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INSIDECOSTARICA.COM COSTA RICA NEWS |    Saturday 11 December 2010

Costa Rica Places 4th Of Top 10 Best Ethical Destinations

Travelers today have access to far more information than in the past and as the world becomes ever more interconnected, being an ethical traveler becomes both easier and more urgent.

Ethical Traveler, a project of the Earth Island Institute, based in San Francisco, ranks Costa Rica in the 2010/2011 ""The Developing World's 10 Best Ethical Destinations", behind Argentina, Barbados and Chile.

Rounding out the top ten list that follow Costa Rica are Dominica, Latvia, Lithuania, Palau, Poland and Urugua.

Every year Ethical Traveler conducts a study of developing nations, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, to identify the best tourism destinations among them.

They begin our research by focusing on three general categories: Environmental Protection, Social Welfare, and Human Rights.

For each of these categories, they look at information past and present so that they understand not only the current state of a country, but how it has changed over time. This helps select countries that are actively improving the state of their people, government, and environment.

While Ethical Traveler sees all travel as potentially positive, they do urge travelers to step off the beaten path whenever possible. Each year, after extensive research, the team chooses the 10 best countries to visit in the developing world. These destinations may not always be as glamorous as Paris, or as modern as Singapore. But they're rich in natural wonders, and alive with fascinating culture. They're also committed to conserving their natural treasures, while building economies that sustain and empower local communities. Their visits to these countries acknowledges these efforts, and inspires neighboring nations to embrace similar values.

Clearly, Ethical Traveler recognizes that no country in the world is perfect. All the places on thelist have both strengths and weaknesses.



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