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Maleku Costa Rica Indigenous Reserve

You are going to feel welcomed by the friendly Maleku people. They will introduce you to their culture and beliefs, their art works, to the ancient wisdom of using medicinal plants and their language. This is a cultural enriching experience, but also a savoury one, as you will be invited to taste a traditional Maleku meal.

USD $74.00USD $99.00

Per Person

Maleku Costa Rica Indigenous Reserve


  • Meet the Maleku people, spend time with them, learn about their everyday life, culture & beliefs, and feel the spirit of the place
  • Discover medicinal plants used since ancient times, in the rainforest, antique huacas & tombs, and see the nature from their point of view
  • Participate to a Maleku dance performance, listen to their language & pick up a few words, and taste traditional dishes


The Maleku Indian Reserve is located in the northern region of Costa Rica. It includes three different towns, known as Palenques Margarita, Tonjibe and El Sol, all within the 2993 hectare territory. There are about 1000 people living here, and 80 percent speak the native dialect called Maleku Jaica. Meeting the indigenous people, you’ll be able discover their way of life and to find out how they kept their distinct customs and traditions alive.

The tour begins at 8:00, in La Fortuna. A one hour drive through the northern plains will take you to the Indian community Palenque Tonjibe, where you will be warmly welcomed by the people who will introduce you to the place. You have the opportunity to live a cultural enriching experience, hiking through the village to observe many important aspects of this special place: the way they bury their dead, the antique type of home structures, their art work and craftsmanship which currently provide a means of income, the use of cocoa, and the way they create their clothing. Later, you will continue hiking along a trail through the rainforest to learn about medicinal plants that our ancestors used, and how they are currently benefitting from them. Antique huacas or indigenous tombs will be on your way.

Finally, you will be invited to participate to a dance performance with dialogue in native Maleku language and customary dress. You’ll also have the chance to indulge yourself with a traditional Maleku meal. Around 1:00 pm, you will have completed your visit to this interesting village and will return to La Fortuna.


08:00am – 02:00pm

What’s Included

  • Transportation from the hotel with A/C vans
  • Bilingual naturalist guide with ICT certification
  • Reserve entrance fee
  • Bottled water
  • Typical lunch
  • Material with supporting information
  • Liability policy

What to Bring

  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rain coat
  • Insect repellent

Important Notes

  • Rates per person (USD).
  • Minimum age required: 4 years
  • Price for children: 4 – 9 years
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers.
  • Pick ups from hotels that are located too far from La Fortuna town or the main road to the Volcano can have extra charge.
  • Any cancellation or modification of the reservation made in less than 24 hours before departure will incur a penalty of 100%
  • The customer should be at the agreed time and place, we’ll wait a maximum of 5 minutes. In case of No Show, the reservation will be charged to 100%


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