After publishing the post on the rodeo, I couldn't resist sending the photo of these "gauchiticos".
Hacienda Guachipelin where this was taking place, is situated in the middle of nowhere, miles away from the nearest city. So, the children from nearby rally to these shows which become part of their heritage, unfortunately in my opinion.
Anyway, they were so happy when they saw my camera I had to take their photo and honour their cheerfulness by publishing it.
"GAUCHITICOS" : "GAUCHO" is the Latin-American term for "cowboy". Now, the diminutive "gauchito" would be used for kids.
But in Costa-Rica, they have an extra diminutive. Rather than just the suffix "ito", they use "itico". That's why the nickname of the Costa-Ricans is " LOS TICOS".
For French members : People of Costa-Rica prefer to be called "COSTA-RICIENS", rather than "Costa-Ricains" ; it sounds less AmeRICAN ; in Spanish "Costa-Ricenses".
They are very friendly, easy-going people. "Pura Vida" is their moto, meaning that they have a good life and want to keep it.
They did away with their army in 1949 in order to have more money for HEALTH, EDUCATION and ENVIRONMENT.
The death sentence was abolished in 1882 !!! An example for the rest of the world !