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Rios Lodge is a sustainable award-winning eco-lodge set deep within Costa Rica’s rainforest in the province of Limón. Only accessible by river or via an easy hike along the riverbank, it offers a unique, off-the-grid experience powered entirely by a blend of solar and hydro energy from the creek flowing among the cabins.

Guests can enjoy a plethora of adventures, from rafting and zip-lining to canyoning and more, while staying at cozy wooden cabins that overlook the Pacuare River.

Rios Lodge protects almost 2,600 acres of primary rainforest. Its main mission is conservation, and it strives for sustainability to reduce environmental impact and support the local community. The Lodge aims to bring visitors closer to nature and teach them about conservation.

Rios Lodge is more than just a place to visit. It is a peaceful escape from technology and a way to get closer to nature. The internet is limited to the dining hall, so guests can truly relax and wake up to the sounds of the jungle and the river.

Their story

A man holding a plaque.
Rafael Gallo – photo credit: Rios Lodge.

The inception of Rios Lodge is closely intertwined with the vision and passion of Rafael Gallo, a pioneer in eco-tourism and conservation in Costa Rica. Gallo co-founded Rios Tropicales, an adventure tour company, with a dream of protecting the natural environment while sharing its wonders with others.

Even after his passing, his legacy continues through the efforts of friends and family who rallied to preserve and continue his dream. Rios Lodge stands as a testament to Gallo’s vision, a place where adventure and conservation go hand in hand, supporting both the environment and the people of Costa Rica. Read more about them here.

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Sustainability actions

Lowest impact construction and operation

Highest level of energy efficiency

Pioneer in waste management

Using organic and chemical-free products

Actively protects nature and community

  • Guided hiking trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Waterfall rappelling
  • Zip-lining
  • Canyoning
  • Tubing
  • Rafting
  • Night walk

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Best time to visit Rios Lodge

  • Dry season in the Caribbean side of Costa Rica starts around mid-December and lasts until mid-April. If you want to enjoy sunshine all day, visit between these dates.
  • The humidity in Costa Rica is high all year around, but it feel less during the hot dry season.
  • Smaller showers or thunderstorms can be expected all year around, so please be prepared.
  • Rainy season means that the Pacuare River may be larger. Please check with the Lodge when it is possible to visit them.

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