Expedition Dates: March 1-9, 2020
This trip will bring you closer to the community while supporting the preservation efforts of leaders (culture keepers) from First Nations throughout the region. You’ll spend more time among indigenous communities than you will on the beach, at waterfalls or in rain forest preserves (though we’ve built those stops in as well). Imagine building meaningful relationships with members among the Ngäbe-Buglé First Nation while witnessing the powerful expression of culture these communities have to offer. Travel with LEAF Staff and see the beauty of the International programs in action, raise global awareness & bring attention to the importance of cultural preservation.
LEAF International supports 3 programs in Costa Rica: 1) Bribri First Nation near the Caribbean and southern side of the country in Amubri, 2) Ngäbe-Buglé First Nation in La Casona, and 3) Cabecar First Nation in Ujarras & Chirripo. Each program empowers local culture keepers to preserve their sacred traditions, customs, land and language in their community.
Learn more about LEAF International Cultural Expeditions: http://www.theleaf.org/culturalexpeditions/
Dates: March 1-9, 2020
Price: $1000 (Land Only)
Deposit Due: $300 Upon Registration
Remaining Balance Due: February 15, 2020
Minimum and Maximum Number of Participants: A minimum of 10 travelers is required to operate this trip, and the trip will be capped at a maximum of 15 travelers. Should the trip be cancelled for lack of sign-ups, deposit and all monies paid will be refunded.
NOTE: Details below are subject to adaptation as more specifics are worked out on the ground.
Day 1: Flight to SJO. Travel to Hotel in San Jose. Depending the time of your arrival, visit the Gold Museum, National Museum or local sites on own. Rendezvous with the rest of the LEAF Ambassador team for some sight-seeing. Group dinner, Meet & Greet, and Costa Rica Orientation with Luis Porras, LEAF International Costa Rica partner & founder of Proyecto Jirondai.
Day 2: Morning breakfast & intention setting.
Travel South to San Vito to meet Ngäbe-Buglé Culture Keeper, Alexis Rodriguez. Guided tour of San Vito with Alexis.
Dinner and Ngäbe-Buglé Culture presentation with Alexis & Luis Porras Mora.
Day 3: Travel with Alexis to visit the schools where he teaches the preservation of Ngäbe-Buglé traditions – meet the students.
Visit local coffee farms & artisan shops in town. Dinner & Ngäbe language class
Day 4: Morning visit to La Casona –Where the LEAF program originated. Travel to Ujarras to meet Cabecar Culture Keeper & Shaman Luis Salazar.
Dinner presentation by Luis Salazar & community leaders.
Day 5: Morning hike + visit the spiritual medicinal school called Namasku – built by Luis S.
Evening Service Project: Help the community rebuild traditional structures such as the conical house (The conical house is a symbolic representation of the universe in many indigenous First Nations.)
Day 6: Morning meditation ceremony with Luis S.
Afternoon travel to the Pacific coast. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio– a playground for wildlife and hiking enthusiasts, and the beaches are the perfect escape for those looking to relax and unwind.
Day 7: Embrace a day of fun in the sun. Relax on the beach, visit the national park, tour the biological forest reserve, or seek out your own fun adventure as this region is a treasure for biodiversity.
Day 8: Morning travel to San Jose. Evening exploration on your own. Final group dinner at Sikwa Restaurant (This restaurant specializes in ancestral-inspired dishes.) Storytime – Highlights, thoughts, & gratitude.
Day 9: Breakfast. All depart depending on time of flights.
*The price of this trip is LAND only, meaning it is the responsibility of each registered traveler to arrange their own air transportation to San Jose, Costa Rica from their airport and airline of choice. Anyone is welcome to choose flights before or after the dates of the trip, and travel on their own to experience more of the region.
*Receipt of deposit and registration prior to the registration deadline will confirm space and contracted price. After this date, contracted pricing may change due to increase in costs associated with airfare, lodging, or other associated costs. Please contact Discovery Expeditions for updated pricing if contract has expired. Contracted prices are based on a limit of 15 travelers.