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ATEC--Promoting Sustainable Travel
ATEC is Puerto Viejo’s original eco-tourism provider. We work to help visitors find fun ecologically and socially responsible activities to entertain themselves while in Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica.
Founded back in 1989, ATEC funded the training a group of about 20 guides. Now from this website and our little office in Puerto Viejo, we represent over 100 fabulous local guides. We encourage you to support ATEC and participate in local, sustainable travel in Talamanca!
ATEC is a self-sustaining non-profit association that supports itself, its guides, and its efforts through your support. THANK YOU!
You came to Costa Rica to get to know Costa Rica, do it with Costa Ricans!
At ATEC we promote culturally and ecologically sound tourism and small-scale, locally owned and responsible businesses. We stimulate conservation through education and by helping local associations and families derive economic benefits from their natural resources.
- Promote the development of an ecological and socially responsible tourism in Talamanca
- Promote ethnic pride and cultural expression among the indigenous and Afro-Caribbean residents
- Promote the initiation and management of locally owned businesses and tourist services.
- To fulfill ATEC’s goals our office, located in Old Harbour ( Puerto Viejo ), serves as a communication center to put visitors in contact with experienced native naturalist guides who offer a variety of interesting, educational field experiences. These guided hikes are by appointment and, under normal circumstances, limited to 6 persons.
Observe nature and life on a typical Talamancan farm with this association founded by a group of farmers intending to preserve and manage this swampy area in the offshore mountains. You could visit for just a few hours, but try spending a couple of days living as these campesinos live.
Wake up in this rural campesino community listening to sounds of nature. A group of campesinos work together to preserve more than 100 hectors of forest. Get to know the Talamanca campesino way of living and share their everyday activities. Enjoy a theater play by the young people of the community, walk along natural pathways and discover the great biodiversity of the forest. We also organize volunteer works programs in the community.