Huaravito Reserve / Sacred Natural Site in Costa Rica
This is the home of truly authentic biotourism where guests connect not just with Mother Nature in all its glory, but also with incredible hosts who have been nurtured as custodians of our sacred natural site, our Common Home. We deliver actions on the sustainability spheres: Social Inclusion, Economic Development, Environmental Protection and Cultural Heritage. Sacred natural sites represent the overlap of cultural and biological diversity collaborative work, to understand and protect these sacred sites will strengthen the movement to save the planet’s priceless biological and cultural mosaic. Our projects: - Biotourism - Citizen Science - Ecosystems Regeneration - Watershed Protection - Sustainable Food Systems - Conservation of Biological Diversity - Water Sowing and Harvesting - Education for Sustainable Development - Protection of Sacred Natural Site - Phenology Walk - Makerspace Lab - Ecomuseum Facilities: All of our acomodations – Yatagua Camping, Yaragua Lodge and the brand new Huetar House – are offered on an exclusive use, self-catering basis (you can request our private chef service), enabling you and groups of friends and family to experience the Costarican jungle at your leisure, setting your own timetable and creating a lifetime’s worth of unforgettable memories. Values and principles to foster a sustainable future: The Earth Charter is an international declaration of fundamental values and principles considered useful by its supporters for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Huaravito, Guaravito or Garabito was a Costa Rican indigenous king in the 16th century, monarch of the Huetar Kingdom of the West.
Huaravito Reserve / Sacred Natural Site
Our Vision: To sustainably manage the resources contained in the Huaravito Reserve / Sacred Natural Site, with the active participation of organizations, institutions and communities that are located within the protected area and in the surrounding areas, seeking increase the socioeconomic well-being of the inhabitants through the implementation of community management activities, recreation and ecotourism, environmental education, control and protection, monitoring and research of biodiversity, forest management, water resources management, ecosystem recovery, protection of cultural heritage, land use planning and rural community tourism. Mission The Huaravito Reserve / Sacred Natural Site is a private protected area that is managed with clear policies, well-defined management strategies and integrated with other international, state, non-governmental and local institutions, capable of protecting and managing natural and cultural resources. to influence the sustainable development of communities and improving the quality of life. The restoration of ecosystems is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, especially those related to climate change, poverty eradication, food security, water and biodiversity conservation. It is also a pillar of international environmental conventions, such as the conventions on biological diversity, desertification, land degradation, and climate change. By inspiring people, including visitors to our protected area, ecosystem restoration can foster collaborations to reduce degradation and contribute to the broader goals of protected areas and biodiversity conservation. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end poverty, conserve biodiversity, fight climate change and improve the livelihoods of all people in the world.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
The history of Mistico Park, where Costa Rica's famous suspension bridges are located, started at the beginning of the 20th century. Landelina Rodríguez and Adrián Castillo, natives from La Fortuna, San Carlos, dedicated their life to work the land they had inherited from their parents on the slopes of Arenal Volcano. At the beginning of 21st century, the family decided to open this natural forest sanctuary to the public, and they hired a company to develop the Puentes del Arenal ecotourism project, which would allow thousands of people to enjoy the beauty of the forests in a comfortable and comfortable way. comfortable. safe. Under the Mistico Park brand, today the park offers not only the attraction of suspension bridges, but also a wide variety of routes that allow visitors to enjoy direct contact with nature, where many native species live in an ecosystem with great diversity biological In Mistico Park, inclusive ecotourism is promoted, which offers the highest level of comfort possible to all visitors with accessible trails. These have no stairs, have railings and the surface material is non-slip concrete. During our visit to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park we observed different joint ecosystems forming a belt of transition vegetation with a high level of biodiversity, that can be found along the border between two types of forests: highlands and lowlands, collecting species from both areas. Over years of evolution, plants from lowland rainforests, typical of Sarapiquí and Tortuguero, has experienced an altitude migration up to 500-600 meters, allowing it to meet and interact with plants from the highlands. For this reason, the treetops in Mistico Park offers a rich environment in biodiversity, with a strong presence of several species of epiphytic plants, birds, mammals, butterflies and much more. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park is a great example of good practices on implementing SDGs from local actions to attain sustainability.
Día Mundial del Turismo
En el marco de la Semana Mundial de Acción por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible y en el Primer Festival de Acción por los ODS Costa Rica 2019, estaremos celebrando el Día Mundial del Turismo, con la charla Turismo y empleo: un futuro mejor para todos. Esta actividad totalmente gratuita se realizará a las 9:00 am en el Auditorio de Administración Universitaria de la Universidad Técnica Nacional (Sede Central, Villa Bonita) Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Katú: Sustainable Gastronomy in Alajuela - Costa Rica
Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. The set of dishes and culinary uses of a particular place is one more expression of the natural and cultural diversity of the planet. Chef Cristian Morera Leiva is very clear about the concept of sustainable gastronomy, in his restaurant Katú he combines the legacy of the Costa Rican indigenous culture, the local economic development, as well as the protection of the environment. We went to visit him for tasting the delicious menu, we also knew the details that make this restaurant an example on sustainability to follow:
La Ruta del Café - COSTA RICA (Región Occidental)
Nuestro objetivo es hacer del café un impulsor del desarrollo ecoturístico alternativo, en forma inclusiva y accesible, sostenible con el ambiente y de beneficio para las comunidades de la región. La Ruta del Café de Costa Rica (Región Occidental) contribuye a revalorar un conjunto de poblaciones del país que siempre han estado en el imaginario colectivo de la nación en su conjunto y que representan alternativas frescas y diferentes para los visitantes nacionales y extranjeros. Es un reconocimiento a quienes habitan esos hermosos lugares de la geografía costarricense y han sabido guardar para todos, la riqueza cultural e histórica que encierran. También son constantes las buenas prácticas agrícolas en las fincas y el beneficiado en armonía con la naturaleza, en el que están comprometidos los productores, beneficiadores y exportadores.
Guaravito - Sustentabilidad y Conservación
We are an organization that works for the construction of peace through environmental conservation, decarbonization against climate change and sustainable development focused on ecotourism in Costa Rica. With communities, organizations, institutions and business, we have developed the Action Campaign for the Sustainable Development Goals. Our objective is to make sustainable coffee plantations an alternative ecotourism development promoter, in an inclusive, accessible and diverse way, sustainable with the environment, for the benefit of the communities in the region. Our vision is to develop the region's growth in a sustainable, inclusive, accessible and diverse way, with the joint effort of micro entrepreneurs and communities, coordinated by local and international authorities. Ecotourism and social innovation alternative services -on an inclusive, accessible and diverse rural circuits, contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, as new opportunities are generated, it has a direct impact on the social development of the local communities involved. This project is also based on the World Tourism Organization's Code of Ethics for Tourism, which is a fundamental reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, linked to economic prosperity, job creation and resource growth for environmental protection, this global set of principles were designed to guide tourism development, and is equally aimed to governments, tourism companies, destinations, local communities and responsible tourists for a sustainable tourism industry. As one of the largest socio-economic sectors in Costa Rica, sustainable tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent work and entrepreneurial opportunities, and help thousands of people out of poverty and improve their livelihoods.
Día Mundial del Turismo: El Turismo en la Era Digital
El Turismo en la Era Digital En la actualidad, las empresas y las personas están conectadas, intercambian información y realizan transacciones de formas que nunca habíamos imaginado. La combinación de plataformas digitales, las opiniones y contenidos creados por el usuario, la integración de las redes sociales, los sistemas de posicionamiento global y el uso de los macrodatos y la inteligencia artificial han transformado nuestra forma de gestionar, consumir y compartir la información.