- The Encanto Project is a conversation around sustainability in Costa Rica. It is a film, a series of exhibits within a global forum, internet and interactive experiences, a youth program and a land trust. Our vision is to capture interest, educate and inspire action to make change.
Encanto means enchantment and our focus is to create educational media and experiences that support and inspire onsite conservation work, youth programs, and sustainable practices in remote rainforest regions of Costa Rica, as well as awareness internationally of the successes and needs of these practices. The Encanto Project serves numerous organizations and individuals whose efforts preserve rainforest, effect change by creating sustainable practices in adjacent communities, educate, reach mass audiences through promotion, and develop economy through preservation of these rainforest areas rather than devastating alternatives such as ranching.
This is done in conjunction with community stewardship of these areas through renewable resource development, guides, educators, project managers and leaders, as well as sustainable ecotourism. Our goal is to advocate for groups who engage in local preservation and restoration projects whose long lasting effects on the local community not only support the community but also empower them to educate others.
Our youth program involves bringing inner city youth from the U.S. to Costa Rica for cultural exchange with the remote communities our partners work with. Their experience would include outdoor education and leadership skills training in conjunction with partner programs. Incredible Places™ will provide media mentoring and documentation as part of the Encanto Project, including documentation of scientists preserving the Tapir and Jaguar, two important endangered species.