What’s Going On During Easter Week in Guanacaste?

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If you plan on staying in Guanacaste this year during Holy Week (Easter Week), or if you’re coming for a visit, you have several options to enjoy the province’s sports, music and culture.

The first thing on the agenda is the Third Chorotega Crafts Fair of Nicoya, which will be held from Friday, April 12 to Monday, the 15th, at Recaredo Briceño Park.

More than 50 artisans will participate in the activity, coming from cantons such as Santa Cruz, Hojancha and Nicoya. The artists will exhibit and sell their works, ranging from wood pieces to art made with horsehair.

The fair is organized by the Mexican international aid foundation Odel, which supports entrepreneurial development.

“I see the beautiful things that they make here, with this world of color and materials. These are people who are hidden and our interest is to let people know about the crafts they have here, which is something very beautiful,” said Marisol de la Rosa, representative of Odel.

The weekend of Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, the 14th, will be bustling in Bagaces, starting with the sixth annual Miravalles Clean Energies traditional race.

The race will start at the Guayabo Catholic Church on Saturday, the 13th, at 3:30 p.m. There will be three classifications in the male and female categories: 5, 10 and 15 kilometers.

And if sports are not your thing, come to the first “Yes Bagaces” tourism fair, which will take place on Saturday, the 13th, and Sunday, the 14th, in the Bagaces canton park. There will be discussions, bingo, zumba and the headliner musical performance by Malpais on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

“The objective of the fair is to put Bagaces on the map. The Llanos del Cortés waterfall and Palo Verde are not all that exist here; there are many places where you can do day trips. We want this to help reactivate the canton’s economy,” said Marjorie Ruiz, part of the organizational team, consisting of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area, the municipality, the Ministry of Health and the National University (UNA).

“Yes Bagaces” has the blue flag seal, so there will be volunteers to facilitate garbage collection and separation. But remember that it is everyone’s job to leave the park as clean as it was before the activity.

Santa Cruz, meanwhile, will end up dancing with the 2019 Criollo Fest. The festival includes a “retahileros” duel of words and dance music by groups like Pesateao Orquestra and Los de la Bajura.

Admission costs ₡3,000 colones (about $5) per day and is only for adults. It will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, the 17th, at Mala Bar and Restaurant.

Balo Gomez, member of the group Los de la Bajura, explained that the money collected will be used to pay the participating artists. “Our idea is to revive and create places where there is culture for Guanacastecans,” concluded Gomez.