The work here is harder than on the outside, but life here is better.
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.
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.
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.