When I posted a photo of Costa Rican cowboys a week or two ago, I received a question in a comment from a reader about whether cowboys in Costa Rica are called gauchos, as hey are in Argentina. In Costa Rica, a cowboy is called a vaquero.
The northwest province of Costa Rica, called Guanacaste after the national tree of Costa Rica, has a tradition of cattle ranching and cowboys. In many small towns in the area, their are are cattle chutes in the town square, which is usually used as a football or soccer field. In some towns, there is a rodeo ring. We do not have either of those in Tamarindo because we are abeach resort town that used to be a sleepy fishing village. In Tamarindo, the only cowboys walk from restaurant to restaurant and sing ballads for tips.