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20 Oct

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...

30 Aug

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...

04 Feb

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...

28 Jan

Why Costa Rica is the best vacation destination

Exotic and Tourist-Friendly If you want to experience a gorgeous foreign country and be welcomed with open arms, Costa Rica should be on the top of your list. Costa Rica is a peaceful, democratic country with a friendly, warm culture that invites foreigners to explore our small Central American country. You’ll have no trouble finding English-speaking tour guides and companies waiting to assist you. In fact, tourism comprises a significant portion of our country’s GDP and continues to grow every year. Want more reasons? Keep reading.El Tigre School children enjoying a Costa Rican recess. Sustainably Yours Costa Ricans have long emphasized environmental...

21 Jan

Walking the Ecotourism Talk–A Conversation with EcoTourLinQ

The Growing Interest in Ecotourism Even after being in the ecotourism business for 30 years in Costa Rica, we're still just as passionate as when we  founded Rios Tropicales in 1985. Our love of this beautiful country runs deep and every aspect of our adventure company reflects our dedication to sustainability. We also remain passionate about sharing our experience in sustainability and eco-conscious travel with other organizations, especially ones that help travelers understand ecotourism, its benefits and how to find companies that support sustainable travel.Sharing Our Story with an Ecotourism Community That's why we were delighted to speak with EcoTourLinQ recently. EcoTourLinQ is an online community...

07 Sep

Family-friendly adventure in Costa Rica

Authentic Adventures for Explorers of All AgesWhat kid wouldn't love to walk through a rainforest filled with bugs of all sorts? Or paddle on a jungle canal with turtles and basilisks watching from rocks and monkeys swinging overhead? And what parent doesn't want to share the joys of adventure with their kids? In Costa Rica, authentic adventures are close at hand and many are perfectly suitable for families with young explorers. A recent trip to Costa Rica and Rios Tropicales Pacuare Ecolodge let savvy family traveler Sarah Fazendin and her young family experience the wonders of Costa Rica up close and personal.[caption...

17 Aug

The History of Rios’ Rainforest Restoration Program

From Adventure Tourism to Rainforest RestorationIt was only about six years after founding our adventure tourism company in 1985 that we began our reforestation program. Rios Tropicales started out in 1989 with the practical decision to buy some property for our overnight trips. We had been camping on Anibal Obando's property for about three years. His self-sufficient farm included sugar cane, pineapples, cattle, corn, rice and several other products. Every day, Anibal, Doña Dina and their 15 kids would hike up from their home in El Tigre to harvest and care for this property. While their property was (and is!) spectacularly beautiful, it's...

10 Jun

What Is Greenwashing?

The Reality of GreenwashingSeems like everyone and everything is being touted as “green” these days. From personal care products to food items, the promises and claims are all about being eco-friendly and sustainable. It was inevitable that the green-labeling spree would hit the travel industry, including hotels and resorts. But how do you tell what’s what? Is simply recycling and offering to reuse towels and linens enough to warrant a green label? While those steps are very important and do save resources, there are other criteria to consider.Seeing the Green for the EnvironmentIf you’re planning your vacation and investigating your...