Earlier this month, a group of 11 tourists were robbed at gunpoint when they stopped for a break while rafting on the Pacuare river in Costa Rica. Three gunmen took valuables including mobile phones, passports, cash and jewellery in the incident on the 10th of March.

The spot where the group were attacked is often used by rafting and kayaking companies for breaks during excursions. It is quite remote, requiring the gunmen to walk for almost an hour to reach it. Q Costa Rica notes that the group was ‘taking part in adventures promoted by Coast to Coast and Aventuras Naturals.’

A few days earlier, on the 8th of March, six tourists and their guides were robbed as they rafted in the area of La Pavona in the Tortuguero Canals, Pococí, Limón. The tourists are believe to have been from Israel and Germany, and they were also robbed of mobile phone, jewellery and cash.

If you or clients are taking part in activities in remote areas, it is worth being aware of the potential risks and factoring this in to your risk management plan. When travelling, try not to carry items that have a relatively high value as this could mark you out as a target. 

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