Costa Rica News – Costa Rican love horses, even if they live in the midst of dense urban sprawl and wouldn’t know a horse pucky if they stepped in one. Two Tico traditions easily seen in all parts of the country are topes and cabalgatas. These events are emblematic of the rich horse and cattle heritage of the country. Ranching and cowboy, sabanero, traditions are especially strong in the northwest province of Guanacaste.
Photo by Jack Donnelly
A cabalgata is a recreational horseback ride, a trail ride, from one place to another. It is more for the enjoyment of the riders than any observers. Many places have these rides as annual events. Sometimes there is an entrance fee to raise money for some worthy cause.
One very interesting cabalgata