The Happiest Place on Earth is Leading the Way in Ecotourism – and Anamaya is Following Suit

Costa Rica, meaning Rich Coast, is known as one of the greenest and happiest countries in the world. Their army was put to rest in 1949 in order to implement more funds into the health care system and into education, and it has 5% of the world’s biodiversity with approximately 500,000 different species. The country has a number of separate microclimates because of its proximity to the equator, the fact that it is flanked by two oceans, has dry forests as well as rain forests, and has a number of active volcanoes. All of these facts contribute to Costa Rica’s biodiversity. It is a very special place for a variety of reasons. ***According to The Happy Planet Index, “Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world, have the second-highest average life expectancy of the Americas (second only to Canada) and have an ecological footprint…” Twenty Six percent of Costa Rica’s land is declared as conservation area and their plan is to be carbon neutral by 2021.

Not only is Costa Rica a green and happy country, it is also a leader in ecotourism. The country is politically stable, it is close to North America, and they have a reputation for being an environmentally friendly Country. Obviously the government is focusing time and energy into creating this image for the country, but the local businesses in the travel and hospitality industry are making significant changes to walk-the-walk of being environmentally responsible. Their domestic airline, Nature Air, is the first ever carbon neutral airline, and many Hotels like Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center are focusing on ecotourism and true sustainability.

Anamaya Resort is also known for their incredible organic restaurant, their health and wellness retreats, and their non-toxic construction and operating practices. Anamaya is a vacation paradise unlike any other to enjoy yoga retreats, surf camps, detox retreats and other fitness and wellness programs. It’s also become a very popular location for Yoga Teacher Training Retreats. Anamaya is situated on a cliff overlooking a breathtaking view in Montezuma, which is located in the Nicoya Peninsula. The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the World’s Blue Zone areas, which is an area where people live the longest and the healthiest according to author Dan Buettner.

Another location to make mention of is Lapa Rios Ecolodge, which is the first hotel to receive a top level ranking certification for Sustainable Tourism. It overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean and is located in a private tropical nature reserve. It’s an award winning ecolodge that is recognized for being an ecotourism pioneer and focuses on being disciplined on environmentally sound initiatives. It’s a perfect location for people who are looking for a great vacation, adventure in the rainforest, and to be a part of the sustainable tourism movement.

It is a big responsibility to be a leader in ecotourism; it means promoting sustainable tourism in order to conserve the environment, creating tourism initiatives that benefit the local people, and raising political, cultural and environment awareness. Costa Rica is the trailblazer of ecotourism and with any luck more countries will take their lead. More and more travelers are socially conscious so eco-friendly practices will be chosen over and above alternative seemingly “convenient” features. For Anamaya Resort it is important that there is a green choice being made when vacationing and that there is an understanding that it is not just a marketing tactic.

*** References: “Costa Rica tops Happy Planet Index”. The Happy Planet Index 2.0. www.happyplanetindex.org/news/archive/news-2.html. July 29, 2011.

Contact:
Kelsey Matheson-McCord
Vice President/Co-Owner
Anamaya Resort & Retreat Center
kelsey(at)anamayaresort(dot)com
www.anamayaresort.com

Source / Fuente: http://www.sfgate.com

Author / Autor: PRWEB

 Date / Fecha: 31/07/11

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