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07 Jan

Hundreds of Raft Guides and Kayakers Certified in Costa Rica in an initiative to promote tourism safety

By Shannon Farley.The Costa Rica Sports Association for Adventure and Paddling, which represents the International Rafting Federation (IRF) in Costa Rica, has conducted a massive certification mission in the country to certify 178 raft guides and safety kayakers with the goal of improving safety in adventure tourism.The initiative, which has the support of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and the Costa Rican National Training Institute (INA), is the largest effort at one time in the world to certify guides in the rafting industry in guiding and safety skills.Between Nov. 27 and Dec. 14, 151 raft guides and 27 safety kayakers from all over Costa Rica were certified to IRF standards...

04 Jan

Costa Rica National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds names new environmental award after conservationist Rafael Gallo

By Shannon FarleySan José, Costa Rica (Dec. 26, 2018) – The National Alliance of Rivers and Watersheds of Costa Rica has announced that its new environmental award will be named the “Rafael Gallo Palomo Award, Safeguarding the Future,” in honor of conservationist Rafael Gallo Palomo.Rafael Gallo is president of Rios Tropicales rafting and adventure company in Costa Rica, founder of the Rios Tropicales Rainforest Reserve, the co-founder and current honorary president of the International Rafting Federation, and author of the book “The Rivers of Costa Rica” (1988). Mr. Gallo serves on several boards of nonprofit and government organizations where he advocates for the protection of forests,...

06 Nov

Exguerrilleros de las FARC en Colombia se convierten en guías de rafting

El 9 de noviembre, un nuevo emprendimiento turístico colombiano tendrá nueve nuevos guías de rafting, gracias a la capacitación proporcionada por la Federación Internacional de Rafting (IRF) y la empresa de turismo de aventura Ríos Tropicales en Costa Rica.Es un logro extraordinario porque los nuevos guías de rafting son excombatientes de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Además, el río Pato, el lugar en el cual los guías se han capacitado y donde se operarán viajes comerciales de rafting, es una antigua “zona roja prohibida” controlada por las FARC.El incipiente emprendimiento turístico es producto de una misión apoyada por...

06 Nov

Ex-Guerrillas in Colombia Become Rafting Guides

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]by Shannon Farley Nine ex-guerrillas in Colombia have a new future ahead of them in adventure tourism, thanks to river rafting guide training provided by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and Rios Tropicales adventure company in Costa Rica.The new rafting guides, who are former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym of FARC), will complete their training on Nov. 9 with a graduation ceremony. The accomplishment is even more extraordinary because the Pato River where they have trained and will operate commercial rafting trips is a former FARC...

05 Sep

Rios Tropicales Lodge Wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

By Shannon FarleyThe Rios Tropicales Lodge has been awarded the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, for yet another consecutive year.The multiple award-winning Costa Rica ecolodge on the Pacuare River is also a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, reserved for businesses that have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence for at least five years in a row.“We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award from TripAdvisor based on our guests’ reviews,” said Rafael Gallo, CEO of Rios Tropicales. “On behalf of all of our personnel, we’d like to thank all of our guests who took the time to share...

27 Jul

Michael Kaye Changed My Life and the Path of Tourism in Costa Rica Forever

Michael Kaye, founder of Costa Rica Expeditions and a giant figure in travel and tourism in Costa Rica, passed away on July 12, 2018, at the age of 76. Tributes, remembrances and messages have since poured in from around the world on social media, blogs and news feeds.Michael has been called a pioneer in adventure travel, a titan of the Costa Rican tourism industry, and the godfather of ecotourism. To Rafael Gallo, president and co-founder of Rios Tropicales adventure company in Costa Rica, Michael was not only a mentor, he was the catalyst that forever changed his life.We share with...

24 Jul

La Federación Internacional de Rafting nombra a Rafael Gallo como su primer presidente honorario

by Shannon Farley Con el fin de elogiar sus décadas de participación, logros y función integral en la formación y el desarrollo de la Federación Internacional de Rafting (IRF), Rafael Gallo ha sido nominado como el primer presidente honorario de la IRF.[caption id="attachment_3430" align="alignright" width="297"] Rafael Gallo[/caption]El nuevo cargo fue propuesto por el actual presidente de la IRF, Joe Willis Jones, y aprobado por la Junta Directiva de la IRF como anexo a sus estatutos. El anexo declara que “el Congreso (IRF) puede otorgar el título de 'presidente honorario' o 'miembro honorario' a cualquier expresidente o exmiembro del Comité Ejecutivo por...

24 Jul

The International Rafting Federation Names Rafael Gallo its First Honorary President

By Shannon Farley Commending his decades of involvement, achievements, and integral role in the formation and development of the International Rafting Federation (IRF), Rafael Gallo has been nominated as the first Honorary President of the IRF[caption id="attachment_3430" align="alignright" width="297"] Rafael Gallo[/caption]The new position was proposed by the current IRF President Joe Willis Jones, and was approved by the IRF Board of Directors as an annex to the IRF Bylaws. The annex states that “The (IRF) Congress may bestow the title of ‘Honorary President’, or ‘Honorary Member’, respectively, upon any former president or member of the Executive Committee for meritorious service to rafting...

05 Jul

Finding True North: Rios Tropicales Sets a Compass for the Future

By Shannon Farley As a company, finding your True North is not easy. Uncovering the compass to guide your entire team through the good times and the bad, and to give reason for your existence, is a challenge … and yet, a worthwhile and noble quest.A vanguard in adventures and conservation in Costa Rica for 33 years, Rios Tropicales rafting and adventure company recently embarked on a journey into this uncharted territory.For the first time in 33 years of operations, on June 6, Rios Tropicales closed their office on a weekday, took their rafts out of the rivers, and gathered the...

15 Mar

Rios Tropicales Honored at Adventure Travel Awards 2018 for Rainforest Reserve.

By Shannon Farley  Adventure travel can make a positive difference to the planet and people, believes Rafael Gallo, owner and co-founder of Rios Tropicales and leader in rafting and ecotourism.“Adventure tourism has to take care of the planet. Be it the mountains, rivers, deserts, forests or the sea where we do our trips, we as business operators have the responsibility to protect it, to take care of it and to give positive examples,” said Gallo.Rios Tropicales was recently honored for being a positive example in adventure tourism and giving back to the planet at the international Adventure Travel Conference, held in...