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The Festivities of Zapote are close
November 29, 2011

The Festivities of Zapote, which are starting on December 25th, is where you can enjoy amusement rides, Costa Rican bull rides, fireworks, a horse parade and other surprises.

Additional recommendations:

  • Bring comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, a deodorant and band-aids.
  • Let a relative or close friend know that you’re participating in the bull rides and make sure this person can make the required arrangements in case you’re injured. Remember it’s better to take all the precautions you can.
  • If you suffer from asthma, a coronary deficiency, nervousness or a disabling disease then it’s better if you refrain from participating.
  • Cut your nails to avoid self-injuries or hurting someone else.
  • Follow all the dispositions of the staff of the arena; remember they’re looking out for your safety.
  • Study the evacuation routes of the arena very well. Know where the exits or meeting points are.
  • In case the bull reaches you, just lie down and remain still until the bull is gone, then get up and run or wait to be assisted.


Once more Christmas is coming with the feasts of San Jose, known as the Festivities of Zapote, which are starting on December 25th and end on January 3rd.

The opening is at 3:00pm, where you can enjoy with your family and friends the “chinamos” (stands), amusement rides, fireworks, Costa Rican bull rides and other surprises related to these festivities.

For those who would like to try the roller coasters, pirate ship, bumper cars and “la tagada”, the prices range between ¢600 (around $1.25) and ¢1.500 (around $3).

The first Costa Rican style bull ride is scheduled for December 25th, however the entrances vary depending on the day and the time you participate in the show.

The organizers expect an average attendance of 100.000 people per day for these festivities.

Safety for everyone

This edition of the popular feasts is having a great security operative, where officers of the Public Force will be located in each entrance of the fairground, checking everyone who enters, in order to avoid any accidents.

Those who are going to the arena will receive a security policy, who must comply with several measures in order to obtain it.

Horse parade of San Jose

On December 26th, the National Day of Horsemen, will be held the Horse Parade of San Jose, one of the most longed activities by Costa Ricans and tourists during the feasts of San Jose. It will start in Paseo Colon and ends in the Plaza Gonzalez Viquez.

After four years of not being held, the beauty pageant Señorita San Jose will be part of the horse parade this year. The winner will be named on December 23rd in the National Auditorium, at the Children’s Museum.

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