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Meleruk Indigenous Community

Meleruk Indigenous Community

By Gandoca Tours
Then we will see the process and elaboration of chocolate from the cocoa plant to the final product, we will also share a talk to learn about the life and worldview of the Bríbri people, then we will enjoy a traditional lunch made with organic products grown by the family, we will have a short time with the Buitrago family, where we will listen to their stories, talks. We undertake the return full of renewed energies and empirical knowledge of the Bribri ancestral culture.
per adult
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Ages 6-75
Duration: 6–7 minutes
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish

  • Traditional Bribri lunch, vegetables from the garden chicken or pork also vegetarian option.
  • Entry/Admission - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Private transportation

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 248713P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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

How much is Meleruk Indigenous Community?
Meleruk Indigenous Community price starts from $59.40. Discover and book Meleruk Indigenous Community on Tripadvisor
What is the Meleruk Indigenous Community cancellation policy?
Meleruk Indigenous Community cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Meleruk Indigenous Community on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Meleruk Indigenous Community?
Meleruk Indigenous Community is hosted by Gandoca Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gandoca Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Meleruk Indigenous Community on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Meleruk Indigenous Community?
On average, this experience will take approximately 6m. Discover and book Meleruk Indigenous Community 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: 248713P4

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Gandoca Tours
Costa Rica
Joined in August 2013

#22 of 61 Tours & Activities in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Valerie B
    Valerie B
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    We booked this tour in April 2023 and were not satisfied. The guide was ok and as always with animal sightings there is a lot of luck involved, we knew this in advance so it’s ok that we didn’t see a leatherback turtle. However, what I cannot wrap my head around is the price of 120 USD for two people for this tour. We drove with our own car to Gandoca beach (so no shuttle involved), met the guide there and then “waited” for the turtles to appear for three hours. There is a night patrol monitoring the beach and they flash their red lights if a turtle comes out of the water. So basically, after walking a few minutes up and down the beach, we sat on a fallen tree, the guide played games on his cellphone (which I also do not understand since we were asked to not use white lights on the beach) and waited for the signs of the patrol. We didn’t have a shuttle or snacks (which we didn’t need but were also not included in the price) and there was no entrance fee to the national park, so I really don’t understand why on earth this tour is so expensive. Wouldn’t recommend.
  • sakre129
    Turtle night tour
    We did a night turtle watching tour. It was well organized , very knowledgeable guide and we actually saw a leatherback turtle nest. It was so special. Also we booked the tour the night before through what’s app , paid with PayPal and everything worked out fine.
  • V7691OUsimonm
    Chocolate, Waterfall and Shaman Tour
    This tour did not quite live up to what was sold, and was a little unstructured. Our guide Anthony was fantastic though, and did a great job of bringing it to life. He really wanted us to have a good time and went out of his way to do so. Five stars for the guide, it just wasn’t what was expected.
  • paulinaaU8955NX
    Chocolate and Waterfalls, oh my!
    We are so glad we went on the chocolate and waterfall tour! After days of beaches and jungles it was very special to learn about local BriBri culture, uses of native flora, and participate in traditional ways of making chocolate. Our guide Kendall clearly had a deep respect for the indigenous world view and was a friendly and knowledgeable interpreter for us. The waterfall was the perfect end to our day, and he patiently gave us all the time we needed to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Would definitely recommend!
  • E4452HFkr
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  • stanm606
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    The best part, besides of course the amazing scenery, was our guide Jaunito. He has a great sense of humor and eye for wildlife. Totally knowledgeable. Saw lots of various animals and tasted various fruit found along the way.
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    Great Costa Rican tour
    Very beautiful scenery, saw lots of herron, a few monkeys. Not a lot of animals but that’s not the tours fault. Finished the tour with fresh pipa freia from the owners home. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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  • GregR11235
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    We used the services of very friendly operator, and he arranged a great walk thru Cahuita Nature Reserve Park, and he also took us for the whole day trip to Panama, to beautiful Boca islands beach! Well-organized, good prices, and he's a delight to work with!
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    We booked a very good priced return transfer to Bocas. The price was very good, we saved 14$ each. We were picked up on time from our hotel in PV. Driver was excellent, very safe and helped us with our luggage and passports/exit visa 9$ to pay at the border. Then took us across the bridge to meet our Panama shuttle which was waiting for us and other passengers. We were then helped with passport entry before waiting for other passengers and then drove to Ferry 40 mins followed by quick transfer to Bocas.
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    Great tour in the Gandoca-Manzanillo refuge.
    We booked an activity with this company recommended by friends. The area was amazing, a lot of nature just what we wanted, our guide named Giberto was very attentive to show us the many species that inhabit the area. After almost 2.5hr walking we arrived at the small community of Gandoca where we had a delicious typical lunch.   We recommend good footwear and hydration. We loved the service punctuality and knowledge of the guide.
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1 review
Very good

Starbuck, MN7 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
This tour was one of the highlights of my time in Costa Rica! The family that teaches you about the culture, history and their present way of life was so interesting. I was part of a group with four other people. The family made all of us so comfortable that we were able to relax and joke with the group and the guide. We were shown how to survive in the jungle, how to make chocolate and we participated in a sweat lodge ceremony. We had a delicious lunch. Then we went and took a swim in a beautiful waterfall. The whole time was surreal. I plan to go again. This is an activity that should not be missed!
Written June 9, 2022
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We appreciate your review and thank you for supporting the local family economy. We look forward to seeing you in the future. PuraVida!
Written January 9, 2023
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