On this tour, you will learn about the Maleku culture and traditions, as well as participate in activities such as a traditional Maleku ceremony, a guided hike through the forest and a demonstration of traditional crafts. The Maleku are one of the indigenous groups in Costa Rica and their reserve is located in the northern part of the country. The tour starts at 8 a.m. in La Fortuna and after an 1-hour-drive we arrive at the Maleku town Tonjibe Palenque.
The community gives us a warm welcome and a short presentation before we start our walk through the village to visit some of the traditional Maleku homes and learn about their daily life. We will also learn a lot about their traditions and about their efforts to keep their culture alive.
In addition to the cultural experience, the tour also offers the chance to support the Maleku community by purchasing handicrafts made by local artisans. The Maleku people are known for their intricate weaving and pottery, so they will proudly present you some of their masterpieces, which for sure are one of the most unique souvenirs you can find. The proceeds from these purchases go towards supporting the community and preserving their way of life. Of course, you are not obligated to buy anything.
The tour also offers the opportunity to explore the reserve's forests and rivers and learn about the Maleku's relationship with the environment. They will explain you which medicinal plants they use and why the use of cocoa is so important in their agriculture.
At the end of the tour we will enjoy a delicious Maleku lunch before returning to our hotels in La Fortuna.
Overall, a visit to the Maleku Indigenous Reserve provides a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the culture of one of Costa Rica's indigenous groups while supporting the preservation of their traditional way of life.