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Bribri indianen

Get ready for a special adventure and go and stay with the Bribri Indians! You visit a protected area and the territory of the indigenous tribe of Bribri Indians. They warmly welcome you as their guest and will explain you in more detail how they live their lives in a small village near the border between Costa Rica and Panama. 

Your destination is the small community of Yorkin, that is named after the nearby Yorkin river. This river is very important because it not only functions as a natural border between Costa Rica and Panama, but it is also the main channel of transportation of  people, goods and food to and from the community.

  • Authentic experience
  • Stay with an indigenous tribe
  • Transport by canoe
  • 4 meals included
  • Canoe trip with guide

Yorkin

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Yorkin

You travel by canoe to the Yorkin community, accompanied by an English speaking guide. En route, he will tell you more about the river and the nature reserve. After some 45 minutes you arrive at the village and you visit the nearby cocoa plantations. Back in the village, the Bri Bri inhabitants welcome you with a local snack and then it is time to settle down in your room. Once it is lunch time, you’ll enjoy a authentic, local  lunch.

In the afternoon, you explore the village. Some 50 families live in Yorkin and the village, although small, has schools, shops, churches and a not to forget, a football field. There’s also a public phone, an important communication medium with the world beyond the jungle.

Culture and traditions

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Culture and traditions

In addition to the life in the village, you also hike to a nearby waterfall and the Bri Bri families will explain in more detail how their society works and will show you local arts & crafts, agricultural techniques and building technology. They also share their cooking skills with you and you’ll learn in a traditional way how chocolate is made.

In the evening a local dinner will be prepared and afterwards you will stay in traditionally built huts with thatched roofs and walls and floors of chonta (palm heart) and pejibaye (kind of palm tree). You’ll leave the community the next day after lunch and your guide will drop you off at the pick up location in the town of Bratsi again.

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Schalken family

It was a special experience for us to stay in this community. The children enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from life without electricity and hot water. They liked the local dishes and joined the locals hunting and playing on the river banks.

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Remco and Louise

On the way to the Bribri! When we arrived we met with our guide Orlando, the only one in the community who speaks a little bit of English. We travelled by canoe to the remote village, a trip of about an hour. The river we crossed was literally the border between Panama and Costa Rica. Once we arrived we got a small tour of the village. It is all pretty primitive. There is no electricity here and the families live their lives in a traditional way. They are largely self-sufficient in terms of food and materials, etc. Contact with the outside world is therefore minimal. It was a nice experience, but we would rather have made a day tour. Why? Read more in our travel blog.

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Frans and Lindy

Our boat trip to the Bribri Indians was so beautiful, it seemed like an episode of Discovery Channel. Never seen anything so beautiful !!! The boat trip is already a highlight during your stay (tip: make sure your phone and passport are in a waterproof package!). The local families speak only Bribri and Spanish. In the evening you’ll taste the local liquor and listen to music. Life is simple here, but really nice.

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Sleptsova family

Our Bri Bri experience was unforgettable!

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Aad and Jos

We visited the Bri Bri Indians (a must to our opinon!) where a small community still follows a very traditional lifestyle and has few contacts with the outside world. We also learned more about the world of cacao and chocolate, tasting everything was great!

Tip from Maite:

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Tip from Maite:

Make sure you bring dirt resistant shoes and do not forget your swimming gear. Do you want to do something for the community? School supplies and educational games are always very welcome.

What can you see and do when staying with the Bri Bri?

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Biking and spotting starfish in Bocas del Toro
Enjoy the relaxed and typical Caribbean atmosphere of Bocas del Toro! These islands are now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Panama, but the friendly people, the beautiful beaches and great food and music make you don't want to leave anymore.
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Explore underwater wildlife in Cahuita
Cahuita is a charming Carribean town. From your hotel you walk to the beach in some 20 minutes. If you're a water sports fan, there's great swimming, snorkeling and diving here. Expore the coast either by car or by bike and to get to know the indigenous locals is a truly unique experience as well.
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Pristine beaches in Manzanillo
Manzanillo is the southernmost village at the Caribbean coast, near Panama. The public road ends here and around the village you find beautiful, pristine beaches. The coastal atmosphere is above all relaxed: enjoy the good food, music and the beach of course! Your home in Manzanillo is a beautifully designed, hand-made jungle house with fully equipped kitchen. It offers you the full jungle experince at a stone's throw from the beach!
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Go surfing at the Caribbean coast in relaxed Playa Cocles
Playa Cocles is a small beach town and popular destination for surfers and backpackers alike. From here, exploring the Caribbean coast is easy. Puerto Viejo, with its bars, restaurants and nightlife is nearby and you can also follow the road down to Manzanillo and enjoy the beautiful, quiet beaches.
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One with nature in the lagoon of Barra Pacuare
If you want to enjoy the nature reserve of Tortuguero in its purest, natural form and don't mind staying at a basic accomodation in the middle of the jungle, then you certainly will like this trip to Barra Pacuare. Your lodge can only be reached by boat and you will explore the surrounding canals with a friendly, professional guide. Wifi and mobile networks do not work here, so go off grid for a few days and immerse yourself in nature.
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Wildlife paradise Tortuguero: from green macaw to sea turtle
The Tortuguero National Park or the 'little Amazon' is a great place to start your holiday in Costa Rica. The region offers vibrant wildlife (you can easily spot monkeys, birds, caimans and iguanas), stunning jungle and it is the most important nesting spot for various species of sea turtles.

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