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“Yorkin day trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 review
7 helpful votes
“Yorkin day trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2007

If you're staying in Puerto Viejo, I enthusiastically recommend taking a day trip (or stay overnight if you're really adventurous) to Yorkin, a village of indigenous Bribri Indians. You start from Bambu (about 45 min. from Puerto Viejo) and take a dugout canoe up the Yorkin River. You then hike up to the village (about 20 min.). The Bribri are extremely welcoming and warm. They show you how to make chocolate from the cocoa beans grown nearby. You get to taste it, of course, and it's like no other chocolate you've ever had. They make a great lunch for you, too (the monkey tails--a fern-like green--were awesome). They also took us to swim in a nearby river that borders Panama. (Wearing river shoes helps ensure you can make it across the current back to the Costa Rican shore.)

We booked our trip to Yorkin through ACTUAR, a community-based tourism group in Costa Rica. It really is a remarkable trip. And knowing that you're supporting an indigenous culture makes it all the better.

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4 reviews
5 helpful votes
“I was born to live here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2007

Being a study abroad student that was traveling on the weekends (2004), I didn't expect too much out of my stay. Puerto Viejo itself was a wonderful find. The people are laid back and welcoming ( a little too welcoming at times-but anyway). The atmosphere is great, we founds some nice little restaurants and clubs to go to. The beaches were gorgeous. Be sure to visit the black sand beach in the area...I'd say it's about 5 miles from the "downtown" area. The surf was rough in some spots, but we were warned about that previous to the trip. Overall, it was just beautiful and relaxing-but had fun night life.

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