INTO NATURE VISION
INTO NATURE VISION
We strive for an optimal sustainable journey through the paradise called Costa Rica. A journey where the three P’s: People, Planet, Profit are in balance with each other, in addition to the P of Passion. We have created a responsible travel program with accommodations, routes and activities that leave a small eco-footprint and support the local population. Because the INTO NATURE team knows better than anyone that sustainable eco-tourism is possible, we contribute to raising awareness and increasing the demand for sustainable products.
We have carefully selected environmentally friendly lodgings for you. This selection is not based on whether accommodations have a sustainable certificate or an eco-designation, but actually on their environmental impact. In other words, “eco” should mean “eco” and not just “tourism.”
Our routes are often off the beaten path and the overpopulated tourist ‘highlights’ are avoided. You will likely encounter and experience the lifestyle of our Indigenous groups. Traveller groups are small; maximum 7 people. The activities are guaranteed not to have a negative impact on nature and we only organize activities in which animals are not exploited.
TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
An environmentally friendly vacation starts with yourself; with booking a sustainable flight, choosing extra activities, packing the backpack / suitcase, etc. We not only offer planning and preparation tips, but also suggestions on how to reduce CO2 emissions during your travels. Inform yourself about the country, nature and how you can travel sustainably in Costa Rica.
Plan your trip with INTO NATURE or another travel organization that works independently and truly sustainably.
Don’t choose an organization that travels with large groups, and/or only visits the highlights, and certainly not an organization that is all about profit.
From the Netherlands, our travel behaviour, especially our flight behaviour, determines the largest part of our ecological footprint. Pay a little more for your flight and reduce your carbon footprint in the air. You can choose to fly with KLM, which offers the CO2 ZERO compensation service. CO2ZERO is a service that enables passengers to compensate for their personal share of CO2 emissions by investing in CO2 reduction projects such as the Gold Standard certificate, an initiative of WWF. Thanks to efficient fuel consumption and the calculation of actual emissions, KLM’s CO2 emissions are usually lower than those of other airlines.
If possible, book a direct flight without stopovers. KLM offers (winter season 2018-2019) a direct flight from Amsterdam to San José, Costa Rica on Tuesdays and Fridays. If a direct flight is not possible, limit the number of flight kilometers where possible.
Do not expect and demand the same comfort as at home.
Do not behave like a mass tourist.
Take rechargeable batteries and a charger with you.
Choose a charger and/or flashlight on solar energy, for example from WakaWaka.
Do not buy souvenirs made of shells or animals.
Do not walk off the beaten path when entering nature areas
Choose environmentally friendly products such as shampoo, deet and sunscreen.
Use your own water bottle. Before your trip, buy a good thermos bottle or a Dopper to fill with water or lemonade. You can refill from a jerry can instead of buying many small water bottles.
Travel with as little luggage as possible. Choose a backpack or suitcase that is not too big. Make a good list of what you really need in Costa Rica. Your luggage requires 4% of its weight in fuel per hour of flight. Here you will find a list of what you will need to travel with INTO NATURE. Roll up clothes when packing and use hollow spaces like in shoes. Bring along clothes that you can donate, so you will come back lighter.
Find an alternative to plastic or limit your plastic waste. In some hotels or shops you can get ‘loose’ (not plasticized) drinking water. If you still use plastic bottles, store them with the waste for recycling or give it as a present. For many people, plastic bottles are useful. Think before you throw something away during your trip. Take all your waste with you when you are away from the beaten path, remember that remotely located lodges or villages are not entirely geared towards recycling or waste disposal.
Take your plastic with you to a larger city. You can hand in the bottles at supermarkets in the cities. Some supermarkets give one plastic bag with each product. Say no if you are offered unnecessary packaging in shops. Do not accept plastic bags (1 million bags are used per minute and often thrown away soon after. Heavier plastic bags cannot be recycled), but bring your own reusable bag. Many shops now sell eco-bags.
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