This year we went with friends to the Palmares festival which ran from January 10 to 21, 2013. It is a two week event and the second largest festival in Costa Rica after the Zapote festival. Palmares is the capital city of the canton Palmares in the province of Alajuela. It is at an elevation of 1,017 meters above sea level, as compared to Atenas, which is situated 698 meters above sea level.
The festival is huge, featuring a tope (horse parade), concerts, a fun fair, sporting events, local food, a parade of lanterns, fireworks displays, an art show and entry is free.
At the food stands, I tried choripan - an Argentinian street food - and it was so good. Much better than hot dogs. Also chowed down on a pupusa, a Salvadorian stuffed tortilla. By the way, La Fiesta de las Pupusas is a Salvadorian restaurant in Atenas, on highway 3, near the gas station. We haven't eaten there yet, but it is on my list.
The day we were there, international artist, Shaggy, was featured. We enjoyed wandering around with the Ticos. It was a perfect day for fair going.
Make sure you attend Fiestas Palmares next year.
|Band before headliner Shaggy|
|Everyone was at the fair|