Location: Located in Corriente Grande – Yorkín – Talamanca – Province of Limón.
Description: In September 1996, twenty-one indigenous Bribri families constituted the Association of Organic Producers “El Chumú”, which in the Bribri language means “organic banana”. Its goal was to “improve the quality of life of the producers of organic banana through the increase of their production and sales”. During eight years this association tried to develop the activity of organic banana, and when it failed to do so, we decided to constitute a new association oriented mainly towards tourism and the diversification of agriculture. The new organization, named Association for Tourism, Development and Organic Agriculture Yorkín, is currently formed by eighteen families. Its purpose is to procure the dignification and the socio-economic improvement for the inhabitants of Yorkín through the diversification of the production and the development of Community-based Rural Tourism. This task has been taken on by the community with enthusiasm and responsibility, in which tourism is used as a tool for the conservation of nature and the protection of their traditions. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about ancestral practices in organic agriculture, preparation of cacao, weaving of palm leaves, the making of handicrafts of different natural materials, archery and ancient songs dedicated to the earth, corn, cacao and nature. Moreover, during the magical hikes through the forest, your guides will tell you about the secrets they keep about the mountains, as wise guardians of their indigenous cultural heritage.
How to get there:
- By car: take the Route 32 towards Limón, and then continue south towards Puerto Viejo. At Hone Creek turn right towards Bribrí. At the village of Bribrí, take the road towards Shiroles for 9 kilometers until you reach the mini supermarket of Bambú, next to the police station. Here, one of our guides will be waiting for you to continue your journey by boat.
- Public bus:From San José: at the Bus Terminal for the Caribbean Coast in San José (calle central, avenida 11. Transportes Mepe, tel: 2257 81 29), take the bus San José- Sixaola. You have to purchase your ticket before getting on the bus. Let the driver know you have to get out in the center of Bribrí. There you cross the street for the bus stop of the bus to Bambú. Or if you prefer, you can take a taxi, which will be a drive of approximately 20 minutes.
- From Puerto Viejo de Limón (40 minutes) or Cahuita (50 minutes): take a bus with destination Sixaola (these will have departed from either Limón or San José) and get off at Bribrí.
- Lodging: maximum capacity of 60 persons, in double rooms with private bathroom (cold water) and in tents for one or two persons. We provide the bed linen, towels and mosquito nets, as well as the mats for the tents.
Added Value! Solar energy!
- Indigenous style Ranch of 4 floors: The first floor has three rooms, each equipped with 1 double bed, a spacious private shower, sink and toilet. This first floor also has a shared bathroom (shower, sink and toilet) in the hallway. The upper floors (with wooden floors) are set up for tents. We have 13 double tents and 10 individual tents, which we set up with mats and bed linen
- 1 private cabin: 1 double bed with private sink, shower, toilet and balcony. Recommended for couples.
- We have a second ranch with a capacity of 32 persons on full occupancy, and 20 persons on single occupancy, with shared bathrooms.
- One day adventure tours and cultural tours
- Full packages with lodging and activities
- Volunteer Programs
- Guided hikes through the forest
- Handicraft classes and their sale
- Showing the process of making cacao, weaving of palm leaves for roofs and archery
- Boat rides for 2 to 4 persons
- Visit to indigenous Bribri and Guaymí communities
- Local Naturalist Guide in Spanish and English
- Talks about the history, legends and Bribri living experiences
- Swimming in natural pools
- Bird watching
- Horseback Riding