Expotur, Costa Rica’s premier trade show for travel professionals, kicked off Wednesday at the National Theatre in San José with President Luis Guillermo Solís saying tourism is “one of the most powerful engines of this economy.”
Tico Times travel writers rode the highways of Costa Rica far and wide in 2015, and it’s not a stretch to say we had 10 years’ worth of adventure in one. Here's our list of our top 5 travel stories of 2015.
After a morning of whitewater rafting with his family, President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree banning dams from the Pacuare and Savegre rivers for 25 years, then thrust the document into the air and said, “For Costa Rica!”
Whitewater rafters, indigenous people and other advocates of the world-famous Pacuare River say it would be a disaster to dam this national treasure to produce electricity. They're currently in talks with the Solís administration to produce a presidential decree preventing the damming of this river for the foreseeable future. But with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute having promised in 2009 to build nothing on the Pacuare for 20 years, how real is the threat?