The Huetares of Costa Rica: teaching about
Mother Earth

These Huetares women speak of their commitment to the land.

These women live in a remote, largely unknown area near San José, Costa Rica, in the territory of Zapatón (cantón de Puriscal). They are the last surviving members of a cultural group called the Huetares. Many words from the Huetar language are part of modern-day Spanish spoken in Costa Rica.

The women are working to develop rural tourism — serving as guides through the mountains and the forest, and offering workshops for the use of medicinal plants from the area.

For the last 527 years, the indigenous Huetares have made it their mission to care for Mother Earth. They have a lot to share.

This is where the Huetares live.

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