While it is not the traditional weaving you may have in mind, Rudi and Enrique make exquisite baskets and bags by a traditional form of knotting. You will first take a small tour of their medicinal plant garden and learn about the Majagua tree. You will then see the process of extracting the fibers from the tree and learn how to make your own rope/twine. From there Enrique and Rudi will demonstrate the knotting process for bags and the basket weaving technique for other forms. You will leave with your very own piece of twine made from the process you have learned! You will also have the opportunity to shop the many other products they make such as carved bowls made from jicara, a local gourd like fruit, or their original water bottle holder bags.
A light refreshment of tea or juice made from the plants in their medicinal garden will also be provided.
"For me, this is a foundation. We must work hard and sacrifice now, so that we can build the foundation of Rural Tourism for future generations."
The community of Argendora is just starting to welcome small tours of adventurous travelers to the area. The majority of the community members here make a living off of farming and small handicrafts, but all are looking forward to what tourism will bring for their future.
Rudi and Enrique travel throughout the country working at and showcasing in local art shows.
Rudi and Enrique have three sons, one who is assisting with the family craft. Their dream for the future is for their art to be well known throughout Costa Rica and abroad! They see the true value in what they create, as their products help people reduce their use of plastic bags and disposable water bottles.