An encounter with the culture of Guanacaste
“La Ruta Chorotega”
The past and present of the Chorotegan world
With roughly 4000 years of history, the Chorotega Route links together the main locations that still conserve the traditions of a rich cultural past, all in Guanacaste, one of the most important tourist regions of the country.
Santa Cruz…Cradle of the Culture of Guanacaste!
With over 220 years of history, Santa Cruz has been declared the national city of folklore of Costa Rica. It has the most authentic population of Guanacaste and is considered the most important urban settlement in the province, after its capital Liberia. Some of the most interesting folklore includes its popular cuisine and its traditional and colorful celebrations in honor of the Patron Saint, which feature rodeos and Costa Rican style (non-violent) bullfighting.
Furthermore, the marimba players here are famous due to their exceptional skills to play this traditional instrument that transcends borders. It is also the instrument that is the base for the folkloric music and dances of this town.
Enjoy the glorious panorama of valleys and plains of the chorotega countryside, where the combination of haciendas for cattle raising, agricultural fields and protected natural areas will provide the relaxing “smell of the countryside” inviting you to take it easy.
This impressive tour offers one of the best options to learn about its history and its people, the latter being a melting-pot of descendants of Mexican ethnicities, Spanish invaders and African slaves, due to a series of migrations initiating thousands of years ago.
I. Itinerary for the Half-day Tour “Tradition and Culture”
Experience an adventure full of customs and traditions together with the inhabitants of the communities in the area of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste; sustainable community-based rural tourism.