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Dr. María Eugenia Bozzoli Museum of Indigenous Cultures (Museo de Culturas Indígenas Doctora María Eugenia Bozzoli)

  • La Virgen de Sarapiquí, 17 km (11 miles) southwest of Puerto Viejo Map It
  • Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Updated 04/09/2014

Fodor's Review

Costa Rica's indigenous peoples don't get the visibility of those in Guatemala or Mexico, probably because they number only 40,000 out of a population of 4 million. This museum, part of the Centro Neotrópico Sarapiquís, provides a well-rounded all-under-one-roof introduction to the subject. Nearly 400 artifacts of the Boruca, Bribri, Cabécar, Guaymí, and Maleku peoples are displayed, including masks, musical instruments, and shamanic healing sticks. Start by watching

a 17-minute video introduction, Man and Nature in Pre-Columbian Costa Rica. A botanical garden next door cultivates medicinal plants still used by many traditional groups. In 1999 researchers discovered an archaeological site on the grounds that contains pre-Columbian tombs and petroglyphs dating from the 15th century. The site is still under study.

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Sight Information

Address:

La Virgen de Sarapiquí, 17 km (11 miles) southwest of Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, 41002, Costa Rica

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Phone:

/2761–1004

Sight Details:

  • $15 (includes guide)
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 04/09/2014

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