In building the bungalows, the property was left lush and many cautions were taken to cut down as few trees as possible. In fact, some of the bungalows have a tree going right up through the roof!
Local products were used when building and the furnishings were made by Costa Rican craftsmen.
In the spirit of ecotourism, Tierra de Sueños employs 100% locals. We are continually working on re-growth projects by planting important native species of hard wood trees as well as many fruit trees. We recently planted a kasha tree and almendra del monte, both of which are used heavily in building and have been depleted as a result.
We have over 20 different fruit trees growing including papaya, starfruit, guanabana, banana, lime, orange, mandarine lime, cacao, avocado, biriba, mangosteen, peanut butter fruit, araza and more.
Ecotourists enjoy the natural setting here in Costa Rica not only because of the greenness of our property but all the wildlife it is home to!
We have been testing our gardening skills and harvesting eggplant, peppers, basil, cilantro, lemongrass, peas and many other fruits and vegetables that will grow in a tropical environment. We compost extensively and use bio-degratable disinfectants whenever possible. We are firm supporters of neem, an all natural pesticide.
The towels we offer our guests are not only extremely soft, but made from organic bamboo that was produced in a pesticide free environment.
We also serve our guests Puerto Viejo’s local Caribeans Coffee, a fair trade coffee produced from the hills of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
We have a water purifier and encourage guests to fill up water bottles in order to cut down on plastic waste. We change linens once a week or upon guest’s request in an effort to conserve water and energy. Recycling goes out on Thursdays!
Each bungalow has an information booklet discussing some of the ways visitors can enjoy ecotourism here in Costa Rica, help support positive growth of the local economy and reduce waste and energy consumption.