What Can I Do To Minimize My Impact of Traveling in Costa Rica?
If you are flying to Costa Rica, you will already leave a significant carbon footprint by the time your plane lands. One option to help offset this footprint is to purchase trees in the tropics - these trees will help absorb carbon and, after nearly 20 years later, your flight to Costa Rica will be neutralized. You can learn more about tropical reforestation here.
Once in the country, you can minimize your impact by reusing plastic bottles (the tap water is great here), supporting the local economy, visiting a national park or reserve to help sustain Costa Rica's conservation efforts, and by staying at a hotel that has implemented sustainable practices. You can learn more about hotels and sustainability here.
1. How Much of Costa Rica's Energy Comes From Renewable Sources?
2. How Can I Tell If a Costa Rica Hotel Is Sustainable?