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Costa Rica’s ‘Croc Bridge’ Does Not Disappoint  (Video)

Costa Rica’s ‘Croc Bridge’ Does Not Disappoint (Video)

The ‘Crocodile Bridge’, the bridge over the Tarcoles River on the way to and from Jaco and the Central Pacific coast, is a top spot…

Canadian Pride, eh! (Video)

Canadian Pride, eh! (Video)

Help us oot and share this video to spread Canadian pride, eh! Time to Prepare! Many people south of our border Canadian border will wanna…

Watch A Crocodile Devour A Cow in Costa Rica  (Video)

Watch A Crocodile Devour A Cow in Costa Rica (Video)

  QCOSTARICA – In the Tarcoles river anything can happen. In the latest case, a cow wasn’t so lucky. Tired, it slipped and fell. The…

Make The Best Homemade Tortillas Costa Rica Style (For Free!)

Make The Best Homemade Tortillas Costa Rica Style (For Free!)

QCOSTARICA from Detailedorientedtraveler.com – One of my favorite things we did when we were in Costa Rica was learning how to make homemade tortillas. I…

Flying The Colours of Costa Rica

Flying The Colours of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – GE turboprop engines are rugged and can withstand extreme climates; they power aircraft around the world including those flying to the world’s most…

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s Most Intrepid Corner

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica’s Most Intrepid Corner

QTRAVEL from the Lonely Planet – Jutting into the sea at the southern end of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula remains one of…

Maureen Boza Crowned Mrs. Costa Rica 2016

Maureen Boza Crowned Mrs. Costa Rica 2016

COSTA RICA EXTRA – The mother of two children, 33 year-old Maureen Boza was crowned Señora Costa Rica 2016 (Mrs. Costa Rica) at the Saturday…

Six Pack Of Imperial Costs Less In The U.S. Than in Costa Rica

Six Pack Of Imperial Costs Less In The U.S. Than in Costa Rica

QHUMOUR – Looking for beers for the weekend? Better skip the local markets and head for the U.S. for good prices on Costa Rica made…



Seven Hours Stuck In San Jose Traffic

Diego Rodríguez practically spend all day – his working day – Wednesday in his vehicle due to traffic congestion, protests, road closures and delivery trucks parked in the narrow streets of San Jose, all contributing to the nightmare lived daily by drivers. According to his Facebook post, it should have taken him not more than […]…

Costa Rica Woke Up More Expensive This Morning

Costa Rica Woke Up More Expensive This Morning

Hikes in Gasoline, Tolls and Electricity took effect This morning, Friday July 1. The lines were long at many gasoline stations Thursday night, filling up…

It Was A Simulation!

It Was A Simulation!

QCOSTARICA – Many were surprised last night to see smoke coming out of the top of the Banco Nacional building, surrounded by fire trucks and…

July Brings In Higher Tolls and Gas Prices

July Brings In Higher Tolls and Gas Prices

QCOSTARICA – July comes a couple of important hikes in driving around Costa Rica. One is the increase in tolls on the Ruta 27 (San…

President Solis Headed For Chile But Does Not Know If He Will Return?

President Solis Headed For Chile But Does Not Know If He Will Return?

  QCOSTARICA – President Luis Guillermo Solis, on his way to Chile Tuesday afternoon (his 22nd away trip since taking office on May 2014) told…

Creation Of A Shareholder Registry Revived in Costa Rica

Creation Of A Shareholder Registry Revived in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Legislators of the Financial Affairs Committee (Comisión de Asuntos Hacendarios) on Tuesday approved a the text for the draft tax fraud bill that…

Costa Rica’s Railway Is Going Shopping For New Trains

Costa Rica’s Railway Is Going Shopping For New Trains

QCOSTARICA – Following legislative authorization to borrow and with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE/CABEI) willing to provide financing, the Instituto Costarricense de…

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

Former Guanacaste Mayor Collected Salary and Bonuses While Earning Pension

QCOSTAIRCA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste.com – On May 1, Carlos Arias Chavez’s term as mayor of the Municipality of Nandayure ended. However, he is not…

Hydroelectric Reservois Could Be Alternative To Guanacaste Water Shortages

QCOSTARICA by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com – Hydroelectric reservoirs promise to be an alternative to address the problem of water shortages faced by several Guanacaste…

Promising Vaccines Developed Against Zika Virus

Promising Vaccines Developed Against Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA – The development of a safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus against humans may be successful, with results of a major study…

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

Report Highlights Importance of Trade-Based Money Laundering

  Q24N – A new report from the US Congressional Research Service details the importance of trade-based money laundering for criminal networks in Latin America and outlines some of the ways the region’s governments are attempting to combat illicit financial flows. The CRS report (pdf) describes trade-based money laundering, or TBML, as “among the most […]…

Nicaragua President Ortega Expected to Win Third Straight Term

Nicaragua President Ortega Expected to Win Third Straight Term

  Daniel Ortega, President of NIcaragua TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is seen easily winning his third consecutive term in office in elections…

MasterCard issued by Florida bank gets OK for use in Cuba ATMs

MasterCard issued by Florida bank gets OK for use in Cuba ATMs

TODAY CUBA, HAVANA — MasterCards from Florida-based Stonegate Bank are the first U.S.-issued credit cards that can be used to withdraw cash at automatic teller…

Cuban Hotel Becomes First to Operate Under US Brand

Cuban Hotel Becomes First to Operate Under US Brand

HAVANA – A large “Four Points by Sheraton” sign has gone up outside the Havana hotel that this week becomes the first in Cuba to…

Dear travelers to Nicaragua: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 5 things

Dear travelers to Nicaragua: please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 5 things

  Photo: David Dennis 1. Think twice before telling people you’re “American.” People in the United States refer to themselves as “Americans” as if we…

Nicaragua Mining Exports Continue to Decline

Nicaragua Mining Exports Continue to Decline

In the first four months of the year foreign sales fell by 5.5% year-on-year, affected by lower volume and lower average international prices. The Foreign…

Russia To Build Spy Base in Nicaragua

Russia To Build Spy Base in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – Russia has agreed a deal to build an electronic intelligence-gathering base in Nicaragua, which will no doubt renew fears of a new…

El Salvador Mayor’s Arrest Highlights Gangs’ Political Clout

El Salvador Mayor’s Arrest Highlights Gangs’ Political Clout

Q24N – The recent arrest of a Salvadoran mayor, charged with using his position to provide favors to gang members in exchange for political benefits,…

6.1 Quake Hits Northern Nicaragua

6.1 Quake Hits Northern Nicaragua

  TODAY NICARAGUA – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook the northwestern coast of Nicaragua late Thursday night, at 9:25pm, in the northwester…

Daniel Ortega Named FSLN Presidential Candidate In November Elections

Daniel Ortega Named FSLN Presidential Candidate In November Elections

  Nicaragua president Daniel Ortega. File photo TODAY NICARAGUA – During the sixth Congreso Sandinista Nacional “Comandante Tomás Borge Martínez”, Daniel Ortega was proclaimed as…

Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Pacific Alliance, under Chilean presidency will speed closer links with Mercosur

Q24N – The Pacific Alliance under the helm of Chile, beginning next July first will reach out for closer links with Mercosur, particularly since Argentina’s decision to join the block as an observer. “The Argentine decision to join the Pacific Alliance as an observer fully harmonizes with Chile’s strategy of making both blocks converge”, according […]…

Prices have increased by 14,000%-19,000% in four years in Venezuela

Prices have increased by 14,000%-19,000% in four years in Venezuela

Prices have increased by 14,000%-19,000% in four years in Venezuela TODAY VENEZUELA – The economic reality in Venezuela lacks food pricing controls since about three…

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

TODAY COLOMBIA – The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their plans for a definitive ceasefire and concentration of guerrilla fighters in…

The Escopetarra: Fusion Of Rifle and Guitar

The Escopetarra: Fusion Of Rifle and Guitar

Used as a symbol of peace, an escopetarra is a guitar made from a modified gun. The name is a portmanteau of the Spanish words…

Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized

Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized

Colombia’s transport minister said authorities have seized more than 1,200 vehicles of taxi service Uber amid a campaign to clamp down on “illegal” competition in transport.…

US Celebrates Ceasefire in Colombia

US Celebrates Ceasefire in Colombia

United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday celebrated a bilateral ceasefire ending 52 years of violence between the state and FARC rebels and…

Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!

Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!

  Drug tourism is a common phenomenon for anyone in the Netherlands and Colombia. Drugs are easily available in both countries. The difference is that in Colombia the tourists…

9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor

9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor

Almost one in every 10 children in Colombia is subjected to illegal child labor, especially in rural areas where more than 15% work rather than…

Venezuela’s Struggle to Survive

Venezuela’s Struggle to Survive

Long lines at supermarkets in Venezuela. By Lisa Sullivan, (Consortium News) Amid a reassertion of U.S.-backed neoliberal policies in Latin America, Venezuela’s socialist government totters…

How Venezuela’s experiment with ’21st century socialism’ failed

How Venezuela’s experiment with ’21st century socialism’ failed

When a Venezuelan entrepreneur we know launched a manufacturing company in western Venezuela two decades ago, he never imagined he’d one day find himself facing…

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