SUSTAINABILITY

At Parador Resort & Spa we are blessed to live in a country overflowing with natural beauty and resources, and are proud to be able share this gift with you, our guests. We’re duty-bound to help maintain, preserve and improve upon Costa Rica’s considerable assets.

 WE SHARE

Parador is strongly committed to the conservation of nature, supports local community projects and takes steps to reduce its impact on the environment. We'd like to invite you, our guest, to cooperate with the following foundations, all of which help benefit the community at large, and thank you in advance for your support.

PAWS

Several months ago, PAWS envisioned the possibility of building a Shelter for an on-going population of dogs and cats in the Quepos Canton who are/were in need of help.

These animals may have been abandoned or lost, and most of them needed care for illnesses or injuries.

Previously, such a Shelter did exist, called Casa Verde, located near downtown Quepos.

The PAWS organization used the Shelter for the purposes of rescuing, rehoming and treating distressed animals, complemented by the generous collaboration of those offering foster care.

When Casa Verde no longer became a viable solution for PAWS for a variety of reasons, the PAWS Board needed to search for an alternative solution and location suitable for the health and welfare of these animals; the need for a Shelter became even more apparent.

The number of requests increased significantly and the amount of foster care volunteers was insufficient to house them.A few months ago, it was mutually decided that PAWS would Partner with K9 Connections, owned and operated by Eduardo Varela. Eduardo was in the process of purchasing a compound to board, train and groom animals in Damasito.

With the advent of a new location for K9 Connections, PAWS began to envision its Shelter on the backside of that property.

Much planning, thought, and effort has gone into this project.

Today, we are proud to say that the Shelter features a quarantine area, a bathing area, a bodega, a bathroom, a large cattery, and a kennel.

All structures are on cement pads, enclosed with fencing and roofing. At this time, the Shelter is able to house 10 dogs, and 12 cats.

The Shelter is in Damasito, 14 km from Quepos, on a large, beautiful lot near the Damasito River.

The Shelter has facilities to lodge, treat, cure and castrate dogs and cats in the Quepos Canton.

The entire operation is supervised and managed by Eduardo Varela, K9 Connections, who lives on the property full time.PAWS launched a capital campaign to raise money for all of the labor and materials needed to build the planned Shelter.

Generous contributions were received from a number of businesses and private parties alike which made it possible to achieve the progress that we have made so far as of this date.

The contribution of the shelter and the generous support of individuals providing temporary homes, added to the educational process, is the responsibility of each of us.

The results of these efforts help to improve the quality of life for our beloved animals. PAWS provides a service for the Quepos Canton by reducing the population of these uncared for animals,therefore, improves the sanitary conditions of the community.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US HELP THEM!

 A fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development. Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe.

Adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, its acknowledgement by the United Nations two years later expressly encouraged UNWTO to promote the effective follow-up of its provisions. Although not legally binding, the Code features a voluntary implementation mechanism through its recognition of the role of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), to which stakeholders may refer matters concerning the application and interpretation of the document.

 COPAZA

Copaza is a non-profit group dedicated to preventing violence and providing employment and social opportunities – with a particular emphasis on at-risk kids – in the Aguirre region of Costa Rica.

Through the implementation of cultural and sports programs and addressing employment and other public issues, Copaza works diligently towards creating and promoting a viable, self-sustaining and peaceful community.

TITI CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

Titi Conservation Alliance is devoted to protecting Costa Rica’s endangered Titi (squirrel) Monkey in the Manuel Antonio area through Sustainable Development, Habitat Reforestation and Environmental Education.Working closely with the community as well as other like-minded organizations, the Titi Conservation Alliance has – and continues to – make substantial contributions towards protecting and sustaining Costa Rica’s fecund but fragile Central Pacific region eco-system.

PACK FOR A PURPOSE

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 the Anita, Quebrada Arroyo, El Negro and some other area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families.

Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects >>

Parador Resort & Spa’s Sustainable Tourism Policy

Parador Resort & Spa is committed to its community and guests by providing the highest standards of services and amenities in an environmentally and culturally responsible setting, the epitome of responsible luxury.

We are dedicated to a “green” philosophy in all areas of our resort and work diligently in implementing policies, educating and interacting with our staff, colleagues and guests towards sustaining the fragile eco-system and maintaining a harmonious balance between man and nature.

We abide by to the strictest codes of sustainable tourism and are constantly upgrading the benchmark by which we measure and manage our resort.

Climate Change

Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Over the years, Parador has focused on sustainability to reduce the effects of global warming caused by the emissions of the following six main greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol:

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2);
  • Methane (CH4);
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O);
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs);
  • Perfluorocarbons (PFCs); and
  • Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)

Currently, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been quickly increasing faster than natural processes can remove it, thus contributing to global warming. According to a recent study published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, global surface temperatures in 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest on record since 1880. Furthermore, failure to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, could cause the earth to warm by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit during the 21st century. This rise in average temperature will have extensive effects on the earth’s climate patterns and all living things.

For example, a 2-degree Celsius increase would have a severe impact in the ecosystems:

  • Increased acidity of the oceans due to an elevated level of atmospheric CO2 would affect the ability of mollusks and corals to build shells and skeletons
  • Long-term degradation of coral reefs which currently house nearly a quarter of the species in the oceans and provide critical services including coastal protection and fishing to millions of people worldwide.
  • The Amazon rainforest, whose plants produce 10%t of the world's photosynthesis and have no evolved resistance to fire, may turn to savannah, as drought and mega-fires first destroy the rainforest.

While it is evident that global warming has been escalating, today, many scientists agree that we must stop and reverse the process now to avoid a devastating cascade of natural disasters which will forever change life on earth as we know it.

This is the reason why Parador has been consistently committed over the years to implementing sustainable practices including property-wide recycling, water and energy conservation, composting and biodegradable soaps while maintaining, preserving and improving Costa Rica’s abundant natural assets.We invite you to join us in our efforts to save our planet for future generations.