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220 kilometers in an electric vehicle will cost only ¢1,200 colones

Can you imagine traveling some 220 kilometers, about the distance between San Jose and Liberia in Guanacaste, for only ¢1,200 colones? In a typical gasoline engined vehicle the cost is about ¢15,000 colones; however, in an electric vehicle about US$2 is all it costs for...

Costa Rica With 16% Consumption of Contraband Cigarettes: Study Reveals

(Q24N) Revealing figures from a detailed analysis of studies paint a panoramic picture of a surging global trade in illicit cigarettes funding groups as varied as Hezbollah and Hamas to the Central American cartel of Los Zetas. The study titled "From Ant Smuggling to an...

Protection of Chinese Investments in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - After almost a decade of debate, Costa Rica's Legislature announced on Tuesday the approval of an investment promotion and protection agreement with China, a great step forward since relative discussion started in 2007. The approval was by 35 votes in favour and 9...

Is Uber Legal or Not? Depends On Who You Ask.

  QCOSTARICA - The answer to the question of whether Uber is operating in the country legally or not depends on who you ask. According to the Foro Nacional de Taxistas (National Taxi Drivers Forum) press release, its spokesperson, Gilberth Ureña, says the Public Transport Council...

Paradise in Crisis: In Santa Teresa Tourists Sexually Assaulted At River Crossing

QCOSTARICA - A travel advisory post on TripAdvisor warns of not driving the coastal route between Santa Teresa and Coyote. On the this route drivers have to literally driving into the Rio Ario and Rio Bongo to make the crossing, where antisocials have been known...

Costa Rica Authories Warn Of Extortion Scams Against Men On Facebook

QCOSTARICA - Married men who engage in a simple and innocent conversation on the social media like Facebook could enter a world of hurt and become a victim of a new form of extortion, warns Costa Rica's judicial police, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial...

Independence Day Torch To Arrive in Costa Rica Sunday Night

QCOSTARICA - Some 2,000 students will be carrying the Antorcha de la Independencia (Independence Torch) from Peñas Blancas, at the Nicaragua border, to its final destination in Cartago for the independence day celebrations on September 15. The torch will arrive in Costa Rica on Sunday,...

Uber and MOPT Meeting A Bust!

QCOSTARICA - It finally happened, Uber representatives and officials of the Ministry of Transport (MOPT) met on Tuesday. But nothing changed. In fact the MOPT used the meeting to remind Uber that the service they are providing, that began on August 21, is illegal. The meeting,...

What a Nightmare. Americans Attacked By Protestors In Liberia, Costa Rica.

QCOSTARICA - It was last week, around 4:30pm, when a protestors were still in full demonstration in the area of the Liberia airport in Guancaste. It was also at the same time that Bruce, his brother Ricky, Daniel and Lily were on their way...

In Costa Rica A Narco Dies Every Two Days In The War For Territory

QCOSTARICA - Being involved in the drug trade in Costa Rica decreases one's life span, less during a drug war, as is the case currently going on in the country and mainly centred in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose. According to numbers by...

Big Drop In Gasoline Prices Expected For Next Month

QCOSTARICA - Get ready for a big drop in gasoline prices, coming this way next month. The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos (Aresep) - regulator of public prices and services - confirmed on Monday that it will on September 11 start the process of...

An “Arribada” In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. In rainy season, the week before new moon, hundreds - and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles take part in the "arribada" (the Spanish word for arrival), which is a...

Catholic Church Weddings Losing Ground in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In 2013, 27% of the marriages in Costa Rica were in a Catholic church, while in 2000 the number was 43%. In real numbers, the drop went from 10,500 Church weddings in 2000 to just a little over 7,000 thirteen years later. Meanwhile, civil...

Marihuana Medicinal (Medicinal Marijuana)

QCOSTARICA - Looking to pass the Medical Marijuan bill 19256 in Costa Rica, and with the aim of helping thousands with medical conditions and start a whole new industry in Costa Rica, Cannabis Industry Association Costa Rica (CIAC) and Marihuana Medicinal Costa Rica (MMCR)...

Nervousness Got The Better Of Drug Mule At San Jose Airport

QCOSTARICA - Nerves got the better of an Italian tourist in Costa Rica, found carrying some 370.55 grams of cocaine on his person, at the San Jose airport, ingested to avoid detection. According to the Minsiterio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), the detection was made when...

In Costa Rica, No Need To Stop For Red Light At Night

  QCOSTARICA - From 10:00pm and until 5:00am drivers DO NOT have to wait for a green light, that is, you can pass at a red light and not get fined. This thing of being able to cross a red light at night is little known. According...

40 Development Projects Stalled, Waiting Access Permits

QCOSTARICA - Gas stations, condominiums, shopping centres, banks, business parks, convention centres and supermarkets are among the 40 projects waiting, waiting for the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) to approve access permits. The projects are all located on one of the 12 national roads regulated...

Johnny’s Back!

QCOSTARICA POLITICS - After failed bid to become president in last year's election, Johnny Araya, wants his old job back as mayor of San Jose. Blacklisted the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN) for having dropped out of the 2014 presidential race, Johnny, on his Facebook page,...

American Arrested In Costa Rica For Promoting “Sex Tourism”

QCOSTARICA- In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Friday the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) arrested a U.S. citizen at the San Jose airport on the crime of  "Promoting Sex Tourism". The OIJ press office says the 65 year-old man,...

30 Injured in Friday Afternoon Bus – Train Crash

QCOSTARIC A- A collision between a bus and the commuter train around 3:30pm Friday left 30 people injured, a number requiring hospitalization. The crash occurred in Barrio Cuba, in the area of the Numar plant, the scene of numerous crashes involving the train. The train...

2015 El Nino Can Become One of the Four Strongest in 65 Years

QCOSTARICA - This year's El Niño phenomenon can become one of the four strongest since 1950, said a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The peak strength of this El Niño is expected sometime during October 2015 to January 2016. Its impacts are...

“El Chap” Wanted Mexican Drug Lord Could Be in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A photo released by a Twitter account last month of Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the son of drug lord Joaquin "ELpo"Guzman who escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this year, suggests that the chief of the Sinaloa cartel could be in Costa Rica. The picture shows Alfredo sitting at a...

It Turns Out “Unjustly” Convicted Park Ranger Is Also Being Investigated For Drug Trafficking and Murder

QCOSTARICA - The park ranger (guardaparques in Spanish), Mauricio Steller, convicted this week by the Osa Criminal Court to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of a poacher, may not be so clean after all. His lawyer, criminal lawyer Juan Diego Castro, who...

145,000 Thousand Without Water Today (Friday)

QCOSTARICA - If you live in Santa Ana, Escazú, Alajuelita or Desamparados and there is not water coming out of your faucet, The Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AyA) - the water and sewer utility - is carrying out its annual maintenance work at the Puente...

Costa Rica Doctors Reconstruct Man’s Penis Using Tissue From His Forearm

QCOSTARICA - Using tissue from an arm, Costa Rican doctors were able to reconstruct a man's penis after losing most of his male organ in an accident. According to the statements of the Quepos resident, who requested anonymity, this now gives him a change at...

President Solis Called A Liar For Backtracking On Promise To Fire Lacklustre Ministers

QCOSTARICA  - "Ministers who do not meet the expectations will be gone on 1 May,"  were the words of President Luis Guillermo Solis on November 24, 2014, his death sentence to ministers of his cabinet who did not perform in controlling spending,  promising an...

Costa Rica’s Fire Fighters in Action (Photos)

  QCOSTARICA - It was minutes after 8:00am Thursday when the alarm was called, the second floor of a downtown building, above the Paragüería Rego (umbrella store) on Avenida 4, was on fire. On the second floor, a few metres (yeards) from a cuarteria (illegal rooming house...

No, There Was No Eartquake. No Emergency. It Was All A Simulation.

QCOSTARICA - "I came for some (medical) tests and I'm sitting here, waiting for the start of the simulation," Doña Eugenia Bremes, 76 years old, a resident of Los Guido (Desamparados) and who haS never before seen a drill of the like, told the...

Could Cloud Seeding Solve Costa Rica’s Drought?

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica is going through one of the worst droughts in history.  Much less rain that normal has fallen in the Central Valley this year, in Liberia, Guancaste, it is going through the driest period since 1937. Despite the rain of the last...

CNFL Requests a 35% Hike In Electricity Rates For 2016

QCOSTARICA - The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) - national power and light company, a division of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) - is looking for a 35% increase in electricity rates. The company made its request to the regulating authority, the...

UFO Visits Costa Rica After Turrialba Volcano Eruption

QCOSTARICA - The Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica’s Cartago Province violently erupted on March 12, 2015. Numerous explosions over the next several days sent ash clouds into the air. On March 15, a camera recording the eruptions picked up a UFO darting through the clouds....

Paso Canoas Customs Manager Arrested

QCOSTARICA - Luis Juarez, the manager of the Paso Canoas customs (aduanas in Spanish) post was arrested on Wednesday, charged with the "willful act or omission" of a public official, punishable with a three to ten year prison sentence. The arrest followed an investigation by...

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