How to be a Responsible Tourist
Here at Aguas Bravas, we are honored to have you visit us, our communities, and our country. We are firm believers that we are all Citizens of the World, and everywhere we go we should somehow make that place a little better when we leave, or at very least, leave it as we found it.
Here are some suggestions of how you can be a responsible tourist:
- Read up about the place you are traveling to. Learn their customs, culture, and history.
- Check into health concerns.
- Be careful to know and obey the country’s laws in areas like driving, drinking, smoking, prostitution, etc.
- Be patient if the locals don’t speak your language… remember you are in their country. Encourage their efforts and try using a bit of the local language when possible, it will enrich your visit.
- Visit places that allow you to see the true culture of the destinations you choose. Spend at least one half day visiting a local neighborhood, school, or church. Help where you can.
- Respect and value the locals, and other tourists you may meet from around the world.
- Try the local food, you may discover a new treasure.
- Purchase souvenirs that are made locally, to encourage these arts and benefit the local economy. Be careful not to purchase items that are mass produced, made out of the country, or made with any part of endangered plants or animals. Be sure no animal gave their life to become your souvenir.
- Choose small local hotels and tour operators rather than international chains to keep the money in the local community.
- Choose tours that do not cause a negative impact on the environment. Some of our favorites are rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding, local farm tours, coffee, sugar cane, chocolate, cheese, or pineapple tours. Use local guides to enrich your experience.
- Do not remove any species of flora or fauna from its natural home.
- Do not feed wild animals.
- Do not make campfires in the forests or National Parks.
- Stay on all marked trails.
- Take a water bottle along with you, refilling it each day, instead of drinking the bottled water or juice offered on tours and adventures, to help limit the amount of plastic thrown away each year.
- Do not litter the streets, rivers, parks, or trails.
- Follow your hotel’s conservation suggestions for electricity, water, and laundry.
- Ask us about opportunities to do volunteer work, home-stays, or internships in the country.
Costa Rica is a country with very green practices, please help be a part of these efforts.