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CULTURAL

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.

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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

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TICO TOUR EXPERIENCE

8:00 AM | FULL DAY

El Viejo Wetlands is a tourist attraction and Wildlife Refuge which frames Palo Verde National Park, providing a natural buffer zone for thousands of multicolor tropical birds. You will enjoy the amazing scenery and biodiversity of the area on a boat tour. 

An ideal moment to remember old times, how our grandparents used to live, and to breathe their culture and traditions. La Casa del Sabanero” (The Sabanero Farm) a space of culture and learning where you admire how our grandparents used to live. We will taste the delicious traditional meal of Guanacaste, and learn how to make tortillas.

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CULTURAL EVENTS

 
 

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.

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january

SANTA CRUZ
Second week in January

Santa Cruz Cultural Week
13 JANUARY

Vigil to the Holy Christ of Esquipulas (Ato Viejo de Arado)
14 JANUARY

Solemn Entry of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas
15 JANUARY

Day of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas
14 TO 18 JANUARY

Typical National Festivities in honor of the Holy Christ of Esquipulas

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february

NICOYA
01 FEBRUARY

Entrance of the saint San Blas and civic saint festivities

(San Blas Temple)
03
FEBRUARY

 Day of San Blas patron saint of Nicoya
(San Blas Temple y  and fairground)


SANTA CRUZ
FEBRUARY & MARCH

Coyoleras Event in Santa Cruz
MARCH to DECEMBER

Villareal Patron Saint Festivities
(Villareal Park)

Brasilito Civic Festivities

(Brasilito Park).

LIBERIA

Last week in February & the first week of March

Liberia's civic festivities are held in the city and fairgrounds

LA CRUZ

21st to 24 FEBRUARY

Puerto Soley Festivities

march

SANTA CRUZ
FEBRUARY & MARCH

Coyoleras Event in Santa Cruz

During March
Baile del Polvo in the Villareal de Santa Cruz bullring


HOJANCHA
19 MARCH

St. Joseph's Day, patron saint of the canton (with religious activities)

LIBERIA

First Week in March

Tope de toros, leaving the Liberia River and crossing the city up to the traffic circle of the civic festivities.

CAÑAS

19 MARCH

Saint Joseph's Day, Saint of Cañas, Civic Festivities and Cultural Week

Second Sunday of March

Boyero Day

20 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.

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APRIL

SANTA CRUZ
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

LA CRUZ

11 TO 14 APRIL

Civic Festivities of La Cruz

may

HOJANCHA
01 MAY

 Boyero Parade in Hojancha

(parade, food, music and dance in the center of town)

 

LA CRUZ

03 MAY

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.

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june

BAGACES
01 JUNE

Celebration of San Caralampio, Patron Saint of Bagaces (Bull riding, ribbon races)

CAÑAS

Second Sunday of June

Tribute to the Cañero authors

Fourth Sunday of of June

Music Day, tribute to Cañero musicians

july

NICOYA

Week prior to July 25

National Annexation Cultural Festival

25 JULY

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
 

SANTA CRUZ