Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Rosbach, Derren

Center

Costa Rica

Abstract

In recent years, Costa Rican farmers have been shifting from conventional to sustainable methods of farming. However, conversion comes with high startup costs, low initial return on investment, and lack of consumer attention. We worked with the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock to develop an agro-ecotourism route in Copey de Dota. The goal of this route is to raise awareness of sustainable farm practices and increase revenue for farmers. We toured farms and interviewed farmers to determine characteristics of an appealing visitor farm. We interviewed tourist agencies and assessed community offerings to determine potential tourist interest. By identifying ideal tourist amenities, and assessing farms, we offered recommendations for route development and community promotion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

Project Center

Costa Rica

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