Let’s face it. Costa Rica is well known as a destination for its biodiversity, beaches and volcanoes, with all the adventures and activities surrounding them. You can’t compare Costa Rica’s pre-Columbian patrimony with other countries like Guatemala, Mexico or some of the South American countries which main attractions are based on indigenous culture, history and legacy. But that does not mean Costa Rica doesn’t have a rich heritage to share!
So, how to bring the tourist’s attention to our own indigenous communities and what they have to offer? It’s clear that bringing tourism to these areas will benefit them economically and culturally if we carefully plan around sustainability.
The answer relies – we think – on embedding those destinations into an itinerary that is already exploiting Costa Rica’s most wanted activities mentioned above. One of the challenges for the average tourist is the limited information available to them, so they won’t really know if there is a nearby indigenous community or reserve near their lodging.
Elemento Natural has designed a circuit that combines the usual fun stuff with the ‘new’ fun stuff, so we can provide a richer and more authentic travel experience, including visits to at least four different communities across the country. Tours about their legacy such as the stone spheres, volunteering activities in their schools, visits to their reserves to enjoy their natural environment, opportunities to buy their incredibly well crafted souvenirs, learning about their history in the most important museums – all these too frequently forgotten by the standard itineraries. That doesn’t mean you’ll not get to see the volcanoes, relax at the beach, hike in the rainforest, do whitewater rafting or zip-line over the forest canopy. You will still do that, but you will also learn about the different cultures within our culture and you will help us create moments that will change the lives of your hosts and, of course, your own life.
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