mask of Boruca tribe

Explore a remote Boruca tribal village

Borucas first created their elaborately carved wooden masks, known as “diablito” masks, or little devil masks, over 500 years ago with the intent of scaring away Spanish conquistadors. The colorful masks served their purpose, and they’ve been a point of tribal pride ever since. Spend a day with one of the last indigenous tribes in Costa Rica and uncover more of their rich cultural heritage.

  • Duration 7 hours, including travel time of 1.5 hours each way

Borucas first created their elaborately carved wooden masks, known as “diablito” masks, or little devil masks, over 500 years ago with the intent of scaring away Spanish conquistadors. The colorful masks served their purpose, and they’ve been a point of tribal pride ever since. Spend a day with one of the last indigenous tribes in Costa Rica and uncover more of their rich cultural heritage.

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The Experience

Travel with our guide to the Boruca Tribe’s remote village atop Fila Costeña, and you’ll be proudly welcomed by a village elder. Watch as an intricate wooden mask—the tribe’s pride—is carved, listen in on their stories passed down through the generations, dance to the beat of their hand-made drums, and eat their food along a river they hold sacred, taking in waterfall views.

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