Eco and Sustainable Tourism – Playas del Coco

Place: Playas del Coco
Region: Guanacaste NW Coast
Project: Eco and Sustainable Tourism

Sample Itinerary – Average cost for this 8 day Project – $849 per person

  • Day 1: Arrive at SJO International Airport or LIR Liberia International Airport, City Tour
  • Day 2: Transfer to Playas del Coco and then orientation.
  • Day 3: Working Eco & Sustainable Tourism project.
  • Day 4: Working Eco & Sustainable Tourism project.
  • Day 5: Working Eco & Sustainable Tourism project.
  • Day 6: Community Service Project.
  • Day 7: Recreation Activity – Beach, surfing lessons, snorkeling tour, visit a volcano, or canopy / zip line tour
  • Day 8: Transfer to International Airport (end of program).

– Located in the Guanacaste region, Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Costa Rica. It has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations of not only local Costa Rican citizens but also foreigners. Playas del Coco is affectionately called “El Coco” by the locals. The town is located approximately 20 miles from the city of Liberia, Guanacaste province’s capital. The Guanacaste region is categorized as a tropical dry forest, which is currently the most threatened terrestrial environment in Costa Rica. The region experiences only seasonal rainfall and several months of severe droughts, making ongoing ecological preservation a primary concern for the inhabitants. Due to El Coco being one of the few beach areas in Guanacaste with an infrastructure it has become a hub for tourism and business. Therefore preserving and restoring the natural ecosystem, educating the community, and developing sustainable plans for the future are a few of many opportunities our volunteers will participate in.

Project Overview – Our work in El Coco is an exciting new ongoing initiative as a result of partnering with Coco’s newly formalized Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Association. Our primary project focus is working with the CDA to help develop plans for sustainability given the town’s burgeoning Eco-tourism industry. As well, we work hand in hand with community development initiatives ranging from partnering with local non-profits targeting environmental issues, erosion mitigation through planting trees, beach clean-up, collaborating on local school projects, and participating in open forums with community leaders and business persons to share ideas on leadership, entrepreneurship, and best practices. There will be plenty of time for excursions and recreational activities in the local neighboring beaches on your free time.

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