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PHOTOS: The agony, the ecstasy at the Zapote bullfights
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Bullfights
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PHOTOS: The agony, the ecstasy at the Zapote bullfights

AFP and Tico Times Staff - December 30, 2016

Love 'em or hate 'em, the controversial bullfights at Zapote, the heart of the annual year-end festivities there, are synonymous with New Year's in Costa Rica. Here…

Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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Tico-style bullfights: some call it animal abuse, others a tradition

L. Arias - December 27, 2016

The traditional Zapote Festival kicked off on Sunday; Tico-style bullfights are for many the main event, despite increasing disapproval of the practice. A survey by the National University's Institute for Social…

Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors
animal abuse
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animal abuse
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Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors

L. Arias - August 11, 2016

After a recovery period of over a year and a half, the famous toucan Grecia was relocated Wednesday to a new cage where the bird will be on…

Arts and Culture
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Bullfighter gored at Zapote festival remains in serious condition

The Tico Times - January 7, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw4jfLBiCRc Another year, another bullfighter gored in the Zapote ring. Luis Salas remains in serious condition at San José's Calderón Guardia hospital after he was flung into the air…

Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights
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animal abuse
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Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights

L. Arias - December 28, 2015

Dozens of animal rights’ activists gathered Friday evening during the opening of the Zapote Festival, east of San José, to demonstrate against one of the celebration’s main…

Can’t-miss events for a truly Costa Rican Christmas
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Can’t-miss events for a truly Costa Rican Christmas

Amanda Zúñiga - December 18, 2015

In a sea of lights, carols and holiday shoppers, there's no doubt that Christmas is just about here in Costa Rica. But if you're new to the…

Malacrianza, Costa Rica’s most famous bull, dies at 16
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Malacrianza, Costa Rica’s most famous bull, dies at 16

The Tico Times - March 19, 2015

At 6 a.m. on Thursday Amelia Gómez glanced out her window in Playa Garza on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Normally by this hour, the cattle gate would…

5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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5 things to know about Costa Rica’s gigantic Palmares Festival

The Tico Times - January 6, 2015

Each year in January, Ticos descend on the sleepy coffee town of Palmares, northwest of San José, for the country’s rowdiest fiesta. Palmares hosts a traditional Costa…

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

The Tico Times - December 30, 2014

Encircled by a ring of several dozen young men, a woman in tight shorts wielding a yellow cape takes two determined steps towards an angry black bull.…

Bullfights, 80s music, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Bullfights, 80s music, and other happenings around Costa Rica

The Tico Times - December 26, 2014

Fiestas de Zapote The final week of a Costa Rican year is a bipolar period – on the one hand, shops close their doors and employees take…

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