This Puerto Viejo culture tour will take you to one of the Bri Bri villages where you will be welcomed and taught how to make chocolate before visiting the Talamanca Waterfalls to go swimming. This tour is popular because it provides an opportunity to interact personally with members of Costa Rica’s indigenous culture and discover the beautiful natural environment where they live. Plus you will learn how to make chocolate from the cacao bean and do plenty of tasting!
One of the last Bri Bri reserves in the country is located in Talamanca. You will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the reserve where the indigenous people will open their doors and invite you in to learn from their culture.
You will be visiting the village called Watsi. Here you will meet five generations working together to maintain a vibrant community. This tribe still follows many practices of their older traditions, intentionally living in balance with their natural surroundings. You will see how they cook, live their every day lives, prepare medicinal plants and produce chocolate.
Did you know that real cacao is chock full of cancer-fighting antioxidants and contains a large concentration of vitamins and minerals? You will learn about this and more during the unique chocolate-making workshop in which you will be participating.
After you make chocolate and taste many forms of it, you’ll hike through a well maintained rainforest trail with your bilingual guide leading you to the breathtaking Talamanca Waterfall. Bring your bathing suit to jump into the crystalline pool or feel free to just sit at the water’s edge and admire the lush tropical surroundings.
Your group will stop to eat a meal of traditional Costa Rican food typically consisting of meat, fish or a vegetable choice, beans and rice, finely chopped “pico de gallo” salsa, tortillas and various garnishes. The meal also includes a beverage. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.
This Indian Reserve tour at Puerto Viejo includes a bilingual guide, lunch, drink and transportation from Cahuita, Puerto Viejo and Punta Uva. One way transportation from your hotel to the indigenous village may take from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on your pick-up location. Combined time of village visit, chocolate-making workshop, waterfall hike and swim, lunch and round trip transportation can take from 4 to 6 hours. Please bring hiking shoes, insect repellent, bathing suit, towel, camera, sun block and rain gear.