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Horizontes Nature Tours

Type of destination:

  • Beach / ocean
  • City
  • Farm / ranch / rural
  • River / lake / wetland
  • Forest / rainforest
  • Indigenous community
  • Historic site
  • World Heritage Site
  • Mountain

Type of business:

  • Tour operator

Description

Horizontes Nature Tours is Costa Rica's leading ecotourism and sustainable operator, certified by the Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program (CST) with the highest qualification in the country: five leaves.

Each program designed by Horizontes aims to be a perfect vacation and an enriching life experience that combines all the elements of fun, safe adventure, learning, and personal growth, while promoting a greater understanding of nature and humankind. Horizontes aims to create appreciation of Costa Rica's conservation areas and contemporary culture.

Learn more about Horizontes Nature Tours exciting tour itineraries in Costa Rica by visiting the "Additional Information" section below.

Activities

  • Adventure sports
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy exploration
  • Eco / nature / wildlife
  • Educational / research / volunteering
  • Fishing
  • Guided tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain climbing
  • River rafting / kayaking
  • Scuba diving / snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Visits to conservation projects
  • Volunteers accepted
  • Walking / hiking
  • Yoga / meditation

Making a Difference

The incessant international expansion of tourism is causing major stress in diverse biological habitats and to indigenous and local cultures. Tourists who promote sustainable tourism are sensitive to these risks and seek ways to protect tourism destinations by forming an industry of their own.

At Horizontes, we are committed to reducing these impacts and helping to recover our natural heritage by assisting different organizations with their projects.

We are also dedicated to strengthening the traditions of our country, some of which could be considered “endangered species” due to the influence of foreigners. We urge members of the Horizontes family to promote the local and typical cuisine of the country and participate in local festivals and farmers’ fairs. We also promote the celebration of holidays and the homage paid at historic sites and in religious festivals, as religion has a very strong influence on culture, and to use the richness of our language.

As our collaborators practice all of these traditions, our tourists can also take advantage and enjoy the experience of living them when they visit our country. These tourists are given information about how to protect the culture and nature of our country, and they can take it home to share with their neighbors, families, and friends. This effort keeps diversity alive and enriches the experience of the tourist.

Horizontes is a member of Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability (TOPS), a specialized global platform of tour operators dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable tourism in their respective markets.

Getting There

Nearest international airport: San José (SJO)

Additional Information

Awards or Recognitions

  • Exemplary Business in Latin America for Corporate Social Responsibility, 2009. Awarded by the Association for Enterprise Development (AED) and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy.
  • 100 Best Outfitters on Earth, 2007. Awarded by the readers of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
  • Corporate Green Globe Award 2006, for setting standards in the green market. Awarded by the Rainforest Alliance, New York. View photo.
  • Archie Fields Tour Operator Award 2005, for being ulpioneering business in sustainable tourism management with a profitable business model. Awarded by the National Chamber of Tourism of Costa Rica.
  • Best Tour Operator 2005. Chosen by readers of Latin Trade Magazine.
  • Best Sustainable Tourism Website 2004, for clear support to sustainable tourism on its Web site. Awarded by GTZ Germany.

Date This Information Was Provided

November 2013.

Photos courtesy of Horizontes Nature Tours, Costa Rica, for SustainableTrip.org.

    Visit Costa Rica in 2 minutes | Horizontes

Contact Information

Patricia Forero
Director

Calle 28, avenidas 1 y 3
150 m norte de Pizza Hut en Paseo Colón
San José
Costa Rica

Tel: +506/2222-2022 ; +506/2222-2024
Fax: +506/2255-4513

www.horizontes.com

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Certification

Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

Sustainability level: 5 leaves

Date: May, 2013

Verification

Rainforest Alliance Verified™

Date: November, 2013

Sustainability performance:
Environmental management: 91%
Sociocultural management: 90%
Business management: 93%

Overall performance: 91%

 

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