Traffic in downtown San José was a bit slower than usual this past Sunday. Oxcarts, oxen and boyeros traveled from rural areas all around Costa Rica to gather in downtown San José for the biggest oxcart parade in the country.
An estimated 300 oxcarts, drivers and their families paraded from La Sabana Park all the way to La Plaza de la Democracia, next to the National Museum. The parade takes place every year, on the last Sunday of November.
In 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, proclaimed Costa Rica’s traditional oxcarts and its boyeros an Intangible World Heritage.