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Costa Rican culture is influenced by indigenous and European cultures. Most of the music and representative folklore comes from the north of the country, which is highly influenced by the Mayan culture. Music in Costa Rica uses a rhythm known as tambito and a genre called punto.

Costa Ricans refer to themselves as "ticos" coming from the accustomed form of using diminutive words in daily conversations. Ethnic origins of Costa Rica blends native indigenous with European and Afro-Caribbean immigrants.

Typical dances in Costa Rica include: La Cajeta and Diablo Chingo.






Updated: 20 March 2008