In Puerto Viejo there is the main office of the Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo and Conservación. ATEC Ph (506) 2750-0398, Ph/fax (506) 2750-0191. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com http://ateccr.org/ . Office hours is from Monday to Wednesday 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d and from 02:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m, Thursday from 08:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m, Saturday from 08:00 a.m 12:00 m.d and from 01:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m and Sunday from 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d and from 04:00 p.m to 09:00 p.m. With very capable and experienced personnel, library and offering information about culture and environment, as well as a message board with general tourist information; and an Internet service for 2 US$ per hour. ATEC is a non profit organization, founded by the locals in 1990. Its objective is to promote responsible tourism to promote the culture and development of the local community, offering education about the region whilst enjoying the experience with nature guides. The circuits are focused on natural history, bird watching, visits to the refuges, indigenous and Afro Carribean cultures, environment, active tourism, scuba diving and fishing. Prices are from 20 US$ per half day circuit or for 30 US$ for a whole day, a maximum of 6 people and transportation is not included. Other excursions include a stay over at your destination; the price depends on the meals and the type of accommodation. The website www.puertoviejo.net, offers information about hotels, restaurants, bar, tourist agencies, houses for rent, sale of properties, photographs of the area and others.
At the Carribean side of the Talamanca Cordillera there are several indigenous reserves such as Cocles/ KékoLdi, which extends to the east coast of Puerto Viejo. Here hunting is limited to the indigenous that are looking for food and visitors can only enter with authorized permission from the Reserve Association ATEC, which is the best source of information. The Cabécar de Talamanca Reserve is the most remote and is difficult to access. The inhabitants of this indigenous community are the most traditional and the least tolerant of strange visitors. On the contrary the Bribri are the most integrated. You can travel along the indigenous route on foot or horseback.
Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2750-0707/ 2750-0486, fax (506) 2750-0113.Located over the bridge at the entrance of the village, continuing 50 meters to the south, diagonal to the Buen Precio supermarket, it has an ATM, currency exchange and the opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 08:30 a.m to 03:30 p.m.