Cuba & Costa Rica Blog
About this blog
Written by Cuba and Costa Rica expert Christopher P. Baker, this blog will update readers on life in these two diverse and exciting countries.
- Last blog post on Costa Rica and Cuba
- First-ever group motorcycle tours of Cuba successful
- Cuba’s Mariel port readying for Panama Canal expansion
- Musings on wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
- Cuba’s Steam Trains puffing their last gasp
- My top five thrilling activities in Costa Rica
- Cuba’s fun February festivals include Harleys, Books, Cigars
- Five top volcano viewing experiences in Costa Rica
- New road along Costa Rica / Nicaraguan border mired
- Cuba’s Hotel Campoamor at Cojímar to be restored?
- Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez honored in new book
- Christmas challenge for Costa Rica’s sexually abused girls
- Costa Rica opens Chinatown in downtown San José
- David Soul films Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba
- National Geographic Expeditions receives license for Cuba tours
Ten Pointers for Ethical Tourism in Costa Rica
1. Travel with a spirit of humility and a genuine desire to meet and talk with local people.
2. Be aware of the feelings of others. Act respectfully and avoid offensive behavior.
3. Cultivate the habit of actively listening and observing rather than merely hearing and seeing. Avoid the temptation to know all the answers.
4. Realize that others may have concepts of time, and attitudes that are different–not inferior–to those you inherited from your own culture.
5. Instead of looking only for the exotic, discover the richness of another culture and way of life. Learn local customs and respect them.
6. Remember that you are only one of many visitors. Do not expect special privileges.
7. When bargaining with merchants don't take advantage of the poor. Pay a fair price.
8. Keep your promises to people you meet. If you cannot, do not make the promise.
9. Spend time each day reflecting on your experiences in order to deepen your understanding. Is your enrichment beneficial for all involved?
10. Be aware of why you are traveling in the first place. If you truly want a home away from home, why travel?