Guanacaste Traditions & Activities

Guanacaste Traditions & Activities

The marimba is a popular expression that reflects the Guanacaste culture. The tradition and popular oral history is fundamental in the understanding of the villages. In Guanacaste there are two important events that are celebrated every year, that of the Cristo Negro de Esquipulas and in the month of December the devotion of the Virgin of Guadalupe. A large part of Guanacaste culture has marks of this tradition and religious devotion as well as arts and crafts fares, food, bull fights and civic or religious parties and the folkloric dance “Punto Guanacasteco”. A special mention should be made for marimba music, how it is played and its design. This is a multicultural instrument, American, African, and even Europe; but was mostly used in the propagation of Guatemalan Chiapaneco. It is mostly used in popular festivals, with the guitar. Jade is a generic term used to refer to the design of two different minerals: black and jade. In our country the word jade is used when talking about any kind of indigenous sculpture that is made from fine stone, generally pendants even though they may be made from quartz, agate or another material. In Costa Rica there are two main centers that make Jade amulets; Guanacaste and the Atlantic Slopes, nevertheless Guanacaste is the oldest in terms of this art.

Church La Agonía

Is a charming church from the XIX century located on the extreme north of Central Avenue.  La Casa de Cultura, close to the center of the city, it has a small museum where they exhibit works related to the savannahs or local cattle farmers. On the 25th of July the inhabitants of Liberia, commemorate the seperation of the province from Nicaragua in 1824, as well as the Festival of San Jaime. Organized activities include the bull ring, rodeos, cattle exhibitions, marimba bands, food stalls, popular dances and horse parades. Every year, on New Years Eve, they celebrate with a parade of youngsters called the “Pasada del Niño” and there is also a cultural week in September.  With good hotels, a restaurant and bars that invite you to relax while you plan your trip to the beach or an excursion to the volcano.  

Tourist Office

Calitur Ph (506) 2665-3663. E-mail: calitur@racsa.co.cr www.calitur.com. Located next to the Banco popular on the Boulevard. Open from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m from Monday to Friday. It is the tourist information office of Liberia. Spanish, English and Italian spoken. They carry out reservations direct with their members such as hotels, restaurants, rent a car and others. Organizing adventures and village celebrations.  

Service Station

Servicentro EME Ph (506) 2666-2911, Ph /fax (506) 2666-2313. Located on the Liberia crossing. Opening hours, 24 hours everyday, gas, and reparation of tyres, oil change, and sale of spare parts. Credit Cards accepted.  There is also a cash machine from the Banco de Costa Rica.

Estación de Servicio Ciudad Blanca Ph (506) 2666-0140. Located  some 300 meters to the south of the Liberia crossing. Timetable 24 hours everyday, gas service, reparation of tyres, oil chance and sale of parts. Credit Cards accepted. 

Estación de Servicio Total. Located to the east of the Interamerican highway, 1 ½ Km to the south of main entrance of Liberia. Opening 24 hours a day everyday. Gas, reparation of tyres, oil change, sale of parts. Credit Cards accepted.   

Instituto of Language

Centro Mundial de Idiomas Berlitz Ph (506) 2665-5544, Ph/fax (506) 2666-5546. E-mail:     www.berlitzedu.net. Located in the shopping mall Punto. Open from 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m from Monday to Saturday. Language courses from around the world, for everyone, adults and children. Maximilian D. Berlitz: German immigrant with a long tradition of teaching and founded the Berlitz Language Center in Rhode Island en 1878. It is a global organization that is dedicated to the effective teaching of languages. It is an organization that shares its age with history and an effective method that has been adapted with time. There are more than 500 ceteres in 70 countries. They are in the main cities of the world like Beijing, New York, Sao Paulo, París, Tokyo, Sidney, Santiago, Moscow.  In Central America it has been operating since 1997, in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Panamá, and shorlty in Nicaragua and Honduras. This presence and international trajectory has converted it into the biggest company in the world in terms of language teaching, translations and publications. It has the best quality, the latest technology, and the best method of learning with the universality that the global market needs. At present, Berlitz International belongs to the Japanese corporation. Berlitz International is recognized by the American Council of Education of the United States.