Paso Real is a typical Costa Rican village. It is located in the valley El General. Many of its inhabitants earn their living in agriculture.
The indigenous reservation of Rey Curre is only a few kilometers away. Guests can buy pottery, textiles and masks from the indigenous people in the reservation area. The Burucas are well known for their elaborate work.
The masks are made out of balsa wood and are an important element in the yearly Danza de los Diablitos ceremony, held December 30 through January 2. The male participants of the Boruca tribe perform a ritual dance re-enacting the Spanish conquest wearing costumes and masks.
The tribe has about 2,000 members, the ancestors made up a group of chiefdoms that ruled most of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. They have an indigenous language, also known as Boruca or Brunka.