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At the time of the Spanish arrival in Costa Rica, there were indigenous groups living in constant trade and communication with one another. An immediate consequence of the Spanish Conquest of these indigenous groups was the rapid mixture of Hispanic and indigenous cultures.  This mixture (mestizaje) has produced the plurality of cultures now evident throughout Costa Rica. The Spanish Conquest left profound political, religious, architectural and linguistic imprints on the continent.

One of the most important changes in the countryside was the introduction of Haciendas, large agricultural and cattle estates. While the early period of the hacienda history (1750-1860) is well studied, surprisingly little is known about the layout and organization of these peculiar settlements.

The haciendas grew in size during the centuries of colonial rule and were run by the haciendados. With the years, many of the haciendas have been divided into smaller farms or fincas.

La Isla

La Isla was founded by the Vega Figueroa family.  In 2004, the farm was purchased by the present owner and in 2008 partly converted into an inviting boutique lodge, highlighting the colonial beauty and history.

Many of the Vega descendants still live in the small community of La Isla Village.  For generations, they have been excellent horse breeders. La Isla still has horses in its stables which are maintained and trained by the Vega family.

Every year in May, the La Isla Cabalgata, an attractive horse show with participation of many local farmers and cowboys, is held - a wonderful event to experience more of the Costa Rican countryside.

Haciendado 1850's Grandma Cecilia Figueroa Horses at Hacienda La Isla Lodge Colonial grounds at Hacienda La Isla
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