Saturday, July 10, 2010

Village Rodeo Grounds

Northwest Costa Rica, called Guanacaste, has a long and proud ranching tradition, as I have mentioned previously. In addition to the village cattle chutes that I have shown in the past, some villages have little rodeo grounds.

This is a photo of a typical rodeo grandstand and fencing in a typical Costa Rican village. This is located in a small village east of the town of Nicoya. A few cows graze in the middle of town.

In Guanacast e, there were large cattle ranches or haciendas that evolved from the original Spanish colonial land grants. In the rest of the country, there are generally small family farms, many growing coffee, and large corporate banana plantations. The number one export crop of Costa Rica is not coffee, bananas or beef, but computer chips.

I hope the ranching tradition continues, even as Costa Rica develops its economy. The new President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, has declared that it is her goal for Costa Rica to achieve the status of the first "developed" nation in Central America. Costa Rica is well on its way to achieving that goal.

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7 comments:

brattcat said...

I think I would enjoy a rodeo in such a location.

Sharon said...

Sometimes those small town rodeos are the best!

Tracy said...

Computer chips first, cow chips second? :-) Really, though I never would have guessed they exported computer chips.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this would be a great place for a rodeo. we should go to one. i like the greenery. i am used to rodeos in the West where it is dusty and hot.

Jarart said...

I too hope that scenes like this one will be around in the future. I hope you go to the rodeo one day and bring back lots of pictues to share.
The Prescott rodeo is over now. We did not go this year, we found out that people were not allowed to bring in DSLR cameras. Not sure what the idea of that is.

glenda said...

Sounds like the new Pres. has the right idea. Have a fun trip.

Elisa, Croatia said...

My friends from college are planning a trip to Costa Rica and they are urging me to come along. I will be doing some reading around your blog if you don't mind!

Greetings from a Mexican Mommy living In Europe

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