One of Costa Rica’s biggest festivals kicks off today in the rural town of Palmares, located roughly an hour outside San Jose.

Costa Rica flag.

Costa Rica flag. Image by Glen Cooper / CC BY 2.0

The Palmares festival is a traditional celebration of Tico culture that features bullfights, a large horse parade (known as the Palmares tope), several musical acts, and carnival rides. More than a fifth of the country’s population will attend the Palmares Festival, which will host events every day until 25 January.

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