Cos­ta Rica Rios, a fam­i­ly run com­pa­ny, deliv­ers exhil­a­rat­ing mul­ti-sport adven­tures that show­case the raw, nat­ur­al beau­ty of this Cen­tral Amer­i­can gem. Com­ing from New Zealand and Scot­land, own­ers Jane and Fras­er Tyrrell took on Cos­ta Rica Rios in 1995 after falling in love with the coun­try dur­ing their trav­els. Spend­ing decades explor­ing its diverse regions and inti­mate­ly get­ting to know the local cul­ture, they are poised to offer well-craft­ed adven­ture trav­el packages.

Com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able tourism and hir­ing the best local guides, Cos­ta Rica Rios upholds strict prac­tices that sup­port the envi­ron­ment and local com­mu­ni­ties. They also edu­cate employ­ees and trav­el­ers alike about envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship while adher­ing to Leave No Trace principles.

It is clear why Nation­al Geo­graph­ic rec­og­nized this oper­a­tor as one of “The Best Adven­ture Out­fit­ters On Earth”. To adven­ture with them is to hike under wild jun­gle canopies, down­hill moun­tain bike the Tur­ri­al­ba Vol­cano, raft the leg­endary white­wa­ter on the Pacuare Riv­er, and kayak through rapids on the Rio Pejibaye–all in one adventure.

“Our guides are some of the best adven­ture guides in the coun­try. Two of them have rep­re­sent­ed Cos­ta Rica at the world raft­ing cham­pi­onships, two of them have rep­re­sent­ed their coun­try at the world kayak­ing cham­pi­onships, one of them is a pro­fes­sion­al MMA fight­er (but a very nice guy!), and one of them was recent­ly the third rat­ed triath­lete in the coun­try, so our guests are in very good hands!” ‑Fras­er Tyrrell, Owner

Commit to supporting locally while delighting in an action-packed experience.




The Lokal team con­nects trav­el­ers to expe­ri­ences that empow­er local com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect wild places. From canoe rides in pri­vate rain­for­est reserves to overnight immer­sions in indige­nous vil­lages, Lokal brings many off-the-beat­en-path expe­ri­ences online for the first time.


Before start­ing Lokal, founders Dave and Eytan were work­ing on oppo­site sides of the plan­et. Along the way, they each met hun­dreds of inspir­ing local peo­ple who were work­ing mul­ti­ple jobs to sup­port their fam­i­lies. They were sur­prised to see how many of them were turn­ing to tourism to help boost incomes, con­serve land, and pro­tect cul­tur­al heritage.


The team found that local com­mu­ni­ties were offer­ing trav­el­ers incred­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties to expe­ri­ence local life, but their unique guest­hous­es and pris­tine swim­ming holes were often emp­ty. Com­mu­ni­ties want­ed to wel­come more trav­el­ers, but they didn’t know how to get start­ed. As a result, they were miss­ing out on much-need­ed tourism dol­lars and trav­el­ers were miss­ing out on amaz­ing local expe­ri­ences. Some­one need­ed to help make the connection.


Lokal con­nect­ed the dots, help­ing trav­el­ers get immersed in local com­mu­ni­ties by run­ning week-long trips to expe­ri­ence life in a pris­tine Cos­ta Rican rain­for­est. They still offer–and per­son­al­ly guide–these unique adven­tures today. They now also con­nect trav­el­ers to unique, local­ly-run expe­ri­ences with in 14 coun­tries through­out Latin Amer­i­ca and Asia.


All the trips are man­aged by com­mu­ni­ty coop­er­a­tives, fam­i­ly busi­ness­es, and local oper­a­tors that ensure each vis­it sup­ports local liveli­hoods, pre­serves cul­tur­al tra­di­tions and pro­tects wild places.


Sup­port your trav­el habit while sup­port­ing local communities


Take a trip with Lokal Travel. 

Mem­bers, click through below for exclu­sive sav­ings on today’s fea­tured brands:

Cos­ta Rica Surf Escape | Machu Pic­chu

TREW: Based in Hood Riv­er, with Ore­gon’s tallest peak in their back­yard, TREW is a design-dri­ven brand that embod­ies the core of moun­tain rid­ing. This col­lec­tion fea­tures tech­ni­cal jack­ets, pants, and more.

Anon: When you’re bomb­ing down­hill on a waxed rock­et, vision mat­ters. Anon knows this. So stop clos­ing your eyes and hop­ing for the best. Strap on a pair of these tech­ni­cal optics to see the difference.

CycleTEK: Train­ing days don’t wait for nice weath­er. With the CycleTEK Momentum1 Indoor Cycling Train­er you can start on your train­ing reg­i­men with­out act­ing like a mar­tyr every time you suit up to ride.

Videograss: These snow­board films fea­tur­ing the Videograss crew of all-star trick­sters will melt your mind with their utter dis­re­spect of grav­i­ty. Pay close atten­tion and you’ll be fly­ing high this winter. 

MiiR: In a mar­ket sat­u­rat­ed by ubiq­ui­tous style and mediocre design, MiiR stain­less steel bot­tles stand out as unique. For every bot­tle sold, the brand pro­vides one per­son with clean water for a year. 

Cycling Essen­tials: For com­muters and rac­ers, this col­lec­tion of cycling gear and acces­sories fea­tures tool kits, appar­el, cli­p­less shoes, and more from top brands like Lezyne, Can­non­dale, and Northwave.