You are going to feel welcomed by the friendly Maleku people. They will introduce you to their culture and beliefs, their art works, to the ancient wisdom of using medicinal plants and their language. This is a cultural enriching experience, but also a savoury one, as you will be invited to taste a traditional Maleku meal.
The Maleku Indian Reserve is located in the northern region of Costa Rica. It includes three different towns, known as Palenques Margarita, Tonjibe and El Sol, all within the 2993 hectare territory. There are about 1000 people living here, and 80 percent speak the native dialect called Maleku Jaica. Meeting the indigenous people, you’ll be able discover their way of life and to find out how they kept their distinct customs and traditions alive.
The tour begins at 8:00, in La Fortuna. A one hour drive through the northern plains will take you to the Indian community Palenque Tonjibe, where you will be warmly welcomed by the people who will introduce you to the place. You have the opportunity to live a cultural enriching experience, hiking through the village to observe many important aspects of this special place: the way they bury their dead, the antique type of home structures, their art work and craftsmanship which currently provide a means of income, the use of cocoa, and the way they create their clothing. Later, you will continue hiking along a trail through the rainforest to learn about medicinal plants that our ancestors used, and how they are currently benefitting from them. Antique huacas or indigenous tombs will be on your way.
Finally, you will be invited to participate to a dance performance with dialogue in native Maleku language and customary dress. You’ll also have the chance to indulge yourself with a traditional Maleku meal. Around 1:00 pm, you will have completed your visit to this interesting village and will return to La Fortuna.
08:00am – 02:00pm
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