Costa Rica gears up for giant Palmares fiesta

Costa Rica prepares for fiesta in Palmares.

Costa Rica prepares for fiesta in Palmares. Image by Glen Cooper / CC BY 2.0

More than a fifth of the population in Costa Rica is expected to descend on the diminutive coffee town of Palmares next week for the country’s largest traditional fiesta, from 14 to 26 January. Travellers to the region can expect increased traffic and difficulty securing a hotel bed as the rowdy party of 1 million Ticos takes over the area, an hour northwest of San José. Festival highlights include Costa Rican-style bullfights, where instead of killing the bulls dozens of people jump in the ring with them, an impressive tope (horse parade) attended by thousands of cowboys dressed in riding finery, a programme of concerts headlined this year by Puerto Rican reggae band Cultura Profética, and beer put on by Costa Rican beer label Imperial.

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