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Fish ceviche from the Osa Peninsula


“Y, ¡a jartar se ha dicho!” Time to eat up!

Today’s recipe was shared with us by Rocío Vargas Gonzáles, an entrepreneur originally from Atenas, Alajuela, who has lived in Puerto Jiménez de Puntarenas on the Osa Peninsula for 26 years. Rocío is the founder, owner and head chef of Soda Las Palmas.

In La Palma de Puerto Jiménez, her soda offers visitors “a place for traditional meals in a friendly, pleasant, and very simple family environment.”

Rocío says that her business began as a family project. She now employs three more people from the community.

Rocío Vargas. Mayela López/El Colectivo 506

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Rocío is a community leader. She has worked in multiple community organizations, including development associations. One of those projects is Caminos de Osa, where she is not only one of the entrepreneurs that offers rural tourism experiences to visitors, but also serves on the board of directors. Read more about Caminos de Osa in El Colectivo 506 here.

Soda Las Palmas is located in La Palma de Puerto Jiménez, in the shopping center 50m south of the EBAIS. You can contact Soda Las Palmas at WhatsApp +506 8312-6176.

“It is a pleasure to serve you,” says Rocío.

Rocío’s ceviche recipe

Serves eight


  • ¼ cup plus 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 kg of a firm white fish for ceviche
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 1 onion
  • ½ roll of culantro
  • 16 ounces of lime juice
  • 16 ounces of ginger ale
  • 1 teaspoon of salt



  1. Chop the fish into small squares.
  2. Mince the onion, sweet red pepper, and culantro into fine pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, place the fish and then add the salt, vinegar and 2 cups of water. This allows you to wash the fish.
  4. Rub the fish well for several minutes.
  5. Rinse fish thoroughly with fresh water at least three times.
  6. Drain the fish.
  7. Add the lemon, onion, pepper, the teaspoon of salt, and the ginger ale to the fish.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Add the culantro.
  10. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve alongside soda crackers or some fried potatoes.


La Palma, Península de Osa, Puntarenas. Soda Las Palmas. Rocío says that before “cooks would cook however they wanted, now they follow a recipe”, and that is how she can bring guarantee. Mayela López/El Colectivo 506
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Reportajes creados por el Directorio 506 son un esfuerzo conjunto entre el equipo editorial de El Colectivo y los emprendedores y organizaciones que participan en nuestro directorio nacional de turismo rural. Reportes bearing the byline Directorio 506 are created jointly between the editorial team of El Colectivo 506 and the entrepreneurs and organizations that participate in our national directory of rural tourism.


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