Indigenous Insight with Jose Carlos and Leila

The Boruca are an indigenous tribe in southwestern Costa Rica. They are a proud indigenous group famous for the craftsmanship of their colorful, hand carved masks, which is a major part of their cultural identify to this day. Although the tribe has faced significant pressures over the years through colonialism, loss of traditional lands and native language, a changing economy, and more, they have preserved much of their culture through ancient traditions, storytelling, and being granted self-governance by Costa Rica through the formation of the Boruca Indigenous Reserve.

Jose Carlos and Leila, his wife, direct the Educational Center in Boruca and welcome you to come experience, first-hand, the cultural practices of their indigenous community. Participate in the welcoming ritual, where you will become part of the community and get to know the spiritual leaders. After getting oriented, you will learn about traditional foods and cultural ceremonies (to participate is your choice). At night, you are welcome to join in and listen to stories of indigenous life. The next day, you can to take part in a cleansing ritual and make an offering to spirit guides important to the Boruca people if you would like. Throughout your stay, there are various workshops available, especially to learn the traditional art forms and cooking methods. Some cooking in Boruca are quite unique, and only found here in the country. This just may be the only place you will learn how to make rice tamales!

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Cost Summary

Activity $98
Taxes & Fees$33

Total $130