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Young Koreans arrived in Cartago, their journey to World Youth Day 2019 begins

A group from South Korea arrived in Costa Rica this week ahead of the World Youth Day event that will begin in Panama on January 22. The group from the Archdiocese of Seoul, led by the auxiliary bishop Msgr. Pietro Chung Soon-taek arrived in Cartago for...

Turrialba Volcano Seen From Paraiso This Monday Morning

The Turrialba Volcano seen from Paraiso (Cartago) this Monday morning, Octobe 16, 2018. (@TooGAmboa2) El #VolcanTurrialba visto desde Paraíso en este momento pic.twitter.com/FS4QgK78aJ — 🇨🇷@TicoTrafico (@TicoTrafico) October 15, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js  

What if there was a party and nobody came?

As is the tradition in Costa Rica every September 14, the Municipality of Cartago carries out a series of activities to commemorate independence. One of the main activities is the receiving of the Torch of Independence and a symbolic cabinet meeting by the sitting government. But...

President Received The Torch of Independence In The Midst of Boos!

Not his best moment in his first months of governing, certainly not what he expected, President Carlos Alvarado was booed in receiving his first Independence Torch. And, unlike in previous years, President Carlos had his cabinet meeting behind closed doors, in the Cartago municipal offices. In...

Glass factory with 700 employees about to stop operations due to lack of gas

The glass factory Vidriera Centroamericana S.A. (Vicesa) activated its protocols to stop production this weekend, as it does not have enough gas for its operations. The situation is due to the strike affecting the dock of the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope) - the Costa...

The Orosi Valley

The Orosi Valley is located just a short distance to the southeast of San José. It offers an alluring buffet of smaller attractions—sort of like grazing on appetizer portions of Costa Rican points of interest. The best place to begin your visit is the Mirador...

The ‘Romeria’ Is On!

Today, August 1, is a big day for the faithful Catholics in Costa Rica. It is the day of the 'romeria', the annual pilgrimage to the Basicila de Los Angeles, in Cartago. From all over the Costa Rica and even other countries, will on foot,...

3,500 Police Will Overwatch The 2018 Romeria

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...

Downpours Kept Emergency Services Busy Monday, More than 60 Incidents Reported In A Few Hours

The downpours Monday afternoon generated a series of damages in various communities around the country, including the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) reported more than 60 incidents in San Carlos, Pococí, Sarapiquí, Cartago, Escazú, Curridabat, Desamparados, San José and...

Ticos Invent Syrup That Would Prevent Death of Animals From Poisoning

The intoxication of an animal is something that requires immediate attention and a plant that is sown in the north of Costa Rica has properties that can solve this emergency. The Centro de Investigación en Biotecnología (CIB) - Center for Research in Biotechnology - of...

Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano (Video)

The Turrialba is an active 'Stratovolcano' located on the east side of the Central Valley (10.03°N / -83.77°W), with a complex of three summit craters. New phreatic activity began on January 4, 2010, after signs of unrest beginning in 2006. Its previous eruption was...

Real Estate Developers Aim To Dodge San Jose Traffic Nightmare

Real-estate developers in Costa Rica are adjusting their offers in response to the growing traffic problems in the greater metropolitan area of San Jose (GAM), where commuters in the face hours each morning and afternoon moving to and from work. The aim to is cut...

Mother Abandons Newborn, Says In Note “God Will Forgive Me”

A newborn was abandoned on Friday morning inside the Catedral de Cartago, found by a sacristan, the person in charge of the church, inside a bag in one of the pews on the right side of the church. Apparently, the little girl was wrapped in...

Did Snow Really Fall On Costa Rica’s Chirripó?

The social networks are abuzz with a photo published first on Whatsapp, supposedly of a hill full of frost that, in theory, would be the El Chirripo, leading everyone to think that snow fell on Costa Rica's highest peak at 3,820 meters (12,532 feet). However,...

Eight Out Of Ten Assaults On Buses Occur At Night

Taking a bus in Costa Rica, for some, can be a scary experience. Drivers making change or sorting an counting money while negotiating traffic. Some even believe they are behind the wheel of race and on the Indy track.But at night the situation changes,...

Costa Rica Prepares For Independence Day

Independence Day in Costa Rica is celebrated on September 15th, the day that all of Central America commemorates the independence from Spain in 1821. What makes Costa Rica's celebration different is that the Independence Torch, the symbol of freedom, arrives in the country for the...

Suspect In Brutal Attack During Confrontation Of Rival Soccer Fans Surrenders

We all watched in shock Monday morning, as rival soccer fans - hooligans - faced each other outside the Cartago stadium. In one impacting scene, a young man raises a rock over his head and slams into another young man, now laying on the...

Costa Rica With An Average Of 2 Homicides Per Day In The Past 34 Days

Q COSTA RICA - 74 homicides in the last 34 days, for an average of 2 murders per day, according to statistics from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The violence of the past month brings the total number of homicides to 380 (as of...

Downpours Can’t Stop The Faith!

The illustration by Crhoy.com depicts what 'romeros' (pilgrims) went through yesterday (Monday) afternoon's downpour as they make they way to Cartago in the annual 'romeria' (pilgrimage). More downpours are expected for this Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of Catholic faithful from across the country are expected to descend...

Faith Moves Mountains: The ‘Romeria’ (Walk To Cartago) Is On!

Although it won't be until Tuesday, August 1, when the massive flow of 'romeros' head to Cartago, hundreds have already begun their walk. The annual pilgrimage to the Basilica de la Virgen de los Angeles in the old metropolis is a tradition for many, a...

Cartago Kicks Up A Fuss Over San Jose’s New Brand “SJO Vive”

On Wednesday, the Municipality of San José officially unveiled its brand "SJO Vive" to attract Ticos and foreigners to Costa Rica's capital. The ceremony, led by San Jose Mayor Johnny Araya, included the unveiling of the sculpture that will be the motto for the city,...

So you think you have a tough job . . .

Q COSTA RICA - from Michael Miller - I went to Cartago yesterday (Friday) to visit the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, to say some prayers for some family members. It is a beautiful and inspiring place. Then I saw these two...

Electric Light Rail Could Revolutionize Costa Rica Public Transport

Q COSTA RICA - The concept of an electric light rail system - dubbed 'Tren-GAM'- would be the most efficient way to improve public transport in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), taking into account factors such quality of service, passenger volume and cost. An elevated...

The Poas Acting Up Again

Q COSTA RICA - After several months of relative calm, the Poas Volcano is acting up again, with a small groundwater and ash discharge. Volcanologists Gino González and Yemerith Alpízar of Volcanes Sin Fronteras (Volcanos Without Borders) visited the colossus over the weekend and reported...

The Tragedy of March 14th

Q COSTA RICA - The tragedy that occurred on March 14, 1926 is still remembered by descendents of the victims, historians and the public. A train carrying an overload of passengers, mostly from Alajuela, on an excursion to Cartago, teetered while crossing the bridge...

27 People Evacuated As 5.3 Earthquake Rocks Central Valley

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - An early evening earthquake surprised many in Cartago and felt throughout the Central Valley, and least 27 people had to be evacuated from their homes in San Rafael de Irazú. The 5.5 quake hit at 6:25pm, with the epicentre located...

Earthquakes Can Be Scary. Volcanoes Are A Mystery. In Cartago You Can Experience Both Without The Danger

(by Mitzi Stark for QCostarica) Earthquakes can be scary. Volcanoes are a mystery. At MAGMATICA in Cartago you can experience the thrill and fright of both without a shred of danger. MAGMATICA is a tourist delight that shows us how the ground shaking movements of...

Turrialba Volcano Made Two New Eruptions Monday Morning; Two Sunday Night

(QCostarica) The Turrialba, Costa Rica´s most current active volcano, recorded two new eruptions Monday morning, after a night of intense activity. This followed last Friday's (at 3:42 pm) powerful eruption. The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) informed through his Facebook page, that...

“Romeros” Cautioned To Carry Facemasks In The Event Of An Eruption Of The Turrialba Volcano

(QCostarica) In about two weeks, thousands in Costa Rica will be walking to Cartago, taking part in the annual pilgrimage to the Virgen de los Ángeles, known as "romeria" that places place on August 1 & 2. For some it’s a tradition, for...

Turrialba en Fotos

Turrialba is more than just a volcano, it is a small city in Cartago Province with an estimated population of 35,618. The main industries are textiles, agriculture and tourism. The Pacuare and Reventazón Rivers are notable for whitewater rafting, making Turrialba a mecca for...

Remembering The Limon Earthquake

Friday, April 22, 1991 was the 25th anniversary of the biggest recorded earthquake (temblor in Spanish) in the history of Costa Rica. The 1991 Costa Rica earthquake, known as the Limon earthquake, registered 7.8 on the Richter scale, th  in Pandora, Valle La Estrella, Limon, in...

The Goverment Puts On A Big Show, But Train To Alajuela Won’t Be Running Anytime Soon

QCOSTARICA - Despite the "big show" on Monday by President Luis Guillermo Solis, members of his cabinet, legislators of the different parties and the mayor of Alajuela, Roberto Thompson, train service to Alajuela is not going to happen as was planned for in the...

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