There are many ways to discover the amazing culture enclose within this natural paradise. Here are some options nearby, in a day you can combine the natural beauty and history in one trip. We are close to Matambú, the only indigenous reserve located within Guanacaste. Or visit Palo Verde the biggest wetlands along a cultural tour and rum experience with the Tico Tour.
Nothing better than learning from locals, their true experiences and share along Costa Ricans to get a taste of our history and present.
BLUE ZONE TOUR
8:00 AM | 6 HRS
The Diria Coffee tour is a project that was founded on December 12, 2003, to benefit the Matambu community. The purpose of the project is to teach national and international tourists about how coffee is grown and processed.
The tour is in Matambu, which is a small town located in an indigenous reserve in the Hojancha province. It is the only indigenous reserve in Guanacaste and the town is characterized by its commitment to conservation, recycling, and environmental protection
The province of Guanacaste is rich in culture, a great mix of indigenous and Spaniard traditions. All within a mosaic of diverse ecosystems worth exploring. Within the area you can find several types of primary forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, beaches, rivers with an exuberant flora and fauna biodiversity.
Guanacaste south is recognized for various elements such as its music, as the marimba, guitar, quijongo and typical dances are part of the local traditions; customs such as prayers, the "grito guanacasteco", festivals, processions, typical and popular dances, bombas and retahílas; traditional crafts, with more than 5000 year in pottery, as well as contemporary crafts and masquerades. The community of Guaitil and Matambú is famous for its artisans who meticulously work a ceramic in which the pre-Columbian motifs of the Chorotegas are renewed.
Likewise, we find the original village of Matambú, one of the indigenous territories of Costa Rica which is the only one of the Chorotega ethnic group in the country. It was founded in 1980. The district of Matambú in the canton of Hojancha is located within this indigenous territory. There are tours that offer visitors an experience that mixes adventure, gastronomy and handicrafts.
As for the Guanacaste gastronomy, whose central ingredient is corn which is used in recipes for tortillas, rosquillas, tanelas, chicheme among others. Also within the national and international gastronomic offer, a modern and versatile sea cuisine stands out, which takes advantage of the fresh ingredients available to create different and exquisite dishes. It is a gastronomy that has become international in its search for sensations and flavors.
From the sea we obtain some of the most nutritious and exquisite foods that nature has to offer. Its diversity lends itself generously to the treatment within the kitchen to make the most incredible, fine and delicious dishes, facilitating that the same product can be presented to the table in very different ways, both in appetizers, ceviches, cocktails and soups, as well as in main dishes.
and soups, as well as in main dishes such as fried fish, rice dishes with fish or seafood and salads.
The daily life of the people also includes agricultural economic activities such as cattle ranching, artisanal fishing, and agriculture, especially sugar cane cultivation and the use of the sugar cane mill. Corn, beans, coffee and rice are also grown. The so called typical towns are characterized by having sodas, cafeterias or restaurants, where you can taste the Guanacaste gastronomy: Nicoya stands out as the community of tradition in typical food and drinks.
Below you can find the monthly celebrations per region, if your trip happens to coincide with one we encourage to mingle with the locals to celebrate and discover the cultural side of Guanacaste.
Second week in January
Santa Cruz Cultural Week
Vigil to the Holy Christ of Esquipulas (Ato Viejo de Arado)
Solemn Entry of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas
Day of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas
14 TO 18 JANUARY
Typical National Festivities in honor of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas
Entrance of the saint San Blas and civic saint festivities
(San Blas Temple)
Day of San Blas patron saint of Nicoya
(San Blas Temple y and fairground)
FEBRUARY & MARCH
Coyoleras Event in Santa Cruz
MARCH to DECEMBER
Villareal Patron Saint Festivities
Brasilito Civic Festivities
Last week in February & the first week of March
Liberia's civic festivities are held in the city and fairgrounds
21st to 24 FEBRUARY
Puerto Soley Festivities
FEBRUARY & MARCH
Coyoleras Event in Santa Cruz
Baile del Polvo in the Villareal de Santa Cruz bullring
St. Joseph's Day, patron saint of the canton (with religious activities)
First Week in March
Tope de toros, leaving the Liberia River and crossing the city up to the traffic circle of the civic festivities.
Saint Joseph's Day, Saint of Cañas, Civic Festivities and Cultural Week
Second Sunday of March
LIBERIA & LA CRUZ
Celebration of the Battle of Santa Rosa, at the Santa Rosa National Park. Protocol ceremony to commemorate this battle against the Filibusters organized by MEP, SINAC and artistic presentations.
First Thursday of April
Different activities are carried out in the towns as representations of the life and death of Jesus Christ around the Catholic churches
11 TO 14 APRIL
Civic Festivities of La Cruz
Boyero Parade in Hojancha
(parade, food, music and dance in the center of town)
Day of San Isidro Labrador. Patron Saint Festivities
Rosario de la Aurora - is held every Saturday of May at 5:00 am in the temple and in procession through the streets, in places like Liberia.
Celebration of San Caralampio, Patron Saint of Bagaces (Bull riding, ribbon races)
Second Sunday of June
Tribute to the Cañero authors
Fourth Sunday of of June
Music Day, tribute to Cañero musicians
Week prior to July 25
National Annexation Cultural Festival
Celebration of the Incorporation of the Nicoya Party to the Free State of Costa Rica. Central park of the town with the regular presence of the President of the Republic and the deputies of the Legislative Assembly. Parades in all the cantons
First Saturday in July
Baile de los Guacales en SantaBárbara de Santa Cruz
Festival of the Virgin of the Sea
Parade of boats in the parade in the community of Cuajiniquil
Anniversary of the Cantonato de Cañas 1878
Annexation of the Party of Nicoya (Guanacaste) to Costa Rica
Week prior to July 25
Livestock Fair: Exhibition of livestock, horses, riding, sale of traditional food and handicrafts, concerts traditional food and handicrafts, concerts, dances. During two weeks, activities such as horse parades, livestock exposition, agricultural exhibition of livestock, agricultural machinery, sales of typical food and bull riding. It takes place in the Chamber of Cattlemen of Liberia
Commemoration of the Incorporation of the Nicoya Party to Costa Rica, civic act and parades of Guanacaste traditions (folkloric dances, typical dances, cimarronas music, costumes, floats, popular theatre, among other activities) through the main streets and avenues of the city
Pilgrimage to Los Ángeles de Hojancha in honor of the Virgin of Los Ángeles
Herding in Huacas de Hojancha, in Celebration of Santa Rosa
Day of the Virgin of the Angels in the church of the Los Angeles and Cañas Dulces neighborhoods
Celebration of the Virgin of the Angels. Walk between Aguacaliente and Salitral, leaving the park
Faroles parade and arrival of the torch
Independence Day. Parades in all cantons
First week of September
Liberia's cultural week, in different different areas of the city
with diverse activities (marimba nights, dances, retretas, concerts, book)
Delivery of the Torch of Independence the border of Peñas Blancas and begins and begins the journey to the rest of the country
LA CRUZ & LIBERIA
Lantern Parade and Torchlight Parade - both lantern activities take place on September 14, with the local population and students parading with a representation of the lanterns used at the time of the signing of the Act of Independence
Costa Rican Independence Day
(Celebration and parade of bands in the main streets)
LA CRUZ & LIBERIA
Meeting of Cultures Day (Activities in the Central Park and Schools)
Celebration of the Costa Rican Masquerade in educational institutions
Pica de leña, horse parade and food
National Sabanero Day
Pica de Leña (wood chopping) Parade in Nicoya streets
Second week of November
Sabanero Day, Central Park. There are ribbon races, sale of food, handicrafts, among others.
Saint Cecilia's Patron Saint's festivities
Anniversary of the Canton of Nicoya
Vespers of the celebration with Alborada, Passing of the Virgin, La Salve and Serenade (in the Cofradía)
Feast of Our Lady Virgin of Guadalupe and Dance of the Yegüita, election of new positions in the Cofradía and candlelight procession
THIRD MONDAY EACH MONT
Cultural Event Nicoyana
SECOND SATURDAY OF DECEMBER
Christmas Festival (artistic activities, food, crafts, parade and illumination)
Inmaculada Concepción de María, patron saint of Matambú (religious and cultural activities, turns, food and handicrafts)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception They are celebrated in the esplanade of the Central Park of Liberia, a novena (prayer) in honour of the Immaculate Conception and sale of food
FIRST SATURDAY OF DECEMBER
White Christmas Festival