At the time of the Spanish arrival in Costa Rice, 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, black and indigenous cultures. This mixture (mestizaje) has produced the plurality of cultures now evident throughout Costa Rica.
It is obvious that the Spanish Conquest left political, religious, architectural and linguistic traces on the continent.
One of the most important changes on the countryside was the introduction of Haciendas, large agriculture 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, a lot of the haciendas have been divided in smaller farms or fincas.
La Isla has been founded by the Vega Figeroa family. In 2004, the farm was purchased by the actual owner and in 2008 partly converted into an inviting boutique lodge, exalting the Colonial beauty and history.
A lot of the Vega descendants still live in the small community of La Isla Village. Since 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 a lot of local farmers and cowboys is hold. A wonderful event to know more of the Costa Rican country side.