Térraba, Costa Rica

El Descanso Rural Lodge Térraba Indigenous Culture

2 Days | Hiking, Community Visit and Cabin

El Descanso is a tranquil place where the air is pure. Come to relax and experience Térraba indigenous culture and daily life, unique in Costa Rica and in the world. Savor delicious ethnic specialties like tamal de arroz and picadillos and stay in comfortable cabins of traditional design. Go hiking to discover the gorgeous waterfalls and natural pools of the area, enjoy a garden tour and get creative with a handicraft workshop.

Térraba is currently home to 1,400 people, about half of which consider themselves indigenous whose main challenges are the struggle for indigenous autonomy and the restoration of their ancestral tongue. To visit Térraba is to find yourself among the deepest roots of Costa Rica and to learn about the culture and struggles of the Teribe people.

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2 Days / 1 Night

Travel Style

Off the Beaten Path and Cultural Immersion


English-speaking guides are available for an extra cost.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity


Rural Communities and Rainforest


Wifi: None
Cell: Limited


Locally Owned Community Association
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Speaks: Spanish


  • Learn about the history and the current situation of the Térraba Indigenous Territory
  • Hike to waterfall with Abuela Terra natural pools
  • Visit to the Petroglyph, fruit tree, cacao, coffee and traditional vegetable garden tour and a handicraft workshop
  • Share their annual festival “El Toro y la Mula”, held from December 24 to January 2 and accompany the costumed young people and adults who dance from house to house where they are greeted with the traditional fermented drink, chicha, and tamales.



Best to start in the morning


Flexible Departure Date
All year


2 travelers minimum

What's Included


1 Night Cabin


Local Festival, Hiking, Community Visit, Cultural Activities, Coffee Farm, Class/Workshop, Storytelling, Swimming and Waterfalls


Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)


Private Room and Private Bathroom


All meals included



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Locally Owned Community Association

ACTUAR (Costa Rican Association of Rural and Community Tourism) supports a network of over 40 partner communities across Costa Rica. They offer innovative and customized programs for visitors who wish to live authentic experiences of Costa Rican culture and experience the local charm. They combine the great classics of Costa Rica ecotourism and visiting destinations in rural communities, planning fun, educational trips that promote a harmonious relationship between conservation and rural development.

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Getting There

Transport options

Drive, Bus (multiple) and Get picked up (extra $)
The Ethnotourism Center El Descanso is located about 5 kilometers from the town of Terraba (12 kilometers south of Buenos Aires). The road into El Descanso is a bit rough, but you do not need a 4WD vehicle.