Government provides funds for Carrillo tourist center

The Costa Rican government‘s rural development agency is bankrolling the rehabilitation of a tourism center in Carrillo.

This is the Finca el Paso, which now will be called Finca el Guaco.

The facility has a bull ring, a typical Guanacaste ranch home, an events center and stages. In private hands the finca offered shows for tourists as well as horse tours, dance shows, singing and the ambience of a late 19th century ranch.

The plan is to add a tortilla manufacturing shop and rebuild the infrastructure. Then similar shows will be offered to tourists, said an announcement.

The project is under the sponsorship of the Unión Zonal de Asociaciones de Distrito de Sardinal and the Programa Tejiendo Desarrollo of the Oficina de la Primera Dama.

Also involved are the  Cámara de Turismo de Guanacaste, the  Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, the Municipalidad de Carrillo, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud and the Dirección Nacional de Desarrollo Comunal.

The stated purpose of the purchase of the property is to rescue Costa Rican traditions and Chorotega culture, said Casa Presidencial.

The Instituto de Desarrollo Rural is paying $1.23 million to purchase the property and rebuild the infrastructure, the announcement said. The purchase is supposed to benefit 75 workers and stimulate tourism in Sardinal Centro, Playas del Coco, San Blas and La Libertad, said officials.

The inauguration Thursday of the property at El Paso de Tempique was one of a number of projects highlighted as President Luis Guillermo Solís and other officials tour the area in advance of the Monday holiday marking the 1824 Anexión del Partido de Nicoya.

Dancers display their costumes at the  Finca El Guaco

Dancers display their costumes at the Finca El Guaco

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