About Us

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About Us

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170-acre private reserve comprising beach and rainforest on the borders of Corcovado National Park.

The reserve was set up by an American naturalist who first came to live in the Osa over thirty-five years ago, and who has been working to conserve and protect the area ever since.

Corcovado National Park is one of the world’s last true wildernesses. There are no roads to the Jungle Lodge, and the only access is by boat. Your adventure begins at our private dock and reception center, ‘La Hacienda’, in the sleepy town of Sierpe. Here you will be met by the captain and your guide for the 90-minute boat ride. The journey takes you through the largest mangrove wetlands system on Central America’s Pacific coast where you’ll have a good chance of spotting monkeys, crocodiles and plenty of birds. As we pass through the river mouth and follow the coast, there’s a chance of seeing dolphins, and even whales. Refreshments are served during the trip, and lunch, as well as a complimentary cocktail, will be waiting for you at the lodge.

Built in harmony with nature, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge provides the ideal base for your in-depth rainforest experience.

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Policies

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  • Policies for Sustainable Tourism

    Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge has defined its policies for sustainable tourism based upon ideas to protect the environment and to promote positive cultural, social and economic values. These politics are also based upon documentation and controls that support these goals. Our policies are detailed in the following document:

  • Environmental Policies:

    • To promote the responsible consumption of water through concrete actions, such as a system of hydrometers to measure usage and practices to use less water in showers, lavatories and toilets, etc.
    • To adequately manage solid waste through a re-cycling program whose premises are to: reduce, reject, reuse and re-cycling.
    • To favor the acquisition and use of materials, substances both liquids and solids that are biodegradable.
    • To prohibit hunting and the extraction of species of flora and fauna from the natural environment.
    • To treat all waste waters that are generated by the hotel with septic systems that guarantee that there is no contamination.
    • To reach the goal of self sufficiency in the production of alternative energy. Presently we have hydroelectric and solar systems that produce part of our energy and use auxiliary diesel generators when needed.
    • To support and collaborate with organizations who promote environmental “Best Practices” and defend the biodiversity and natural heritage of Costa Rica.
  • Economical Policies:

    • To give preference to local suppliers to stimulate the area’s economy and support residents of our communities.
    • To support economically, communal associations, schools and non-profit organizations.
    • To motivate our employees to participate at least two times a year in volunteer programs to help our local communities.
    • To generate an agreeable work environment and an atmosphere of mutual respect that will stimulate personal growth.
    • To comply with all tax, social security and insurance obligations in a timely and consistent way.
    • To reward the employees who work in an exceptional manner with incentives, monetary and otherwise.
  • Social Policies:

    • To educate our personal to at all times treat their fellow employees and guests in a friendly and positive way and dress in their respective uniforms which should be complete and well cleaned.
    • To not sell or permit the consumption of alcohol or cigarettes by minors or allow their use by employees during working hours.
    • To prohibit in the Hotel the use or sale of any drug or narcotic substance.
    • To when possible give preference to hiring people from the local communities without consideration of race, religion, sex or political affiliation.
    • To impart to all participants in our tours information about security and insure that our guides always carry radios and basic first aid kits.
    • To handle emergencies and tests of our ability to handle them in a way that conforms to the “Manual of Procedures” that is available to our personal, guests and visitors.
    • To not permit in any form sexual tourism or child exploitation and to denounce it to competent legal authorities if encountered.
  • Cultural Policies:

    To promote in a programmed fashion in the hotel and in visits to local communities, cultural values and traditions, to reinforce and educate or employees and guests about this heritage.

  • Policies of Documentation:

    • To retain and archive all documents and accounting in a good state of preservation for a minimum of five years.
    • To back-up all digital information in a separate CD or DVD at least once a month.
    • To make sure that all documents that are circulated in the hotel or in its office in San José respect the form of a controlled document.

Enviromental Eco-Tips

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Whether you are traveling in Costa Rica or in any other natural area in the world, please keep in mind the following suggestions, in order to diminish your impact on fragile environments
Enjoy nature but don’t chase or touch wild animals

Leave everything, as you found it, don’t remove anything that is part of natural environment such as rocks, shells or plants.

Stay on the trails, trails are designed to lessen the erosion caused by the transit of visitors.
Report environmental damage to authorities.
Participate in local conservation activities.


Please, don’t feed the wildlife:

Feeding interferes with the wildlife’s natural habits and upsets the balance of nature.
Wildlife can be susceptible to human diseases. They can actually die from bacteria transferred from you, that has no ill effect on humans.
Irregular feeding leads to an aggressive behavior towards humans and other species.

When we feed an animal, we are actually affecting its natural diet. Fruits, especially those containing pesticides, can upset their digestive system or cause dental problems that can lead to death.

Feeding creates a dangerous dependency on humans that diminishes the wildlife’s survival capabilities.

Contact with humans facilitates poaching and the trade in illegal wildlife and makes them an easy target for hunters.

Please, help us spread the word. Let nature take its own course!


Coral Etiquette:

Whether you swim, snorkel or scuba dive; please help protect our reefs.

Corals are colonies of very small animals which may take hundreds of years to form the structures visible today. Simply touching corals to see what they feel like can cause the death of an entire colony.

Don’t walk upon or stand on coral, as this can kill the living coral polyps that are the builders of the reef structure.

If a diver, practice buoyancy control skills before diving on any sensitive environment and make sure you don’t drag your gauges.

Swim clear of the reef to search for a sandy or coral free shallow place to stand. Don’t touch, pickup or hold reef inhabitants, and never disturb them.


Whale Etiquette:

Taking the following precautions and respectful steps will assure that whale-watching can continue for future generations.

When approaching whales in an area, stay visible by approaching from the side, not from the front or rear

Keep a safe distance of at least 100 meters from the whales

Move at the same speed and in the same direction as the whales, and avoid sudden changes of speed and direction.

Keep the noise level down and spend no more than 30 minutes at a time within the whales’ range. Finally, be considerate to other whale-watchers.


For more information:

http://www.corcovadofoundation.org | E-mail: funcorco@racsa.co.cr

Enviromental Policies

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Eco-design

Following the walkways your will find nestled in a green sanctuary of natural beauty individual bungalows that are intimate and insure the privacy that our guest need. The bungalows at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge are designed of the natural circulation of air with large louvered windows let in the tropical breezes.

Energy

Casa Corcovado since its beginning in 1994 has tried to be an example of responsible and sustainable tourism. We have made great efforts to show that alternative energy sources can be practical and are the best option for remote locations. Our solar electric system using photovoltaic panels may have higher start up cost but in the long run is more economical and is non-polluting.

The micro-hydroelectric, "Pelton Wheel" turbine, that we use to produce a good part of our energy is very cost efficient and does not alter stream flow to any considerable extent. We use a very unusual type of “Induction Generation” that uses an electric motor as a generator, an interesting idea for rural communities. It has worked flawlessly for over 10 years.

Some of our bungalows get their hot water from a hybrid solar convection and propane gas heater system and the others from propane gas heaters. Propane gas is a by-product of oil drilling and burns very cleanly.

Many of our refrigerators also burn propane gas, equipment that is imported from Brazil.

Ecological sustainability

The lodge is working on our new systems to compost organic material and handles non-organic materials. We created "Ecological Islands", re-cycling points, to encourage the proper disposal of solid waste.
We financed the building of a re-cycling center in Sierpe, collaborating with the local High School. The center can handle all of the re-cyclable materials from the Hotels and communities in the area and the earnings from this project go to help the school. Currently all our aluminum and glass in being re-cycled.

Part of our "Working with Nature" program is our policy to wash guest bed linens every three days and towels when our guests feel it is needed, This practice can save large quantities of detergent and literally thousands of gallons of water.

We invite you to visit the "Green Corner" located in the "Salon Corcovado" where our information board is located. You will find interesting news and articles about Costa Rica’s and Casa Corcovado’s efforts to protect our precious Natural Heritage.

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Support and Donations

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Conservation

The hotel is actively working on two different programs of sustainable tourism, one with a non-profit organization, Rainforest Alliance and another with the Costa Rica Tourist Board. This entails and education programs in many different areas including, best practices in sustainable tourism and environmental protection, emergency response and first aid, handling of solid waste and recycling and imparting information on protected areas and the socio-cultural realities of our communities

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Community

We have been involved in many projects to support the National Park and local communities over the years. The owner of Casa Corcovado is the co-founder and president of the non-profit Corcovado Foundation. He felt that “Eco-Tourism” had to move to become more pro-active and to take a lead in protecting the environment. With the support of other lodge owners, the local community and international conservation organizations impressive results have been achieved. The Corcovado Foundation has taken a hands-on approach and is currently managing over 12 programs in the Osa Peninsula. Much work still needs to be done to preserve the natural heritage of Corcovado for future generations. If you would like more information on the Corcovado Foundation please see the web site at:http://www.corcovadofoundation.org | http://www.fundacioncorcovado.org

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Code of Conduct

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Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) joining the tourism private sector and the children’s rights non-governmental organization ECPAT, aiming to prevent sexual exploitation of children at tourism destinations.

In Costa Rica, The code of conduct is a project of the tourist industry that is supported by The Paniamor Foundation together with the Costa Rican Tour Operators Association (ACOT), The Costa Rican Professionals in Tourism Association (ACOPROT) and World Vision Costa Rica funded by Fundecooperación.

From May 26, 2004 Casa Corcovado Jungle lodge signed The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and Adolescents from Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Tourism, with the firm commitment to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in all our destinations within the country.

About Sexual Tourism

The child sex tourism is the sexual exploitation of a child by a person or persons who engages in sexual activities with the child while traveling away from their own country or region. This usually involves some form of payment ?either cash or items such as food, clothing or trinkets.

The Problem

In general terms, the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) has been recognized as a global phenomenon that impacts millions of children each year in countries on every continent. This exploitation occurs mainly in South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. The Western world accounts for the greatest demand for child sex.

In Costa Rica, there is a great concern, so the tourist industry has taken an energetic position of zero tolerance in order to protect children and adolescents from commercial sexual exploitation. In this manner, they have united to promote the incorporation of the Code of Conduct in tourist companies to confront this problem.

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How Can I Be A Responsible Traveler

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Dear traveller,

The “Responsible Tourist and Traveller” is a practical guide to help you make your trip an enriching experience.

The advice is based on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization.

THE RESPONSIBLE TOURIST AND TRAVELLER

Travel and tourism should be planned and practiced as a means of individual and collective fulfillment. When practiced with an open mind, it is an irreplaceable factor of self education, mutual tolerance and for learning about the legitimate differences between peoples and cultures and their diversity.

Everyone has a role to play creating responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities must do all they can, but as a guest you can support this in many ways to make a difference:

Open your mind to other cultures and traditions – it will transform your experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity – observe social and cultural traditions and practices.

Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental aims of tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a crime punishable in the destination or at the offender’s home country.

Help preserve natural environments. Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered plants or animals.

Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage

Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade. Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.

Inform yourself about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and consular services prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal security will not be compromised. Make sure that your specific requirements (diet, accessibility, medical care) can be fulfilled before you decide to
travel to this destination.Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behavior that could offend the local population.


Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit any act considered criminal by the law of the country visited. Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.


For more information:

http://www.world-tourism.org/code_ethics/eng.html | E-mail: ethics@world-tourism.org

Working With Nature

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Our Vision

Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge holds as our vision to be a model in Costa Rica of high quality service while being immersed in a remote Rainforest and following guidelines of sustainability that permit the protection of the environment.

To be successful as a business we need to share a unique, natural experience with our guests that reflects great love and respect for nature.

Mission Statement

“Different by Nature” & “Working with Nature”

Quality of service and an unforgettable experience everyday.

  • To maintain an exceptional level of service and offer an adventure that is different because of the remarkable natural beauty that surrounds our guests.
  • To offer extraordinary memories to our visitors and to be a model of sustainable tourism.
  • To reinforce everyday our mission, to be different and to work with nature to be authentic, animated and service oriented and proud of our values and traditions.
  • To be a model of “best practices” in sustainable tourism and to work for the protection and conservation of the incredible biodiversity that we help protect.
  • To immerse our guest in a transforming event that invites them to become part of a naturalist team with great environmental sensibility and a sincere love for the natural world and to help work for a healthier planet.

Sustainable Tourism

Casa Corcovado since its beginning in 1994 has tried to be an example of responsible tourism and is actively working on two different certification programs for sustainable tourism. We have been leader in alternative energy, waste management and re-cycling. We financed a re-cycling center in Sierpe, collaborating with the local High School and whose earnings go to help the school. We have been a major supporter of local conservation and have been involved in supporting our areas development and well-being.

Our goal is to be an example, to give back to our communities and, to work together to preserve the natural heritage of Corcovado for future generations.

The Certification in Sustainable Tourism Program – CST – is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). CST was designed to differentiate tourism sector businesses based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.

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CST is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 “levels” of sustainable tourism achievement.

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Sustainable Travel

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Hotel Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge being conscious of:

a. The reality of tourism as a world phenomenon impacts the highest and most sincere aspirations of countries and communities and is an important element in social, economic and political development in our country and particularly in the Osa Peninsula.

b. That the Natural Resources that tourism is based on are fragile and limited and that there exists a growing demand to protect and improve the natural environment.

c. Tourism offers the opportunity to travel and know other societies, it can promote, help to bring together and foster peace between peoples creating a respect for the diversity of our lifestyles and cultures.

d. The need to develop a tourism that satisfies economic expectations and environmental concerns, that not only respects the socioeconomic structure and fiscal structure of our destination but also the populations and communities that receive that tourism.

We need to consider the priority to protect and reinforce human dignity in our employees, communities, suppliers and our clients and to establish efficient alliances between the principal parties that participate in the tourism sector, we hope to forge a tourism that can be more responsible in protecting our natural heritage.

For these reasons we have a commitment to create a policy for sustainable tourism that requires the support, promotion and management of steps that lead to a tourism that is compatible with the environment. We need the support travel agencies, suppliers, friends and collaborators that will help make viable the transformation of the tourist sector and guarantee the development of sustainable tourism.

This is why we would like to ask everyone who is involved in our industry to read this document that represents the compromise that exist between all parties for an alliance to develop true Sustainable Tourism.

Geovanny Ramírez
Gerente General
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Policy For Sustainable Tourism

1. The development of tourism should be based on standards of sustainability; this means that it should be ecologically supportable over the long-term and economically viable and equitable from an ethical and social perspective.

2.Tourism will have to contribute to sustainable development integrating itself with the natural, cultural and human realms and respecting the delicate balance that is found in many tourist destinations.

3. The Tourism sector should evolve to reach a balance that is acceptable in its effect on natural resources and biodiversity and the ability of exploited areas to absorb the impact on their fragile ecosystems.

4. The tourism sector needs to consider their impact on the cultural patrimony, of the elements, activities and traditional dynamics of the local communities.

5. The active contribution of our industry in the development of sustainable tourism will need solidarity, mutual respect and the participation of all the sectors involved in the process.

6. Conservation, protection and appreciation of the value of natural and cultural patrimony will be essential.

7. Criterion of quality oriented towards the guest, needs to balance the preservation of the tourist destination with the satisfaction of our clients.

8. Options of tourist development need to work for the betterment and enrich the social and cultural existence of the community.

9. Special attention is called for in the area of transportation and its effects on the environment, as in the elaboration of instruments and methods required for the reduction of energy consumption and the use of non-renewable resources. We must also improve re-cycling practices and minimize waste at tourist facilities.

10. With the goal that tourism be sustainable, it’s fundamental that guide lines of ethical and moral conduct be put in place.

11. It is necessary to provide for programs to sensitize and inform all parties involved in the tourism industry to the challenges ahead.

12. We need to follow-up, evaluate and share our experiences in the evolution of this undertaking which is so essential to the future of our industry and the world.

Members

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Level 5

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We are proud to announce that Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge has received the highest ranking for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica.

It is one of only six hotels to have been awarded the coveted "Five Leaves" by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute.

The Certification of Sustainable Tourism has been recognized as a pioneer program and one that aims to instill core beliefs of ecotourism countrywide, particularly in remote, developing regions.

The program not only addresses the issue of the hotel’s impact on the environment but also its relationship with the local community in respect to local values, customs and as source of employment to promote progressive conservation.

The program is recognized as being very strict, transparent and authentic and will surely be used as a guide for the Green Tourism movement around the world.

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