Sustainability

14 Feb

Ticos and ex-guerrillas of the FARC: the art of exchanging rifles for paddles

A Costa Rican rafting mission – led by the company Rios Tropicales and the United Nations – traveled to Colombia to meet with a group of ex-guerrillas from the FARC. Teaching them to tame the rapids of the Pato River, in complete peace, was the reason for the singular adventure.Alexánder Sánchezhttps://www.nacion.com/viva/cine/ticos-y-exguerrilleros-de-las-farc-el-arte-de/H2JANDJNR5EWVESKMS3JJSTTSI/story/[caption id="attachment_3726" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Pato River in the background, Rafael Gallo (front) poses with ex-guerrillas Duberney (far left) and Hermides (far right). In the center, the Costa Rican guides Max Solano (left) and Roy Obando. Courtesy of Rafael Gallo.[/caption]It's a quiet and a particularly cool night. A pair of crickets...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...