The capacity to endure. Practices that meet human needs while preserving natural resources and the environment so that future generations are able to satisfy their needs as well. These actions seek a balance between the social, economic and environmental aspects.
The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program - CST - is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), designed with the objectives of categorizing and differentiating businesses of the tourism sector. The CST has 5 levels of achievement based on the degree of compliance of different sustainable practices involving natural, cultural and social resource management. This program is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission.
The main purpose of the CST is to bring into reality the concept of sustainability as something practical and necessary in the context of the country's tourism competitiveness. All this with the idea of improving the way people use natural resources and to encourage everyone to participate actively in their communities to support the competitiveness of the business sector (ICT, 2010).
The Trapp Family Hotel has the CST certification for four levels of sustainable tourism achievement.
Trapp Family is a company dedicated to hosting and feeding visitors in Monteverde, with firm convictions towards fair management of high quality, human resources, environmental responsibility and well-being of the destination. Therefore, we explicitly express our commitment to:
Sustainability is defined as the ability to remain, resist, endure. It implies practices that allow satisfying the needs of human beings without compromising those of future generations. These actions seek a balance between the social, economic and environmental spheres. The term sustainability has been commonly related to sustainable development, which is one that occurs without compromising future generations. However, now we also speak of the term regenerative development, which is one that must restore resources so that future generations can have them available, since at the rate at which we operate today, the resources of future generations are already compromised.The Trapp Family Hotel has an information management system that is divided into 5 plans, a Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, a Comprehensive Human Resources Plan, an Environmental Management Plan, a Marketing Plan, and a Food Safety Plan (Figure 1).
Learn about our sustainability reports, files available to download below.
Costa Rica has been named on different occasions as a happy country, the country of pure life. We Ticos are known for being good hosts for our visitors. Tourism is a very important source of work and income in our country and that is why it is also important that you help us by being pure life tourists.
● Community waste management: The community of Monteverde separates and treats its waste and has a collection center in the area. When you visit local businesses and tours, collaborate by supporting their waste separation initiatives.
● Internal waste separation program: The Hotel Trapp Family separates its solid waste by type and it is given the proper management and final disposal. We invite you to be part of our efforts for a cleaner planet. In the room you will find three containers, please separate your waste as you can see on the infographic.
The tourism declaration is a recognition issued by the ICT to tourist companies and its objective is to guarantee the legality of the tourist activity and achieve the highest quality of the Costa Rican tourist product. If you want to know more about this recognition click the button below.
Essential COSTA RICA is the country brand of Costa Rica, it is the image with which it is projected to the world promoting tourism, investment and export, the Costa Rican culture and idiosyncrasy. To learn more about this initiative, click the button below.
The CST Standard of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute aims to strengthen sustainable tourism activity in Costa Rica. It is a technical tool recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council that evaluates organizations according to their social, cultural, environmental, economic and development work in tourist destinations.
The Trapp Family Hotel met the maximum level of the first CST standard and is currently in the process of being evaluated for the CST Standard.
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The Ecological Blue Flag Program is an annual award that rewards effort and voluntary work aimed at improving hygienic and environmental conditions and mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Trapp Family Hotel received its first Ecological Blue Flag in 2019. Currently, it continues to implement this program to continue being an example for society and promote it in other organizations. To learn more about this program click the button below.
In Costa Rica, the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents (ESCNNA) is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Tourist companies that promote or facilitate this crime may be disqualified from 3 to 10 years (Article 168 bis of the Penal Code).
Hotel Trapp Family has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards any form of ESCNNA and is committed to guaranteeing compliance with the rights of minors. We are obliged to reject, prevent and report any suspicious situation to the authorities.
The Safe Travels seal is the global seal on safety and hygiene for travel and tourism, developed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is provided to "safe destinations" recognized by this organization based on the protocols developed in each country. The Trapp Family Hotel received the SAFE TRAVELS SEAL on October 21, 2020 (Monteverde Chamber of Tourism, CTMV-SST-014-10-20). With this seal, the Hotel has committed to comply with the protocols related to its activities in order to allow the reactivation of tourism in a safe way, for more information click the button below.
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EXPLORE MONTEVERDE: https://exploremonteverde.com/
Rugged highlands are found throughout most of the country, ranging from approximately 1,000 to 2,000 meters (3,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level). The Guanacaste Mountain Range, Central Mountain Range, and Talamanca Mountain Range are the main mountain ranges extending the entire length of the country. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano) and the country’s highest mountain (Chirripo Hill) with a height of 3,819 m/12,530 ft. The country has a relatively long coastline in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as a number of rivers and streams that attract specialist kayakers and rafters from all over the world.
In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April but also during the rainy season, which runs from May to November. During the rainy season rain can be expected in the afternoons, on the other hand the mornings are usually sunny.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) that increases considerably on the coastal areas. The changes in temperature are considerable and due to the short distances in this relatively small country, they can all be experienced in just one day.
Due to factors such as the geographical location, the weather conditions, the formation of mountain chains, mountains, and valleys, this country experiences different microclimates that give a home to different types of vegetation.
The following climates in the country can be categorized in the following regions :
The inter-mountainous valley region with an elevation between 1,000 and 1,100 meters in altitude which is a characteristic of the central valley, with temperatures that range from 14 to 18 degrees C.
Due to the weather characteristics and the topography of the country, different types of forests can be appreciated: the cloud forest, the rain forest, the dry forest, and the transition forest.
Enjoy the sun, but carefully
Going to the beach is a must when traveling to Costa Rica and a nice suntan is always possible. It is not advisable however, to try to tan in just one day because it takes 24 to 48 hours for the skin to produce melanin, a dark pigment that reduces the aging process caused by sunburn. The healthiest thing for you to do is to use a PABA-free suntan or UV sun blocking lotion.