Costa Rica’s year in photos: festivals, scandal and victory

December 29, 2017

From Turrialba Volcano spewing ash, to La Sele‘s joy after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, to Costa Rican political candidates holding a debate in La Reforma prison – our favorite photos from 2017 are as diverse and unique as the country they depict.

Ash covers a hillside in La Central. Ezequiel Becerra / AFP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo from January of the Turrialba Volcano, east of San José, shows the remarkable impact of ashfall on the mountainside.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Turrialba’s big weekend

Karl Kahler/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protests in the United States of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Donald Trump were echoed in San José and also the northwestern beach town of NOsara, where about 100 residents took a stroll on Playa Guiones to show support for women’s rights.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Nosara marches against Trump

Kristel Segeren/The Tico Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seventh edition of the Envision Festival brought together thousands of people in March to celebrate music, yoga and permaculture in Uvita, on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast.

Check out the photo story here: 21 photos from this year’s Envision Festival

A child carries a cross at Nicoya's Good Friday procession, April 14, 2017. Amanda Zúñiga/The Tico Times

 

 

 

In April, Good Friday was celebrated with crucifixion processions all over the country. Our photographer captured the scene in Nicoya, Guanacaste, where residents dressed up and went out to the streets to recreate the Via Crucis.

Check out the photo story here: Behind the scenes at Nicoya’s Good Friday Procession

AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra

 

June saw thousands of people take to San José’s streets for the city’s annual Diversity March, celebrating gay pride and the LGBTI community, and advocating for equal rights for all.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: San José celebrates diversity and LGBTI rights 

Kristel Segeren / The Tico Times

 

Each year, Costa Rica’s Caribbean port town of Limón throws a party on Aug. 31 to celebrate its vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture. The main event is a parade, which fills the streets with floats, colorful dresses and dancing.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Afro – Caribbean Day in Limón

Priscilla Mora/Colectivo Nómada for The Tico Times

 

For Independence Day, Sept. 15, photographer Priscilla Mora went to the streets of Santo Domingo de Heredia and photographed the traditional desfile de faroles and patriotic parades that filled the town with color, nostalgia and dance.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: The beauty of Independence Day in Costa Rica

President Luis Guillermo Solís
The investigation into the cement case reached Casa Presidencial on Sept. 4, when President Luis Guillermo Solís responded to questions from legislators. Via Casa Presidencial

 

The second half of the year was dominated by the #Cementazo, a corruption scandal involving the import of Chinese cement. As part of the Legislative Assembly investigation, President Luis Guillermo Solís testified before legislators at Casa Presidencial in an event that had Costa Ricans around the country huddled in front of their television or computer screens.

Read the story here: President Solís – ‘I’ve always told you the truth’

View of a residential area affected by a landslide due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Nate in Cartago, east of San José, on Oct. 5, 2017. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In October, Tropical Storm Nate hit Costa Rica and killed at least eight people, caused flooding and drinking water shortages around the country, and left thousands of people in shelters.

Read the story here: UPDATE: Tropical storm causes deaths, flooding in Costa Rica and region

Costa Rica's Kendall Waston celebrates after scoring against Honduras during Costa Rica's 2018 World Cup qualifier football match on Oct. 7, 2017. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra

 

Just days after the storm, the country celebrated la La Sele’s qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with Kendall Waston’s goal in the last minutes of the match.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Costa Rica clinches World Cup 2018 berth 

Still on top: Gabriels celebrates after a win in October 2017. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra

 

Also in the world of sports, Costa Rican boxing phenom Hanna Gabriels defeated Dominican opponent Oxandia Castillo by unanimous decision at San José’s Gimnasio Nacional, thereby retaining her World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight titles.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Our favorite moments from Hanna Gabriels’ big night

Candidates gather in a gym at La Reforma on Nov. 2, 2017 for a presidential debate. AFP Photo / Ezequiel Becerra

 

On November, seven of the 13 presidential candidates went to La Reforma prison’s gymnasium and held a debate there.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Costa Rican presidential candidates hold debate at La Reforma prison

World Meeting of Blue Zones
Domitilo Barrantesis, of the Nicoya Peninsula, was a guest of honor at the inauguration of the 2017 World Meeting of Blue Zones. Mónica Quesada / The Tico Times

 

During the same month, Costa Rica hosted the World Meeting of Blue Zones in Nicoya, Guanacaste, where regions whose populations exceed the average life expectancy were celebrated.

Check out the photo story here: PHOTOS: Costa Rica hosts World Meeting of Blue Zones 

Crowds waited all day in order to snag a front-row view of the parade. AFP Photo/Ezequiel Becerra

 

 

Lastly, about two weeks ago we celebrated the Festival de la Luz or Festival of Light in downtown San José with beautiful floats decorated with lights.

Check out the photo story here: Costa Rica’s Festival of Light

 

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