reduce their impact on the local environment.
- We are starting working with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) for a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Filling up with images, sensations and discoveries, while contributing to the conservation of our planet, possible !
Chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the association Action Carbone offers each of offsetting emissions of greenhouse gases caused by our activities.
Compensate the consumption of CO2 of your journey by making a donation to GoodPlanet (tax deductible).
We support the initiative of this ecological approach.
Calculate the consumption of CO2 of your trip to Costa Rica.
Happy holidays to all !