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The word ecotourism has not been around for that many years However it is a word that has briskly become suitable for hotels and tourist attractions alike This statement can not be more proper to say pertaining to Latin American countries primarily Costa Rica which has a high rate of international tourism Ecotourism is not a word that everyone understands It is a term that could have multiple meanings When it comes down to it though there are two things an ecotourism project must include Tourism can be considered ecotourism when it includes community participation support conservation efforts and is profitable and able to sustain itself The lack of the common definition of ecotourism results in multiple interpretations Even if everyone concurs on the immense plan conservation groups and tour agencies will still have different interpretations of what represents ecotourism In Costa Rica and pretty much everywhere in Latin America anything that used the word eco thrived One example that is most doubted was the development of the Eco-Rent a Car It seemed that any establishment that used the word Eco would be affluent because people were concerned about the environment Costa Rica is situated on the Central American Isthmus and is bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South Its area totals 51000 square miles of which only 440 are water due to the extensive mountains dominating the majority of the countrys area Costa Rica is in the thick of a dramatic progression from a small Central American country known for bananas and coffee into a gateway for international commerce between Latin America and the rest of the world Costa Rica is a highly attractive country filled with beautiful mountain ranges unruffled beaches and friendly natives It also offers a stable economic and political environment and first class communication and transportation networks All of these characteristics among others have been fueling a movement of multi-national
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