No menu items!


HomeBullfightsVideo: 'Toros a la tica' at Fiestas de Zapote

Video: ‘Toros a la tica’ at Fiestas de Zapote

ZAPOTE — The iconic (but controversial) Fiestas de Zapote concluded Sunday night with a final round of toros a la tica, the Costa Rican-style bullfighting.

During the event, brave members of the public can sign up as amateur bullfighters, known as improvisados. They provoke the bull, dodge attacks and compete for prizes — and recognition from the crowd.

While it is illegal in Costa Rica to kill the animal, activists say bullfighting is a tradition steeped in violence and that the events are still harmful to the bulls.

Still, the grandstands were packed Sunday for the show.

Watch a brief taste of toros a la tica below.

Thank you for reading The Tico Times. Our reporting is sponsored in part by people like you, and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Support the Tico Times

Weekly Recap

Costa Rica Coffee Maker Chorreador
Costa Rica Coffee Maker Chorreador
Costa Rica Travel Insurance

Latest Articles