La Finca Educativa **
Support this community ecotourism endeavor founded to provide an educational center for Indigenous folks in upper Talamanca.
Spend a few days in upper Talamanca and support the “Finca’s” community ecotourism endeavor founded to provide an educational center for Indigenous folks in upper Talamanca.
LODGING AT La FINCA EDUCATIVA:
If you want to get to know Alta-Talamanca, this is a great base camp. From the Finca you can participate in many of ATEC’s other activity options; go up to YorkÃn, visit ACOMUITA’s chocolate factory, go on a hike to the waterfall in Watsi. We can arrange packages. An example package is listed below.
AN example of a package we can arrange from the FINCA; Exploring High Talamanca 4 Days / 3 Nights
Arrive at Finca Educativa at about 1:00 p.m.
Chat on the indigenous territory and Finca Educativa
In the afternoon, visit Shiroles and Suretka communities, where we will be introduced to the locals and their way of living.
Dinner at Finca Educativa
Overnight at Finca Educativa
Around 6:30 a.m., departure to YorkÃn indigenous community. We will take a dug-out canoe along YorkÃn River (natural border between Costa Rica and Panama). Afterwards, we will visit Estibrawpa Association, where our local guide will tell us the history and purpose of the organization. Then, the guide will lead us through the nature trail telling us about the local trees, medicinal plants and important crops of the YorkÃn community. We will enjoy a typical lunch. Afterwards, we will learn about the secrets of the chocolate process and how the Bribris build their houses.
Return to the Finca Educativa, dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Cultural exchange with the Cachabri indigenous communiy: Departure at 7:00 am and arrival at Suretka community 20 minutes later. We will cross the Telire river by boat and a bus will take us to Cachabri. There, we will visit Casa Cónica (Bribri’s home), and will learn about the mythological creation stories, natural medicine, local recipes, bribri language, Surbón traditional dance and the seed grinding daily activity. This cultural experience will be held by the Awapa (Indigenous doctor), who is highly respected by the community. We will then relax and enjoy the river. Afterwards, we’ll get back to Finca Educativa at about 4:00 pm.
Dinner and overnight at Finca Educativa Lodge.
Visit to the Watsi community, where you can purchase beautiful souvenirs, listen a chat about the community and cultural activities.
Prices without transportation: $252 per person