Indigenous Reserve Cultural Tour

Learn about the Maleku Indigenous Reserve, Its People & Traditions.



Rate per person from $99

‘Indigenous Reserve Cultural Tour’ is perfect for:

Families, couples, and groups who want to explore one of Costa Rica’s indigenous cultures.

The Maleku Indigenous Reserve is the home of 1000 members of the Maleku people. Learn about their history and current customs on a private tour through Costa Rica’s oldest traditions.

The Maleku Indigenous Reserve

Located in the Northern Region of Costa Rica, this 7396-acre reserve is made of three different towns, which the Maleku call “palenques.” Take a one-hour drive from the Arenal Volcano area to the North in search of Margarita, Tonjibe, and El Sol.

Locals welcome you and guide you through the different parts of the tour. Here the population speaks Malecu Jaica about 80% of the time, so it’s your chance to learn about their language too!

Discover Costa Rica’s History & Nature

Follow the guide through the village as they explain important details regarding their cemeteries, the various types of palenques that their ancestors built, how cocoa was historically used in agriculture, clothe-making processes, and the way they currently use craftsmanship to make a living.

Once the town lifestyle is covered, head 2000 feet into the nearby forest, where the guide explains the uses of various medicinal plants and trees. They also explain the way the reserve now uses this knowledge to support the local population.

Finish the tour with a traditional Costa Rican lunch with an added Maleku twist, and then go back to your hotel.

If this is a tour you’d like to experience during your Costa Rica vacation, the process is simple. Contact us and we’ll make it happen!

What’s included:

  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Bottle of water
  • Lunch
  • Round transportation

Recommended ages:

  • All ages

What to bring:

  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Raincoat
  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable clothing

*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.