Boruca Indigenous Reserve

Boruca Indigenous Reserve

Located on the outskirts of the Boruca village, some 20 km to the south of Buenos Aires, 28 km to the west of the Interamerican Highway. The indigenous community of Boruca is well known for its crafts, such as balsa wood masks and decorated pots. The women use pre Columbian material to sew cotton cloths and belts. When crossing this area via the Interamericana, you can stop in the Curré community, where a small cooperative sells the arts and crafts that have been made by Boruca.

 

Celebrations

The Festival of Los Diablitos, is a three day celebration starting on the 31st of December and ending on the 2nd of January. The men use devil masks made from wood and suits; it represents the fight of the indigenous against the Spanish conquest, a man dresses up as a bull and looses the battle. Visitors are charged for taking photos, so take the ticket you are given to make it clear that you have paid. Another festival that is held during the first week of December, to another the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the festival of Los Negritos, with dance and costumes and traditional indigenous music, playing drums and bamboo flutes.

 

How to arrive and leave      

By Bus

The journey lasts an hour and a half, and costs 1.25 US$, leaving every day from the Central Market in Buenos Aires 11:30 a.m and 3:30 p.m, heading towards Boruca via a gravel road. There is a better road that leaves the Interamericana some 3km to the south of Curré. It is 8km to Boruca, and during the rainy season you will need to use a 4X4.