In Havana I joined a group of carpenters, plumbers and electricians for a game of…
At 6am in the morning on November 30th, I’m flying out to Costa Rica. Astonishingly, this will be my first trip to Costa Rica but my second opportunity this year to get to Central America – a part of the globe I’m totally falling in love with.
Way back in June I announced that I was working with a new cooperative of brilliant travel media specialists with the goal of connecting travelers concerned with social and environmental sustainability with destinations and companies likewise focused on long-term sustainability. Our company name is EcoAdventure Media.
A concern for the impacts of travel was nothing new to me as most readers know. I’ve worked on several projects in the past related to sustainable tourism including a wonderful project with the National Geographic Society on GeoTourism.
And so I’m pleased to announce our company’s first major project. #EcoCostaRica!
In partnership with the Costa Rican tourism board, six of our members (including Green Global Travel, BreatheDreamGo, Expert Vagabond, Time Travel Turtle, The Travel World and Around the World in Eighty Years) are off to explore different regions of Costa Rica. Given that we each have a different speciality, we will each be seeing different aspects of this tropical country.
Matthew Karsten, for example, will do some dolphin watching (yes, I’m jealous). Bret and Mary will do some coastal diving (yes, I’m jealous). Michael Turtle will do a Tico cooking lesson (yes, I’m jealous). Mariellen will see the Areal hanging bridges (yes, I’m jealous of that too!).
My Route for #EcoCostaRica
I will be focused on archaeology, nature and cultural travel and will be visiting the following areas over the eight days that I’m in Costa Rica:
Irazu National Park, the Orosi Valley, the Lankester Gardens, Guayabo National Monument, CATIE Botanical Garden, OTS Biological Reserve, Alma Ata Archaeological Park and the La Tirimbina Nature Reserve. See the map at the bottom of this post to find out exactly where these places are!
(Yes. THEY are jealous! BWWWAHAHAHAHHAA!)
Our collective goal will be to give possible visitors a multi-dimentional overview of the extensive array of ecotourism, cultural and adventure travel opportunities Costa Rica has to offer.
I encourage you to follow along here at Around the World in Eighty Years as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ using the hastag #EcoCostaRica.