STIBRAWPA: Costa Rica Community Tour: Meet the People of the Yorkin River

Costa Rica Community Tour: Meet the People of the Yorkin River

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica


Non-profit organization

2 days
From$77 USDPer person

The Asociación Stibrawpa Personas Artesanas works to strengthen the indigenous community by investing in families and culture through ecotourism.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful Yorkin River while providing support to the indigenous community.
  • Explore the Yorkin River and learn about the indigenous culture and lifestyle.
  • Discover cultural traditions while participating in immersive activities such as chocolate making and preparation.

Tour revenue will be invested in infrastructure, student support, and job creation.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time

    9:00 AM

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Good For

    Adults, Children, Families, Youth, Students, Professionals, Couples, Young adults, Active seniors, Groups

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Light shirt, Comfortable shoes for walking, Hat, Headlamp/flashlight, Sunscreen lotion, Mosquito repellent, Water, Swimming suit

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 30

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Spend the night with the indigenous community of the Yorkin River! Visitors will participate in an immersive 2-day, 1-night tour.

Day 1:
The tour will start with a one hour visit to the Yorkin River. Then, guests will make their way to the visitor center and a snack will be provided. Following this break, you will have the unique opportunity to tour the community suspension bridge used for swimming. Visitors will then embark back to the center for a lunch consisting of chicken, beans, rice, bananas, and chopped vegetables. After lunch, there will be a tour of a cocoa farm where visitors will have the opportunity to prepare their own chocolate. Following the visit to the cocoa farm, visitors will watch a presentation that highlights the organization’s purpose and the culture of the indigenous people.

Day 2:
The second day will begin with breakfast. Visitors will have the option to spend the day either touring the woods, waterfalls, or community. Lunch will be provided and guests will have the opportunity to purchase crafts and artisanal chocolate.

3 Visitor Reviews

    Ibarnola ●  Jul 2, 2016

    If you care about the planet, the environment and a common future for humankind you must visit this community. The Bribri will open their hearts to welcome you in their home and tell you the stories of their meaningful lives. This visit will teach you a lesson of humility and support for each other, something that we quickly forget in our frenetic lives. If you bring your kids, I'm sure that it will be a transformative experience in their lives. You will also have the opportunity to "break" your own reality and reassess what's really meaningful in life. A visit to this community will be plenty of wonderful surprises including breathtaking views, adventurous travel in the rapids of a jungle river, amazingly tasty indigenous food, games, swimming, and even soccer. The journey is more than the adventure. Don't miss out this lifetime opportunity for joyful learning.

    travelbal2015 ●  Feb 29, 2016

    We thoroughly enjoyed our day tour at the Stibrawpa Yorkin reserve. After a long shuttle ride, we were loaded onto small boats with a motor driver in the rear, and a navigator wielding a long pole in the front. The two worked expertly in tandem to give us a delightful boat ride on the Oxiaola and then the Yorkin River, which flows between Costa Rica and Panama. Both rivers are clean, cool and full of interesting turns, small rapids and beautiful scenery. When we arrived at the Reserve, we were greeted by Prisca, who, (we found out later) is one of the founding members of the Stibrawpa Organization. This is a group organized by women, who have worked to generate some income for their community by providing these tours, sharing their history, culture and food, and encourage their young people to stay on the reserve by paying them to be tour guides, canoe drivers, etc. The reserve itself is lush and gorgeous, and, as we followed our guide, Maynor, we learned about the hunting bows and arrows, the traditional roofing that is made by hand, the buildings on site (the High School was built in 2005), and the traditional uses of medicinal plants. At the cocina, we were given a very generous lunch, taught the steps to making chocolate, and treated to a sweet taste of chocolate-covered bananas. We also were able to purchase some of the lovely crafts that the residents had produced.The community's concern for their environment was evident in the recycle bins around the reserve, and the solar panels that provide some of the buildings with power. All in all, a wonderful experience that we would recommend.

    Scothiking ●  Jan 2, 2016

    We had a wonderful experience meeting the people of Yorkin. We loved learning about cocoa, medicinal plants, and history. We got to try out doing a bit of thatch work, using a traditional bow and arrow and sampling a meal that included chocolate. The young guides were impressed that we had traveled 2000 miles especially to visit them. Be sure to wear, bring or arrange for boots as the paths can be quite muddy . The trip on the river along the Panama border is great in itself. I wish we had made time to stay over night.

Tour Start Address

Comunidad Yorki, Talamanca, Provicia Limon, Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Talamanca, Costa Rica

How To Get There

Visitors can take a boat from Talamanca, Limon to Yorkin.



To work on improving the quality of life for families, strengthening indigenous culture and achieve union organizations for community development.

Main Programs

  • Organic gardenening in the community

  • Comprehensive management of waste

  • Football club (donations of uniforms and equipment)

  • Culture Day (promoting culture)