Orosi Scouts in Cartago (through a dirty bus window) These five teens are Scouts from Orosi who rode the bus with me to Cartago, for an event I imagine. Girls and boys are all in the same Scout program here, wearing bright blue shirts & navy pants + scout neckerchiefs. But note the two girls and one of boys have on jackets because it was in the 60’s farenheit this morning. And yeah, that is very cold here! And they got off the bus earlier than me is why the bus window shot. Cartago, Costa Rica
“Coca Cola” Bus Station in San Jose It is on the site of an old Coca Cola bottling plant and thus the name. I waited only about 10 minutes for this bus to load and no wait in Cartago! But the bus from Cartago went to the Lumaca Station and I took a taxi to here which was another 10 minutes! Note the row of pay phones, a disappearing sight, even here. San Jose, Costa Rica
Most working people in Costa Rica travel by bus rather than by car (only rich people have cars) and thus it is a good way to get to know people and culture here, not to mention the language! I used my rough Spanish a lot this week since not too many in Orosi cater to English-only North Americans.
It has been a good week and both bus trips were good and fairly easy. My biggest learning experience on this trip was that I will try to avoid B&B’s in the future. First because I prefer to have a “built-in” restaurant and/or close to good restaurants. Second, she had 3 big dogs and 2 cats and thus almost no birds and the animals hovered a lot when I was out of my cabin, wanting my attention. Plus she did not mop the bathroom the whole 4 nights I was there and provided only one hand towel and the one knife in the kitchen was not sharp enough to cut the peeling on all the fruit she provided for my breakfasts. Not my favorite lodging in Costa Rica, but the birding and local tours were great and I have a lot of photos! The Orosi area is a beautiful and great place to explore AND bird!
It was two days ago and even though we met someone going to join the pilgrimage last week at a bus stop, I forget that it is mostly on one day, August 2, and I have yet to go watch and photograph the over 2 million people walking the 22 km from San Jose to Cartago to this church and Basilica, Our Lady of the Angels. Read the linked article above for a good description of the pilgrimage and why it happens and learn about finding the Black Virgen.
These photos were made by me enroute to Turrialba in 2015. See also;
My photo gallery of Churches in Costa Rica-far from as many photos as I hope to have collected eventually, but an interesting start!
Our Lady of Angels Basilica in Cartago (I drove by on way to Turrialba)
The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Our Lady of the Angels Basilica) is a Roman Catholic basilica in Costa Rica, located in the city of Cartago and dedicated to the Virgen de los Pardos, officially known as Virgen de los Ángeles (the Lady of the Angels). The basilica was built in 1639 and was partially destroyed by an earthquake. The basilica has since been restored and constitutes a unique mix of colonial architecture as well as 19th century Byzantine style, the current building dates back to 1939.[From Wikipedia] Once a year there is a pilgrimage of thousands from all over Central America to this Cathedral, all walking!
I stopped by around 11 Sunday morning & it was packed, standing room only with a crowd standing and listening outside the door.
It is my personal observation that Ticos are not only mostly religious but what I would call “Christian in their behavior” or relationships toward each other and outsiders and a very moral people.
This horse with his rider and cart came to lodge to pick up trash today. Talk about a juxtaposition of cultures! In rural areas it is still common to see people riding horses for transportation.