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Cabecar family partnership – Rios Tropicales

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Rios Tropicales is Certified Sustainable by Royal Caribbean Cruises

Costa Rica Eco-Adventure Company Rios Tropicales Offers Sustainable Shore ExcursionsBy Shannon FarleySustainability runs deep at Rios Tropicales. From the eco-adventure company’s start 32 years ago, they have passionately protected the environment in Costa Rica and promoted sustainability and conservation while taking visitors from all over the world on outdoor adventures.Now the award-winning adventure company and geotourism leader has been awarded certification as an environmentally, socially and culturally sustainable tour operator by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.As part of its global environmental commitment, Royal Caribbean set a goal to have 1,000 of its destination tours come from sustainably certified operators by the...

Rios Tropicales helps ensure the survival of threatened Bobo fish in Pacuare River

By Shannon FarleyThe Pacuare River in Costa Rica is visited by thousands of people each year who enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rivers and rainforests. Rios Tropicales Adventure Experts has been bringing people on rafting and adventure trips to this amazing place on Earth for more than 30 years. In the process, the ecotourism company actively protects the flora and fauna of this wondrous ecosystem for future generations.Rios Tropicales spearheaded the inclusion of the Pacuare River into Costa Rica’s Ecological Blue Flag Program for River Watersheds, for which the Pacuare River holds the highest ecological rating. Additionally, the Rios...

6 Best Things to Do in Costa Rica

By Rohit Agarwal6 Best Things to Do in Costa RicaCosta Rica is located in Central America and a beautiful location where you can find nature in its full bloom. It is one place where the lush greens, wildlife, rivers, mountains, springs and coasts have learnt to co-exist with humans. A visit to Costa Rica is not just a holiday experience but it will lend you sensory reminiscences to cherish for a long time. Here are six of the best things to do at Costa Rica where you can indulge in some fun, get some knowledge and return rejuvenated and relaxed. Whitewater...

White Water Rafting The Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica: An Epic Two-Day Adventure, by Casey Siemasko | Oct 11, 2016 | Costa Rica

It was 5:00 am on a Friday morning, and I was terrified. I was on my way to the Rios Tropicales operation center to begin a two-day white water rafting adventure down the Pacuare River—considered by National Geographic to be one of the best destinations for rafting in the world.Last time we went white water rafting, while I admittedly had a blast, there was also a bit of a scare. Basically, rocks shifted in the river, our raft unexpectedly flipped and everyone got catapulted from their seats. I somehow ended up underneath the raft, in the water, pinned near a rock....

River engagement-love story

River engagement, Pacuare, Rios Tropicales!In the excitement of whitewater rafting and love, while enjoying an adventure in the rapids of the Pacuare River with Rios Tropicales on Dec. 11, Alonso Arguedas Muriel and Yerlinne Herrera Nuñez, both from Costa Rica, promised to begin the adventure of their lives together as husband and wife.The couple got engaged in Dos Montañas Canyon, one of the most jaw-dropping, gorgeous, scenic spots on the Pacuare River … in what was a complete surprise to Yerlinne, and a logistical “mission impossible” of epic proportions for Alonso.After his first plan for proposing was rained out by...

Protecting the Rainforest on Costa Rica’s Most Famous River

Rios Tropicales Grows Largest Private Rainforest Reserve on the Pacuare!By Shannon FarleyThe Rios Tropicales Private Rainforest Reserve is growing, and is now the largest private rainforest reserve along the renowned Pacuare River in Costa Rica.In recent months, the rainforest reserve expanded a little over 432 acres (175 hectares) to now protect a total of 2,409 acres (975 hectares) of primary rainforest, and pastureland being converted back to rainforest. At the end of August 2016, 136 acres (55 hectares) of land were purchased by Rafael Gallo, co-founder and president of Rios Tropicales adventure company, in partnership with his sister, Claudia. Neighbors...

White Water Rafting The Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica: An Epic Two-Day Adventure.

It was 5:00 am on a Friday morning, and I was terrified. I was on my way to the Rios Tropicales operation center to begin a two-day white water rafting adventure down the Pacuare River—considered by National Geographic to be one of the best destinations for rafting in the world.    While normally this kind of travel experience would be right up my alley, this time around I had some hesitations… Last time we went white water rafting, while I admittedly had a blast, there was also a bit of a scare. Basically, rocks shifted in the river, our raft unexpectedly flipped and everyone...

Record-breaking Costa Rica tree planting generates historic carbon neutral Adventure Travel World Summit 2016 in Anchorage, Alaska

 Rios Tropicales and the Costa Rican Network of Private Nature Reserves partner with Visit Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Adventure Travel Trade Association to make world adventure travel conference carbon neutral.  EARTH University Carbon Neutral Unit verifies the event.(San José, Costa Rica, 22 August, 2016): In a bold move to show the world the importance of global climate change, Costa Rica partnered with the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau in Alaska and the Adventure Travel Trade Association to plant 5,000 trees to make the upcoming Adventure Travel World Summit 2016 completely carbon neutral.In one of the country’s...

Packing for Costa Rica

Packing for Costa Rica? our country is undoubtedly one of the most amazing to explore for a variety of reasons. First off, it's incredibly beautiful with active volcanoes, stunning rain forests, gorgeous beaches and a huge array of wildlife. Secondly, it's extremely tourist-friendly so if you want to explore a foreign country with relative ease, Costa Rica is hard to beat. Thirdly, Costa Rica offers literally something for everyone--river rafting, jungle kayaking, surfing, rainforest hikes, bird watching, mountain biking, hiking volcanoes, hanging out, etc. So once you've decided on Costa Rica, the question becomes "What do you pack?" Will you be rafting the...