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Nicuesa, Tiburon Project and Sustainability!

Posted by: Georgia Atkins
12 Aug
Nicuesa, Tiburon Project and Sustainability!

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is one of the best eco-lodges in Costa Rica according to the experts and countless guests who marvel at not only it´s beauty and quality service, but also because Nicuesa's is sustainability at its best.  With a profound love and respect for the environment, the local community, the rainforest in which it sits and the Golfo Dulce that it looks out onto, Nicuesa is fully committed to sustainability in all its key aspects. One of the many initiatives that Nicuesa is part of is called the Mision Tiburon or Shark Mission.

When you stay at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you ultimately become part of the sustainability movement as many of the unique and wonderful aspects of the eco-lodge are thanks to the sustainability processes in place.  Nicuesa believes that you can experience nature and adventure while remaining mindful of the pristine land that surrounds the property.  As is stated "We strive to offer luxury service in an authentic, sustainable and pristine location."


Nicuesa and Sustainability

Nicuesa has many sustainable activities going on that you will appreciate during your stay at this remote, yet stunning lodge in the rainforest. The list is long yet meaningful. Here are some of them:

  • Environmentally friendly design features: design of the cabins and lodge is unique and in context with the natural environment and, the orientation of the cabins and lodge maximizes natural ventilation of air from the mountains and the beach through the structures
  • Use of recycled construction materials such as: roof tiles on the lodge and cabins are made of recycled plastics including banana bags
  • Wood used throughout Playa Nicuesa is either naturally fallen and permitted by the government to be pulled out of the forest by oxen or farmed
  • Electricity throughout Nicuesa is provided by a hydroelectric turbine and solar panels. Back-up generator runs of recycled vegetable oil
  • Passive solar drying room used to dry all of the wash
  • Use of organic-biodegradable cleaning products as well as organic-biodegradable shampoos and soaps in guest rooms and for employees
  • Energy efficient light bulbs, refrigerators, and freezers
  • Lodge meals focused on national and regional cuisine, utilizing food from the property or grown as locally as possible
  • Employ local/Costa Rican staff (98% of employees); primarily from the immediate coastline and two area villages
  • Support local economy by purchasing food, hardware, and other supplies from nearby towns


Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge also supports national and international organizations and NGO´s like Misión Tiburon including hosting one of its educational initiatives called the Citizen Science Program. During this nature immersion trip, families participate in citizen science to tag baby hammerhead sharks (fishing), assist with coral restoration work (snorkeling), and rainforest restoration.

Just recently, Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge was where a group from Families in Nature, an organization that looks to connect children with their families to nature while spending time learning, playing, and volunteering in nature and outdoors! They were part of Mision Tiburons Citizen Science Program, and they chose to stay at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge as part of their time in nature and volunteering.  And Nicuesa loves being part of this project and the creation of future conservationists!


The Golfo Dulce. Nicuesa´s front garden and where Mision Tiburon does much of their work


What is Mision Tiburon?

Mision Tiburon is all about the protection and conservation of the oceans, sharks, and marine life in general.  This worthy cause believes that oceans are healthy when they have sharks! This is a recognition of the extremely important role sharks play in the oceans and that they are key in creating healthy oceans.

It was co-founded by Andrés López and Ilena Zanella and part of a group of scientists, divers, photographers, and ocean lovers with the same goal in common; protect the ocean and the planet. We could say that sharks are both Andres and Ilena´s favorite animal and they decided to dedicate their lives and efforts to their preservation and protection.

Citizen Science in Action.


Why is Golfo Dulce so important?

The Golfo Dulce is actually just 1 of the 4 tropical fiords in the world and it is Nicuesa´s front garden. It is home to many ecosystems, wildlife and marine life including the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark.  They are non-aggressive, and the nursery grounds of this species is repeated over the years where their litters are numerous. The

Golfo Dulce was declared a "Hope Spot" by Mission Blue due to its importance as a nursery area both at a national and international level.

The scalloped hammerhead shark use the mangrove forests and wetlands as their nursery and in 2018, the Costa Rica government declared the wetlands of the Golfo Dulce as a protected Scalloped Hammerhead Shark Sanctuary.

This creates new opportunities to work with the coastal communities to educate new generations, create volunteering programs, promote a blue economy, further research and study of the sharks and other marine species and work with community and government institutions in creating awareness.

Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is committed to supporting these initiatives in the Golfo Dulce providing the ideal conditions for families, scientists, and nature lovers to enjoy the very best of this incredible corner of the world.  The Golfo Dulce is a nursery for many marine species including the Humpback Whales that come every year to its safe, calm waters. So, whether you are exploring the rainforest or the Golfo Dulce, nature is your wonderful companion and at every turn.

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