Bribri, Costa Rica

Immerse into Bribri Indigenous Culture

3 Days | Community Lodge, Cultural Activities and Community Visit

Ride a dugout canoe into Yorkin indigenous territory for an opportunity to experience genuine Bribri culture. You will interact with a variety of people in the community while you visit organic banana and chocolate plantations, hike through the Talamanca rainforest and stay overnight in the traditional Stibrawpa lodge.

Right for You?

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Family Friendly

Languages

Spanish and Other Local Language
If you don't speak a moderate amount of Spanish, we recommend adding a bilingual guide.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Rainforest, River and Rural Communities

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

ACTUAR

Locally Owned Community Association
Starts at:

$202/person

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Speaks: Spanish and Other Local Language

Highlights

  • Ride in a traditional dugout canoe on the Yorkin river
  • Learn about organic production of cacao
  • Try traditional bribri cuisine
  • Meet the local group of women protecting the forest!

Details

Schedule

Flexible start, arrange in advance

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

This excursion will take us to the indigenous territory of the Bribri located in the tropical rainforest of Talamanca. This is an incomparable opportunity to experience the Bribri culture. The excursion starts in the village of Bambú with a local store and a police station. The local guide will wait for us in the local store. We will get into an indigenous canoe steered by an experienced boat crew from the village which will take us down the Yorkín River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama, while we enjoy the exuberant vegetation of this area. Upon our arrival in Yorkín, after a tour of approximately one hour, we will go around the village and on our way to the rural lodge Posada Rural Stibrawpa we will pass by organic banana and cacao plantations. After our arrival, we will enjoy a delicious snack before visiting the Skui River and the suspension bridge where we will enjoy a swim in the natural pools. Afterwards, we will enjoy a Bribri style lunch, followed by a lecture on how the organization started. For desert, we will learn how to produce chocolate and we will eat organic bananas submerged in a freshly prepared chocolate sauce. Afterwards, we will have the opportunity to learn how the inhabitants of Bribri tile the roofs of their houses. In the evening, we will have dinner and conclude with a cultural exchange during which we will listen to ancient stories about the Bribri culture, an oral tradition which has been passed on from generation to generation. Accommodation in Posada Rural Stibrawpa.

In the morning, we will have breakfast to stock up on energy for the hike of approximately 3 hours during which we will visit the group of Women Looking after the Forest – Arakupa Kakonu in Panama. We will cross the Yorkín River which will take us to this community. Upon arrival, we will have a snack. We will have sufficient time to enjoy this visit. We will take a walk in the forest, enjoy a presentation on the processing of coffee and the women will tell us some of their stories about Talamanca. Enjoy a delicious lunch and get ready for the hike back where we will have time to enjoy another swim in the natural pools before we arrive at the guesthouse. In the afternoon, enjoy the presentation on Bow and Arrow. During the rest of the day you may feel free to enjoy the place and the company of the Bribri. At sunset, relax and enjoy your dinner, perhaps start a pleasant conversation on your last night at this beautiful place.

In the morning, we will have breakfast. Afterwards, the canoe will be waiting for us to take us back to Bambú where your transport to your next destination will be waiting for you.

What's Included

Lodging

2 Nights Community Lodge

Activities

Community Visit, Chocolate Making, Food Tour, Getting to Know Locals, Cultural Activities, Learning a Language, Hiking, Canoeing, Storytelling and Walking tours

Guide

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

Room

Private Room and Private Bathroom

Food

All meals included

Transport

Walk, Hike and Boat

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ACTUAR

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, Boat, Get picked up (extra $), Bus, Taxi and Walk/hike
The local guide will wait for you at the pulperia (local store) in the town of Bambu where you will get into an indigenous canoe steered by an experienced boat crew from the village. They will take you down the Yorkín River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama, to the community. To get to Bambu you will most likely be coming from the Puerto Viejo area and you can either take a public bus, a private transport/taxi, or drive yourself.