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Costa Rica by river: Take the slow boat

By Explore
Updated March 3 2021 - 1:51pm, first published April 3 2020 - 1:50pm

We’re battling against the current as we head up the river. In a long wooden dugout – carved out of one single tree – two members of the indigenous Bribri tribe are taking me to one of their small communities at the very edge of Costa Rica, alongside the border with Panama. It takes us about an hour to navigate our way along the waterway, pushing off rocks and avoiding the strongest parts of the fast-flowing river. But the efforts to reach the settlement are nothing compared to the struggles these people have faced to protect it.

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