In order to promote and encourage the development of sustainable tourism, merchants around the Corredor
Biológico Lago Arenal Tenorio will set up a new communal chamber.
Currently, there is a local council within the biological corridor that encourages cultural, social, sustainable, ecological, tourist and business projects. The new initiative aims to add to this council, unify quality standards and protect natural resources.
The Corredor Biológico is a strategy to connect the movement and development of species of flora and fauna of tourist interest. The corridor covers more than 14 areas of life and different types of ecosystems, said Germán Aguilar of the regional program of Corredores Biológicos del Área de Conservación Arenal Tempisque.
“The biological corridor is presented as a platform not only for the environmental and cultural management, but also for the management of tourists,” Aguilar said.
According to the biological corridor group, there is a chamber of tourism in the region, but the majority of commercial operators perceive that the chamber does not manage opportunities for training, promotion and financing.
A news release added communal tourism will work to develop these areas that the tourism chamber lacks.
“Such initiatives promote the friendly development with the environment through responsible tourism, but also are associated with the sustainable production, the working with ASADAS and the general, cultural education and environmental management of water resources and will, without a doubt, promote and facilitate the coordination inter-agency and sectoral development of various initiatives,”
said Mario Coto Hidalgo, coordinator of the national program of Corredores Biológicos del Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación. ASADAS means the Asociación Administradora de los Sistemas de Acueductos y Alcantarillado Sanitario, the water and sewer providers.
The natural attractions and rich cultural mix of the area between Guanacaste’s Tilarán and Alajuela’s San Carlos gives the Corredor Biológico Lago Arenal Tenorio group an advantage to develop tourist activities, organizers said. Currently, there are more than 80 tourism entrepreneurs that offer services for visitors.
Two national landmarks that the Corredor Biológico Lago Arenal Tenorio group will work to conserve, are Tenorio volcano and Lake Arenal. The organization protects and manages the environment as well as improves the quality of life of the communities.
Tenorio Volcano is located in the northern region of Costa Rica and is made up of four volcanic peaks and two craters. Tenorio’s river, Rio Celeste, draws visitors who come to look at the water turned blue due to the volcano’s emissions.
The area also has thermal springs, geysers, waterfalls, lagoons, cloud forests and rain forests.
Lake Arenal is a manmade body of water used as a source for hydroelectricity. It is located near Arenal volcano, which is described as Costa Rica’s most active volcano even though visitors can no longer see lava flowing down its sides or find plumes of ash rising from its top.
Tourist attractions of the area are varied, with a comprehensive inventory in which highlighted cultural aspects, infrastructure, activities monthly, annual, religious culture, and private nature reserves. They include rainforest hikes, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hot springs, canyoning and canopy tours.