What is CANAECO?

CANAECO is a private nonprofit organization incorporated on June 17, 2003, with the aim of stimulating the country’s tourist activities in a responsible manner, thus becoming the first national chamber in Costa Rica and Central America, which caters specifically to the needs of this sector.

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At CANAECO we consolidate and lead the ecotourism and sustainable tourism as a model for socio-economic development to protect the natural and cultural heritage of Costa Rica.



We envision a tourism activity that upholds sustainability development principles, thus providing a sustainable tourism model for Costa Rica.




Lines of action

1Divulge information and knowledge related to sustainability concepts that foster informational events, to strengthen the education of the various sectors in the field, through training and various communication tools.

2Influencing public policies and strategic issues relevant to the private sector of tourism, in order to actively contribute to the consolidation of sustainable development.

3Develop projects that enable the promotion of responsible tourism as a dynamic agent of socio-economic development and environmental conservation.

Board of Directors

  • Jackeline López
  • President
  • Jackeline López

  • Administrative and Sustainability Director of Mapache Rent a Car

  • Astrid Cremers
  • I Vicepresident
  • Astrid Cremers

  • Director of Ecole Viajes

  • Nicolás Staton
  • II Vicepresident
  • Nicolás Staton

  • General Manager of Rainforest Adventures

  • Johanna Argüello
  • Secretary
  • Johanna Argüello

  • General Manager of Aventuras del Sarapiquí

  • Guillermo Piedra
  • Treasurer
  • Guillermo Piedra

  • General Manager of Portasol

  • Jürgen Stein
  • I Committee Member
  • Jürgen

  • General Manager of Selva Bananito Lodge

  • Eliécer Vargas
  • II Committee Member
  • Eliécer Vargas

  • Director of MIST Sustainable Tourism, CATIE

  • César Gómez
  • I Substitute
  • César

  • Financial Director of Explornatura

  • Florencia González
  • II Substitute
  • Florencia González

  • Co-owner of Evolución Empresarial

  • Gisella Solera
  • Counselor (Fiscal)
  • Gisella

  • General Manager of Amadeus Travel Agency

Work team

  • Nathalie Carballo
  • Executive Director
  • Nathalie Carballo



Join us

Become a member and get the excellent benefits that CANAECO offers its members.

More information


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  +506 2253 0745
  From Subway Los Yoses, 300 meters south and 75 east, San Pedro, San José.