Under the radar day-trips in Costa Rica


When you think of activities in Costa Rica, you probably think of ziplining, surfing, hiking, bird watching, sunbathing, and seeing sloths (if you’re lucky!). But this small Central American country has more than just forests and beaches to offer visitors. Check out a few of our favorite lesser-known activities in Costa Rica:

Oxcart Parade (Desfile de Bueyes)

If you have not experienced the beauty of the Costa Rican decorated oxcart, you haven’t really seen Costa Rica! In 2005, UNESCO declared this tradition a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (basically an intangible World Heritage Site). Oxcart parades are a chance to see hundreds of ox herders, faithful oxen, and brightly colored carts all in one place.

ox cart

Where: Various towns; major ones in San Jose and San Antonio de Escazu

When: San Jose’s parade is in November, and Escazu’s is in March, for National Ox Herder Day.

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