Sunny Land puts 'Eco-Magic' in Costa Rica

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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 Tambor.

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.

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