Rancho Humo: What has Nicoya, Guanacaste contributed to Costa Rica?

Tropical wetlands of Rancho Humo Estancia, Nicoya, photo credit estanciaranchohumo.

Tropical wetlands of Rancho Humo Estancia, Nicoya, photo credit estanciaranchohumo.

Explore the area of Nicoya, Guanacaste, during your stay at Rancho Humo Estancia Eco Boutique Hotel, and learn about the history and traditions of this region and how they have permeated throughout the country of Costa Rica.

History

An important part of Costa Rica’s history celebrated in July is the annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica from Nicaragua in 1824.  The inhabitants of Nicoya and Santa Cruz voted in favor of this change, largely in part to the civil war Nicaragua was going through.

Costa Rican children in typical costumes ready to celebrate annexation of Guanacaste, photo credit @victormanuel01ve

Costa Rican children in typical costumes ready to celebrate annexation of Guanacaste, photo credit @victormanuel01ve

Culture

The blending of cultures between the indigenous people and the Spaniards, developed the music, dances, typical costumes, gastronomy, legends and traditions that characterize the area today.

Handcraft

The crafting of ceramic objects going back to pre-Columbian times, is a cultural legacy formally recognized in 2013.  The techniques to create these pieces have been handed down through generations and are still the ones used to this day, mixing water and clay by hand.

Music

The music of the “marimba”, a percussion instrument referred to as the “piano of the Americas”, is one of them.  It is made up of bars of different types of wood, where the density and length of the bars create different sounds when struck by mallets.  It is traditionally played by three or four men.

Guanacaste Tree photo credit @luisfemc94

The Guanacaste Tree, National Tree of Costa Rica. photo credit @luisfemc94

Flora

The Guanacaste Tree, also known as the “elephant-ear Tree”, with its beautiful far reaching branches and heart shaped canopy, was named National Tree of Costa Rica back in 1959.  The symbolism of its protective shade and evergreen leaves, as well as its majestic and impressive size make it unmistakable.  Look for bracelets and other accessories made from its seeds, resembling a deer’s eye.

Cuisine

Typical food in Guanacaste revolve around corn.  Tortillas, tamales and beverages such as mazamorra or chicheme are part of the daily diet of the residents of this area in the world where residents are long-lived.

Contact Rancho Humo for reservations.  Experience the history and traditions of Nicoya in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Pool at Estancia Rancho Humo in Nicoya, Guanacaste. Photo credit @ranchohumoestancia

Pool at Estancia Rancho Humo in Nicoya, Guanacaste. Photo credit @ranchohumoestancia

Article by Katie Widdowson

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