Eco Tourism, Volunteer, Sustainable and Rural & Cultural Tourism Eco Tourism & Sustainable Travel Costa Rica is the birthplace of Ecotourism and one of the best places to experience the tropics with minimal impact. The territory is protected by a system of more than one hundred national parks, biological reserves, and a series of preserved areas that captivate nature lovers and those looking for responsible travel. When preparing itineraries and excursions, we primarily select and recommend hotels and attractions which have the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) from the Costa Rican Tourist Board. Sustainable tourism creates a balanced interaction between the appropriate use of our natural resources and culture and the improvement of the quality of life within our local communities, which is possible in Costa Rica, thanks to the CST. Our well trained staff, our philosophy and sustainability policy assure at all times our services are focused to provide an educational responsible travel experience. Part of the money paid for the trips goes to various foundations, rural communities, schools and government institutions dedicated to the conservation and sustainable tourism in different regions of our country. Volunteer Travel At Travel Excellence, we will be delighted to prepare a memorable volunteer vacation at reduced rates, but above all, visitors will receive from our communities in need and conservation projects, the warmest welcoming. Individual travelers and groups can support meaningful projects throughout the country including building homes for disadvantaged families, community development, teaching sports, languages and computing, wildlife conservation, sustainable farming and eco tourism. Rural & Cultural Tourism Rural Tourism has represented an important way of development for those communities potentially capable of competing with other high quality attraction sites. The rural world is unique in resources, history, culture, nature, talents, and hopes; an authentic tourist product impossible to imitate, an amazing tool for the development of the communities and the enhancement of the Costa Rican identity. It offers the opportunity to access without barriers the essence of the Costa Rican rural life, and to explore natural landscapes and the least visited natural areas, hand in hand with excellent hosts, while learning from the traditions and way of life of the local population. The community-based rural tourism initiatives are run by local associations and families that own private ecological reserves, or are close to areas of environmental and cultural interest. Travel Excellence combines full day and multi-day rural tours from diverse regions with adventure and even up-scale itineraries.
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