the best. do not miss it. so authentic and amazing, we went on a hike to a waterfall through the jungle. it's about an hour hike to the tree house.
learning about their attempt to repopulate iguanas into the area is really cool! But the best part is after the tour hanging out with the locals and eating a typical BriBri meal with them and listening to stories. A very magical place.
This is a tour not to miss! If you want to learn about the Bri Bri culture and how they are keeping their culture alive plus some history of the area, you will be quite satisfied. Visit the simple homes of two Bri Bri families, one you will learn about the Iguanas, the other about medicinal and everyday use plants as well as make some fresh cacao! We enjoyed seeing some wildlife in the area but mostly enjoyed learning about the plants they use which are all around us all. One family was building a new room and it was incredible how the used the natural woods of the area and how durable these woods are, the floor is made of palm bark which we walked on a floor like this that was 80 years old. So simple yet lasting, just as the tour was with us!! Antonio was our guide, he was so knowledgeable and made this tour amazing!
Very interesting to see and learn more from the ancient cultures... Who says Costa Rica has no culture...! very much they do!I went on a day tour and was introduced to all aspects of the ancient BriBri culture; they way they live, their beliefs, their tradition and the untouched nature! Beautiful!
The guide Alex is super gifted at explaining the magic of the trees, plants and spotting animals of all kinds. Plus he speaks 4 languages!
Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve Tour with Cahuita Tours – 5 out of 5 One of the highlights of our trip. We had a great guide – Adol. The Kekoldi Green Iguana farm was very interesting, the waterfall shop intriguing and the bathe in the pool refreshing (although we don’t fall for waterfalls quite as much as our American cousins!). Best of all was meeting the Bri-Bri medicine man, being shown all the plants he uses and then making and drinking chocolate with his family. Magical and great fun. A wonderful introduction to the forests of Costa Rica and we saw plenty of wildlife along the way – keel-billed toucan, a tarantula, a snake, leaf-cutting ants, bullet ants and lots of birds and butterflies.
This is a very nice place to visit to get away from the local parties and other tourist traps and add some genuine culture to your trip! The people here are so kind and happy to have you visit their reserve. They have an Iguana rescue area, complete with some of the most serious guard-turkeys you will ever encounter. Learn about the Kekoldi people and their efforts to keep their tradional lifestyle at their reserve just outside of Puerto Viejo central.
Viewing the iguana project and hearing about the importance of preservation is only a small part of the experience. we also had a delicious jungle meal, heard a Bribri creation story and had a small glimpse into the lives and culture of the Bribri
We hiked through the reserve with a very knowledgeable guide, Keysuar. If you can, ask for him. We were the only ones on the trip and it was so beautiful hiking through the jungle and so rewarding to get to the waterfall were we went swimming.
Do not miss to learn from the indigenous people what "pura vida" really means. You may follow a knowledgeable guide like the amiable Keshua who will exercise arrow shooting with you, produce chocolate, put Indian makeup on you, explain the medicinal plants, other fruits and crops and teach you the local Bribri language. Check out an overnight stay with the Yorkin Bribri people at the ATEC office in Puerto Viejo to get even more close to the indigenous life and culture