Boruca Gallery GIFT SHOP

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Boruca Gallery GIFT SHOP
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Peter T
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Boruca ! What an Amazing did in Costa Rica!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We spent our morning in Boruca with Roy Morales. Our hotel manager arranged for us to meet Roy a well known Borucan artist and wood carver. It is a drive out of this world and certainly worth the effort. We met Roy at the local museum. He was extremely kind, knowledgeable and loved his community. We visited his home, where we were shown how he worked with his extraordinary masks. The masks were extremely reasonably priced. He walked us through his town and then took us to the waterfalls. What an unexpected adventure!
Peter and Margaret
Canada
Written November 1, 2019
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DDCArgentina
Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina66 contributions
The Real Costa Rica
Jan 2019 • Family
No one should come to Costa Rica without seeing this. It's worth every minute of the drive. 4x4 is recommended, but in the dry season not required.

The museum is amazing. Andrea was incredible explaining the history, legends, and art of the indigenous people. The gift shop sales are donated back to the museum.

And there are artists and shops in many of the houses. Everyone was friendly, but we really liked the folks at taller Turi and bought a mask from Santos Leiva Morales.

We ate lunch at Soda Bre' Son, which was amazing. We had a casado with the traditional carne ahumada!

The visit to the water fall was an unexpected treat also.

Written January 28, 2019
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Elaine Travels
Rainier, OR39 contributions
Wonderful experience, great guide!
Dec 2018 • Family
Our first trip to Boruca was an unexpected and fantastic experience. Our guide met us in the museum and spent a lot of time answering our questions and dealing with my not-so-great Spanish skills. Then he walked us around the community, meeting artisans and talking to the indigenous members of the community. We learned a lot and enjoyed the pride and enthusiasm that our guide had for his community and language. The drive in was breathtaking, as well.
Written December 29, 2018
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Nene M
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Very interesting- worth a small detour
Feb 2018 • Couples
Costa Rica has a lot to offer the way of nature but not much in culture. We found the visit to the boruca on out way south very interesting. The boruca.org web site has very detailed instructions about how to got there off route 2. We stopped at one of the workshops and the local family were very happy to tell us about their traditions, trades and even boruca language. They were very gentle and not pushy at all with the crafts. We bought two little masks and prices here MUCH cheaper than any souvenir shop or even the stalls on route 2. Recommended!
Written February 24, 2018
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MichiganZumbido
Michigan299 contributions
Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica
Feb 2018
The Boruca are native to Costa Rica, and predate the European Spanish genocide by likely millenia. So the story goes, when the Spanish arrived in Costa Rica in the early 1500’s, they encountered the Boruca people in the highlands of what is now the Costenera Sur and Osa Peninsula. As the Boruca were not buying what tne Spanish were attempting to sell them: slavery and Old World disease, they organished and fought back, donning the “mascaras del diabolitos” ( masks of the little devils ). So runs the narrative, the Spanish fled in the face of Boruca warriors wearing devil’s masks and nothing else, their uncircumcised condition aiding in convincing superstitious 15th century Spaniards that they had stumbled onto the gates of hell. Today Boruca craftsmen continue a century’s old tradition of mask carving from the soft balsa
wood and the much harder cedar. The masks are both colorful and intricate, consisting nowadays of three formal types: the original Diabolito, the Ecological and the Combinado combining aspects of the first two. Boruca women traditionally are weavers and create intricately designed cloth and bolsas. Boruca also produce other artifacts such as bow and arrows and drums. Demonstrations of both the weaving and dye preparation as well as carving are conducted in Spanish by individual Boruca craftsmen. Pay them a visit, buy a mask, and have a finely crafted and meaninful momento of your Costa Rican sojourn.
Written February 19, 2018
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SRQLiving
Sarasota, FL88 contributions
Love the Boruca masks!
Apr 2017 • Couples
I had seen plenty of masks in the various towns north and was ready to buy. But then I read online that there were many "copycats" floating around. So I was concerned about purchasing.

But then I found the gift shop online. These come straight from the village and proceeds go back to the Boruca villagers.

There was a very good selection and prices were amazing!! I ended up buying three!!

The view from the eco lodge was amazing as well...a very nice bonus!!!
Written April 23, 2017
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ptesche
Guelph, Canada244 contributions
Worthwhile Indigenous Village Visit
Jan 2017 • Couples
Many visitors to Costa Rica have seen the "devilish" Boruca masks. This is a chance to see them being made by the original artisans on the their "home turf". For a unique experience, you can visit the authentic indigenous village on a day trip or longer.
We stayed in the home of a village elder who introduced us to her neighbors, many of whom carve or paint masks or, in the case of our host Marina, dye native grown cotton and weave fabrics used in sashes, purses, blankets and wall hangings.
In Canada and the U.S., the living conditions of native peoples is often a controversial topic. Here is Costa Rica that does not seem to be the case. The Boruca (or Brunka, in the native tongue) people live a modest but not impoverished life striving to maintain family bonds and traditions.
This is a unique experience well away from the most common tourist experiences in Costa Rica. A knowledge of Spanish is extremely helpful as there is limited English or other foreign languages spoken in the village.
Written February 22, 2017
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