A catalyst for conservation and rural entrepreneurship – help build a trail to bring rural villages clients and provide them with tools to serve their clients.
Asociación Mar a Mar is a non-profit association dedicated to the development of rural enterprises along "El Camino de Costa Rica". We channel our efforts in two ways. Our projects are aimed:
1) Toward helping communities improve their infrastructure and access to potable water, recycling, & other basic infrastructure as needed; and
2) Improving their services to hikers---such as lodging, cultural heritage, or tours that would interest them.
We do this by:
1) Channeling funds as well as serving as a catalyst for others to bring funds to local development associations;
2) Bringing volunteers to do small infrastructure projects; and
3) Promoting "El Camino de Costa Rica" and thus bringing clients to the rural entrepreneurs.
This effort provides the communities a source of jobs and economic opportunities to develop their businesses.
El Camino de Costa Rica itself has become a reality for hikers in Costa Rica and soon internationally. The work of the Association must now focus on improving the conditions in some of the poorer rural communities through which El Camino de Costa Rica passes and overall in all locations improving the cultural offerings in the villages. By bringing this carbon neutral, sustainable tourism, we hope to promote conservation as well as improve the economic development of many rural families.
Cartago Province: Pacayita
Limon Province: Barra de Pacuare, Cimarrones, Rio Hondo, Las Brisas de Pacuarito, Tsini Kicha, Valle Escondido and Tsiobata, Nairi Awari Indigenous People Territory
San Jose Province: Nopoles de Tarrazu, Naranjillo
Puntarenas Province: Quepos, Esquipulas