Three women sit next to a massive waterfall in Costa Rica

Exploring Costa Rica’s Indigenous Reserve and Majestic Waterfalls through a BriBri Tour

Costa Rica is known for many things. It’s known for its endless tropical pristine beaches, lush jungles, and vast national parks. It’s also known for its adventure activities. Ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, surfing, scuba diving, and so much more! But have you ever considered adding waterfalls to your list of must-do activities in Costa Rica? Waterfalls near Cahuita, Costa Rica, should definitely be on your adventure list, and here’s why:

Three women sit next to a massive waterfall in Costa Rica
Photo from Shira Brenner, Soul Medicine Retreat

1. Three Waterfalls + BriBri Indigenous Reserve

Located just a 25-minute drive away from The Goddess Garden Retreat center located in Cahuita, Costa Rica, you will find three stunning waterfalls, all close by to the BriBri Indigenous Reserve. There are many tour options available that include a waterfall visit, and many include a chocolate-making tour. There are three BriBri waterfalls: Volio waterfall, Two Waters waterfall, and BriBri Sparkling waterfall (Catarata Ma-Cu). For more on how to get to each of the waterfalls, visit:

Oasis Hoop Retreat Group by a waterfall
Photo from Oasis Hoop Retreat

2.Unique Cultural Experience

The Bribri is the largest indigenous culture within Costa Rica, and most of its members reside in Limon, Costa Rica. The people of this tribe value self-sufficiency and independence, so they live away from mainstream society. They strive to preserve their indigenous culture and way of life and have a deep respect for the land where they reside. Sustainability is very important to the Bribri people, and they are very self-reliant. Their main source of income is farming bananas, plantains, and cacao, and now they offer tours for tourists to educate about their traditional way of life.

3. Ecotourism

Bribri chocolate making tour
Photo from Allison Chamberlain Jones, Soul Medicine Retreat

Traveling can be such an incredible experience, but it’s important to keep in mind that tourism can have a negative impact on the local communities that live in these areas. One way to ensure that you are not only taking but also giving back is by financially supporting the local communities where you vacation. A great way to do this is to book a Bribri Chocolate and Waterfall Tour, where you can visit a local BriBri family. They will show how they live, their language, how they build their houses with natural materials, their heritage, cooking techniques, history, and more!

Photo of 2 people swimming in a pool with a waterfall
If you find yourself in Cahuita or Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, this is a MUST-DO! Many of our guests report this excursion is one of the highlights of their vacation. If you are staying with us at The Goddess Garden, we would be happy to schedule this tour for you. This is just one of the many excursions that you can enjoy in the area. The following activities are also available:

  • National park tours
  • Surfing lessons
  • Snorkeling
  • Ziplining
  • Kayaking
  • Beach bonfires
  • White water rafting
  • Waterfall nature hikes
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Sloth & animal sanctuary tours
  • Tropical bird and dolphin watching

Check out our website for a full ist of eco-tours on our website:

We hope to see you at The Goddess Garden soon!





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