Starting January 15th, the small town of Santa Cruz in Guanacaste, Costa Rica near Hacienda Pinilla will be filled with traditional Costa Rican celebrations and cultural activities. The “Fiestas Bravas” include marimba music, folklore dancing, tons of food, and more! This celebration is in honor of Christ’s suffering and the Catholic religion. Bullfights are one of the main events at this celebration, in which brave locals step into the ring with the bull and test their boundaries. Usually this translates to ‘how fast they can run from a charging bull.’ If you aren’t much of an adrenaline junkie, don’t worry; there are other ways to enjoy this festival.
Delicious ‘rosquillas’ (donuts), sweet tamales, and coyol wine are served as the sound of traditional Costa Rican music circulates the environment. Another big part of this celebration is the ‘tope.’ A tope is a parade of horses and cowboys that march through the town, usually acompanied by music and the ocassional dancers. A large portion of the ‘rancheros’and farms in Costa Rica are in Guanacaste, so going to a tope in Guanacaste is even more special. This is one of the best things to do if you are looking to experience raw Costa Rican culture, and Santa Cruz is only a short 30 minute drive from Hacienda Pinilla.
We always encourage foreigners to experience the authentic Costa Rica, which is incredibly rich with history and tradition, and the Fiestas Bravas are the perfect way to get your dose! Costa Ricans are happy, welcoming people who are proud of their heritage and country. Have a great time at the Fiestas and celebrate with them!