The “romeria”, the annual Pilgrimage to Cartago is around the corner and the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) announced its plans to ensure a safe walk. According to the MSP, some 3,500 police will be in charge of the surveillance and protection before, during and after the Pilgrimage.
In Cartago, the destination of the ‘romeros’, Erick Calderón, regional director of the Fuerza Publica in Cartago, said the operation will include police units on horses, motorcycles, quads, vans, bus, and regular patrols, in addition, there will be six Police Attention Center (CAP) units, two Community Preventives (UPC) and a police helicopter.
Although the big days for the romeria are August 1 and 2, the police operation is already underway and will continue until August 5.
If you will be taking part in the romeria, authorities recommend not to carry large amounts of cash, jewelry, and visible electronic devices; walk in groups and on official routes; wear proper clothing (it gets cold at night, especially in Cartago), rain gear and footwear; and liquids to stay hydrated.
If you take children, provide them with proper identification, like badges and with personal information of the child and parents, in case you get separated.
Do not take pets on the romeria. The fine for taking your dog is ¢250,000 colones.