Easter Is Lagarteada (Croc Chase) Time In Costa Rica

Vigils, masses and parades are fine for Easter, but in the Ortega de Santa Cruz village in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, the people stick to its own Easter tradition of chasing after crocodiles.

The activity took place on Friday but not without controversy.

Residents of the remote community in the huge Guanacaste province blame the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) for destroying the natural habitat of the crocs, as well as giant clam shells, fish, herons, parrots and parakeets, resulting from canalization work on the rivers Palmas and Charco.

During the event, brave “lagarteros” faced enormous reptiles along the Palma river, ending up in a deep cave, where the prey was cornered: a snarling, five-metre female crocodile. It took two hours of struggle to finally tie down the reptile.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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