No. 22  May 2015

Biological diversity or biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. It includes the genetic variety of species and ecosystems in which they interact.

The biodiversity we see today is the result of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and increasingly, by the influence of humans. It forms the web of life of which we are an integral part and upon which we so fully depend on.

The biodiversity crisis is largely the result of human activity and it represents a serious threat to human development. The loss of biodiversity as a result of the destruction of natural habitats, intensive farming or pollution, has continued its inexorable course.

We invite you to be part of efforts to preserve and protect our biodiversity and to use its components in a sustainable way. We urge you to report any acts of destruction or contamination that threatens the biological richness in our country.

Santa Elena Reserve Tour
If you are looking to experience Monteverde to its fullest, our answer is very simple: Santa Elena Reserve.
Canopy Tour
How about an adventure this month? WE invite you to a tour filled with action and adrenaline through the majestic Cloud Forest in Monteverde.
Farmer's Market Tour

Let's celebrate Farmer's Day in Costa Rica this May the culture 15th enjoying this cultural tour where you can also buy some of the freshest and high quality products in the area.
On April 22nd, 2015 the Monteverde Summit took place, which is the first available space for various local initiatives and individuals to present their progress on projects related to environmental conservation, protection of springs , tourism, education , pet protection, communal communication, among others .

The event also
had the participation of representatives of government agencies, FONAFIFO, FUNDECOOPERACION, El Programa País para la Carbono Neutralidad y el Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones of PNUD.

Ocotea Tours & Transfers joined this important activity, and considered as one of the main achievements, to have an organized community so concerned about conservation and ready to work together to take action against climate change
Labor Day - May 1st


"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."


-Martin Luther King


We recognize and congratulate those who day by day do their best for the community. Special thanks to all our collaborators for their effort, responsibility and excellence with which they perform their work.    


Happy Labor Day to all! 


Tourism is undoubtedly one of the major contributors to the generation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and it is directly affected by the consequences of climate change.

Because CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reach extremely high levels, we are aware of the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. For this reason representatives of Ocotea Tours & Transfers participated in an intensive training on carbon neutrality, given by Dr. Edmundo Castro, Director of the Carbon Neutral Unit at EARTH University.

During this activity we learned about the bases for making greenhouse gases inventories, recording all actions taken for the reduction and removal of carbon from the atmosphere, as well as the key elements to develop internal and external audits, all companies must comply.

Ocotea Tours & Transfers is part of the initiatives in Monteverde that are eager to promote actions for the removal of emissions of gases that cause the greenhouse effect, for the welfare of present and future generations


World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) - 9-10 May  

This year we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with it theme "Energy - make it bird-friendly!" The 2015 theme aims to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that
prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats.
Every year, millions of migratory birds struggle with the massive expansion of various means of generating and distributing energy: collisions and electrocution due to power lines as well as barrier effects from energy infrastructure are causing mortality and displacement. In addition, the birds suffer effects from habitat loss and degradation and other disturbances from the deployment of hydropower, bio-energy, ocean, solar, wind and geothermal energy technologies.  
It is expected to have positive effects on migratory birds by mitigating climate change and its impacts. However, if certain energy technologies are deployed without proper planning, design and risk assessment, they can pose a grave threat to migratory bird species
Farmer's Day - May 15th


On this Farmer's Day we congratulate and recognize the valuable work of all farmers, who make an important contribution to the Costa Rican economy and livelihood.

Ocotea Tours & Transfers invites you to celebrate this day by doing homage to the farmers and valuing their work by buying their products and supporting initiatives that protect this work and those who do it.
World Recycling Day - May 17th

Monteverde is one of the tourist destinations that has worked hard into properly manage the solid waste it produces. It was the first district of the province of Puntarenas in approving its Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, and has a district Solid Waste Management Plan, as well as its respective action plans; and it has a feasibility study and a solid waste production baseline.

In addition, the Environmental Education Program was consolidated in many schools during 2013 and 2014 and in 20 companies of various kinds that were technically assisted and supported by UNED into creating their plans for an integrated solid waste management. 

However, despite all these actions, Monteverde continues to produce 665 tons of waste each year, 45% of which are recyclable. 

Ocotea Tours & Transfers joins the Recycling Day celebrations, and urges all companies in Monteverde to do a proper waste separation and to promote their correct treatment in order to reduce the sources of pollution that could jeopardize the
health of its inhabitants and ecosystems.
International Day for Biological Diversity - May 22nd

We celebrate 'International Day for Biological Diversity' with its 2015 theme: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. Ocotea Tours & Transfers is aware that the variety of life on Earth is essential for the welfare of current and future generation.  


Ocotea Tours & Transfers joins its efforts by undertaking sustainable actions in their daily activities, and encouraging the importance of having strategies for the protection of biodiversity and promotion of a sustainable development.


Learn about the global efforts and the Sustainable Development Goals

Environmental legislation related to tourism

Monteverde is famous around the world for its conservation efforts on significant areas of the cloud forest, which is why many people annually visit this area from various parts of the world.


Ocotea Tours & Transfers urges its tourist guides and clients in general to learn about the Costa Rican environmental legislation that protects species extraction and illegal captivity and trade.


Article 18 of the Law of Conservation of Wildlife

It is prohibited in the entire national territory the trading or smuggling of flora and fauna, of continental and island wildlife, their products and by-products, except for what is technically disposed by the Directorate General of Wildlife of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines, based on previous scientific studies, as provided in the regulations of this Law.


In all cases, importation and exportation of any wildlife species declared endangered is prohibited by the Executive Power.


In addition, according to the Law of Conservation of Wildlife extraction and possession of wild species in captivity it is prohibited.


"The IUCN Red List estimated that by 2008 there were less than 50,000 scarlet macaws (Ara macao) in the world; this number continues to decline due to human practices such as extraction and captivity of wild species".


Ocotea Tours & Transfers encourage you to denounce any activities related to illegal possession of wildlife.
Induction for Tourist Guides and Drivers:
Celebration of the 7° anniversary
As an appreciation to the commitment and dedication of its employees, Ocotea Tours & Transfers is pleased to invite its staff to an induction addressed to tourist guides and drivers on May 28th, 2015. The reason is to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the company and to discuss important issues related to service quality and sustainability.

We will begin with a delicious lunch, so please stop by the office and confirmed your assistance

Schedule for Route  606 Guacimal - Santa Elena
The MONTEVERDE ROAD COMMISSION announced that due to the type of work being done in the Guacimal-Santa Elena Road, total closures are not required, so the closures schedule program is suspended until further notice.

There will be a regulated pass all day, as required for the machinery. Take advantage of this good news and come visit Monteverde!!!
Grand Cloud Forest Race - VII Edition - May 17th
As a sponsor, Ocotea Tours & Transfers is pleased to invite you to a new edition of the Grand Cloud Forest Race this Sunday May 17th For more information visit   Asociación Carrera Bosque Nuboso.
XI Latin American Congress of Private Reserves
November 8-14 

The Costa Rican Network of Natural Reserves (Red Costarricense de Reservas Naturales), invites you to participate in the XI Latin American Congress of Private Reserves, which will be held from November 8th to November 14th.

This itinerant Congress will visit San Jose (the capital of Costa Rica), Sarapiqui (northern plains, tropical rainforest), will pass through La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano), Monteverde (cloud forest and continental divide) and Punta Leona (Central Pacific Forest transition between tropical dry forests of northwestern and southern rainforests, and white sand beaches with waters ranging between 26°C and 28°C).