is not just a marketing catch-phrase. It is a term used to describe ethical
tourism that focuses on appreciation and preservation of a country's
flora, fauna, ecosystems and culture.
Are Making a Difference
The basic idea behind ecotourism is
that visitors to a place can contribute to the environment and support
the people who live in that environment. If the local people can make
a living from tourism, then there is less need to burn off the forest
for food or hunt endangered animals for the price of their skins.
hires local guides and drivers and consciously contributes to the local
economy, environment and community in Costa Rica. Your
tourist dollars have a tangible influence in saving the environment,
providing jobs, and raising environmental standards.
Else You Can Do
As an InnerQuest client, your fees protect and serve the areas you visit.
Eco-tourism can only work if it is supported by wildlife and nature lovers
like you, who care about the environment. To help you better enjoy and
contribute to the environment of Costa Rica, there are several things
you can do.
As a traveler
to Costa Rica you will see evidence of massive deforestation due mostly
to growing bananas and grazing cows for exportation. The best way you
can help is to support sustainable environmental growing practices when
you buy these products. Buy locally grown, organic and sustainable agricultural
products that do not damage irreplacable old-growth rainforest ecosystems.
about other opportunities to make a difference. You can write lettes,
contribute money, or volunteer your time to a variery of responsible
organizations that are making a difference in the environment in Costa
Rica and around the world.
Viewing Code of Ethics
Visitors should keep a safe distance from wildlife,
so as not to spook or disturb any animals. Animal courtship, nesting,
or feeding of young must not be interupted. Birds and their nests should
be observed from a safe distance through binoculars. Nesting sea turtles
should be observed only with the assistance of a trained guide. Photograpers
should keep their distance; foliage should not be moved from around nests
and animals should not be molested for the sake of a picture.
and other wildlife should not be fed because this alters their diet and
Travel to rainforest areas are best undertaken in the company of trained
and experienced local guides (some areas permit only guided tours for
the protection of both habitat and visitors). If you do decide to proceed
without such a guide, take the time to learn about the area and how to
ensure that you do not inadvertently stray too close to important wildlife
habitats. A visit to the local Audubon Society or other organization
involved in projects in the area you plan to visit can assist you in
obtaining such information.
reserving a space on an InnerQuest Ultimate Wildlife Eco-tour, you will
receive an extensive trip information package that will have additional
eco-tourism guidelines. To reserve a space click