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Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour
3.5

Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour

By Ecoterra Costa Rica
The Maleku Indigenous Reserve is located in the Northern Region of Costa Rica. The reserve is home to three different villages, known as Palenques Margarita, Tonjibe y El Sol, all within the 2993 hectares (7395 acres) territory. The population is 1000 indigenous, and 80% speak the native dialect called Maleku Jaica. The purpose of this tour is to allow you to learn about the way of life of these indigenous groups in the present day and what they have done to keep their customs and traditions alive.
from
$98.00
per adult
from
$98.00
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 6h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • Traditional Maleku lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with Wi-Fi
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Maleku Chocolate
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • You must contact Ecoterra Costa Rica at least 24 hours before your activity date to confirm your reservation and arrange transportation.
  • Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Diag. 301, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica Just drive in to the parking area and ask the receptionist about ecoterra Costa Rica Tours
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7453P21

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour?
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What is the Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour cancellation policy?
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Which company provides Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour?
Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour is hosted by Ecoterra Costa Rica. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Ecoterra Costa Rica on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7453P21

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Casa Luna Hotel & Spa
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • 1
    Maleku Chocolate
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    The tour begins in La Fortuna at 8:00 am. After a 1 hour drive through the northern plains, you will arrive at the Indian community Palenque Tonjibe and be warmly received by their people. After a short presentation, you will begin a hike through the village to observe many important aspects of this unique place, such as the way they bury their dead, the antique type of home structures, and their artwork and craftsmanship which currently provide a means of income, the use of cocoa in their farming, and the creation of their clothing. Later you will continue with a walk along a forest trail with 600 meter long (0.37 miles) in order to learn about medicinal plants that the ancestors used, and how we benefit from them today. Here you will also observe some antique huacas or indigenous tombs. Finally you will pass through a Palenque were you will be treated to a traditional Maleku meal.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Great birdwatching!
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Awesome and unique! Not for wimps
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Claustrophobic but did it!
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John R
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Daniella and Ronald took us on a wonderful immersive tour with the Maleku Indigenous tribe. The tour had a number of segments including an informative presentation on the tribal history; an exploration into the medicinal/practical uses of plants; a delicious meal; a fun archery session; a theatrical representation of Maleku ceremonies and finally, an engaging arts and craft session. Highly recommend this tour and it definitely added a cultural dimension to our trip to costa rica!
Written December 28, 2021
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Lois75
Cape Cod, MA4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Everything about this tour was spectacular. We learned so much about the Indigenous Tribe that has been living and still lives here outside of La Fortuna. We enjoyed learning about their history and current life, medicinal plants, crafts (even taught us to cat a gourd), food and song. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written December 10, 2022
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2023 Maleku Indigenous Reserve Tour provided by Ecoterra Costa Rica