Public-private linkage, the path to a more equitable society

 A year of recovery was what we were all waiting for in 2022, even more so in the tourism sector. One of the sectors most impacted by the pandemic, that left a zero income for a long time that we no longer want to remember but cannot forget for the sake of our business.


A year that allowed tourism in general, to have again an overflowing illusion. An illusion for what comes after the uncertainty all of us, who depend on the visitation of tourists, to provide for our families suffer. And that sets very high goals for 2023 with the possibility of showing the world the ecotourism model that Costa Rica understands, respects, and develops as a country.

 
The business model that we recognize at Sensoria, and that we make our own with the intention that each one of our decisions respects the different social, economic, and environmental actors that surround us in the vicinity of the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. Maintaining the Rural ecotourism model that takes place in our most direct impact area.


That is why our commitment to the community goes hand in hand with our recovery as an organization, and extends, thanks to this growth, to nearby communities that share our ecotourism values. The union of Non-Governmental Organizations, private companies, and communities guarantee success in the development of welfare projects.

This is the case of the joint work between Proparques, the community around the Junquillal Wildlife Refuge, and 29 public and private companies. Together we managed to make the refuge a more accessible place for all, with the donation of an accessibility platform so that all can enjoy the thousands of sensations when entering the sea.


A small effort for our organization demonstrates that the linkage between sectors can give great results, with a very significant impact on the most vulnerable populations in society. What for any of us can be something simple, like enjoying the sea, for people with some physical disability, was something that until now was very complex in the Guanacaste area.

 
These types of actions, in the social axis, are essential for Sensoria. In the environmental axis we seek greater integration between different actors, which is why we are part of the III Meeting of Commissions of the Institutional Environmental Management Program in the Guanacaste Conservation Area.


Knowing that other actors in society seek sustainable development between their businesses, people, and the planet allows us as an organization to reinforce the business model that small, medium and large companies must follow to maintain wealth as we know it today.

Thanks to our commitment to sustainability, the World Tourism Organization chose Sensoria to be part of a series of interviews on its YouTube channel. Interviews that explore gender equity and equality in the tourism sector in Costa Rica. In the same way, all the companies that were part of the program have also participated in the preparation of a study that explores the main challenges for women, as well as the identification of good practices.

Tourism in Guanacaste is the support of thousands of families. Therefore, this type of space to share successful models at the level of recycling, conservation or education programs motivates us to continue on the right path and commits us to continue fighting for the banner of sustainability.







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    Our Recognitions

    LEW
    LEW
    2024-05-06
    WOW. A gem of an experience This was an absolute highlight of our visit. We did the luxury plus tour and spent the day walking through a rainforest seeing a variety of animals like toucans, snakes, sloths, monkeys, etc. It was spectacular! Our guides Pedro & Issac were wonderful and very knowledgeable. The waterfalls did not disappoint. Thermal pool swimming was my favorite. We had a lovely lunch by one of the pools. We didn’t get to do the lookout tower due to cloud cover, but saw so much else. We were picked up in Tamarindo and one thing I will say is to plan for a 12 hour day if you do this. 6 hours of driving, minimum depending on where you are. We were partially prepared for this, but thought it would be closer to 2 hours. I would suggest saying in Liberia and doing this tour from there to cut down on transit time and fully enjoy the pools and experience more. We might have stayed a little longer if we weren’t facing a 3 hour drive home! But, all in all we are SO happy we did this and if we come back to Costa Rica we will absolutely stay in the rain forest more and explore there more as it was by far the highlight.
    Lindsay
    Lindsay
    2024-04-30
    Beautiful place! Our guide, Isaac, was awesome! So knowledgable and friendly! The variety of flora was amazing, but we didn’t get to see as much wildlife as I had hoped. We did see one beautiful tropical bird, 2 small snakes, a basilisk, and some leaf-cutter ants carrying leaves. No monkeys or sloths. When you arrive, they have changing rooms, and they tell you to change into your swimsuit and wear clothes on top. Then they offered like 3 or 4 different opportunities to swim, during the hike. I wish I had not worn tight athletic pants. They were such a pain to keep taking off and putting on in a super humid environment. Bring your most comfortable swimsuit, a towel, water shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Wear loose-fitting and lightweight pants, and comfortable hiking or walking shoes. It’s tempting to just wear quick-dry shorts, but the bugs will eat you alive, so wear pants. Since it’s a rainforest, I debated getting waterproof hiking shoes, but ended up just wearing my Nike’s, and it was totally fine. I think it always rains in the afternoon, so they just do tours in the morning, and then it will rain on your drive back.
    Marlon U
    Marlon U
    2024-04-27
    Such a great experience! Me and my girlfriend had an amazing experience! It was truly amazing having both Isaac and Johnny accompany and share this experience with us! They were wonderful and have great personalities.
    catwalsh97
    catwalsh97
    2024-04-27
    Great hike through the rainforest! Joaquin, our guide was amazing! He explained all about the eco system and animals of the rainforest. We swam in some waterfalls and beautiful thermal pools! The food and drinks were really good and the rainforest was beautiful! We saw 2 beautiful eyelash vipers!
    Danielle B
    Danielle B
    2024-04-21
    Rainforest hike and volcanic pool swims This place is beautiful. We saw tonnes of wildlife and the guides are incredible at picking it out. The pools are beautiful too. We also love the eco credentials and ethics of the place!
    Jana Elsa Muriel
    Jana Elsa Muriel
    2024-04-20
    A mini paradise on Mother Earth For me personally, since I love the rainforest and the waterfalls, the absolute highlight of our trip. It costs a little to get there but it is worth it more than a thousand times over. The pristine forest filled with streams and carefully maintained pools is a true wonder. Our guide Eri was perfect and very empathetic. Thank you very much for spoiling us!
    emike16
    emike16
    2024-03-28
    Adventure after an adventure We drove rather than taking the shuttle and that added some extra adventure. The roads are largely dirt and rocks for much of the way and you will think you are lost, but it is worth it. The waterfalls and pools are amazing. The hike is not for those not in shape, but the rainforest is incredible and you get a view of the volcano from a platform above the canopy. The chicken and rice meal was also surprisingly good and make sure you try their coffee.
    PJ A
    PJ A
    2024-03-19
    Sensoria Rainforest is a beautiful protected area of Costa Rica We had a very good time at Sensoria. The rainforest, waterfalls and scenery were beautiful. Our guide was a bit quiet but helpful and accommodating. We saw two waterfalls and were able to walk in them. The volcanic soils create the most clear and blue water we have ever seen. There were two plunge pools we were allowed to go in, as well as one thermal pool. Unfortunately the only wildlife we saw were some exotic birds and snakes (poisonous!). The property is in a type of land trust so it will not be disturbed with development, and they have motion cameras showing the wildlife within the park. The one downside is the ride to and from – horrible roads, very rough ride.
    Thomas C
    Thomas C
    2024-03-17
    Dusk Experience This was an incredible experience. Probably the best of our trip to Costa Rica. We almost didn’t do it. We did the Dusk Experience. It had a moderate hike up and down the mountain with stops at a few waterfalls and swimming holes. Isaac was our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly… an expert in the local wildlife and fauna. The tour ended with a private thermal pool, perfectly lit with accent lighting, and a special selection of finger foods. At the end, Isaac and his partner stayed late and went out of their way to help me find my lost gopro camera. Service above and beyond what would have been expected.
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