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Staying in the ecolodge of Villas Rio Mar is the best option to visit Dominical, doing ecotourism and respecting the concept of sustainability.

With its natural richness, Costa Rica is the first country engaged in sustainable tourism and ecotourism. Then, the objective of the hotel resort Villas Rio Mar is to respect the values of sustainable tourism offering you ecolodges in Dominical and ecotours in Costa Rica.

Concept of Sustainability

In 1997, the CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism) defined Sustainable Tourism as “a model for development, raises the need to satisfy the requirements of today’s society without compromising the right of future generations to meet their needs. This means that the development of a country cannot be based on overexploitation of resources (natural, cultural, social, etc.) to meet the needs of this population (food, housing, health, employment,…), because these resources are the only platform with which future generations have of this country to meet their own needs.


Ecotourism in Hotel Resort Villas Rio Mar in Dominical, Costa Rica!

As you probably already know, Villas Río Mar has been working with Certification for sustainable Tourism (CST) for already 4 years to preserve the beautiful nature of Dominical.. Thus, the hotel resort has the 4 levels of CST, earned thanks to a series of sustainable policies to guarantee the bests ecolodges and ecotours in Costa Rica.

 The sustainable certification is divided in 4 environments, with different practices for each.

 Physio-Biological environment

Evaluate the negative impacts the company’s operations can cause

Encourage customers to visit protected areas

Inform about climate changes

Have a monitor of water and energy consumption

Manage wastes

 Politic of service environment

Establish politics, vision and mission

Train the staff

Consume friendly environmental products

Use friendly environmental cleaning products

Have procedures and installations in case of emergency

 

Extern customer environment

Inform customers about the place and actions made

Signs in the rooms about sustainable practices

 

Socioeconomic environment

 Hire people from the community and the area

Use local products and services

Inform about activities availables in the community

 How can you act for sustainable tourism?

Reserve in a hotel or ecolodge which respects the sustainable tourism values, travel with a responsible attitude and contact us to participate in sustainable programs such as carbon compensation, donation to National Parks such as Corcovado. During the tours and activities, respect the following recommendations:

1. Do not leave trashes in the walkpath or in the visited areas

2. Do not consume alcoholic drinks within protected areas

3. Do not feed the animals seen during the tour

4. Do not extract flowers of national park, reserve or private area

5. Always stay on the walkpath set up for hiking

6. If possible, be quiet to not disturb the natural habitat of resident animals of the place

7. Do not use the flash of the camera when taking animals in picture to not afraid, desoriente them or distrub them

8. During aquatic activities do not touch the fishes or take out from water sea stars

9. During lunch time, collect your own trashes and give its to the guide

10. It is not allowed to do bonfire or fires within the wild protected areas

11. Save water in the installations of national parks, reserves, refuges or private areas

12. When you are using bathrooms, throw the paper in the container.

13. Bring your own bottle of water and fill it in the installations of visited areas or tour operator

 

 

Testimonial

A great friendly place to stay, a 5 star in its own right!! All of the staff, housekeeping and waiters were more then accommodating. The food was great, from the excellent breakfast buffet (included) and the great daily dinner specials....

—  Jerry & Linda Phoenix, Az

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