At the end of the walk we arrive at La Casa de Máscaras Gerardo Montoya & Familia. Where Don Gerardo received us very happy and told us everything about how his grandfather was the one who started the widely known Costa Rican tradition of masquerades in that area. Don Gerardo Montoya is the grandson of Pedro Arias, who as we mentioned earlier, was in charge of starting this trade of making traditional masks at the beginning of the 20th century in the San Antonio de Escazú area and its surroundings.
Don Pedro Arias used mud from the river that passes near the house that is part of the Cerros de Escazú, Don Gerardo despite having learned the technique applied by his grandfather decided to use one of his own: applying paper and glue. Each mask has a story, which is usually linked to characters from the town where he lives or from when he was a child. Additionally, we were given the opportunity to make our own clay masks, we drank chicha made by Don Gerardo, we danced with the masks made by him, and we ate enyucados with cheese made by the El Mascarero family.
It was a fascinating and enriching cultural experience!