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Rios Lodge is the award-winning ecolodge founded by Rios Tropicales in 1989. This is the former Rios Tropicales Lodge.  When new owners purchased the lodge after Rios Tropicales closed its doors in 2021, we renamed it Rios Lodge. Learn more about who we are. Our ecolodge history and Pacuare River history runs three decades deep in river and rainforest conservation and sustainable ecotourism. We are expanding on this rich legacy with exciting new work in biodiversity stewardship, new reforestation projects, and upgraded green energy capacity.  Learn more about our mission, vision, and values.


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Community Benefit and Economic Sustainability at the Heart of AdventureELEVATE Latin America

Author: Emily Trostel, ATTA
Date; May 15, 2024

Last week in Quito, Ecuador, at Latin America’s first AdventureELEVATE, delegates heard from industry leaders whose tourism business models were created to benefit both their local community and land. Rios Lodge Partners Arturo Oropeza and Roberto Gallo shared about Rios Lodge’s story and our partnership with Rivers and Forests Alliance.

The Ultimate Check-In: Rappel, Swim, or Cogwheel Ride to the World’s Most Secluded Stays

NBC Right Now – Yakima
By Emese Maczko
April 1, 2024

Upon landing in Costa Rica, travelers seeking secluded and authentic experiences can head to spots like the award-winning Rios Lodge eco-lodge. Rios Lodge offers adventures on the Pacuare River even before check-in; the lodge promises that even arrival and departure are adventures. The two-hour journey to the lodge takes travelers through the rainforest via inflatable rafts. For first-time rafters, the trek to the lodge is an unforgettable start to their Costa Rican stay. READ ON

Rios Lodge, Adventure Eco-Lodge (Detailed Review)

Eco Lodges Anywhere
By Emese Maczko
March 18, 2024

Are you not typically adventurous but keen to try what Costa Rica offers? Did you become hesitant when you saw that reaching Rios Lodge requires rafting, and now you are searching for a detailed review? I am with you. 100 %. Adventure is not exactly my forte, yet spending just three days there proved transformative. Continue reading, and you will discover how Rios Lodge is one of the best places to step out of your comfort zone. READ ON
See also their Rios Lodge Profile.

16 Most sustainable eco-lodges in costa rica

Eco Lodges Anywhere
By Emese Maczko
February 15, 2024

Rios Lodge is an award-winning eco-lodge, operated by a team of family and friends, nestled deep within the rainforest in the province of Limón. All cabins are just a stone’s throw from the Pacuare River, where visitors arrive and depart via rafts. Rios Lodge serves as a sanctuary where the tranquility meets hospitality, offering unique opportunities for adventure and relaxation such as yoga classes, zip-lining, bird watching, and exploring waterfalls and swimming holes. READ ON

3 Costa Rica 7-Day Itineraries: Wildlife, Adventure, & Off-the-Beaten-Path

Worldly Adventurer
By Steph Dyson
February 15, 2024

Rios Lodge is featured in this Seven-day Itinerary: Costa Rica Off The Beaten Path. This seven-day Costa Rica itinerary is for those seeking to escape the crowds and discover Costa Rica beyond its most famous destinations. You’ll also experience a good mix of adventure and wildlife and spend longer in each location than some of the other itineraries – after all, slow travel is the way to truly experience a place. READ ON

Costa Rica Unveiled: The 15 Best Places to Visit for First-Timers in 2024

Worldly Adventurer
By Steph Dyson
January 30, 2024

Few countries in the world can compare with Costa Rica. Hosting an abundance of tropical rainforests, picture-perfect beaches, and an incredible abundance of wildlife, this is a truly remarkable country and one that’s increasingly popular with adventure travelers. Best of all, Costa Rica is consistently ranked as the safest place in Latin America according to the Global Peace Index. Home to six percent of the world’s biodiversity and with 28 percent of its land protected – one of the largest numbers in the world – Costa Rica’s green credentials are nothing short of remarkable. READ ON

Creating legacies on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River

Canadian Geographic
By Robin Esrock
December 21, 2023

The ultimate rainforest retreat complete with eco-adventures, hands-on education and adrenaline-inducing activities amidst tropical jungle scenery. During a brief respite from the late-season showers, Roberto Gallo guides my 10-year-old daughter to a dugout hole on a muddy hill. READ ON

Go on a zipline adventure at these 22 courses from around the world

Outdoors Wire – USA Today
April 3, 2023

“We are thrilled for the newly expanded Rios Lodge zipline course over the Pacuare River to be featured in USA Today’s round up of the best zipline courses in the world! READ ON

“We’re going to travel better.” …. And so, while I used to ask a few mainstream luxury travel agencies for their recommendations for the year head, this time I turned to small business owners who care about principles as well as profits. Here’s what they suggest. READ ON

Press Releases:

Rios Lodge Hosts Costa Rica’s First Free medical Training Program for Pacuare River Adventure Community

January 30, 2024

Rios Lodge, an award-winning ecolodge remotely located in the rainforest in Costa Rica’s Limon Province, is making waves by hosting the first free CPR certification and wilderness basic first aid training program for remote lodges and adventure tourism operators in the Pacuare River region. READ THE FULL RELEASE

Off-The-Grid Eco-Lodge Delivers A Flavorful Farm-To-Table Dining Experience In The Heart Of Costa Rica’s Rainforest

December 18, 2023

Nestled in the pristine beauty of Costa Rica’s rainforest, Rios Lodge invites guests on a culinary journey curated by its new Executive Chef, Luc “Luca” Bortoluzzi, who hails from France. READ THE FULL RELEASE

Family Eco-Friendly Holiday of Choice at Rios Lodge, Costa Rica

November 27, 2023

There is nothing like an exhilarating nature-based family holiday to entertain, educate and bond with kids. While staying at Rios Lodge, an ecolodge deep in the jungle of Costa Rica’s Limón province, guests can experience a blend of educational, adrenaline-filled, and soft adventures that ignite travelers’ appreciation and interest in the environment and its conservation, preservation and protection. READ THE FULL RELEASE

Honeymooners Revel in Award-Winning Sustainable Rainforest Eco Lodge on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River

September 12, 2023

Ecotourism award-winning Rios Lodge, one of the leading authentic eco lodges remotely locations in Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest in the Limón Province, is thrilled to introduce its sustainable honeymoon packages. READ THE FULL RELEASE

Why Rios Lodge Eco Lodge Is In A League Of Its Own

August 10, 2023

Learn about what makes Rios Lodge different from other eco-lodges in Costa Rica and around the world with the Top 5 Guiding Principles of an Authentic Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica. READ THE FULL RELEASE 


June 14, 2023

Rios Lodge recently amped up its adrenaline thrills with a fully redesigned and expanded cutting edge zipline canopy tour flying 50-60 meters above the mighty Pacuare River. The course has quickly become a favorite of adventure seekers in Costa Rica. READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE


January 20, 2023

The award-winning Rios Tropicales Lodge, located on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, has reopened under new owners and with Roberto Gallo, the son of Rios Tropicales Co-Founder and conservation pioneer, Rafael Gallo, as one of four partnersREAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE


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