Imagine landing in Costa Rica and being greeted by a friendly local woman
who already knows your name and interests.
En route to your lodge, she chats knowledgeably about some of the sights
you will see during your trip.
When you arrive at your lodge you are pleased to discover simple, but
luxurious, site-sensitive accommodations owned and managed by locals.
The meals are superb and from your congenial hosts, you learn even more
about the natural and cultural highlights of the area.
The next day your local guide arrives and you head out for a hike in the
famous rainforest. During your walk, your guide explains the ecology of the
forest and shows you its hidden wonders. The
next several days are equally as stimulating, educational and exciting.
You have the opportunity to see rare animals and birds, visit seaside
habitats and attend fascinating cultural events.
You even make friends with a local craftsman and his family, who invite
you to dinner at their home.
When the time comes to return home, you take with you memories of one of
the most fulfilling travel experiences of you life along with the knowledge that
your visit helped preserve and conserve the natural and cultural features of the
area for future travelers.
For the past ten years, the
Societys members around the globe have been creating destinations, lodges and
tours that can challenge and fulfill your passions and purpose.
TIES Members have:
Designed rainforest tours where visitors walk high in the canopy on
suspended walkways to look at rare birds and other natural wonders without
harming the fragile forest floor or the trees.
Designed and built environmentally friendly lodges on remote tropical
islands without damaging the coral reefs or native animal habitats.
Protected mountain gorillas, harpy eagles and humpback whales by bringing
only small groups to wild domains and ensuring that travelers' fees go directly
toward conservation of these endangered species.
enriching workshops in which travelers visit ancient monuments in the company of
archaeologists, learning about the latest discoveries.
Worked with native peoples to help them save their land and their heritage in the face of global economic and industrial threats.
Choosing to travel with TIES member tour operators and ecolodges
is an informed choice that can
make a world of difference both to you and to the planet.
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