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Pura Vida! Cost Rica Wins Earthshot Prize


In its inaugural year, Prince William’s Earthshot project has awarded £1m to Costa Rica, one of only five recipients of what is sure to become one of the world’s most influential environmental initiatives for the next decade.

The Earthshot Prize is “designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years.” Winners are recognised for their contribution to new technologies and methods which, in time, will make a real difference to our depleted planet and all its inhabitants for generations to come.

Prizes were awarded for helping keep the air clean, reviving our oceans, building a waste-free world, fixing our climate and, in the case of The Republic Costa Rica, protecting and restoring its forests. Severely felled up to the 1990s, the vast forests of Costa Rica were drastically reduced to half their former range. Urgent action was needed, and it came in the form of their Ministry of Environment’s innovative plan to pay citizens to protect the forests, plant trees and restore ecosystems, resulting in a doubling of forest cover which in turn allowed fauna and flora to thrive.

Our director, Alan Godwin, first went to Costa Rica in 1989 and in the years since then Reef & Rainforest has organised hundreds of tailor-made tours for our clients keen to see such highlights as the Osa Peninsula’s primary Pacific rainforest, the jungle-clad Caribbean waterways of Tortuguero, the epiphyte-laden cloud forests of Savegre and the dry tropical deciduous forest of the northwest.

We invite you to get in touch to explore the many marvellous options for a bespoke itinerary to Costa Rica, the land of Pura Vida (or pure life) which is the country’s motto and one that is certainly well deserved.

SPECIAL ITINERARY: Off The Beaten Track In Costa Rica: Supporting Rewilding And Conservation

Costa Rica has some of the highest environmental credentials of any country and all properties have a close eye on their environmental impact.  For this itinerary, we have selected hotels and lodges that go the extra mile and epitomise the Earthshot’s Protect and Restore ambitions by replanting, rewilding and extending some of the country’s most precious forests and conserving some of the region’s rarest wildlife.  Click here to see the tour.

If you have any questions regarding our tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965