The weekend proved to be a good time for pilgrims to make their annual hike to Cartago and the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.
The Cruz Roja said that some 300 persons were treated Saturday and Sunday at temporary aid stations set up along the routes. The bulk of the problems were sunburn or a flare up of an existing medical condition, said the Cruz Roja.
The flow of pilgrims, known as romeros, will continue all this week as the feast day of the Virgin, the country’s patroness, approaches. It is Friday.
The Cruz Roja said there were no serious medical conditions, and there were no reports from police agencies of any serious problems.
The bulk of the patients was at the basilica itself, said the Cruz Roja. Medical technicians treated 195 persons there. Some 99 more were treated at the Ochomogo aid station on the Autopista Florencio del Castillo. At Tres Ríos volunteers treated 14, the Cruz Roja said.
The aid agency will have some 35 aid stations operating by 7 a.m. Thursday, which is expected to be the big day for pilgrims. Yhey will reach Cartago and overnight in the Plaza awaiting a 10 a.m. Mass Friday.