Tour to gold diggers and waterfall of Carate River

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Gold plays an important role in the history of the Osa Peninsula. The discovery of the first gold in the rivers and mountains of the area triggered an employment boom – not only for the local population but also for people from other parts of the country.

In the 70s gold digging came to an end because the gold diggers were moved out of their neighbourhood for clearing the way for the foundation of the Corcovado National Park. During this tour you can learn from a local gold digger how to seek and wash gold in a handicraft way. This kind does not harm the environment and by applying the cateadora (tool of the gold seeker) the magic yellow of the gold appears soon

Today several local gold seekers still make a living from what the river offers; they work day by day for finding these valuable nuggets

We continue hiking uphill for about an hour until we get to a marvelous waterfall of crystal clear water. Here we hike partly in primary rain forest where we might have the chance to see frogs, snakes and various birds, as well as lots of interesting trees and plants. Sometimes you can spot the fascinating Tent-Building Bats.

The magic sound of the water of this prestigious river and its bordering trees invites us to a refreshing swim in this pure and clean water. Feel the energy and vitality of the forest!

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Level: moderate
Time: 2 hours (gold digging tour) or 4 to 5 hours (gold digging and waterfall)
Included: Local, Spanish speaking guide. (minimum 2 people)

Note: The fascination of learning about gold digging is watching the actual process. For getting real into it this tour is guided by a local gold digger what also supports their community. Additional English speaking guide on request, please contact us.

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