SUSTAINABLE HOTEL PRACTICES
Aguila de Osa Inn combines both community outreach and eco-friendly hotel operations, and continually works towards excellence in sustainable tourism.
Recycling and composting are an integral part of the Inn’s sustainable practices. Recyclables collected from the bins in each room are donated to local schools, and the resulting money is used to make repairs and improvements in the schools. Additionally, certain food waste collected from the kitchen is composted and used to maintain the hotel’s organic vegetable garden. Four pigs kept on the hotel’s property are involved in the production of methane gas through a biodigester.
The hotel works closely with the Corcovado Foundation and the Drake Bay Development Association to develop strong, positive ties with the community. It is active in cultural fairs, dances, and other activities held by Drake Bay schools and the EBAIS (Equipos Basicos de Atención Integral). The hotel is involved in the Turtle Festival, which takes place each year in the community of El Progreso, and Aguila de Osa hosts an Independence Day celebration each year on September 15th. During this festival cultural dishes are shared, children perform in a dance show, and local artisans display Boruca Masks and other crafts in the rancho or restaurant areas.
The project also includes environmental education for children in the towns of Drake Bay, El Progreso, and Los Angeles, which teaches children the importance of protecting and preserving the environment for future generations. Children learn about endangered animals, recycling, water and electricity conservation, and work with volunteers to help clean nearby beaches.
Aguila de Osa’s sustainable practices help to maintain the Inn’s organic natural environment and educate future generations to ensure that the exquisite beauty of the Osa Peninsula continues to flourish for years to come.
Below are links to a few Costa Rican tourism websites that might be helpful or interest you.
- Corcovado Foundation (http://www.corcovadofoundation.org/)
- Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve, San Ramon (http://www.villablanca-costarica.com/)
- Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio (http://www.sicomono.com/)
- Greentique Hotels of Costa Rica (http://www.greentiquehotels.com/)