Rivers and Rainforest
11 day moderate canoe and walking rustic lodge and camping trip. Talamanca
trips meet at the Hotel San Gildar in Escazu, just outside of San Jose
Costa Rica, and are offered on:
Not being offered at this time, but is available as a FIT Custom Departure
Day by Day Itinerary
Rainforest & Rivers of Costa Rica
rivers, indigenous people combine
for a memorable experience
There is no better way to immerse yourself in the cultures of the people
and cultures of Talamanca
than on this canoeing and hiking adventure. In conjunction with the
Bribri Association, we offer a rare opportunity to go where few organized
groups have traveled. Until the late 1970's, it was very difficult to
get to the densely forested and sparsely populated region of Talamanca.
Today, the journey is easier, but the quiet beaches, mountains and rainforests
have retained their charm and remain refreshingly unspoiled.
people are a melting pot of Indigenous, Afro-Caribbean and Spanish cultures.
The wildlife features a fascinating variety of howler monkeys, exotic
birds, sloths, catamounts and sea turtles. The flora offers up a pharmacy
of medicinal plants and a cornucopia of wild fruits and vegetables.
The rivers give us a back-door look at life in a timeless agricultural
valley as we float by a mosaic of lush primary forests, small farms,
plantain crops and remote villages. We will also have enough time for
hiking and relaxation.
are a mix of rustic lodges and a safari-style base camp.
Our first five days will be spent as guests of the Bribri Indians. During
this time we will have an opportunity to visit with the local people
and learn about their customs and way of life. We are especially proud
to be the first touring organization to work cooperatively with the
Bribri Association. The president of the Bribri Association will join
us for dinner one evening providing an informal setting where we can
exchange ideas and learn more about this special culture. River choices
abound in this area and include the Uren, Coen, Telrie and Yorkin. For
two evenings we will be guests of a small village community on the Yorkin
River. Camp is set up at the women's cooperative which is encircled
by towering trees and lush vegetation.
journey continues as we leave the reserve and head for Asacode, a grassroots
organization of local farmers. Their goal is to work together to learn
about indigenous trees and plants and to reforest the area for future
generations. Association President Jose Luis and his family greet us
like old friends. The haunting and mystical calls of the night are a
perfect way to end the day.
We enjoy two days at Asacode, giving us time to explore our new surroundings.
We may choose to paddle in
the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and spend some time at the Caribbean
coast. Or we may opt to take a day walk at Asacode learning about the
many ongoing projects and studies. We are quite certain that your Talamanca
adventure with BATTENKILL CANOE, LTD. will quickly become one of your
most memorable traveling experiences.
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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