Nature loving travelers recognize Costa Rica as an ecotourism destination that is making a difference in the world. This area has 6 primary biologically diverse regions for discovery. Each region is a very distinct habitat, including lush Tropical Rainforest such as Waterfall Villas with the Cascadas Farallas Waterfalls of the south pacific; cloud forest in the high mountains where green hotels provide ecotourism; dry tropical forest in the north; montane oak forest, and mountainous paramo near the volcanoes; and mangrove and wetland regions near the coasts.
Costa Rica as a country has made a statement to the world about ecological preservation by protecting almost 30 percent of the country to conservation. For example, in Bali not even 5% of the land has been protected by the government and a rampant tourist industry almost destroyed all of the natural forest to build hotels as is a trend seen all over Asia’s most beautiful areas.
The Waterfall Villas at Cascadas Farallas is committed to environmentally friendly practices and supports sustainable tourism. This means that we take care of the plants and animals of the property and foster indigenous life. It also means that any waste is ecologically recycled or securely contained. This requires our guests to practice water management and be aware of how they dispose of waste.
The unique architecture of the Waterfall Villas is Contemporary Tropical Bali Style – modeled after a Balinese family compound and temple structures suited for Tropical Living. When the Spanish arrived in Costa Rica, a few hundred years ago they clearly did not understand a tropical environment nor green architecture design – their buildings fit the Mediterranean climate, and a tendency to close off views to the nature around them. The Waterfall Villas lets the nature in while in total comfort! .
Our water heating systems are instantaneous, a new eco-friendly technology from Europe that does not rely on water being kept at heated temperatures for long periods. These systems require for you to adjust your temperature level, and very long showers will result in cooler water. Our greenest Villa the Dragonfly Villa is the Villa for those who would like to have the least of city standard conveniences, and adopt more of a green experience.”
Furthermore, we are committed to employ and train people from the local community, and support local rainforest awareness campaigns. We are involved in the collection, growing and planting of hundreds of indigenous rare plant species every year.We invite guests to join in a Carbon Neutral experience at Cascadas Farallas and plant a rain forest tree!.
There is an enormous amount of biodiversity within Costa Rica’s microclimate regions. Over 850 species of birds, 209 mammal species, 220 species of reptiles, 163 species of amphibians, 13,000 plant species (including 1,500 trees and 1,400 orchids) and over 300,000 species of arthropods— have been identified here. That is a significant amount of life worth protecting! Costa Rica has about 5% of the earth’s biodiversity in one tiny country.Ecotourism is an important conservation tool that needs support by guests of Eco retreats to help the country realize how important its resources are to the entire planet.Both local and national governments have been quick to realize the value of preservation as more travelers that are knowledgeable visit the biological reserves and resorts that provide sustainable tourism and protect rare animal habitats. By visiting these areas and staying at resorts that do not pollute the environment, support organic farmers, and the local population, you help in creating an awareness that preserves nature, and reduces extinction of rare life forms. In this way, when you support the local economy it helps people to understand how important these resources are and they will protect them.The Waterfall Villas services include organizing for you all of the amazing tours and adventures you would like to experience in our area – the exotic South Pacific of Costa Rica. The Waterfall Villas is within 30 minutes drive to 8 different beaches/ and 5 National Parks:
- Baru Rainforest Reserve w/ zipline and bird watching – 10 minutes
- Manuel Antonio National Beach Park w/ Guided nature tours – 30 min
- Whale Marine National Park in Uvita – 15 minutes
- Cano Island Reserve 1.5 hours by boat – Day Tour
- Corcovado National Park 1 hour entrance by boat in OSA – Day Tour