The Faces of a Century

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These are the things that did not exist in Guanacaste when they were born: television, gas stoves, public transportation buses and street lighting. Going to the beaches meant riding horseback for three days or more. These centenarians were born in the early 1900s and few can share what their eyes have seen and their hearts have felt.

They live in so-called “Blue Zones,” places that fascinate anthropologists and scientists since their inhabitants are among the longest living people in the world. Their routine, work, diet and lifestyle are relevant factors in longevity. In Guanacaste, five cantons have been identified: Nicoya, Carrillo, Santa Cruz, Hojancha and Nandayure, where the inhabitants live for more than 90 years with good physical and mental health.

The long life of the inhabitants of Nicoya Peninsula has been studied by many and although there are many theories, the truth is that they are people who know what it means to work hard and their genes are loaded with strength, perseverance and a positive outlook.

The Voice of Guanacaste set out to find and portray these faces whose eyes, wrinkles and memories tell stories of the authentic Guanacaste that they have seen go through more than 100 years.