Nicuesa Lodge Leads the Way in Sustainable Tourism

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Sustainable tourism hotel Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica.

For many travelers nowadays, finding lodging that follows sustainable tourism principles is a priority. But what does sustainable tourism really mean? Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one of the first sustainable tourism ecolodges in Costa Rica, a world leader in pioneering eco-tourism. Located in the spectacular southern Pacific Coast rainforest by the Osa Peninsula on the gulf of Golfo Dulce, Nicuesa Lodge is built on a 165-acre private rainforest reserve. Continue reading

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Now Grows Food Hydroponically

The sustainable edible garden at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is growing, and soon we’ll be serving up even more fresh produce in our delicious Costa Rican meals.

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New hydroponic garden at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

A new hydroponic garden is being developed at Nicuesa Lodge to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for our delicious, original Costa Rican meals served in our restaurant.

The concept of hydroponics or “soil-less” gardening has been around for thousands of years. The word hydroponics comes from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water, and “ponics” which means labor.

Hydroponics is known to offer several advantages over soil gardening: a 30-50 percent faster growth rate, higher yield, less water used, and fewer problems with bug infestations, fungus and disease. Hydroponic growing mediums provide extra oxygen, which helps to stimulate root growth and allow plants to absorb nutrients faster. Hydroponically-grown plants also require very little energy to find and break down food since the nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with water and sent directly to the root system. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more. Continue reading

Nicuesa Lodge awarded highest TripAdvisor GreenLeader status

The 5-Leaf Costa Rica Sustainable Tourism hotel Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is awarded TripAdvisor’s highest GreenLeader status for being eco-friendly.

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica is a TripAdvisor GreenLeader.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica is proud to announce it has been awarded the highest level Platinum in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, which helps travelers make greener travel choices at environmentally-friendly accommodations around the world. Continue reading

Playa Nicuesa receives 5 Leaves sustainable tourism rating!

CST 5-leaves awarded to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest LodgePlaya Nicuesa received Five Leaves!!

All of the dedication to positive environmental practices and community social responsibility by the staff at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge were rewarded last month when the Costa Rica eco-hotel received the highest level rating of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program.

This is the second consecutive year that the Costa Rica rainforest lodge has received the highest rating of 5 Leaves in the CST Program by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Playa Nicuesa Lodge is one of only 41 hotels in Costa Rica that have a 5-Leaf certification.

The CST program rates and certifies tourism businesses based on their compliance with natural, cultural and social resource management. CST consists of five levels, called “Leaves”; Level 5, or 5 Leaves, signifies that the company is considered “outstanding in terms of sustainability.” The rating process is very detailed and involves frequent inspections and evaluations; the highest levels are very difficult to obtain.

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The mysterious world of hammerhead sharks in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

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Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica is a critical habitat for marine life on Earth. The “Sweet Gulf” in southern Costa Rica gets a lot of attention for being a refuge for migrating endangered Pacific humpback whales. Not only the birthplace for whales but also for dolphins and endangered hammerhead sharks, the 31-mile-long (50 km) Pacific gulf is essentially a big watery “cradle”.

The Costa Rican environmental organization Misión Tiburón (Shark Mission) is lobbying the Costa Rican government to protect Golfo Dulce as the first sanctuary for hammerhead sharks in the world.

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Nicuesa Lodge in the news: Helping save Grecia the toucan in Costa Rica

When naturalist guides Erick Camacho and Jose Garro found the dead toucan below a tree near their staff housing at the Costa Rica eco-lodge where they work, it was an interesting discovery but just another day in the jungle.

However, the deceased toucan – or more importantly, its beak – has given a big boost of hope to saving “Grecia” the injured toucan in Costa Rica that had its beak mutilated by teenagers late last year and has become an international sensation as engineers and veterinarians try to design a prosthetic beak for the bird.

Grecia the Toucan at Zoo Ave in Costa Rica
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Join the campaign to listen to nature by visiting the Costa Rica rainforest

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In Conservation International’s “Nature is speaking” videos, the pervading message is “the only way to save ourselves is to listen to nature.” The environmental organization uses famous actors’ and actresses’ voices with beautiful video footage of nature in widely popular video campaigns to promote their important manifesto:

“Human beings are part of nature. Nature is not dependent on human beings to exist. Human beings, on the other hand, are totally dependent on nature to exist.”

“Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature,” is the message displayed at the end of every Conservation International video. “If they don’t figure out that they are a part of nature, instead of just using nature, they won’t be around,” cautions actor Robert Redford to humans, speaking as a redwood tree in one video.

“One way or another, every living thing here needs me,” advises actor Harrison Ford in the organization’s video about the ocean. “If nature isn’t kept healthy, humans won’t survive. Simple as that.”

There is a lighthearted video on beautiful flowers and their key role in nature, and a foreshadowing of doom about water and the power of the oceans. There is a video about the crucial importance of coral reef on the planet, and a dramatic chilling message about destroying the soil. The rainforest is most importantly our source for air, and Julia Roberts as Mother Nature tells us that she does not need us, but rather we need her.

Roberts’ narrative sums up the significance: “Some call me nature. Others call me ‘Mother Nature.’ I’ve been here for over 4.5 billion years – 22,500 times longer than you. I don’t really need people, but people need me … when I thrive, you thrive. When I falter, you falter, or worse.”

Playa Nicuesa bungalowYou can be an advocate for nature and see the ocean, coral reef, rivers, rainforest, soil, flowers and Mother Nature’s beauty at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica. The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge is located on a 165-acre private preserve on the Golfo Dulce (“Sweet Gulf”) in southern Costa Rica. The sustainably-designed property borders the Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula.

Costa Rica is named the third best Green Country in the World, according to the 2014 Global Green Economy Index™ (GGEI). Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge has received the highest rating in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

Article by Shannon Farley