Sustainability Efforts

Hotel Rio Perdido Environmental Programs

Sustainable Tourism Certificate Candidate, [Version 2.0]

Rio Perdido is a candidate for the Sustainable Tourism Certificate program (CST), a program established more than 20 years ago by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. The program is a result of the public and private sector’s collaborative efforts to recognize tourism companies for their sustainable tourism practices.
In order to achieve this certification, Hotel Rio Perdido must undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that our business model is based on the best sustainable tourism practices –the sound management and impact of the natural, cultural and social resources of the country.
With this certification, Rio Perdido is committed to:


●    Avoid gas emissions and environmental damage caused by pollution and other chemicals
●    Take action to manage, conserve and protect wildlife
●    Manage waste in a way that will not cause a negative impact on the environment
●    Consume products that are natural, biodegradable and, when possible, recyclable
●    Create a program for saving water and electricity throughout the premises
●    Invite guests to not only experience Costa Rica’s natural wealth, but to also protect it
●    Meet standards related to the environment, archeological heritage and security
●    Hire and train members of the surrounding communities
●    Promote traditions and customs of Costa Rica, including our food culture and artisanal crafts

Ecological Blue Flag Award, Watershed Category

Rio Perdido has been awarded with The Ecological Blue Flag, an award given annually to recognize the effort and voluntary work of organizations that are helping to protect both the environmental and social landscapes of Costa Rica.

The Blue Flag program is a driving force behind the healthy communities and vibrant ecosystems that make up Costa Rica, and we are proud to contribute to this effort.

Co-Signer of The Code of Conduct

Rio Perdido is a co-signer of The Code of Conduct, a program that seeks to end the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. Through staff training, we support The Code’s mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the travel and tourism industry to keep children safe.

Licensed By Essential Costa Rica

Rio Perdido is an official representative of Essential Costa Rica, a government association that represents the country at an international level. In order to earn this affiliation, Rio Perdido had to undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that our operations are guided by the five values of Costa Rica: Excellence, Sustainability, Social Progress, Innovation, and Costa Rican Rooting.

Carbon Neutral Certification

Rio Perdido is a certified as part of the Carbon Neutral program, an initiative developed by Costa Rica’s Climate Change Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Energy. Through this certification program, we have pledged to take action to reduce, remove and offset Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and strengthen decarbonization.

In Alliance with Tourism—Local Development Engine

Rio Perdido is proud to be a part of Tourism – Local Development Engine, a multi-institutional effort to leverage the power of tourism as an engine for rural development through sustainable, local purchasing of agricultural products.

Our goal is to improve the lives of farming communities and those employed in the tourism industry by identifying market opportunities for sustainable agriculture products for the tourism sector.

Key activities of this project include:

●    Mapping tourist regions with the potential to become local markets
●    Selecting value chains and performing inventory of current providers
●    Strengthening business capacities among providers
●    Facilitating access to financial resources
●    Encouraging the demand for local and sustainable products among tourism companies and signing sustainable supply contracts
●    Promoting the tourist participation to generate demand

The Tu-Modelo project is the result of a public-private alliance between Fundecooperación, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), local tourism associations, institutions and partners of the private sector.