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A year into sociopolitical crisis, thousands of Nicaraguans continue to flee

Despite having little interest in politics, Manuel* found himself caught up in the violence and persecution that erupted in Nicaragua a year ago, after the government cracked down on street protests. Andrea, a pregnant asylum-seeker from Nicaragua, used an improvised kitchen after arriving in Costa...

Costa Rica has the fourth most expensive city in Latin America

Only three cities in Latin America are more expensive than San José, according to an analysis of the El Orden Mundial (EOM) - World Order. Costa Rica's capital city as positioned behind the capitals of Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Panama. The ranking includes 15 cities and...

Venezuela Revokes Diplomatic Accreditation of Costa Rica’s Charge d’Affaires

Venezuelan authorities withdrew diplomatic accreditation of Danilo Gonzalez, Costa Rica's charge d'affaires in Caracas. In a statement, Venezuelan government said the decision followed Costa Rica allowing Venezuelan opposition to take control of the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose. In February, Maria Faria, the ambassador designated by...

Tips for Ticos – Book a Serviced Apartment When Visiting the UK

When traveling to the UK from Central or South America, it’s like stepping off the plane into another dimension. Even with the Internet and Satellite television, the way of life is literally worlds apart. If this is your first holiday to the UK from Costa...

Armenian parliament established friendship group with Costa Rica

ARMENPRESS. The Armenian parliament will have an Armenia-Costa Rica friendship group as the foreign relations committee approved the initiative at a April 15 session. "The objective of establishing a parliamentary friendship group with Costa Rica is to strengthen Armenia’s positive image in Latin America, and...

KLM Will Begin Flying To Liberia Starting October 29

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will, starting October 29, offer four weekly flights connecting Amsterdam with the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. The service includes a two-hour intermediate stop at the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) airport in San Jose. Flights are scheduled for Tuesdays,...

Panama, A Market for Costa Rica

For Costa Rican businessmen, the neighboring country is a very important market, since it is dedicated to logistics, trade and financial intermediation, and demands different types of goods produced by Costa Rica. In 2018 Costa Rican exports to the Panamanian market totaled US$606 million, which...

Pepsico Launches New Initiative to Boost Recycling in Latin America

The new program involves an alliance with recycling incentives technology provider ecoins, an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and other materials. In an initiative founded in Costa Rica designed to increase the collection of PET bottles and...

What Numbers Tell, and Don’t About Solo Travel By Women

Solo travel by women has grown in popularity year after year, but there are no clear data on the scale of violence against female solo travelers. Hostelworld, an online hostel-booking platform, found in a 2018 study that bookings by solo female travelers increased by 45%...

More Women Are Travelling Solo

Recent headlines about the deadly violence inflicted on women traveling alone have raised questions about how the world is greeting the documented rise in female solo travelers and about the role of social media in promoting the idea that far-off lands are easily accessible...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

Victoria’s Secret Angel Josephine Skriver flaunts her incredible bikini body in Costa Rica

Victoria's Secret Angel Josephine Skriver jetted out to Costa Rica ahead of her 26th birthday next week, and certainly seemed to be making the most of the sunny climes as she took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a series of sizzling pictures for...

International arrivals by air grew 7.8% in the first two months of the year

International arrivals by air grew by 7.8% in the first two months of the year compared to 2018, as confirmed by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the Instituto Costarricense de Tursimo (ICT). Between January and February, 499,693 arrivals to Costa Rica by both international airports,...

WeWork Starts Operations in Costa Rica

Press Release (Cinde)-  New York-headquartered WeWork announces the opening of operations in San Jose, Costa Rica and is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. The company, with over 101 locations globally, aims to transform the local business while leveraging Costa Rica as...

Avianca announces reorganization and layoffs in its Costa Rica operation

The Colombian airline, Avianca, confirmed on Monday that it will make layoffs in its operation in Costa Rica, without detailing the number of workers that will be affected The company attributed the decision to a corporate transformation plan that "adjusted its route network and reorganized...

Central America: Fuel Prices For The Week Of March 17-23

The increase in reference prices for this fortnight is because gasoline inventories have experienced their largest decline since February until the last weekly report provided on Wednesday March 20 by the International Energy Agency (IEA). During the last five consecutive weeks, gasoline reserves have decreased...

Costa Rica and Mexico Abolish Double Taxation

On March 21, Ley 9644, the income tax treaty with Mexico, which avoids the double taxation of income and wealth taxes, was published. According to KPMG, the new treaty defines certain terms and conditions for the country where income is to be taxed. For Costa...

Brenda Muñoz

CONFIDEINTIAL - Brenda Jasmín Muñoz Hernández, 25, a native of Matapalo, Santa Cruz, Guanacaste is an attractive, beautiful and elegant woman aspiring to be Miss Costa Rica 2019. See more of at Brenda COSTA RICA CONFIDENTIAL.      

Poverty hits thousands of seniors in Costa Rica

Every year, poverty in Costa Rica reaches more seniors (adultos mayores), a situation that, paradoxically, condemns thousands to have a worse quality of life in what should be the stage of development of greater fullness of people: old age. Between 2010 and 2018, the percentage...

Dedicated Diners swerve and bump their way toward a chef’s dream villa in Costa Rica

Dedicated diners trek to the restaurant in Villa Deevena, in Los Pargos, a tropical take on the classic auberges of southern France, five hours away by car from San Jose, on a “bone-jarring skunk of a road” iin the northern Pacific Coast of Costa...

Taxi Drivers Don’t Want To See Part-Time Ubers

Taxi drivers do not want the Law that seeks to regulate services like Uber to allow people to make "extras" after work. That was one of the points that the taxi drivers union revealed Wednesday to the Comisión de Asuntos Económicos de la Asamblea...

Priest denounced for abuse was arrested trying to leave the country

A Catholic priest denounced for alleged sexual abuse was arrested this morning (Thursday) when trying to leave the country through the area of Paso Canoas land border with Panama. The priest, identified as Jorge Arturo Morales Salazar, is alleged to have committed the acts against...

Illegal Drones?

Since 18 months ago, companies that use drones for commercial purposes have to have the authorization of Civil Aviation (DGAC), however, to date only seven have the green light to do so. Another 11 companies are in the middle of the procedures and expect that...

Chancellery website suffered a “cyber attack”

The official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores) suffered a "cyberattack" that forced the take down of the site for most of Thursday. Well into the night and into Friday morning, the website www.rree.go.cr was accessible to the public as...

Costa Rica’s Air Traffic Controllers Reach Agreement

Costa Rica's air traffic controllers reached an agreement on Monday after a meeting with the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) - to address some of the complaints raised by the controllers. On Saturday, through a press...

Costa Rica Reports Lower Inflation During February

In the second month of the year, the year-on-year change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 1.5%, below the 2.2% increase recorded in February 2018. During February, the goods and services with the greatest positive effect were: automobile, primary education and junior high school....

Which are the favorite Cell Phone brands in Costa Rica and Central America?

Although Samsung and Apple mobile phones represent more than half of the devices used in the region's markets, there is an upward trend in the preference for devices from the Chinese brand Huawei. An analysis of the Trade Intelligence Area at CentralAmericaData provides interesting data...

India’s VP Visits Costa Rica To Discuss Bilateral Trade

During India's Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visit to Costa Rica last week, he met with President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held "fruitful" discussions on a range of issues, including cross border terrorism, and new areas of collaboration that hold potential to boost the...

Costa Rica, one of two countries in Latin America where it’s safe to drink tap water

Drinking tap water is not something that everyone is used to, much less if you are visiting another country. When traveling around the world, it's important to keep your health in mind, and one of the things many take for granted is access to...

Chiquita Brands Costa Rica lays off about 175 workers

Chiquita Brands Costa Rica closed its Limon port operations department on Monday (March 4), according to an internal statement that circulated on social networks on Sunday, March 3. Geovanny Díaz, of the Ministry of Labor, reported that on Friday, March 1, they received a request...

Ticos (Costa Ricans) Without Sex

"Oh, no, it's true, I'm without sex!," posted on Tweeted Leonardo (Garnier), commenting on the recent change to 'cedula' or identity card emitted by the Civil Registry, eliminating a person's sex. "I've seen people crying out loud because, when they get their new cedula... their...

IMF Recommends Costa Rica Increase Taxes

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) in Spanish - recommends the government of Costa Rica increase taxes.

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