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We are a group of entrepreneurial tourism allies, aiming to present a side of Matina that you haven’t seen before: a green, abundant, productive land with breathtaking scenic beauty.

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We offer comprehensive tourism services.

Must-Visit Places

 Integral Parcela Farm

Offers:

  • Educational tour on goat production
  • Educational tour on organic fertilizer production
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and ice cream made from goat’s and cow’s milk.

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Mandira Farm

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Caribbean Adventures

Offers: 

  • Tours through the Matina canals
  • Restaurant and lodging services available
  • Offers various tours

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History of Matina

Review by Dr. Minor Arias Uva

Matina is the 5th canton of the Limón province, with three districts: Matina, Carrandi, and Batán. The canton of Matina was founded on November 4th, 1862. Before that, this town was part of Cartago, specifically the canton of Paraíso. The territory that Matina occupies today was inhabited by the indigenous group called Pococí, located between the Suerre and Tariaca territories. These lands were part of the great Ara Kingdom, now known as Talamanca, a name given by one of the colonizers who founded the Santiago de Talamanca mission in 1610. The territories of the Ara Kingdom were led by different indigenous kings or chiefs. There was a king of kings (leader of the entire Kingdom), including figures like Guaycorá and Pablo Presbere (Pa Plu Presberí). In 1637, Governor Gregorio de Sandoval established the Port of Matina to strengthen the first exports of the Costa Rica province.

To attend the cocoa plantations, Spanish criollos brought enslaved people of African origin to Matina (ironically, many of these slaves were their own children or relatives because they were born to the slaves who lived in their houses). In the 17th century during colonial times, cocoa plantations were established in this area. Between 1682 and 1691, there were about 44 landowners who owned approximately 92,700 cocoa trees, and it was of great importance to the colony. Pirates also raided the area, leading to the construction of “Fort San Fernando,” which was destroyed in the first enemy attacks.

Despite the importance of cocoa in colonial times, there are no traces of that period in Matina today (Amaya, 2017:6). At least, there are no physical or material vestiges of the African presence during the colonial period. However, historical records and the genetic heritage of some families preserve that significant past. It is important to note that currently, Matina has several indigenous territories of the Cabécar ethnicity, representing a high cultural and touristic potential.

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