HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Sunny Land Tours has put together a new program
of ecotours for Costa Rica called Costa Rica Eco-Magic.
According to the company, the program is designed around the
concept of "sustainable tourism," with emphasis on leaving the
destination in as good a shape as it was found, as well as putting
money back into the local environment.
For example, for every passenger to Costa Rica, Sunny Land makes
a donation to enable a Costa Rica elementary school student to
enroll in the biodiversity educational program at the National
Biodiversity Institute, also called INBioparque.
"You can buy a package from Sunny Land for the same price as the
mass-market operators, but you also get these other things," said
Jose Luis Cabada, Sunny Land's product development manager.
The program includes a variety of trip styles, beginning with a
three-night city package to San Jose priced from $459 per person,
double, from Miami to $559 from New York, including roundtrip
economy air; airport transfers and porterage; accommodations, and
services of local representatives of Sunny Land. Extra nights are
from $29 each.
Packages are designed in modular fashion to make it easy to make
combinations. A two-night Monteverde Cloud Forest package is priced
at $265 per person, double, including in the Heliconia Hotel near
the Monteverde Reserve. Similar programs visit the Chachagua
Private Rainforest Reserve ($329 for two nights), the Los Angeles
Cloud Forest (one night at $239) or the Tortuguero National Park
(one night at $269).
More physically active trips include horseback riding, fishing,
hiking, climbing, hot-air ballooning or whitewater rafting.
Escorted tours of up to eight nights long also are available,
such as the eight-night Romantic Eco Discovery, priced from $1,959
from New York, $1,859 from Miami and $2,059 from Los Angeles.
It includes a stay in the Alta Hotel overlooking the Central
Valley in Alto de las Palomas, a whitewater rafting trip on the
Reventazon River, a night in a private cabin by the Bananito River,
horseback riding on a banana plantation and time on the beach in
The price also includes air, accommodations and many meals,
activities and excursions.
For information, call Sunny Land Tours at (800) 783-7839 or
visit the Web site at www.sunnylandtours.com.