Sustainable Tourism Protect Our Environment
Finca Saladero is an environmentally sensitive 480 acre private preserve set in the undeveloped Golfo Dulce and Piedras Blancas National Park. It includes ½ mile of coastline on the Golfo Dulce and 465 acres of primary rainforest. Established in harmony with the natural environment, our goal is to provide to travelers seeking a unique location and experience, the opportunity to observe wildlife and natural wonders in a pristine and sustainable fashion while enjoying the comfortable and spacious accommodations.
As responsible stewards we are obliged to take nothing from the ecosystem that surrounds us excepting photographs and memories.
With this in mind we have implemented certain policies and standards to ensure its continuance with minimal or no impact to the environment.
General Overview of our green approach.
- Energy is supplied by hybrid systems of solar power and hydro. Generators are seldom used and solely for construction and repair purposes.
- All organic waste is composted.
- All efforts are made to purchase only products that can be recycled.
- Hot water is provided by passive solar heaters and backup propane heaters that only heat when the water is turned on.
- Grey water and black water are separated.
- Energy efficient refrigerators and freezer.
- Energy efficient lighting.
- Use of fresh vegetables and fruit instead of canned products.
- Organic eggs. Fruit and vegetables grown on site without the use of pesticides or commercial fertilizer.
- A juices are made here from our various tropical fruits.
- Gardens and landscaping are fertilized with natural compost and manure.
Community Mutual assistance and cooporation.
- Employ local Costa Rican staff from the work improvished area nearby Saladero. All employees are hired knowing personable guest interaction is part of the job description.
- Classes in English are provided for employees and their children.
- Sales of local Costa Rican artwork and handicrafts of indigenous tribes benefit them directly.
- Education in best practices to all employees. Waste reduction, recycling, energy management, composting and water conservation are some of the subjects. This in turn influences not just our employees but the attitudes and social habits of their extended families.
- Direct financial support to the park service of Piedras National Park by providing housing and facilities when working in our area.
- Invite guests to visit local homes to experience first hand the people and culture.
We work directly with Osa Conservation (www.osaconservation.org) as part of their cat program by purchasing, placing and monitoring camera traps to monitor the cats and the animals that support their survival. Information on the footprints and photographs/videos are sent to Osa Conservation every two months for input into their data base.
With more lodges and private property owners involved we can obtain a much better idea of the health of the primary rainforests that was not available before.
We have the first cameras in Piedras Blancas National Park and are excited that we have taken the first photos of a black jaguarundi and margay.
This photo was taken on a new trail in primary rainforest at a location of an armadillo hole.
We support and offer our facilities for volunteers from Earthwatch through the CEIC Centro de Investigación De Cetaceos Costa Rica (http://cetaceansgolfodulce.blogspot.com/p/golfo-dulce.html) to monitor marine species in front of Saladero and the mouth of the Rio Esquinas.
The CEIC has been studying the dolphins, whales and supporting species since 2005 with the intent of protecting the marine life and creating a marine sanctuary.
- Monitor coastal and oceanic cetaceans, particularly Spotted and Bottlenose dolphin populations and migrating Humpback whale groups and individuals within Golfo Dulce
- Determine the role of coastal and oceanic cetacean, particularly spotted and bottlenose dolphins as indicators of a marine biodiversity in Golfo Dulce, and Osa Peninsula
- Monitor the impact of human activities near shore
- Identify Areas of Conservation Importance within Golfo Dulce
- Support the establishment of regulations that mitigate coastal development and control key alternatives to consumptive activities such as eco-tourism
- Identify cetacean feeding, breeding and calving critical habitats within the outer and off shore areas (i.e., Golfo Dulce entrance and transitional habitats off the shelf edge)
- Monitor relative abundance of Spotted and Bottlenose dolphins off the inner basin.
- Document behavioural alterations as a possible result of the impact of human activities within the coastal-marine environment
- Identify prey species of the Spotted and Bottlenose dolphins;
- Documenting Accoustically and through behavioral observations the breeding population of Humpback whales in the outer basin of Golfo Dulce
- Reassessment and improvement of our best practices program on a continual basis.
- To educate and promote awareness to our guests and employees of the importance to our continued health and wellfare that the rainforest biodiversity provides.
- Work towards a goal of 100% no waste.
- Increase our onsite organic food production.
- Certification by other national and international ecotourism organizations.
- Establish a research center to study the primary forest of the Piedras Blancas area.