Sustainable tourism in Costa Rica; one that is both healthy and purposeful. I had heard much about the eco friendly Pura Vida Life in this Central American country. Now was my opportunity see the words in action. The last 40 years has seen tourism grow from 189 million people traveling the planet to over one billion. That is an astounding number. By 2030, that number is expected to reach 1.8 billion. What can we learn from examples around the planet?
“the world can and must harness the power of tourism as we arrive to carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The International Year of Sustainable Tourism is a crucial moment to make this important sector a force for good”.
H.E.Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations
Love is in the air and I am always looking for a clever gift for my honey that goes a bit beyond chocolates. My favorite find for Valentines this year? A sustainable lifestyle choice that demonstrates your love by giving back to Mother Earth in an impactful way. These gifts are perfect for anyone who supports a healthy environment and wants to reduce greenhousegases.
Standing at attention in massive warrior poses, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an are one of the most visited sites in China. I can’t argue that the focus isn’t well deserved. The massive stone soldiers are indeed worthy. However, if you venture a little off the beaten path to a local Xian street food market, you’ll find one of the most memorable experiences to be had in this city. Loud, chaotic and filled with delicious street food, the Muslim Market left quite an impressions.
Eating Local. I try to make that phrase my food mantra no matter where in the world I happen to be. Aside from the obvious plus of eating food that hasn’t been transported across many miles, local almost always tastes better. Delicious sustainable food bites can be found everywhere, especially when you keep it local. Sometimes they might make you a little squeamish, but more often than not, you’ll be happy you tried them.
The food industry is finally starting to realize that people not only want food that tastes good, they want food that doesn’t harm the planet. Restaurants have been on board for years. I look forward to the day when farm-to-table and sea-to-table are understood characteristics of ingredients and don’t have to be spelled out on the menu.
La Pura Vida Delivered via Costa Rica Ecotourism
One of the first countries to embrace the concept of eco-travel and sustainability is filled with lush green forests, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Costa Rica ecotourism has been promoting environmental consciousness and conservation awareness long before it became a trendy topic in the travel world. Long before it became critical for the planet. Citizens, affectionally known as Ticos, live ~ La Pura Vida~ the Pure Life. A sustainable lifestyle is a strand of their DNA.
The country is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world; plants and wildlife thrive across 12 different ecological zones. The standard is high; promoting Costa Rica ecotourism and responsible travel experiences has been incorporated into the tourism structure from an early beginning.