Costa Rica

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...

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...

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...

03 Jan

Cabécar Family Partnership – Rios Tropicales

Living in harmony for decades with Costa Rica’s largest indigenous group, the Cabécar, Rios Tropicales shows that respecting other cultures begins with being a good neighbor.  “We’ve had a long relationship with the Cabécar for over 27 years. We’ve always respected each other’s cultures,” said Rafael Gallo, co-founder and president of Rios Tropicales adventure company. “We didn’t do this in order to be sustainable; we were doing this even before ecotourism was invented. We were just trying to be good neighbors.” The Cabécar live in the remote Talamanca Mountains in eastern Costa Rica, which includes the Pacuare River region. When Rios Tropicales...

15 Jun

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...

07 Apr

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...

15 Feb

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...

11 Nov

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...

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...