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

Watch a brief taste of 'toros a la tica,' the iconic (but controversial) Costa Rican tradition.

Bullfighting ‘a la tica’: The controversial end-of-year tradition in Costa Rica

“Toros a la tica” is an essential ingredient in San José's end-of-year festivities. It is also one of the most controversial traditions in the country.

PHOTOS: The agony, the ecstasy at the Zapote bullfights

Images from the bullring at this year's traditional Zapote festival.

Tico bullfights and horse shows: Tradition or torment?

Costa Rican bullfights and horse parades are a proud cultural tradition for many. But increased scrutiny in recent years is shedding light on the darker side of the revelry.

PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival

Welcome to Zapote, San José’s giant end-of-year festival where Tico-style bullfights are the main event.

18 photos from Costa Rica’s big time city rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from Costa Rica and as far away as New Zealand competed in the National Stadium this weekend in San José.

San José’s National Stadium will host Extreme American Rodeo despite complaints from animal rights activists

On Sept. 7, cowboys from across the Americas and as far away as New Zealand will flock to Costa Rica's National Stadium for the country's first-ever American-style rodeo event. Competitors will test their skills in calf roping and cattle herding and try their luck riding on the backs of Costa Rica's most fearsome bulls.

Bullfights wrap up in Zapote

“Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance...
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