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One of the most

interesting places to live

in the world

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a mindful way of community living

that changes everything

We are co - creating

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The best quality of life

is also the most

sustainable for all

Personal Paradise

Rio Gigante is a sustainable community that sees itself as part of an ecosystem and makes decisions based on sensitivity and solidarity with present and future generations

0 Beautiful practical eco houses with large lots, organic edible gardens, irrigation and high speed internet
0% Fully self-sufficient stand-alone solar and biogas energy and cero waste
0% Sustainable water conservation practices and pristine drinking water
0 ha Carbon negative land with over 350 hectares of protected forests

Our Houses

Meeting and food exchage center with a delicious organic restaurant!

Arts and meditation center for unleashing the joy of playing and creativity!

More than 25 beautiful islands with white sand beaches

Guaranteed toxic-free surroundings of producing agro-ecological fields!

Cluster of extraordinary waterfalls in which you can swim

Trekking paths with amazing view points and wildlife

Humpback whales from August to November

Leadership Institute for Sustainable Rural Development

Our Community



Gitana`s Island white sand beach
Humpback Whale at Rio Gigante
Las Iglesias Water Fall
Toledo Birds mating
Longevity at Peninsula of Nicoya
La Lola Waterfall
Waterfall`s Trail

How do we see it?

“It´s 5.35 am, I walk outside, and the sky is starting to light up. Clouds,like awakenings thoughts, begin to color up in orange fire. Birds and howler monkeys are heard at the distance. Another day begins. Today we are walking to the cluster of waterfalls and will do some free birdwatching along the way. Nothing compares to this feeling of swimming in pristine emerald-like waters. The sun enters the majestic green ceiling of the forest and the whole waterfall flowing and its reflections seem to transport us to a different type of light, like when suddenly seeing the missing colors of an old black and white movie. Now we are at the island. The beach is white, the ocean water warm and gentle. The taste of our locally grown food and drinks is superb. We boat around the island in the sunset and find hundreds of birds getting ready for the night. We have decided to spend the night at the biological station, a couple of hundred meters above sea level. It´s 9 pm. We are on the open terrace of the biological station. The breeze is warm and gentle. The stars seem to talk to us. I have never seen the sky like this. The ocean down below is asleep. Tomorrow we will be able to see the dawn from up here. I can´t wait to see it.”

Social Sustainability

1% of the income will be directed to funding local sustainable development initiatives in which you can also choose to participate actively.
We are aiming at directly improving the lives of 35,000 people by achieving by 2025:

  • Cero poverty
  • Clean employment based development
  • Successful adaptation to climate change (there are over 20 islands in this region)
  • A local organic food network
  • Incubation of sustainable enterprises
  • Regenerative organic agriculture
  • Sustainable fishing and tourism
  • Sustainable social housing
  • Renewable energy self-sufficiency
  • Sustainable infrastructure projects: ports, roads, public transport, internet coverage
  • Strengthening public education, health, sports, cultural identity and its natural reserves


Asociación Agenda Verde Penínsular

This association is a strategic organization for the sustainable development on the southern cone of the Nicoya Peninsula, an area also known as the peninsular región. Agenda Verde works through long-term projects which have a high economic, environmental and social impact in the local solving of global challenges.
We aim to become a model of advanced sustainable rural development with: cero poverty, fully self-sufficient with clean energy, highly democratic, strong in education, in health, in sports and in cultural development, with a world class internet infrastructure and transportation system, constructed based on direct trade, organic agriculture, enterprise incubation in activities such as sustainable fishing and tourism, conservation and development of protected areas, development of sustainable communities, gender equality and successful adaptation to climate change.
We also actively support the Territorial Council of Rural Development, a region wide network of social, economic and government institutions responsible for leading and coordinating the sustainable development of the Peninsula.

How do we live this?

“It’s just amazing. We are creating a new way of living. A truly sustainable way. We have been told that poverty and climate change are the major local challenges. I guess it’s not much different from most other rural regions of the world. But developing a public transportation system based on biogas that is produced locally? Becoming the first rural region which produces all its energy from clean renewable energy sources ? With an area of responsible fisheries where humpback whales are received as special guests? With a thriving organic farming, an advanced local organica food network and direct trade system that employs people out of poverty and also fixes carbon below ground in quantities greater than any other inhabited place in the world? With a geographic information system that feeds itself every five years with data from the biodiversity inventory and which is used to monitor in the most sensitive way possible (the tissue of local natural life) the result of our adaptation to climate change? Well, we will continue to learn and innovate. But certainly this community already feels like an intense place of global hope under construction.”

We are creating a new model of advanced Sustainable Rural Development

Our present economic model based on non renewableble energy and population growth has reached its limit. In 2010 we spent 1.5 times the renewable resources of the earth. The use of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) is about to alter global climate irreversibly. And life in the rural areas so far has meant poverty and fragility.
An advanced sustainable rural development model can reverse this and significantly help save the planet. 95% of the planet habitable area is rural and so is for Costa Rica. Our goal is to create in 10 years, in the Peninsula of Nicoya, an advanced model of sustainable rural development that is replicable in the rest of Costa Rica and the world.
The Rio Gigante Community is a solar, organic and socially sustainable production unit with 27 organic lots with homes which are self sustainable based on photovoltaics and methane gas in the vicinity of an organic and forest farm.
1% of the income from the sale of these homes will be directed to funding sustainable projects promoted by the association Agenda Verde Peninsular (AVEP).


Travel by Ferry and Schedule

El paseo en bote através del Golfo de Nicoya dura unos 65 minutos. Es un viaje escénico y relajante con magníficas vistas de la Península de Nicoya. El ferry pasa por pequeñas islas sólo habitadas por colonias de aves marinas.

A global connection

What is happening to our planet and how does it relate to what we do


Professional Profile

Luis Daniel is a glocal leader (global – local) and a social and business entrepreneur with a background in Law and Development Economics, with extensive experience in organizational development, complex negotiations, systems thinking, team leadership, emotional intelligence competencies, strategic mapping, long-term public private partnerships, evidence-based social impact evaluation, pragmatism, heuristics, psychoanalysis and meditation. His main focus is on solving global sustainable development challenges with a special emphasis in equality. He has developed an extensive social, political and business network at a national and regional level in Costa Rica.

Bo Fco Peralta, 200 Sur y 125 Este de Casa Italia, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-22806100 / 506-8301-5898

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