This group emigrated from the northeastern region in Panama; for this reason, this homologous group lives in Teribe, where customs and cultural traditions are still preserved.

Terraba Indigenous Culture


They have a similar lifestyle as the other inhabitants, with the loss of old customs, language, dress and housing. The difference between bruncas and térrabas is minor.

The Terraba group is reduced; it has lost features due to miscegenation, but it preserves its spirit of autonomous community. They live in dispersed, but organized form, which allows them to maintain their identity.


Their economy is based on agriculture and the use of domestic animals. They cultivate corn, rice, beans, bananas, citrus fruits and coffee, supplemented with the breeding of birds, pigs. They fish as well.

They also make handicrafts, which are for sale in little ranches beside the Interamerican highway.


The most characteristic housing consists of walls of Caña brava (brave cane), with roofs of Palma Real (Royal Palm). Two divisions are presented: First, the kitchen with a firewood stove, rustic earthen floors, and a room to rest, where there are hammocks and trunks to sit on. Kitchen instruments include "huacales" (bowls), pumpkin items and baskets. The houses have bathrooms separated from the main construction.


They have a soccer field, cooperative, church, school, and electricity.

Térraba Indigenous Community Museum(Térraba Traditional Culture)


indians in costa ricaOpen: Monday thought Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.

The Térraba Indigenous community Museum belongs to the “Save the Térraba Culture” complex, which includes an indigenous health center, the cultural Ranch and the cultivation of medicinal plants.

The museum has a permanent exhibition: an antique stove, an antique bed, bowls and arrows, a stone and bench for grinding corn and cocoa, and a present-day stove among other objects.

The museum building reflects the indigenous architecture of the Térraba culture.

Another important activity which takes place between the 6th and the 8th of December is the Fiesta de los Negritos. The preparations for this event are similar to those for the Fiesta de los Diablitos. The participants paint their faces with hollín (charcoal), but they don’t wear any special clothing. An elder devil leads the event. In Boruca, they play with a carved wooden bull and colt, while in Terraba they use a cow and a filly.

From the Boruca entrance, 5 km south on the Pan-American Highway.

Some locations are: San Antonio, Paso Real, Murciélago, Bajos de San Andrés and Tigre.

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