How to Get Involved

How you can help . . .        

We encourage all of our guests to join us in our efforts to transform our habits and lessen our burden on the planet.
By following some of these recommendations, you will reduce your ecological footprint while you enjoy our cloud forest paradise.

  • Walk whenever possible. It’s good for your health and it’s good for the environment.
  • Turn lights off whenever they are not being used.
  • If you consider that your towels do not need to be washed, please place them on the hangers. This will save water, electricity, and it will avoid water pollution. Otherwise, place them on the floor and we will gladly wash them.
  • Use water rationally, especially hot water. Heating water uses large amounts of energy.
  • Reduce Reuse and Recycle whenever possible. Actions as simple as rejecting over-packaged goods or pamphlets that will soon be discarded can make a big difference.
  • Tap water in the hotel is 100% safe to drink. It comes from a natural spring, and it is tested regularly in a laboratory. Drink water in glasses or refill your bottles.
  •  Dispose of your trash properly using our recycling bins. There is trash and recycling in your
    room, but also organic waste bins in the lobby and parking lot.
  • Do not feed animals or extract plants or shells from any of the natural areas of Costa Rica.
  • Aside from it being illegal, in a place as visited as Monteverde this can cause great damage.
  • Be silent while in the natural preserves in order not to frighten the wildlife.
  • Place your money in the right places. By purchasing from small businesses with sound ecological practices and buying local products manufactured ethically, you will be contributing with the just distribution of wealth and the well being of the planet. Do not hesitate to ask for our advice in doing so.

Sustainability is an ongoing effort for us; all of your suggestions for improvement will be well received.

The Conservation Program        

The Conservation Program at Hotel Belmar aims to provide guests with information about some of the major environmental protection and social welfare development projects in Monteverde. We invite you to learn more about these initiatives and to take the opportunity to participate in their development.

The Conservation Program seeks financial support from our guests that will be invested in various sustainability projects to improve environmental performance in the hotel and the community. Beyond financial support, if you have skills in any particular field – for example, IT, construction, biology, English, or others –  you can  support forest protection or social welfare projects with volunteer work. This is a great way to make your experience in Monteverde much more than just tourism. Please communicate with our reception staff if you are interested in collaborating with any particular program. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Pack for a Purpose        

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We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.  Click here for more information

Monteverde Jr. Rangers and Monteverde Medical Corps
This project seeks to teach men and women, by assisting in the development of all kinds of skills in a large variety of fields and services…They’re main needs are: means of transportation for their different activities, equipment to accomplish a large variety of activities as part of their learning and service process.
Sports Equipment Joint Monteverde
This project is focuses on the promotion of sports and recreational activities for the young people of Monteverde, on both competitive and non-competitive levels. The main needs of this project are sports and recreational equipment
Band Professional Technical College of Santa Elena (CTPSE) and FriendsThis group aims to develop musical talent within the community of Monteverde, for all different age groups. The main needs are to practice musical instruments.
The Monteverde Conservation League (MCL). 
This is a nonprofit civil organization of public interest of the State under Decree 33632-J. It’s mission is ”to conserve, preserve and rehabilitate tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity.” The main requirements of this project are maintenance, research and environmental education
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Santa Elena Preserve
The reserve was created thanks to the determination of the community as a way to utilize the benefits of tourism  and use them as a for development. Proceeds from ticket and guided walks are used for the protection and management of the reserve and also provide a better quality of education in the  surrounding schools. The main goals of this group  is to maintain the natural area, research and environmentalEducation

Climate Change Mitigation Program        

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Climate Change is considered one of the major challenges we face today. It is the product of the negative impacts that human activities have caused around the planet, especially during the past couple of decades. Fortunately, there is evidence that we still have a chance to do something to tackle this phenomenon and its impacts on the environment, economy and society.

For this reason the Hotel Belmar would like to invite you to participate in a program to offset the damage caused by your ecological footprint. You may help protect the forests by acquiring certificates of environmental services, issued by the FONAFIFO.

Some of the programs with which you can help are:

  • Clean Trip: People who generate emissions of greenhouse gases by use of air, road, rail or sea transport, can compensate this pollution with a contribution towards a cleaner trip.
  • Vital Water: interested persons in helping, can collaborate to restore and protect the diversity of water sources located in the territory of Costa Rica.
  • Alive Forest: People interested in helping restore the forest, protect biodiversity, water and ecosystems may do so through donations.

 

Please visit the following links for more information:

Clean Trip:

https://www.fonafifo.com/paginas_espanol/invierta_bosques/e_ib_viaje_limpio.htm

Vital Water:

Alive Forest:

http://www.fonafifo.com/paginas_espanol/invierta_bosques/e_ib_bosque_vivo.htm