TERRABA, SOUTH PACIFIC

Details

The Térrabas, or Broran, are an indigenous group from the southern area of the Puntarenas Province, with a rich cultural heritage. They have approximately 9,000 hectares next to the Grande de Térraba River, and they are a community that has survived cultivating the land for hundreds of years.

The town has approximately 600 natives whose ancestors were the Chibchas. The Terrabas are known because of their bravery and warrior spirit and they continue on a daily fight to rescue, strengthen, and promote their culture, its traditions, identity, nature, medicinal plant knowledge, gastronomy and spirituality.

There is an initiative of some of the elders and community leaders, to create a project to ¨musealize¨ the environment, from the perspective that heritage subsists in an inseparable relationship with the community and the territory

This idea is the result of the large number of sites of high cultural significance for them that exist in their community, as well as the natural attractions and small rural tourism projects. Such is the case of the stone “hand of tiger”, where a huge mark in the form of a feline footprint contains for the community stories and traditions referring to the history of creation and ancestral beliefs.

Included

  • Meals as Described
  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • Chosen Experience

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages

What to Bring?

  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Confortable Clothes
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Terraba

Today you drive from where you are towards the Pacific Town of Terraba.
Depending on your arrival time you may have the chance to take a dip into their sacred river or walk around town.

Included: Lodging and dinner

Day 2Visit Boruca Indigenous Territory

Today after breakfast you will drive for 20 minutes to the indigenous town of Boruca.
Daily life in Boruca reflects a self- sustaining agricultural village, but one where the majority of the economy is supported by artisan crafts and ecotourism.
You will get to know Margarita, the visionary of the community, she will share part of their history. Then you continue to learn and do your own carved wooden mask and help in the process of weaving. Boruca has a long tradition of hand-dying threads from naturally found colors from sources including leaves of the sangrilla tree, bark of the carbonero tree, clay, indigo plants and occasionally the ink of a mollusk. After spinning thread from locally-grown cotton, they use a loom to weave the thread into handbags, wall hangings, coin purses and more.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodging and the Boruca Experience.

Day 3Choose an Experience

Today after breakfast you have the chance to choose from the following experiences available and learn more from their inhabitants.
– Visit the petroglyph
– Cocoa Experience
– Waterfall hike
– Rainforest Jewelry

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, lodging and the chosen experience

Day 4Departure

After breakfast you will say goodbye to your new friends from Terraba and continue with your journey.

Included: breakfast

This itinerary can be extended up to the quantity of days you prefer.
Volunteer work is available in this community as well.

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