Ecotourism in Costa Rica

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica is expanding. Here at Ylang Ylang, we have been on the forefront of this initiative for the past 30 years. We recycle, compost, use solar energy, have reusable energy system to heat hot water, and continue planting trees. These are just a few of the ways that we are an eco-friendly hotel in Costa Rica.

We also choose to donate part of our profits to a local non-profit organization called ASEPALECO. This organization purchases land and makes it protected property that cannot be developed. They protect a major part of the watershed of the Nicoya Peninsula and the wildlife that inhabits that area.

Our reusable hot water system, uses the heat that is created by our air-conditioners to heat the hot water tanks. This eliminates the need for electricity to power the air-conditioner and the hot water tank. Our solar panels contribute about 30% of our electricity for the entire hotel.

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Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma Costa Rica

A special new video made by our friend Dylan Haskin tells the history and story of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and highlights the many wonderful aspects of vacationing here in Montezuma. We hope you enjoy it!

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma Costa Rica has a special history. The story of this beautiful getaway begins in 1981, when the owners, Lenny and Patricia Iacono acquired the property. They moved to Costa Rica with the intention of living off of the land. They built their home on the property and lived a quiet life. Montezuma at the time had no electricity, water services, and only 2 other businesses. Making a living at that time was a challenge, so they began drying fruit in the sun and created a dried fruit leather called Cocozuma.

The property originally had been used for cattle grazing, so Lenny and Patricia quickly
began planting many trees and plants, which has turned into the lovely lush gardens you see here today. They slowly built winding garden pathways and bungalows.

In 2004, Lenny and Patricia transformed their home into the yoga studio and restaurant
that you see today. From their beginning, healthy and high quality food has been
incredibly important. We use fresh and organic produce as much as possible. We offer a
variety of foods including seafood, chicken, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw foods.

The Ylang Ylang Spa was added in 2009. This relaxing and healing sanctuary offers a
large number of different treatments including massages, scrubs and facials. Twice a day, we offer yoga classes in the beach front yoga studio.

What we repeatedly hear over and over again is how special our staff is. Many guests
come back year after year to visit our Ylang Ylang family and we really are a family.
Many of the people working here have been with us for a number of years. The staff
learns our guests names and treats them as friends. We are proud of our unique staff
members that love what they do and love to share this beautiful country with our guests.
Ylang Ylang continues to be a family run business. We all put a great deal of love into
what we do here everyday.

An important part of our mission, has been to support a local non-profit ecological
association called ASEPALECO. This organization manages and protects a major part of the watershed for the Nicoya Peninsula. We make many efforts to reduce our own impact including solar panels, water treatment systems, safe water filtration, planting trees and cleaning up the local beaches.

Montezuma is unique because it offers so many activities. We really think that you can
get many of the wonderful aspects of Costa Rica here in one place. Montezuma is not easy to get to, but that’s part of thecharm. It’s a hidden gem and once our guests arrive at Ylang Ylang, they say it is most definitely worth the trip.

Straw Free Restaurant in Costa Rica

eco friendly costa ricaIn an effort to continue finding ways to be more considerate of our environment, we will no longer be serving plastic straws in our restaurants. As the rainy season has approached, we see more and more plastic washing up on our beaches. This is harmful to our beautiful surroundings and the sea life and animals that endure the hazards of millions of tons of plastic being thrown into the ocean each year. Please know that if you must use a straw, we will still have them available upon request, but will not be automatically serving them with our drinks. We challenge and encourage other members of our community to be more conscious of their plastic waste! We are hoping to encourage others to be a straw free restaurant in Costa Rica.

  • Plastic constitutes 90% of floating trash
  • Each day at least 500 million straws are used in just the United States
  • Straws are one of the top 10 items picked up on beach cleanups
  • 44% of all sea birds have ingested plastic

Reference: http://www.choosetobestrawfree.com/

If you feel passionate about reducing plastic waste, take the pledge like we did!

Jungle in Costa Rica

We have a number of beautiful trees and plants on the property that represent the jungle in Costa Rica. Our guests love to walk and explore our jungle gardens. Recently, we’ve added some hand painted signs to indicate the types of trees on our property with the name in English, Spanish and their scientific name. It’s great to be able to identify the trees you see everyday and what to call them! We’re hoping to add more signs around the property, so that our guests can enjoy learning even more about the tropical jungle and gardens of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort. Over the years, Ylang Ylang has been reforested, which contributes to the ecotourism and environment of the area.

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Horseback Riding Costa Rica

Here in Montezuma there are a number of different horseback riding tours offered. One of the most enjoyable is the horseback tour to the Cocalito waterfalls. The tour guide will arrive at Ylang Ylang with your horse so that you can leave right from the front of the resort. From Ylang Ylang the tour will take you along beaches and through jungles to eventually arrive at the waterfall, Cocalito. This waterfall is one of 7 in the world that drops into the ocean. At the waterfall you will be given the opportunity to take a swim, explore, or just get your feet wet. Enjoy the ride back to Ylang Ylang and horseback riding Costa Rica! Horseback Riding in Costa Rica river rocks

Horseback Riding in Costa Rica

Horseback riding in Costa Rica is exciting adventure. The tour takes you along the beach and through the jungle and ends at the small waterfall of El Chorro. One of 7 waterfalls in the world that drops into the ocean. Explore the river, jungle and beaches on horseback. The experienced guide will take you up and down hills and beaches, until you arrive at the waterfall, where you will be given time to take a swim or explore the area. river rocks Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Horseback Riding in Costa Rica Cocalito Waterfall

Wildlife in Costa Rica

The wildlife in Costa Rica is abundant. Right here on our property at Ylang Ylang, there is so much wildlife to be seen. It’s common to see many iguanas, lizards, agoutis, birds, white faced monkeys, and howler monkeys roaming around the hotel. We try to keep Ylang Ylang as natural as possible so that the animals can continue to make it their home as well. We love having the natural wonder of animal life here at Ylang Ylang and our guests do too!

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Flora and Fauna in Costa Rica

While you can’t miss the monkeys and iguanas around Ylang Ylang, there are quite a few smaller creatures and natural beauty to find! The Ylang Ylang property has been beautifully gardened and maintained. The flora and fauna in Costa Rica in full bloom is breathtaking. During this time of year, when there has been some rain, everything seems to come to life. The trees are more green and the flowers more vibrant. Take a walk to our gardens to see what you discover! Check out more in our photo gallery and wildlife around Ylang Ylang. nature in montezuma wildlife in montezuma flor blanca costa rica flor costa rica nature in costa rica

 

Reserva Karen Mogensen

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Patricia Slump (one of the program leaders and owner of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano) planting trees with students in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

This past weekend, Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel and Restaurant sponsored two groups of local high school students to go to the Reserva Karen Mogensen for an educational program on nature conservation. The two groups of students came separately for two, one night stays at the reserve. The first group was 25 students and 3 teachers from the Colegio Cobano and Paquera. The second group was 26 students and 4 teachers from Colgeio Jicaral. Also, there were two additional volunteers, making for a total of 60 participants in the program. They planted trees on the endangered species list, listened to lectures, had discussions, and created materials to take back to their classrooms and homes.

 

The students participated in lectures about the importance of our forests and the benefits they have for us and wildlife. They also learned of the great damage that can come of us destroying our forests. They learned about the founders of the National park system in Costa Rica, Karen Mogensen, Nicolas Wessberg, Mario Boza and Alvaro Ugalde who were pioneers in conserving Costa Rica’s forests.

 

The students also spent a good deal of time working in small groups and discussing ways in which they can make a difference in their own communities. They brainstormed a number of ideas that they can implement at home and in their schools. They were each given a wildlife guide to take home with them and used them throughout the program to identify animals. Over the course of both programs, the students assisted in planting 1,000 young endangered trees in the reserve.

 

The program was fun, educational, and hard work, thanks to a number of people who helped make the program happen. Wildlife guides were donated to each student by Rainforest Publications. The bus transportation to and from the reserve was donated by Transportes Cobano. Lectures and programs were designed by Patricia Slump and Luis Mena. The owners of Ylang Ylang Beach Resort and El Sano Banano Village Hotel, Lenny Iacono and Patricia Slump generously donated their time, knowledge, and financed this program.

 

Forest conservation in incredibly important in Costa Rica and we hope that by teaching and instilling these values in Costa Rica’s young people, we can continue to preserve our beautiful country.

Pictured below are the students planting trees in the reserve and learning from their wildlife guides.

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Students looking over their wildlife guides to identify animals.

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Students working in small groups to discuss local wildlife and conservation.

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High school students at the Karen Mogensen Reserve planting trees.

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High school students planting trees in the Karen Mogensen Reserve.

Reservations and more information about the reserve:

Reserva Karen Mogensen

P.O. BOX: 25-5353, Jicaral,  Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 26-50-06-07  Fax: (506) 26-50-02-01

E-mail: asepalec@racsa.co.cr  Website: www.asepaleco.com