REGENERATIVE

PRACTICES
  


Sustainability is about giving back more than you take.

 

Check out our actions towards regenerative hospitality.

sun

  • Skylights and windows are placed in guest rooms and common spaces to maximize the use of natural light

  • Solar collectors on the buildings provide hot water for hotel rooms

  • A solar air-drying facility is used for hotel linens and towels to reduce the use of gas or electric dryers

  • Energy-saving lighting is used, included low wattage bulbs, presence-detecting lights, and photovoltaic lamps​

dirt
  • Cleaning products used at Valle Escondido are 100 % biodegradable including soaps, detergents, & disinfectants. 

  • We do not use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in any form

  • All food that is grown on the property is 100% organic 

  • Valle Escondido grounds and plants are treated with organic bio ferments and organic fertilizers made on-site

  • Landfill reduction - all waste is managed and recycled, we do the best we can to avoid any waste that will wind up in landfill

  • Nonrecyclable plastics are used to make eco-bricks that are used for construction projects

  • Our paper waste and cardboard are used for composting and generating healthy soil

  • Used kitchen oil and plastic containers are repurposed

  • On-site we provide several different examples of composting techniques and the production of organic fertilizers

water
  • Rainwater collection is used for our greenhouses and growing terraces and garden beds. 

  • Grey Water management – wastewater from our restaurant, laundry, and hotel rooms is collected and filtered with added active probiotics through a series of living terraces. 

  • Aquaculture- we grow our own tilapia on-site and use that water for fertilizing garden beds

air
  • Reforestation - to date we've planted over 1700 endemic species of trees here in our preserve and many native fruiting trees to attract birds and animals. 

  • We are a registered private nature reserve that protects 16 hectares (40 acres) of land.

  • Hotel guests are offered to offset their travel carbon footprint by supporting reforestation efforts in Costa Rica​

community
  • Supplies for the restaurant and hotel are sourced as local as possible  

  • We are engaged in community programs and regular financial contributions or donate our time, farm produce, to support community initiatives 

  • All staff are trained in Non-Violent Communication to help support a sustainable working environment and the community

  • Our reserve trails are free for locals and our restaurant offers local discounts to the community

  • Our classroom space and hotel areas are provided free of charge as a community meeting space and for community benefits 

  • Sustainability workshops are free for the local community and discounted classes are offered

  • We donate and install small greenhouses built from repurposed materials to local schools and offer sustainable workshops for children and school staff free of charge

organic farm

  • To find out more about regenerative agriculture and  permaculture design and our projects, visit our Hidden Valley Farm website.

Click on the following links to find ways to get involved and support a healthy future for Monteverde

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Commission for Resilience to Climate Change

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Monteverde Institute

Monteverde Community fund

Want to offset your travel 
carbon footprint?

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Valle Escondido Integrated Policy

Valle Escondido is a company dedicated to the creation of rural tourism experiences in the Monteverde community, through the enjoyment of the service provided par excellence and the protection of the natural environment. Our vision is to promote regenerative practices through responsible tourism, to this end, we are committed to:

 

1. Quality of commitment:
to offer the national and foreign visitor an experience in harmony with nature, integrating our organizational values through gratitude to what sustains life, inspiring creativity by promoting joy, curiosity, connection with nature, and openness to constant change. Working with a firm commitment to provide quality service and continuous improvement that promotes more accessible tourism, while rejecting all forms of commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, as well as all forms of abuse and exploitation present in the tourism industry.

 

2. Commitment of human resources:
to ensure employee selection processes that avoid any form of discrimination, and incorporate disadvantaged groups in all possible positions, integrating gender, age, diversity and inclusive employment practices to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities. Likewise, we assume a firm commitment of capacitation and training our work team, as well as a safe work environment that avoids and sanctions any conduct of sexual harassment to offer a high-quality service, sensitized and humanized according to the diverse needs of society.

 

3. Commitment to sustainability:
to operate with a commitment to improving environmental performance, complying with legal requirements and other voluntary requirements that are assumed to be obligatory, in order to ensure the protection of the environment, of forbidden, threatened and endangered species, including pollution prevention, sustainable use of resources, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, protection and regeneration of biodiversity, and ecosystems, as well as the protection of cultural, historical, and archeological heritage. In addition, commitment to promoting the local development of the community of Monteverde and its surroundings as we establish rigorous processes for selecting suppliers to ensure support for:
 

  • the local economy

  • the entrepreneurship of women, families, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable social groups

  • the use and marketing of organic products

  • fair working conditions

  • certified or award-winning products and services, which in turn rejects the monoculture industry and avoids the use of products generated by transnational companies.