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Bulls, pomp and Guanacaste culture: The history of this week’s Liberia festivals
Guanacaste
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Guanacaste
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Bulls, pomp and Guanacaste culture: The history of this week’s Liberia festivals

Ellen Zoe Golden - March 1, 2017

LIBERIA, Guanacaste — José Luis Villareal knows a thing or two about bulls. His grandfather raised them outside their house in Liberia, and his father became a…

The perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 easy steps
Holidays
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Holidays
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The perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 easy steps

The Tico Times - December 22, 2016

In Costa Rica we don’t have sleigh rides or the white Christmases of movie fame – but we do have celebrations filled with delicious food and drinks,…

PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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PHOTOS: The best of Palmares Tope 2016

Andrés Madrigal - January 16, 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…

PHOTOS: San José’s ‘tope’ takes spectators on a colorful ride
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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PHOTOS: San José’s ‘tope’ takes spectators on a colorful ride

Andrés Madrigal - December 28, 2015

Costa Rica's annual holiday tope, or horse parade, took place on Dec. 26 along San José's Second Avenue and Paseo Colón. Thousands of riders and their equine companions came from different corners…

Zapote Festivities, Traditional Tope, and other happenings around Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Zapote Festivities, Traditional Tope, and other happenings around Costa Rica

Amanda Zúñiga - December 25, 2015

Festejos de Fin de Año de San José (Zapote) This mega-fest in the eastern San José district of Zapote offers a little bit of everything. Find all types…

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…

5 things you should know before Saturday’s Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festival
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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5 things you should know before Saturday’s Annexation of the Partido de Nicoya festival

Lindsay Fendt and Amanda Zúñiga - July 24, 2015

On Saturday, the people of Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste will dust off their cowboy boots and head out for a traditional Tico celebration at the annual Annexation…

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…

Send in the cavalry: Palmares tope draws thousands
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Send in the cavalry: Palmares tope draws thousands

The Tico Times - January 17, 2014

All along Palmares’ main street, officially known as La Recta, the crowd was like a parted sea of cowboy hats. They flanked the empty avenue in growing…

Will you vote for me? I’m on a horse.
Horsing Around
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Horsing Around
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Will you vote for me? I’m on a horse.

The Tico Times - January 16, 2014

The raucous Palmares Festival kicked off Thursday with the tope, a traditional horse parade. Not surprisingly, some of the country's presidential candidates made appearances there.  If taking…