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The Perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 Easy Steps

Our guide to the definitive Costa Rican Christmas.

Costa Rica will have traditional Zapote bullfights this year

After they were canceled last year due to the pandemic, one of Costa Rica's most-popular year-end events will occur this December. Costa Rican-style bullfights...

A year ends with no party: The Fiestas de Zapote

The Fiestas de Zapote are a holiday tradition for many Ticos.

Fiestas de Zapote celebrates 50th anniversary with huge crowds on opening night

More than 40,000 festive Ticos attended opening night for the 50th anniversary of the Fiestas de Zapote, Costa Rica's largest end-of-year party. 

Costa Rica prepares for 50th anniversary of Fiestas de Zapote

In December, Costa Rica will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Fiestas de Zapote.

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

Although killing the bull is not allowed in Costa Rica-style bullfights, animal rights advocates claim bulls are subjected to cruel abuse.

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.

Animal rights activists protest against Tico-style bullfights

Dozens of animal rights activists gathered during the opening of the Zapote festival, east of San José, to protest against one of the celebration’s main event: Tico-style bullfights.

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