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Sarah L wrote a review Oct 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Yorkin is the most beautiful and magical place for me in the whole country. I stayed there for 2 weeks in 2014 to do a volunteering service and write about the village's everyday life. When I went to visit this time I was surprised with how much love they welcomed me back at their community. Sad that I only stayed for a day. The self made chocoloate was even more delicious than in my memories. A place where the beauty in nature and mankind are in pure harmony. Very recommended!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Hilary018 wrote a review Jul 2017
Guildford, United Kingdom104 contributions53 helpful votes
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I feel really privileged to have met the people of Stibrawpa who welcomed us with great friendliness. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip up the Yorkin River in a dugout canoe with an outboard motor that helped us negotiate the many rapids - the Bribri really are isolated and surrounded by rain forest. We stayed in guest accommodation that was in a large, wooden, building containing six rooms equipped with bunk beds and four bathrooms. Everything was clean and fresh. We were given a talk about Bribri culture and shown the basics of chocolate production. We were also taken for a swim in the river: on our side of the river bank we were in Costa Rica but on the other side - Panama! The next day we were taken up to El Mirador - the lookout point from which you can see over the rain forest canopy - the Reservacion de la Amistad - towards Panama. The climb is very steep and muddy so, if you are going to do this, you must go equipped with stout, waterproof, walking shoes. I had to be helped down all the way by a very patient and encouraging Bribri lady who, herself, had no trouble at all in nipping down the steep and slippery path! There is a less taxing walk to some cataracts, so if you don't feel up to the climb to El Mirador, the cataracts are for you :-) It was all a wonderful experience and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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lbarnola wrote a review Jul 2016
Ottawa, Canada23 contributions11 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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travelbal2015 wrote a review Feb 2016
Spring Lake, Michigan13 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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scothiking wrote a review Jan 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan26 contributions10 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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