The Indigenous Bribri people of Costa Rica live deep in the Talamanca rainforest near the coastal Caribbean, where the campesinos (farmers) grow plantains and cacao among other produce. Their ancient culture is steeped in tradition and they speak their own language, Bribri, as well as Spanish. The "Undiscovered Caribbean Adventure" is one of my favorite trips to send people on because guests get to interact with different cultures in a deeper way. It isn't an ordinary vacation and it takes a greater sense of daring than many.
This trip gets people off the beaten path to travel deep inside a region of Costa Rica where traditional life prevails and where most travelers normally don't venture. The isolated Talamanca Mountains and lowland rainforests are the home to a mosaic of cultures and one of the few places where you will find Afro-Caribbean, Bribri, and the Cabécar people living in the same region.
Guests can visit the Bribri Reserve, the biggest indigenous community in the country. Starts with a visit to the Awa, the Bribri´s doctor, who receives guest at his ranch to share their customs and history, as well as performing a purification ceremony. Visit with a family where five generations live together under the same roof. Experience their cooking techniques, medicinal plants uses, chocolate production and many other aspects of their lives. Taste chocolate with different aromas and flavors and try your hand at grinding your own chocolate. Join the family for a delicious home-cooked meal that will include typical indigenous ingredients.
I love hearing about guests' experiences as they discover a sense of unity and joy, knowing that they are part of an environmentally friendly vacation that strengthens local organizations and contributes to the economic well-being of the community. This unique experience is what makes Wildland standout and why people travel with us. Not only do they get to see the world and connect with a new culture in a meaningful way but they also get to help families and preserve their culture, traditions, and environment.
Your friendly Costa Rica expert,
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