20 Feb National Geographic Best Outfitter on Earth – 10 years later we’re better than ever!
Rios Tropicales was named the No. 1 Outfitter in Costa Rica and one of the Best Adventure Outfitters on Earth in 2009 by National Geographic. Now, 10 years later, the Costa Rican rafting company is still at the top with even more adventure trips on offer.
by Shannon Farley
When planning an adventure trip, besides choosing where to go and what to do, of equal importance is what outfitter to go with.
If you think about it, you can travel to one of the most amazing places on Earth, but if the logistics are bad, the coordination terrible, and your safety possibly in question, your awesome experience is basically ruined.
In 2008 and 2009, the world’s preeminent authority on exploration and adventures – National Geographic – came up with an extensive curated list of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth. The idea was to help travelers pick the right companies to use. Well-respected travel and tourism experts conducted and sponsored the survey research, including National Geographic editors, scoring companies on the criteria that matters most: education, sustainability, quality of service, and spirit of adventure.
Rios Tropicales rafting and adventure company in Costa Rica is proud to have been handpicked as the No. 1 Outfitter in Costa Rica and one of the Best Adventure Outfitters on Earth in 2009.
“It feels great to be honored by National Geographic as one of the best outfitters in the world. That’s really the top!” said Rios Tropicales co-owner and CEO, Rafael Gallo.
“Now, 34 years after our company began, our team still strives to offer the best possible service and the best rafting and adventure trips in the world,” Gallo added.
Rios Tropicales also won the first-ever National Geographic Geotourism Award in 2008 for its sustainable tourism practices at its Rios Tropicales Lodge on the Pacuare River. The Geotourism Challenge with Ashoka Changemakers rewarded innovative organizations that support geotourism: “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents,” stated National Geographic.
Delivering authentic, sustainable adventures, Rios Tropicales’ crown jewel is providing one day and multi-day rafting trips on a 21-mile, Class III-IV section of the famous Pacuare River, taking guests through world-class whitewater and pristine waterfall-filled rainforest.
Rios Tropicales has had the prestigious privilege of operating National Geographic Adventures tours in Costa Rica for the past 10 years to the Pacuare River, Tortuguero National Park, the Arenal Volcano region and other adventure destinations.
Now, 10 years after receiving its National Geographic Best in the World award, Rios Tropicales is at the top of its game as a leader in adventure tourism in Costa Rica. The company operates adventure trips in rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and nature tourism in five regions around the country. Multi-day bird watching, and a 10-day Costa Rica rafting and Panama sea kayaking trip will be new offerings this year.
“We are better than ever now because after 10 years, we have more experience, more high-level trip leaders, and guides with more diverse knowledge – experts in bird watching, nature, botany, etc.” said Gallo. “Costa Rica’s tourism infrastructure has improved, which has positively impacted our operations. We offer more trips and services, and our staff continues to give the best possible service to all our guests.”
Continuing its positive sustainable tourism practices, Rios Tropicales holds Trip Advisor’s prestigious Green Leaders™ Award, at the Gold Level, for meeting strict environmental standards at its Pacuare River lodge. The company was awarded the 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for yet another consecutive year and is a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.
Rios Tropicales has been the leader in protecting the Pacuare River and rainforest since 1985, and led the fight to stop a hydroelectric dam on the Pacuare in the 1990s. Rios Tropicales now protects over 2,400 acres of primary and secondary growth rainforest, while reforesting 100 acres with more than 30,000 native Costa Rican hardwoods in the largest private rainforest reserve in the Pacuare basin. Guests are invited to plant a tree in the rainforest reserve when staying at the Rios Tropicales Lodge on multi-day trips.
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