ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Active Adventure, Connect with Nature, Cultural Immersion, Off the Beaten Path and Cultural Immersion


Budget and Mid-range


Small Towns/Villages, Mountains, Rural Communities and Rainforest

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Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: English and Spanish

Why Lokal Recommends ACTUAR


Community Association started in 1990| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

Community Connection

ACTUAR only works with local associations that share the benefits of travel within their local community. By traveling with ACTUAR, you ensure that more of your money stays local.

Environmental Engagement

ACTUAR has received '5 Leaves', the highest ranking, from Costa Rica's Sustainable Tourism initiative because of their dedication to low impact travel and supporting local communities. Many of the Associations that ACTUAR works with are actively protecting rainforest preserves, managing organic and sustainable agriculture projects, and much more.

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