Start Time: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm
Weekly: Mon - Sat
Seasons: Jan - Dec
Aida and Fredi
English Level: Low
It is recommended to spend the night with the family given the limited transportation in and out of Yorkin. Speak directly with Aida and Fredi about homestay options. A bedroom is available for two. If visited by more than two people at once, other guests will sleep as most locals do, on a thin mattress on the floor. In coming months the family hopes to have finished building an extra bedroom for guests. The home has solar panels which provide limited electricity.
What you should bring
Rubber boots are a must. They can be bought in stores in Bribri or (with limited size selection) Bambu for $12-$18 (6,000-9,000 colones). A flashlight and mosquito repellent are strongly recommended. Light long pants and sleeves as well as a sunhat are ideal for the walk to the farm but not required.
*Note that the boat ride is an additional $80, which accommodates up to 8 people. Pay in cash to boat operator day of travel.
The work here is harder than on the outside, but life here is better.
"The work here is harder than on the outside, but life here is better."
- Aida and Fredi
About Aida and Fredi
Aida and Fredi are a humble, hardworking couple. Their family exudes positivity. Their kitchen is a neighborhood gathering place where laughs can be heard starting at sunrise. Despite the physically taxing nature of both the farm work and house work they do, it is rare for Fredi or Aida to admit to being tired.
Born and raised in Talamanca, Aida has spent her life taking care of her family. She has seen Yorkin change from just a few isolated houses to a 300 person community with a school and running water. She enjoys telling stories about local history and lifestyle. The most important thing to her is her family and she shows her love through constant work to keep them well-fed and their house clean. Fredi, a cowboy at heart, hails from Guanacaste. He met Aida when they were both working in San Jose in the 1980s. He was easily convinced to move to Talamanca due to its lush vegetation and wide expanses of untouched forest. Although Fredi began farming the local crops of banana, plantain and cacao later in life, with the 30 years of experience he has gained since, he is a true expert in his field, as are all three of his sons.