On Monday, September 15, 2014 Costa Rica celebrated it’s 193rd Independence day. We had just returned from a weekend of whitewater rafting and laying on the beach in Puerto Viejo. On our trip back we drove by a huge group of runners carrying a flaming torch. The torch was carried from Guatemala to the Capital of Costa Rica symbolizing Costa Rica’s liberation from Guatemala and the Spanish Empire.
The next morning a group of us headed to downtown Heredia to witness one of the largest parades in the country. Streets were blocked and thousands swarmed around the central park in Heredia, which marked the end of the parade route. In order to get a view many climbed on window sills, rooftops, walls, trees and fences. I made friends with a few locals as we sat on top of a fence watching as each group in the parade gave it’s final performance before exiting the parade route.