Costa Rica adventure company Rios Tropicales is featured in the prestigious Travel & Leisure Magazine for their Adventure Issue of July 2017.
Rios Tropicales’ sea kayaking and whitewater rafting adventures in Costa Rica are spotlighted by Travel & Leisure as some of the world’s best adventure trips.
“It’s no secret that Costa Rica has idyllic beaches and a remarkable diversity of wildlife. But, as Peter Heller reveals, experiencing the country from a raft or kayak offers a whole new perspective,” reads the introduction to the print version of Travel & Leisure’s article by award-winning adventure writer and novelist, Peter Heller.
For his article “Get up Close to Scarlet Macaws, Sea Turtles, and Sharks on a Costa Rican Adventure”, Heller returned to Costa Rica after his first visit 30 years ago to show his wife, Kim, the beauty of the country and to adventure once again with his friends Rafael Gallo, owner of Rios Tropicales, and his brother, Victor Gallo.
Heller, his wife, and Rafael Gallo journeyed first to the gulf of Golfo Dulce, one of the last truly wild places in Costa Rica.
“Located in southwestern Costa Rica, this narrow gulf, which is roughly 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, is bordered to the west by the Osa Peninsula and to the east by the rugged coastline of the little-known Piedras Blancas National Park. About a quarter of Costa Rica’s annual visitors flock to popular destinations like Manuel Antonio and the Arenal Volcano, but only about 2 percent make it here,” writes Heller.
Rios Tropicales organizes multi-day sea-kayaking trips on the Golfo Dulce and all over Costa Rica. Sea kayaking, fishing, exploring a mangrove estuary, and seeing wild animals up close like Scarlet Macaws, toucans and monkeys filled the group’s days while at Golfo Dulce. They stayed comfortably in the middle of the rainforest on a secluded beach at sustainable eco-lodge Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.
After a few days on the gulf, the friends traveled across the country to the Caribbean region for a multi-day rafting trip on the Pacuare River, one of the top wild and scenic rivers on the planet according to National Geographic.
Years ago, Heller worked for Rios Tropicales as a guide and kayaking instructor. Back then, he would camp in tents on a river bank. This trip, they stayed in the award-winning Rios Tropicales Eco-Lodge. Surrounded by 2,400 acres of private jungle reserve, the Rios Tropicales Lodge offers eco-luxury accommodations, open-air dining, dozens of hiking trails and a canopy zipline tour – all next to the incredible Pacuare River.
“The whole place is designed around sustainability and the wow factor of living happily in the depths of a river canyon in a remote rainforest,” writes Heller in the Travel & Leisure article.
“It was an honor to see Peter again after many years of losing track of him,” said Rafael Gallo. “Although I did have to read all of his novels: KOOK, The Dog Stars, The Painter, and the new best-seller Celine.”
Read more about Ríos Tropicales, the largest and most environmentally active adventure-travel outfitter in Costa Rica, and Heller’s adventure trip in the July 2017 issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine, or online here.
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