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Traditional Chicharron on the Streets of Nicoya

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One of Guanacaste’s favorite typical treats is readily available on the streets in Nicoya: Chicharron. Alonso Alexis Simpson Wright, originally from Limon, has been serving up his homemade chicharron in Nicoya for 23 years, always attracting a line at fiestas.

He currently sells a variety of the pork from a small stand across from El Estudiante bookstore from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except for Sundays. The legitimate chicharron, he explained, is the kind with both meat and the skin rind. This variety and the meatier rib or loin varieties sell for 8000 colones ($16) per kilo, while the cheaper purely rind variety sells for 6000 ($12) per kilo. Although the price is calculated by weight, people can request whatever quantity they desire and savor the flavor as they walk en route to run other errands.

Chicharronera Simpson is also available for events or home delivery. Call 8547-5377.