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

Juliana Metheyer / AFP - January 3, 2019

Three people dressed as Batman, Chapulín Colorado and Superman move expectantly among a small crowd until a bull comes out in a rage and pursues them. They…

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 24, 2018

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 agony, the ecstasy at the Zapote bullfights
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
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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…

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,…

Tico bullfights and horse shows: Tradition or torment?
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Tico bullfights and horse shows: Tradition or torment?

The Tico Times - January 25, 2016

The holidays may be over in some places, but in Costa Rica, festival season is just getting started. This time of year, nearly every town holds an…

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…

Arts and Culture
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VIDEO: Festivities wrap up in Zapote

The Tico Times - January 5, 2015

https://vimeo.com/115936615 After 11 days of bullfights, carnival rides, and junk food, Las Fiestas de Zapote finally drew to a close on Sunday, allowing the spotlight to shine…

PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s National Horse Parade attracts thousands to nation’s capital
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s National Horse Parade attracts thousands to nation’s capital

L. Arias - December 26, 2014

More than 3,000 horse riders gathered punctually at noon on Friday to begin the 3-kilometer course of Costa Rica’s National Horse Parade, or Tope Nacional. It began at Plaza Víquez, just…

Costa Rica’s capital is ready for holiday celebrations
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Events
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Costa Rica’s capital is ready for holiday celebrations

L. Arias - December 25, 2014

Christmas and year-end celebrations in Costa Rica involve activities all across the country, but some of the most popular events take place in San José. In the…