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Atec- Ecotourism and Conservation Association for Talamanca. - Tour Operator Puerto Viejo - Costa Rica

ATEC supports locally owned businesses, associations and families with the aim of promoting conservation through education. It is on the main street crossing through Puerto Viejo and offers activities in four categories: adventure, cultural activities, guided wildlife hikes and overnighters.

Prices are fairly modest and proceeds go back to the community. The extensive and interesting list of tours includes waterfall hikes ($25/35/60), kayaking in Punta Uva ($35/80), CarribeanCaribbean cooking ($20) and a transcontinental hike over the Talamancan mountains. See dolphins, turtles, exotic birds or learn traditional bush medicines ($30/40).

There are English speaking guides for some tours, but translators and English speaking volunteers are available. Note that in order to encourage tourists to use public transportation, transport to these tours may not necessarily be included, though it can be arranged.

Main Street, opposite Café Viejo.
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Tour Operator Types:
Eco tours, Horseback riding, Night tours, Coffee landscape, Cultural tours, Fishing, parasailing, canopy, Scuba diving, All kind of tours, Adventure trips, Overnight tours, wildlife tours.

Languages Spoken
Spanish, English

Member of:
ReciCaribe—Talamanca’s recycling association,The Talamancan Network of Rural Community Ecotourism,ADELA—the anti-petroleum association,The KèköLdi Development Board,CATUR—Puerto Viejo’s tourism board,The Manzanillo Guide Association,'The Biological Corridor ',CoopeTalamanca—Our new bio-fuel initiative.

Established in:
More than 15 years

Currencies accepted
US dollar, Costa Rican colón

Contact Information:
Phone: (506) 2750-0398
Fax: (506) 2750-0191
E-mail: atecmail(at)

Other hand-picked tour operators in Puerto Viejo that may be of interest: Cacao Trails, Real World Caribbean, Terraventuras, Lindo Tours and Adventures and Exploradores.

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