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La Fortuna: Small-Group Maleku Indigenous Reserve Visit

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica

La Fortuna: Small-Group Maleku Indigenous Reserve Visit

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica

From US$ 113.85 per person

Visit an Indigenous village in Costa Rica with the purpose of allowing you to learn about the way of life of these indigenous peoples in the present and what they have done to keep their traditions alive.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Explore the Maleku Indigenous Reserve
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Indigenous peoples
  • Learn about the way of life and traditions that have been kept alive for generations
  • Enjoy a traditional Maleku meal
Full description
The Maleku Indigenous Reserve is in the Northern Region of Costa Rica. The reserve consists of 3 different towns that are known as "Palenques"; Margarita, Tonjibe, and El Sol, all within a territory of 2993 hectares (7396 acres). The population of 1000 inhabitants speak the dialect known as Maleku Jaica around 80% of the time. The purpose of this tour is to allow you to learn about the way of life of these indigenous groups in the present day, and what they have done to keep their customs and traditions alive. Your tour begins in La Fortuna at 8:00 AM and after a 1-hour drive through the northern plains, you will arrive at the Palenque Tonjibe community and be warmly received by their people. After a short presentation, you will begin a hike through the village to observe many important aspects of this unique place. This includes the way they bury their dead, the antique type of home structures, their artwork and craftsmanship which currently provide a means of income, the use of cocoa in their farming, and the creation of their clothing. Later you will continue with a 600-meter walk along a forest trail in order to learn about medicinal plants that our ancestors used, and how we benefit from them today. Here you will also observe some antique indigenous tombs. Finally, you will pass through a Palenque were we will be treated to a traditional Maleku meal. Around 1:00 PM, you will have completed your visit to this village and will begin your return to La Fortuna.
  • Transportation to and from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Reserve entrance fee
  • Bottled mineral water, snacks, lunch, and insurance policy.
  • Additional food and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multilingual guide in English and Spanish
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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We traveled in a comfortable van with both a driver and a guide who spoke about the people we were going to see. Mainor was an excellent, fun guide and spoke very good English. The woman from the Maleku tribe told about the traditions of how they bury their dead. Very interesting! We also walked in the forest and learned about how they used plants for healing. The lunch they served was tasty.

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January 27, 2020

Product ID: 164811