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Overnight Indigenous Visits Cabecar or Bri-bri Tribes

Costa Rica is not known for it's indigenous population having only 8 different tribes all of which are pretty much unheard of outside of Costa Rica. They population only makes up 1% of the total population of Costa Rica. This should not take away from the feeling of hiking four hours and arriving to a remote indigenous village where the families still speak the native language, live in thatch huts, and live off the land.

Here at CRR we understand the importance of indigenous culture and we believe quite honestly that they understand a lot more than many of us ever will because of our urban upbringing. There contact to nature is something that can be shared with us in a short visit giving us a small dose of their ancient knowledge to bring back to the developed world.

CRR has a list of areas that we visit with a combination of biking, hiking, and rafting to and around different areas where we even stay the night to enjoy the full on experience of living in an indigenous tribe of Costa Rica. The two different tribes we deal with are the Cabecar who are located on the Pacuare River and the Bribri who are located in the Talamanca and Caribbean lowlands. These two tribes actually back up to each other and at times are similar in traditions and customs. The Cabecar visit is a rafting trip for about 4 hours from the top Pacuare section of class III rafting. We then dock the boat and take off for a 3 hour hike where we arrive to a small village of the Cabecar Indigenous population. Here we stay the night and go through the daily routine of living in such a remote area where no cars, no electricity, and quite ironically NO STRESS. The second day we hike out to an area a little further down the river (walking past the class V rapids which is only for experts). From here we take off for the second half of our rafting adventure.

The visit to the Bribri is a bit different where we only cross a large river and make our way to a small village called Soki. This village is far into the Talamanca mountains and from there we make our visit or we decide to hike deeper into the reserve.

Reasons to Go:

  • Open your mind
  • Interest in Indigenous Culture
  • A very very remote adventure and setting
  • Enjoy hiking

Reasons NOT to Go:

  • This is remote & roughing it at times
  • Not a good hiker