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Guanacaste Bags

$12

Guanacaste Bags

Material: Cotton
Tamaño: 13,5 in x 16 in
Grip length: 12 in

$12

Guanacaste Pins

$3

Guanacaste Pins

Size: 5.5cm

$3

Paper Monsters

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Paper Monsters

In the workshop next to her house, Melania Vásquez and her husband Alvaro Duarte bring hundreds of masks to life with clay and paper. For 30 years, they have been making masks that dance in the Santa Cruz festivals.

Credits: César Arroyo

Size: 4 x 7 inches
Material: Opalina

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Parade of Facial Expressions

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Parade of Facial Expressions

These monsters made of paper and glue always lead the bull parade in Liberia. Calle Real residents peek out of doors and windows to watch the masqueraders pass by.

Credits: César Arroyo

Size: 4 x 7 inches
Material: Opalina

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Guanacaste on pedals

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Guanacaste on pedals

Although it looks new, this bicycle has been with its owner for more than 40 years. Guanacastecans and their bicycles have long relationships that withstand the test of time.

Credits: César Arroyo

Size: 4 x 7 inches
Material: Opalina

$3

Music and Street

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Music and Street

Marimbas y timbales cierran el paso en las aceras de Calle Real durante el Tope de Toros, declarado patrimonio cultural inmaterial liberiano. Cada febrero, la ciudad blanca se llena de tradición y música.

Credits: César Arroyo

Size: 4 x 7 inches
Material: Opalina

$3

Nicoyan oxherd

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Nicoyan oxherd

This is one of the 50 carts that paraded down the street full of wood during the celebrations of the Brotherhood of the Virgen of Guadalupe. The devotees that participate in the axe and wood tradition come from nearby communities like Matambú, Curime, Mansión and Las Casitas.

PHOTO: César Arroyo
November 2017

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

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Bullriding: Tradition and vice

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Bullriding: Tradition and vice

Dylan Rodríguez practices on the “barrel” in his grandmother’s backyard in Santa Cruz. The setup imitates the conditions of old-style bull riding as it is wrapped in leather to hold the spurs.

PHOTO: David Bolaños
February 2017

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

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Ostional Subsidy

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Ostional Subsidy

While Ostional is a protected zone, the sale of turtle eggs from this beach has been legal since 1987. Residents take advantage of the eggs that would be otherwise lost to natural causes.

PHOTO: Ariana Crespo
October 2015

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

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Burra fiestera

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Burra fiestera

Burra Fiestera (“party donkey”) is part of the National Traditional Fiestas of Santa Cruz. The locals walk a painted horse around the town and businesses put guaro in its saddlebags so everyone can drink it.

PHOTO: David Bolaños
January 2017

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

$3

El dominó

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El dominó

Neighbors of the Matambú indigenous community meet around domino pieces to chat in the corridors of their homes.

PHOTO: Pinar Istek
May, 2013

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

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Museum Town

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Museum Town

Quebrada Honda is a town that captivates you with its beauty. The architecture and decoration on its houses recall those who are no long around with details that are still there, each their own, like in a living museum.

PHOTO: Eka Mora
April 2017

Size: 4 x 6 in
Material: C12

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The masquerades

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The masquerades

In January, the canton of Santa Cruz, Guanacaste is at celebration. This is the month when the Typical National Festivals of Santa Cruz are celebrated. On the first day of the festivities clowns and locals in masquerade enter the bullring to entertain the audience.

The masqueraded men and women chase those who jump into the ring to the rhythm of Guanacaste festival music.

PHOTO: María Laura Charles
January, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

Snow cones and wood

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Snow cones and wood

This piece showcases two symbols of Guanacaste: native architecture and the trade of snow cone making. This architecture dates back more than 150 years and constitutes one of the most authentic regional traditions characterized by the trait of adapting to the local environment.

The snow cone man is found in the majority of parks in Guanacaste selling snow cones, called granizados in Spanish, which consist of scraped ice and flavored syrup.

PHOTO: Gloriana Ximendaz
September 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

Ribbon Race

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Ribbon Race

Some towns in the Nicoya canton maintain the tradition of the ribbon race.

This consists of riding a horse at full speed while the rider attempts to snatch a ribbon hung from cables.

The most skilled rider that collects the most ribbons wins. To celebrate this tradition, the community gathers around with music and typical dishes to support their favorite rider.

PHOTO: Adrián Delgado
January, 2017

Photo Size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame Size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Material: Luster

$80

Ode to riding

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Ode to riding

This house in Barra Honda, Nicoya is an ode to riding. Its owners exhibit everything from saddles to stirrups to commemorate the memory of their father, a rider and horselover.

This decoration is very common in the households of Guanacaste families, lovers of the equestrian culture.

PHOTO: Eka Mora
March, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

Passion for clay

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Passion for clay

The artisans of Guaitil, a small community between Santa Cruz and Nicoya, literally stick their hands in the fire for Chorotega culture.

The life of the Guaitil craftsmen and women is dedicated to reminding us of this culture through their pots made of clay, dye, sweat, fire and, above all, history.

In this tiny town, there are more than 20 workshops that survive thanks to handicrafts.

PHOTO: Gloriana Ximendaz
September, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

White City

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White City

The city of Liberia, Guanacaste is commonly called the “White City” because in the past its streets were made of off-white, dusty gravel.

In this photo you see the Liberia church, located in the center of the city. It is, without a doubt, an architectural icon of the Liberian community.

PHOTO: Eka Mora
January, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

Veteran, tenor and folk singer

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Veteran, tenor and folk singer

Manuel Chamorro is a Liberian singer and an idol from the 1950s and 60s. In 1959 he recorded the hit “Luna Liberiana” written by composer Jesús Bonilla.

According to Costa Rican popular music expert Mario Zaldivar, Manuel Chamorro was a media sensation. He was the lyrical tenor that sang the boleros of Ricardo Mora and Mario Chacón with a marvelous voice and the look to go with it.

PHOTO: Eka Mora
June, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80

Axe and Wood

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Axe and Wood

The celebrations of the Brotherhood of the Virgen of Guadalupe are a tradition dating back almost 500 years. The axe and wood is one of them and is held the second Saturday of November.

It starts early at the Brotherhood where workers with axes, machetes and loading platforms come to have a breakfast of doughnuts, sweet cornbread and coffee.
Later, they go to the Cerro de las Cruces field to cut the wood that they will use during the Virgen of Guadalupe festivities in December.

PHOTO: César Arroyo
November, 2017

Photo size: 11 in X 17 in
Frame size: 13,5 in X 19,5 in
Substratum: Luster

$80