The name is because at a time in history, one of the village’s pioneers and founder, Lysimachus Barrantes, exclaimed: What a good view! Referring to the beautiful landscape of the river, the mountain and the freshness of the basin in those times.
Buena Vista is a community located on the banks of the river of the same name, between 1380 and 2010 meters above sea level, the Cerro Paraguas being the highest point of the Rivas district, which serves as a natural viewpoint with great panoramic view of the Valley of El General.Cafetales, dairy, fruit, vegetables and blackberry are part of the productive activities of this bucolic community, in which you can still observe a variety of wild animals, among them birds such as quetzal and mammals such as monkeys, dantas, zainos, tigrillo and tepezcuintles.
The pioneers. Inocencio Barrantes, from General Viejo, decided to move to live with his family back in 1915. This after having discovered the goodness of the area through its activities of mountainer (hunter).
By 1918 Lysimaco and Welcome, brothers of Don Inocencio, like Calisto and Segundo Gamboa, came to live in the area.
It tells the story that the Montero Rodríguez family, from Aranjuez de San José, was forced to stay for months in a stone, for while they built their ranch, situation that gave rise to the name of a hamlet located further north known today com o The Stone.
Buena Vista in its beginnings was inhabited mainly by people from General Viejo, Los Santos and the Central Valley.
Race to Cerro Paraguas. It is part of the new and most recent activities of common interest of Buena Vista, associated with the patron saint festivities. The first edition was held in 2003, based on the idea of Gerardo Fonseca Hernández and the support of Marino Angulo Arias, who undertook the organization, seeking to give a new appeal to the patron saint festivities in honor of the Virgin of the Miraculous Medal.
That first race took place on Saturday, November 29, 2003, at 9 a.m. in which 20 athletes, 18 men and 2 women participated. The winner was Gilberto Calderón Ureña, with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes and 11 seconds.
The aim of the competition is to promote athleticism, healthy fun, contact with nature and rescue of cultural values.
In the eighth edition, the organization of the event decided to give more strength to the cultural and environmental aspects, and has set itself in order to design a project to promote the protection of the Buena Vista river basin.