When Ticos are done celebrating the Christmas and New Year holidays, they have yet another party to look forward to: The Palmares fiestas, one of Costa Rica's most anticipated traditional celebrations.
Palmares, a small town between Alajuela and San Ramon, is known for hosting the best fiestas and tope (horse parade) in the country. During the second half of January, Palmares becomes the focal point for many Ticos.
This year, the Palmares fiestas will begin on the evening of January 16th and continue until the 28th with a series of “eventos” planned by the Asociacion Civica Palmarena. These include concerts, fireworks, sports activities, “chinamo” tents with alcohol and food, the toros a la Tica (Costa Rican-style bullfighting) and a traditional tope.