Tours in the Bribri Territory
The BriBri are an indigenous people of Costa Rica. Today there would be around 15,000, they live in several small towns in the southern part of the Cordillera de Talamanca, in Costa Rica. The BriBri people are one of the oldest and most powerful tribes in the country. After almost disappearing (due to being absorbed by the Hispanic culture), the BriBri have been refounding their communities respecting their customs and traditional life. The BriBri live mainly from agriculture (coffee, cocoa and banana plantations). At Ditsowo u - LODGE we offer visits of ancestral knowledge to these unique places (more..)
Conical House Tour
• Transfer from the Ditsöwö Ú project in the Bambú community to the canoe port in Suretka. The Telire river is crossed with traditional canoes. Then you travel about 20 minutes to the community of Amubri where the usure is located: the conical house and workplace of the spiritual leader of the community.
• You will join an introduction to the Bribri culture and its ancestral traditions. You will have the experience of sharing with the indigenous community and an awá: spiritual guide / shaman. They will tell you about the culture, tradition and stories of the creation of the universe according to the Bribri worldview.
• You will have the opportunity to grind on sacred stones. They produce products such as coffee, corn flour and cocoa, among others.
• You will enjoy a typical bribri snack with chocolate and homemade bread baked with wood.
• Return to the port and transfer by canoe to Bambú.
• 4.5 hour excursion
• Tour along the Telire and Sixaola rivers in a traditional canoe to an organic cocoa farm on the border with Panama.
• You will take a walk through the farm and the jungle to learn about the cocoa fruit and taste its pulp. You will learn more about its traditional cultivation and its importance according to the Bribri worldview. You will know the complete process of making chocolate, for example the fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans.
• Walking through the farm you will discover the typical vegetation of the area and the construction materials of indigenous houses such as suita leaves, chonta and others.
• After the walk you will be able to participate in the traditional way of preparing chocolate and taste this native product.
• 3 hour excursion
Indigenous Organic Farm
• Trip on the Telire and Sixaola rivers in a traditional canoe.
• Visit of an organic farm located on the riverbank and surrounded by primary forest. A variety of local products are grown, such as bananas, plantains, corn, cassava, yams, beans, etc. that serve for the self-consumption of families and the Ditsöwö project Ú.
• There will be a walk along a path of the farm during which you will learn more about the cultivation of these products and you will also be able to participate in the harvest. You will also learn about different medicinal plants used by the community.
• Apart from experiencing a typical day of a farmer, you can also enjoy the natural environment, bathe in the river pools and observe a wide variety of flora and fauna.
• Return to accommodation by canoe.
• Traditional canoe trip down the Telire and Yorkin rivers on the border with Panama (45 minutes to 1 hour), departing from Bambú.
• Twenty-minute walk from where you disembark to the falls, accompanied by a guide.
• Not only can you swim in the cool waters of the waterfall, just sitting around it forces you to appreciate the natural surroundings and disconnect from everything else.
• During the tour you can see animals (among them different frogs, butterflies and birds).
• Visiting the waterfalls is a gift for the soul and the body. It is traveling to another world in total contact with nature, its sounds and sensations.
Walk through the Talamanca mountain range.
• Rubber boots or comfortable shoes for the walk.
• Food that gives a lot of energy for this walk
(7 days of walking minimum), cookies, gatorei or energy drinks, soups, parboiled rice, sugar, salt and other things.
• Comfortable socks
• Cofal or creams to massage the muscles.
• Pills for muscle pain.
• Portable gas stove.
• Good spotlights.
• Large plastic to make a waterproof tent or tent (the plastic is purchased depending on the size and the number of people who are going on the walk)
• The person must carry water containers.
• Does not include transportation payments.
• They have to carry a safety kit
• It is a tropical forest and you have to have respect for the mountains and sacred places for the Bribri and Cabécar culture, since they are respectful.