Maleku Indigenous Reserve

La Fortuna
8:00 am
6 hours ( approx. )
Starting from
$85 Per person

Tour overview

  • Visit to a typical Maleku village (Palenque)
  • Introduction to customs and traditions
  • Information about the Maleku way of life today
  • Traditional lunch

The Maleku Indigenous Reserve is in the Northern Region of Costa Rica. The reserve consists of 3 different towns that are called Palenques; Margarita, Tonjibe and El Sol, all within a territory of 2993 hectares (7396 acres).  The population of 1000 inhabitants speak the dialect known as Maleku Jaica around 80% of the time. The main objective of this tour is to learn about the indigenous lifestyle in the present and what they are doing to rescue their traditions and customs.

Our tour starts at 8:00am from La Fortuna. After a 1-hour drive through the northern plains, we will arrive at Tonjibe Palenque where we will be welcomed by the locals. After a short presentation we will begin a walk through the village to learn important details of the village such as the way in which its dead are buried and the type of palenques that they built in antiquity. We will also learn about how craftsmanship is a way of subsistence in the present, the use of cocoa in their agriculture, and the way they created their clothing. Later, we will continue with a walk along a small path of 600 meters in the forest to receive interesting information about medicinal plants and trees that their ancestors used and which they currently profit from.

At the end of the tour we will go to a Palenque to an enjoy a traditional Costa Rican lunch with a Maleku touch. Around 1:00 p.m. we will have finished the visit to this village and begin our drive back to La Fortuna.


  • Mineral bottled water
  • Experienced bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Transportation from the hotel with A/C & Wifi on vans

Things to bring

  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Rain coat
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Sunscreen


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  • - Price is per person
  • - Minimum number of participants: 2 adults
  • - Child rate ($51) is for children 5-11 years old, children 0-4 years old are allowed free of charge, child seats are available free of charge (subject to availability).
  • - Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • - Vegetarian option available for lunch, please specify when making reservations.
  • - The tour is bilingual in English and Spanish
  • - Transportation from most hotels is included in the price. If your hotel is far from downtown La Fortuna or the road to the Arenal Volcano, additional pick-up costs may apply. Please inquire at the time of booking.
  • - The departure times are approximate and we will send you the exact pickup time.


  • - Cancellations or changes to the booking are possible until 24 hours before departure. After that, the full booking price will be charged in any case.
  • - If a participant does not appear at the agreed time at the agreed place, we can wait a maximum of 5 minutes. In case of non-appearance, the full booking price will be charged.