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


Community-based cooperative

2 days / 1 night
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.
  • Enjoy lounging in a natural pool after a scenic hike.
  • 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 / 1 night

  • Good For

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

  • Languages

    English, Spanish, German

  • Weather

    Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 30

  • 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

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Spend a night with the indigenous community of the Yorkin River on an immersive 2-day, 1-night tour!

Day 1
Start your adventure in the village of Bambú, where your local guide will meet you at 9 am. Hop into a traditional indigenous canoe steered by an experienced boat crew from the village and sail down the beautiful Yorkín River, the natural border between Costa Rica and Panama. After about an hour, arrive at Yorkín and explore the village by foot. See organic cacao and banana plantations, and enjoy a snack. Visit the Skui River and the hanging bridge, where you can stop for a refreshing swim in the water (weather permitting). Later, have a typical Bribri lunch, followed by a presentation all about the traditional way of making chocolate! Continue immersing yourself in the traditional way of life as you discover how to use a bow and arrow and how to weave leaves into a traditional roof. Wind down the day with a local dinner as you hear ancient stories about the Bribri culture. Your accommodation will be in Posada Rural Stibrawpa.

Day 2
In the morning, you will enjoy a local breakfast to energize you for a 1-hour hike to a stunning waterfall on the Panamanian side of the Yorkín river. There, you will enjoy lounging in the natural pool surrounded by lush greenery. After, you will return to Yorkín, where you will have lunch and learn about the traditional handicrafts made from materials foraged from the forest. You'll also have a chance to buy souvenirs from Stibrawpa! At 3:30 pm, you will depart in the canoe to return to Bambú.

Included in the price of the tour are: round-trip canoe transportation, local guide, meals, and accommodation.

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 save and strengthen the Bribri culture, protect the rainforest, and improve the economic situation of the families.

Main Programs

  • Organic gardenening in the community

  • Comprehensive management of waste

  • Football club (donations of uniforms and equipment)

  • Culture Day (promoting culture)