What does “ecolodge” really mean? At the Rios Tropicales Lodge, it means being surrounded by the beauty and splendor of primary rainforest without having to sacrifice luxury or comfort. Equally important, we didn’t sacrifice our gorgeous environment to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Sustainably built using reclaimed wood and hydroelectric powered, our ecolodge is a model of ecotourism (we even have numerous awards to prove it).
At our ecolodge, you can relax, explore and enjoy all that Costa Rica offers on our 2,000-acre private reserve at the mouth of the Pacuare Gorge. We have more than 40 miles of hiking trails and numerous waterfalls, streams and pools. Our open-air dining pavilion and lounge let you watch the local wildlife and listen to the sounds only found in a tropical paradise.
Sustainability is more than a trendy buzzword at Rios Tropicales. From the very inception 30 years ago, we have taken active steps to “create and maintain conditions under which humans (that’s us) and nature (everything we love about Costa Rica) can exist in productive harmony.” For example, our ecolodge uses hydroelectric power and was constructed from reclaimed lumber by local Cabecar Indians; we recycle and compost everything possible; and we diligently practice Leave No Trace principles at the lodge and on all our trips.
They practice sustainability not because it’s trendy, but because we love our Costa Rican natural playground and want to share its wonders with others–today and for generations to come. At Rios Tropicales, They believe we are role models and educators not just for our industry peers (and competitors) and ecotourism guests, but also for our local communities. Learn more about our ecotourism efforts and achievements based on real sustainability.
Rios Tropicales has pursued environmentally, culturally, and socially responsible business practices and initiatives for Costa Rica and the areas we run our trips since our founding in 1985. The founders of Rios Tropicales were expert paddlers who loved rivers and wanted to share the incredible rivers of Costa Rica with others through rafting and kayaking adventures. But, from the very beginning, they also wanted to incorporate conservation, protection, and community support into their company’s daily business practices. Their mission became to protect and conserve the rivers and rainforests of Costa Rica while empowering and engaging the local community members, including the native Cabecar Indians, to play leading roles in this effort for their own economic, educational, health, and well-being.