If you´re looking for a genuine cultural exchange during your Costa Rican vacation, this Indian Reserve, Shaman, Chocolate and Waterfall Tour will bring you up close and personal with the largest indigenous community in the country, the Bribris. Pay a visit to three of the Bribri towns in the Talamanca Reserve (Volio, Watsi and Santa Fe) and learn about their ways and traditions as kept over the centuries since pre-Columbian times!
Your journey begins with the visit to the Awa or Bribri "witch-doctor". The Awa will guide you through your journey of discovery, teaching you about some of their people´s traditions and history. You´ll walk with the Shaman to a site in the forest where they´ve replicated one of their sacred places found high in the Talamanca, where they believe God created the Bribris and humankind. On the way you will also have the opportunity to observe the ancestral corn grinding process, a method they continue to use on a daily basis!
The authentic experience continues as you board a public bus to your next stop: visiting a genuine Bribri family with 5 generations living together under the same roof. Here you´ll get a closer look into the Bribri´s daily lives. You´ll discover how they live, what they eat, what medicinal plants they use, how they make their cocoa, and many other aspects of their everyday life. You´ll have the opportunity to taste different flavors of cocoa and even learn to grind your own! You´ll also be treated to a traditional Bribri meal.
Last but not least, you´ll visit the Volio Waterfall, considered to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area, 35 meters high! You´ll have time to relax and enjoy the natural pools before heading back to Puerto Viejo.
Departures: 6:00 AM approx.
Length: Approx. 6 hours. Tours longer than 5 hours are not recommended for cruise passengers due to time limits on your cruise itinerary. Please be aware of your time in port prior to booking.
Children: Children 4-11 pay kids price. Children under 4 are FREE!!
Meeting Location: Your hotel in Puerto Viejo, Cahuita or Limon Cruise Ship Pier. Further instructions and pick up time will accompany your voucher.
Cruise Passengers, please note that transportation is available from the cruise ship with a minimum of 4 people. If you are a group of less than 4, you may possibly be put on standby until we can confirm more guests from your ship will participate in the same activity.
Note: This tour accommodates all ages and physical levels, making it a perfect choice for a family adventure! Plus the cultural exchange will be one of the most enriching experiences and definitely a highlight of your trip to Costa Rica!
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