Sustainable tourism and Blue River Resort & Hot Springs are one in the same and we advocate sustainable tourism throughout Costa Rica. Not only are we an eco friendly Costa Rica resort, everything we offer showcases the natural surroundings which is pristine and awe inspiring. So it is understandable that saving and protecting natural resources and the environment is part of our "eco" mantra. Maintaining a "green" ecological outlook means we are 100% committed to environmental practices that will sustain us and minimizes our impact. A second responsibility that we have taken on is to target children in Costa Rican in order to educate them about the importance of ecology and sustainable environmental practices. Learn more here: Mission, Vision and Values
Certification in Sustainable Tourism (CST)
Blue River Resort & Hot Springs participates in the Certification in Sustainable Tourism Program (CST), which is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). CST is a way to differentiate our tourism model from among other businesses based on the degree to which we comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.
CST is regulated by the Costa Rica National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 "levels" of sustainable tourism achievement. Each level is depicted as a leaf. In April 2011, Blue River Resort was accredited with three leafs and over time we expect to achieve the highest level of sustainable tourism.
CST requires structuring our activities to reduce and reuse the resources required to operate and maintain our business. This also requires choosing eco-friendly products. Costa Rica is a world leader in eco-travel. We also encourage participation and support from citizens and visitors alike. The owners and staff of Blue River Resort & Hot Springs are truly committed to sustainable tourism.
Costa Rica Definition of Sustainable Tourism
"The development of sustainable tourism must be seen as the balanced interaction between the use of our natural and cultural resources, the improvement of the quality of life among the local communities, and the economic success of the industry, which also contributes to national development. Sustainable tourism is not only a response to demand, but also an imperative condition to successfully compete now and in the future." (Definition by CST, 1997)
Costa Rica's CST represents a new form of competitiveness which encourages a tourism product that is sustainable, thereby opening new possibilities in the industry and international marketing. Additional benefits from sustainable tourism are the economic efficiencies.
Leading by Example
Blue River Resort & Hot Springs show-cases one of Costa Rica's ecological jewels so we feel an obligation to lead by example. This requires commitment and dedication to discipline, integrity, team work, safety practices, honesty, responsibility, social values, solidarity, professionalism and friendliness. As a result, we will not only protect the Rincon de la Vieja mountain environment, we will teach and be a role model for sustainable tourism and social practices throughout Costa Rica and the world. Examples include:
As part of responsible travel, sustainable tourism and ecotourism means knowing more about the destination's social, political and environmental issues. This will not only enhance your experience, it makes you a responsible consumer.
We hope this information adds to the richness of your experience in the jungle rainforest at Blue River Resort and Hot Springs. Part of promoting sustainable tourism comes with the hope you are able to incorporate these practices into your daily lives. Perhaps some of this advice may be easier to practice here than elsewhere, either when traveling or to at home. However, by supporting environmental tourism in the jungle hotel at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs, this will contribute to reducing the impact on our planet. So, be a responsible traveler while you are on vacation, and after you leave the rainforest jungle hotel of Blue River Resort & Hot Springs we hope you will also to have a positive impact on the other places you visit. Enjoy the rainforest, Rincon de la Vieja at the same time as contributing to the well being of communities and to the sustainable conservation of our planet!