The Bribri Indigenous Experience is an excellent way to spend the day getting to know the richness of the Pre Columbian culture of Costa Rica. You will have a cultural, anthropological and natural immersion in the Watsi Bribri Community in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains.
After a morning pick up at your hotel in Puerto Viejo, the tour begins with a hike in the rainforest which will lead you to a waterfall. You will observe the tropical flora and have the opportunity to see red frogs, big morpho butterflies and maybe other inhabitants while you relax and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pool.
Then, you will visit a medicinal plants garden to learn about the indigenous natural treatments and healing powers of the plants, trees, roots, leafs, barks, etc. You will be hosted by the medicine man or medicine lady.
Last but not least, you will meet a traditional Bribri family of five generations to learn about their way of life, their heritage and resources for farming, cooking, healing, building and hunting, using organic materials found in the surrounding forest. After crossing a hanging bridge and walking through a cacao plantation, you will reach the house of the family. You will engage in the ancestral organic chocolate process using Pre Colombian tools and passed down from generation to generation. You will taste about 5 different chocolate flavors. You will have a lecture of medicinal plants and their use. You will participate in a hunting demonstration with typical bow and arrows with a Bribri local.
A typical Bribri lunch served in a banana leaf and shared with the family will complete this indigenous experience.