San Cristóbal is a large village founded in 1958 to accommodate the Ngäbe Bugle families working in the banana plantations in the surrounding area. The village is still mainly Indian, but other mixed-race families have settled there as a result of the soaring rents of Bocas. There is a school, a health centre, a football field, a few churches... In the mid-2000s, a handful of women from the village got together, with the support of the French association of solidarity tourism La Route des Sens, to sell their handicrafts in the framework of a cooperative and to welcome tourists. Today the cooperative has grown a little and cultural activities are offered to visitors to discover Ngäbe culture: discovery of medicinal plants and cocoa cultivation on a small trail, handicraft work, typical Ngäbe cuisine... Usually impressed at the beginning by this village quite far from the "Caribbean" postcard, the travellers always come back full of emotions following the exchanges with the population and in particular with the children.

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