Juan San­ta­maria Day Ala­juela, Costa Rica April 11

Business Traveler (USA) - - THE SCENE -

Week-long cel­e­bra­tions, pa­rades, con­certs, dances mark the an­niver­sary of the Battle of Ri­vas. More com­monly known as Juan San­ta­maria Day, the fes­tiv­i­ties com­mem­o­rate Costa Rica’s na­tional hero, a bare­foot 19-year-old sol­dier whose act of hero­ism in the 1856 battle turned the tide against Wil­liam Walker’s in­vad­ing troops and se­cured Costa Rica’s sovereignty.

Visit tourism.co.cr for more in­for­ma­tion.

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