Liberia's Fiestas Civicas take place every year fduring the last week of February to the first week of March. This Fiesta is organized by the Comite de Fiestas Civicas de Liberia and celebrate Liberia as well as the province of Guancaste's culture and tradition.
The Fiestas begin at midnight with a "Bombetas" show (fireworks without the colors and with a lot more noise) and a Cimarrona playing typical Guanastecan music. Among the most popular activities are the daily horse parade (called Tope in Costa Rica) at Noon and the 5 AM Cimarrona parade called "La Diana". This early morning Diana is famous because of its main attraction; drunken people dancing on the street after partying all night.
The center stage of the fiestas, however, is the traditional bullfighting tico style. Tico bullfighting is simple: one small ring, 300 + sober, semidrunk and very drunk improvised bullfighters and one very angry bull chasing after them. In occasions the brave, or the too drunk to care, will ride some some of the bulls while chasing people around the ring.
If you plan to stay in Liberia during the Fiestas Civicas is highly recommended that you book your Liberia hotel well in advance as this is a very popular event and many hotels will be full during weekdays and most of them will be full during weekends.
And for those who wish to visit and experience this Fiestas but are not staying in the city of Liberia we have designed a tour so that you can enjoy a one in a lifetime cultural experience like this one. For more information and pricing please scroll down.
Liberia Fiestas Civicas Tour
The Fiestas Civicas Tour is a 100% fun and 100% Costa Rican cultural experience tour that will allow you to go deep into Costa Rica culture and enjoy and see life as Tico's do. So if you are near Liberia between February 22nd and March 2nd, 2008 don't miss this tour! Other cultural experience tours try to re-create fiestas like this, but believe us when we say that nothing beats the real thing.
We start with a visit to Liberia's central park where you will watch the daily horse parade, a perfect opportunity to take pictures and start getting into fiestas mode. As soon as the horse parade is over you will be treated to a typical lunch after which you will have time to stroll the streets of Liberia for some shopping or simply enjoy a cool drink at one of the nearby restaurants. Once you have done your shopping we will head to the main attraction of the day; the bullfightin ring. There you will enjoy 3 hours full of pure fun and adrenaline while seeping ona cold beer and as the approximate 7 to 8 bulls make the rounds on the ring.
Price: $59 USD per person
Reservations in advance are highly recommended since there is a maximum 7 people per tour. Liberia, Costa Rica Tours.