The 2021 CRx10 Challenge is the third edition of a national contest that invites people to enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica by promoting visits to protected areas. The contest positions protected areas and the conservation of their ecosystems, while inviting groups of people to enjoy the tourist offerings throughout the national territory while solving challenges.
For this edition, the COVID-19 pandemic was a determining factor. The 2021 CRx10 Challenge had a special focus on responsible visitation to protected areas, compliance with health protocols defined by the authorities, and the economic reactivation of communities surrounding protected areas.
The popularity of the contest in such uncertain times was positively unexpected: one thousand teams registered in less than 48 hours to be part of the 2021 CRx10 Challenge. The collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the National System of Conservation Areas was vital for the protected areas that joined the Challenge to have the capacity to receive the visiting teams and facilitate the completion of the challenges.