Welcome to Project RAFA!

For nearly four decades, Rafael Gallo, his family, staff, and partners of his renowned rafting and adventure travel company Rios Tropicales have passionately worked to preserve and regenerate Costa Rica’s rivers and forests from the ravages of irresponsible development. From stopping dams, to planting nearly 31,000 trees, to rallying travel clients and community members to save the rainforest, Rafael and his followers have fought ardently to protect the Pacuare River watershed and other rivers in Costa Rica. 

Rafael (“Rafa”) passed away in March 2021, after a 14 month-long battle with cancer. In his final months, he worked hard to outline and communicate his conservation dreams of environmental stewardship and protection of his beloved Pacuare watershed region. His vision became Project RAFA – Rivers and Forests Alliance – and he was so excited about its future and potential. He planted the seed, and now Rafael’s family, friends, and associates have united to develop and grow Project RAFA, in his honor.

We know many people would like to get involved in preserving the Pacuare River region and Rafael’s legacy and to contribute with financial support when the time is right. While Project RAFA’s formation as a nonprofit entity is being finalized, we want to send out regular updates via a new Project RAFA email newsletter. Please feel free to sign up to get e-news alerts on Project RAFA.  

On behalf of Rafael Gallo’s family and colleagues, we thank you for your support, love, and commitment to conservation and regenerative tourism, for the benefit of all.

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