Swinging Eco Resort
If you want to swing like a monkey from trees, and do your bit to help the environment, Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica lets you do just that. The upscale ecolodge on the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, boasts a network of cables through the forest canopy.
The traditional Costa Rican cattle and timber hacienda was converted into a boutique destination over a decade ago, and now offers a variety of suites, casitas and family villas, nestled along the leafy coastline.
The hotel has instigated a Responsible Tourism program that encourages the preservation of local cultures and ecosystems, and the rational use of natural resources. Its staff work on community development in the region and sustainable tourism within its grounds.
Punta Islita is located in tropical dry forest, a globally threatened ecosystem, home to over 150 species of mammals, 200 bird species, 100 amphibian and reptile species, unique trees, and tropical flowers. A resident biologist works to conserve and encourage the propagation of local flora and fauna.
That’s all very well, but what about the canopy zip lining? In the hotel’s surrounding land is a set-up of steel cables. Once you’ve put on climbing gear and harnesses, you can glide from station to station. It’s done carefully, so the delicate ecosystem is minimally affected. And you might just spot a howler monkey. RM
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