Bribri, Costa Rica

Indigenous Community Experience with Bribri Tribe

2 Days | 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

2 Days / 1 Night

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Connect with Nature

Languages

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

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

Rainforest, Rural Communities and River

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

ACTUAR

Locally Owned Community Association
Starts at:

$148/person

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Speaks: Other Local Language and Spanish

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 dessert, 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 while we enjoy a presentation on artisan coffee production or the preparation of banana cream. Afterwards, we shall take a walk in the forest while the women tell us some of their stories about Talamanca. Upon our return, we will have lunch. Don ́t forget to buy a souvenir from Stibrawpa. They elaborate handicrafts with resources from the forest. Afterwards, we will be ready to depart in the canoe to return to Bambú.

What's Included

Lodging

1 Night Community Lodge

Activities

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

Guide

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

Room

Private Bathroom and Private Room

Food

Lunch, Breakfast and Dinner

Transport

Hike, Boat and Walk

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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

Local transport, Taxi, Get picked up (extra $), Bus, Boat, Drive 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 from 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.