Talamanca Costa Rica
Talamanca is Costa Rica’s southeastern frontier region
located in the Limon Providence. It is a densely forested region
that remained untouched until the end of the 19th century and almost
inaccessible until the 1970’s. Talamanca’s name derives from the
Miskito Indian word Talamalka, which means “place of blood,”
referring to the end of a hunt.
The region is a relaxing melting pot of Native American,
African-American, and Spanish culture and makes it
Costa Rica’s most
ethnically diverse county. The three indigenous peoples’ reserves in
the area are the Talamanca Bribri, Talamanca Cabécar, and KékoLdi.
The main chiefs of the Bribri nation fashion themselves as “The
Kings of Talamanca” although they recognize the government of Costa
Rica as their supreme ruler.
Originally Talamanca was a haven for those who wanted to rough
it. Progressively a/c resorts with swimming pools have been moving
in. Individually tourism has replaced cacao. Originally Talamanca’s
cash crop, the cacao plantations were affected by an unknown virus
as the banana plantations moved in.
Most tourists make their way to Talamanca via Puerto Viejo. There
are a few hotels and lodges available in Talamanca. Due to its
difficult accessibility it is a thriving ecotourism region that
caters to hiking, kayaking and diving. Aquamor (waterlove) is a
great place to start when looking for water tours.
Talamanca houses a multitude of parks in its vast mountain range
which houses Costa Rica’s largest track of virgin rain forest. Selva
Bananita Lodge, located at the foot of Cerro Mochila, is a good
starting point to enter the rain forests. It borders La Amistad
National Park. In the park you can experience many of Costa Rica’s
amazing wildlife such as the ocelot, the black-handled spider
monkey, the Baird's tapir and the giant anteater. You can study over
350 species of birds such as the great green macaw, osprey, harpy
eagle, and Muscovy duck. Several birds that migrate between
different altitudes on the same mountain are visible such as the
resplendent quetzal and the umbrella bird.
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