• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016

January 15, 2016

The annual Palmares Festival kicked off last Thursday at 1 p.m. with the tope (horse parade). Approximately 2,500 riders and horses rode 3 kilometers through the town of Palmares, located in the province of Alajuela. A crowd of thousands lined up the streets under the 30 degree Celsius sun to cheer the most impressive horses. Families and friends brought chairs, ice chests, food, beer (of course), some even brought barbecues.

“Fiestas de Palmares” takes place Jan. 13 – 25 in the city of Palmares, northwest of San José. More info: Fiestas Palmares Facebook page.

Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Mounted Police Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Flannel shirt, check. Cowboy hat, check. Beer in hand, check. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Dancing in the streets of Palmares. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Hats for sale at Palmares, between $4-$8. Wise investment to keep your face out of the sun. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
The Palmares Tope. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
The good, the bad and the weird. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
Fifteen veterinarians and 19 volunteer veterinary students treated approximately 90 horses during the tope and retired four. One horse died before the tope started when it fell into a ditch after it spooked and the rider lost control. The rider was taken to the hospital with minor injuries to his hip. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times
Palmares Tope 2016, Costa Rica
After the four hour parade, crews hired by the organisers of the festival and the municipality, clean up the streets of Palmares. One of the workers proudly stated that the streets would be spotless by 5 am. Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times

You may be interested

Costa Rica and IMF reach technical agreement on fiscal adjustment
Costa Rica
1227 views
Costa Rica
1227 views

Costa Rica and IMF reach technical agreement on fiscal adjustment

AFP and The Tico Times - January 23, 2021

Costa Rica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Friday an agreement to balance the country's finances, which rules out…

Saprissa, Alajuelense reach all-Costa Rican CONCACAF League final
News
1214 views
News
1214 views

Saprissa, Alajuelense reach all-Costa Rican CONCACAF League final

The Tico Times - January 23, 2021

One of Costa Rica's two most-popular soccer clubs will represent the country by winning the 2021 CONCACAF League. Deportivo Saprissa…

Costa Rica, IMF reach agreement in principle for $1.75 billion loan
Costa Rica
1224 views
Costa Rica
1224 views

Costa Rica, IMF reach agreement in principle for $1.75 billion loan

Alejandro Zúñiga - January 22, 2021

Costa Rica has reached an agreement in principle with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $1.75 billion loan. Before…