ATEC (Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación)

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Talamanca

Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación or ATEC (/ah-tek/) for short, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. We are the oldest NGO working in Puerto Viejo, Talamanca. Through Ecotourism we offer visitors the opportunity to experience the real Talamanca with local guides, strengthening the territorial economy and helping to improve the life quality of many families.

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About Us

In 1989, a group of Talamancan residents started to meet and discuss their concerns about the fast social, cultural, and economic changes accompanying the increasing tourism on the area. In 1990, we became an incorporated grassroots non-profit organization and called ourselves Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación, ATEC. At ATEC we believe that conservation of rural territories is crucial in this global survival challenge we are facing. Why rural development is crucial: it’s where most of the planet healthy ecosystems still remain, the “environmental services” these territories provide to the whole planet are essential. Also lots of ancestral knowledge necessary for human survival it’s still preserved by the native peoples that live on these areas and we can’t afford to lose it.  

Since ATEC is an NGO, 100% of the funds raised will be invested on strategic regenerative projects for nature conservation and cultural empowerment. Support us, support Talamanca, support life!

What We Do

Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo y Conservación or ATEC (/ah-tek/) for short, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. We are the oldest NGO working in Puerto Viejo, Talamanca. Through Ecotourism we offer visitors the opportunity to experience the real Talamanca with local guides, strengthening the territorial economy and helping to improve the life quality of many families. Through regenerative development projects we promote the conservation of Talamanca´s culture and nature, as well as the productive diversification and the Economy for the Common Good.

Talamanca is located in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica, this territory holds some of the most biodiverse and outstanding ecosystems of the country and the world. Here you can find wetlands, lagoons, beaches, marine ecosystems including coral reefs, rivers, mangroves and huge extensions of tropical forests.
Talamanca is also the most culturally diverse territory of Costa Rica, having indigenous people such as the Bribris and Cabecares in the high lands, as well as afro descendant people that have impregnated their culture into the life style and the landscape of the coast, also mestizos and people from at least 60 different nationalities living all in harmony.

However beside all the incredible beauties and potentials that Talamanca offers it is also the territory with the lowest Human Development Index of the country, with the highest rate of youth suicide, and with constant threats for nature and culture related with the imposition of harmful development models such as mega tourism, mining, oil exploitation, among others.

Our NGO has over 30 years working to promote the conservation of nature, the empowerment of local cultures and the improvement of social conditions. Our work has contributed so that Talamanca still retains its essence and its potentials. We are living now a crucial moment for the future of Talamanca. Help us to preserve this beautiful and important land as well as to keep empowering local cultures.

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