Sumak Sustainable Travel

Sumak Travel is a Costa Rican based sustainable tour operator that specializes in connecting travelers to Costa Rica's nature and cultures. Their goal is to create authentic experiences for travelers that contribute to sustainable growth for local communities.

Sumak Kawsay means “good living” in Quechua: for us, it embodies the idea of caring for people, cultures and nature – principles that are key to true, sustainable development. Therefore Sumak Travel embodies ‘good sustainable travel’.

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Style

Active Adventure, Comfortable Stay, Connect with Nature, Family Friendly and Historical Sites

Price

Mid-range

Location

Beach, Mountains and Rainforest

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Local/Foreign Owned Social Enterprise
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Speaks: English, Spanish, French and Italian

Why Lokal Recommends Sumak Sustainable Travel

Background

Social Enterprise started in 2012| Local/Foreign Owned with 75% local staff

A Unique Story

Between 2012 and 2017, Sumak Travel was a tourism company selling and operating tours to Latin America under a social enterprise model. Now Sumak is a DMC and sustainable tour operator focused only on Costa Rica.

Sumak is a social enterprise that puts people and the environment at the centre of its model. Their mission is to contribute to the empowerment of local communities in Latin America by running an ethical business that provides rewarding and authentic experiences for discerning travelers.

Their focus has always been on delivering a high quality, exceptional travel experience, and belong to Tourism Concern’s Ethical Tour Operators Group (ETOG) and are active members of the International Ecotourism Society, Social Enterprise UK, MuchBetter Adventures and the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance. They are also official supporters of WTM World Responsible Tourism Day. Much of their profits are reinvested to increase the number of communities and destinations they work with.

Community Connection

Sumak uses CBT (Community Based Tourism) as a tool for local development, environmental preservation and community empowerment. They prioritize community run initiatives, small and family run hotels, and projects that support the local economy.

Environmental Engagement

Sumak works with ecolodges, empowered local communities, and avoids mass tourism destinations and hotel chains.

Culture

Sumak uses CBT as a way of preserving local, traditional and ancestral culture. It also boosts self esteem for local community and gives more value to local customs.

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