In 1994, Joaquin von der Goltz, a visionary nature lover, opened the Rain Forest Aerial Tram Atlantic in Costa Rica – the first operation of its kind anywhere in the world. The design had just one requirement: it had to be built in the middle of 1,200 acres of dense jungle without cutting down a single tree. Today, five parks, -- now Rainforest Adventures – serve as wildlife reserves, tourist destinations, eco tourism attractions and research parks.
From the start, rain forest tram conservation benefits went hand-in-hand with social benefits. Some of our expert naturalist guides at the rain forest tram in Costa Rica Pacific (near Jaco Beach) and in Costa Rica Atlantic (near San Jose) were initially construction workers or people who made a living by hunting or cutting down the forest. They embarked on intensive studies in languages and natural history, backed by the company’s faith in them. The results were beneficial and rewarding, soon spreading to rain forest aerial tram in Dominica, St. Lucia and Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with the new and innovative Bobsled.
Rainforest Adventures’ winning combination has created a ripple effect that extends across Costa Rica and throughout the world. Since our inception, we have worked hard to educate visitors, especially youth. In our Youth Leadership Program for Sustainable Development, tomorrow’s policy makers experience models of sustainable environmental resource use. Five schools within the buffer zone of Braulio Carrillo National Park have become “guardians” of the forest, and our High School Environmental Club Network makes students passionate about environmental advocacy.