Room to Be Green
Dear Guest, the Sleep Inn San José Downtown invites you to participate actively with us in our culture of environmental responsibility. We have established “Good Practices Sleep Inn,” a set of programs whose main objective is to minimize the impact of our daily activities on the environment.
Recently, the Sleep Inn San José Downtown received the Costa Rican designation of Hotel CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism), and the hotel has already reached the 3rd level. We will continue our environmentally responsible practices, in order to reach a higher level of sustainability in the near future.
We are also participating in the Choice Hotels' "Room To Be Green" program, which has the same objective as our culture of environmental responsibility.
We also participate in the "PROJECT PLANET" program. This initiative is designed for our esteemed guests, encouraging them to help us more effectively achieve our purpose each day—preserving and maintaining the environment, protecting all living beings on this planet and all future generations.
The Hotel Sleep Inn San José Downtown is carrying out an important effort to protect the environment and promote the long-term sustainability of the Hotel Industry. Please help us by following the recommendations below:
LET'S SAVE ELECTRICITY
• When the air conditioning is operating, please keep all doors closed to increase efficiency.
• Turn the lights off when they are not in use.
• Use natural light when possible.
• Use the air conditioning only when necessary.
LET'S SAVE WATER
• Leave only those towels you want to be changed on the bathroom floor.
• Please turn off the faucet completely.
• Report any water leakage to the Front Desk.
• Keep the shower off while soaping yourself.
IF LEAVING THE ROOM, PLEASE
• Turn off all lights.
• Turn off the TV.
• Turn off the air conditioning or leave it at the minimum level.
• Shut the curtains to reduce the chance of letting heat enter the room.
HELP US REDUCE THE GENERATION OF SOLID WASTES AND IMPROVE THEIR MANAGEMENT
• Help us with cleanliness.
• Help us keep the city clean.
If you have any other ideas we can add to this list, please write them down and turn them in to the Front Desk.
IRAZU VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
It is located at the Cordillera Volcánica Central, 31-km northeast of the city of Cartago. It was established by means of organic law No. 1917 of the National Institute on July 30, 1955.
The National Park service runs this park since 1970. It has an extension of 2.309 hectares. This is an active volcano with a long history of eruptions and eruptive cycles. Is a very important hydrologic area, many rivers are born here that feed the Chirripó rivers, Reventazón river, Sarapiquí river and Grande de Tárcoles river.
The origin of the name is because of an Indian village that lives near the volcano called Iztarú, meaning mountain of tremor and thunder, but through the years, as a result of verbal communication it was changed to Irazú. It is one of the most visited areas by national and international tourists. This volcano is made of volcanic material layers of 3.432 Mts. of altitude, with an irregular sub conic shape, with violent eruptions and 5 different craters. The more important ones are the Principal Crater, almost circular, and with incline walls and a height of 1.050 Mts. Of diameter and 300 Mts. depth. The Diego de la Hoya Crater of Haya Crater has 600 Mts. diameter and 100 mts. depth. Other craters are Playa Hermosa, La Laguna and Piroclastico.
The flora on the highest part is very humid, characteristic of 3.300 Mts. to 4.000 Mts. Over sea level heights. Is the only place in the Cordillera Volcánica Central that present this type of life zone, with species like "Arrayan" and "Arracachillo". Oak trees and primary flora areas can be found at the river margins, northeast from the Principal crater.
Also many species of birds can be seen, and some mammals like wild rabbits, coyotes, armadillos, etc.
POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK
Located at the Cordillera Volcánica Central, 37 km north from Alajuela province. It was created by means of the law No 4717. Its extension is of 5.600 hectares. It is one of the most visited places by national and international tourism.
This is one of the most spectacular volcanoes of the country and of extraordinary scenic beauty. It has many types of habitats like very long forests with short trees, areas with very little flora and some with little smelly plants and also the cloudy forest. In this last type of forest is very common to find plants that grow attached to the trees, like orchids, ferns etc.
There is a long history of eruptions but one that is very remembered is the one in 1910, consisting in a huge ash cloud that reaches 8.000 Mts. Poás Volcano is made of volcanic rocks and reaches 2.708 Mts. of height. Since 1989 gas emissions have increase causing acid rains that damage the flora in some areas and near by plantations.
On the top you can find two craters. The Principal: with a diameter of 1.5 km and a depth of 300 Mts., a circular hot lagoon of 350 Mts. and a cone shape structure with active smoke spots. The second crater is the base of the Botos lagoon, of cold water and pluvial origin that runs all the way to the Caribbean through the Angel River, afluent of the Sarapiquí River. On the present days this volcano emits a lot of gases and water vapor from the different fumaroles located in the interior cone of the crater.
In the cloudy forest, that is very humid and dense, most of the trees reach heights of 20 Mts. In the Caribbean sector forests are higher, more humid, rich in palms, and with plants growing attached to the trees. In other areas of the park, where gas emissions and old eruptions finish with all primary floras, grow species that adapted to this kind of soil.
There are 79 species of birds. Mammals are not very common in the high land but you can see some coyotes, rabbits, skunks and some felines.
HOW TO BEHAVE IN THE NATIONAL PARKS OR PROTECTED AREAS
1. Enter only by the Park's main entrance
2. Pay the appropriate fees for entrance, taking photographs, and parking when needed
3. Use only the marked paths
4. Obey the plates, signs, and boards
5. Obey any orders given by the Par Rangers
6. Deposit the garbage in the garbage bins
7. The travel agents, tour guides and other operators must pick up all the garbage produced and deposit it outside
IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO:
1. Smoke inside the Park
2. Transit outside of the marked paths
3. Carry radios, stereos, or any sound equipment or instrument, except for personal ones
4. Bring pets, domestic or any type of animal
5. Bring or consume alcoholic beverage and/or any type of non- authorized drugs
6. Cause any damage to the infrastructure, flora and fauna of the Park
7. Make noise or morally disrespectful acts
8. Park the car on the side of the main road
9. Keep the car engine on inside the Park
10. Enter the paths without paying the entrance fee or being permitted
11. Take out wood or make fire
12. Extract plants, animals or rocks, except previously authorized for scientific purposes
13. Carry firearms, fishing equipment, knifes, or any other type of weapon
14. Hunt, harass or feed any wild animals
15. Post signs or any type of advertisement inside the Park
16. Have any commercial activity o service inside the Park
17. Visit the Park outside of visiting hours
18. Use bicycles motorcycles, ATVs or any other type of transportation
IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL DATES
World Wetlands Day: February 2
International Earth Day: April 22
World Environment Day: June 5
Tree Day: June 15
Wildlife Day: 4th. Monday of July
National Parks Day: August 24
Day of the Ozone Layer: September 18