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Costa Rica Say No More Projects with UNOPS

The controversy generated by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) decision to prevent access to files on the road works for which it is responsible has led the government of Costa Rica to refrain from granting new projects in the future. Possibly as...

Central America and U.S. Travel Alerts: Costa Rica At Lowest Risk Level

In its new warning system for tourists, the US government included Panama and Costa Rica at the lowest risk level, Nicaragua at level 2 and Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, in the category "Reconsider Travel". On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements...

Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry Initiates Notification Process To Execute Court Order On Gay Marriage

The notification to public institutions to implement the order of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Costa Rica’s capital San Jose, on gay marriage was made this Friday. On Tuesday, the Court ruled that the countries that it oversees should treat same-sex...

Seismic Swarm Causes Indefinite Closure Of Tenorio Volcano National Park

The seismic swarm recorded since Tuesday on the eastern flank of the Tenorio volcano, in Guanacaste, was the reason for the decision made on Thursday afternoon to close off indefinitely, as a preventive measure, the National Park to tourists and local officials. "The earthquakes were...

Drop In Vehicle Imports Affects Tax Revenue Collection

The decrease in vehicle import last year has resulted in a contraction in the tax on vehicles sales collected by the government. Between January and November 2017, 65,668 new and used cars entered the country, 10,227 less than compared to the same period in 2016. The...

Why is El Salvador so dangerous? 4 essential reads

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it will eliminate the Temporary Protected Status that gave provisional U.S. residency to Salvadoran migrants after a 2001 earthquake. Some 200,000 Salvadorans now have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States, obtain a green...

The Game of the Little Devils

The Brunka are an indigenous people living in the Province of Puntarenas in the south-pacific zone of Costa Rica. Most of the tribe live in the indigenous reserves of Boruca, Térraba, and Curré Rey. The Brunka are a Talamancan tribe whose ancestors ruled most of...

Second Plane Down In Ten Days In Costa Rica

  A small plane left the runway and crashed on Wednesday morning at Punta Banco beach, in Pavón de Golfito, Puntarenas, in the southern zone. The crash occurred at 10:24 am. The four passengers and pilot of the small plane were shaken up, but are in...

US Tourism in Cuba Nearly Triples in 2017 Despite Travel Restrictions

TODAY CUBA - Tourism from the United States to Cuba grew by around 200 percent in 2017 despite a tumultuous relationship between the two counties, according to Cuban Chancellor Josefina Vidal. She tweeted that more than one million Americans traveled to the island, which...

Costa Rica Has The Most Expensive Energy in Central America

Which Country Has the Most Expensive Energy in Central America? In 2016, the average cost of 1 kWh in Central America was 13.48 cents, while in Costa Rica, it was 18.47 cents. A report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean,...

OIJ Raids Offices of Nature Air and Civil Aviation

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) raided the offices of Nature Air on Monday, located at the airports Tobias Bolaño in Pavas and the Juan Santamaria (San Jose), part of the investigation into the December 31 plane crash that killed 10 Americans tourists and...

Costa Rica Plans For Sustainable EV Future

(FORBES) Up until now, plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) have been about as popular as snowshoes in Latin America due to the higher cost of the vehicles and lack of governmental focus on reducing transportation carbon emissions. However, in Costa Rica, government agencies are developing policies...

Costa Rica Telecom Market up 4%; State Telecom ICE Loses Ground, Competition Gains

Costa Rica’s telecommunications sector posted revenues amounting to ¢394 billion colones (around US$693 million dollars) in the first half of 2017. La Nacion report cites the latest data from regulator Sutel. The market was dominated by state-owned operator ICE, whose Kolbi mobile brand accounted for 52%...

Woman Thought She Was Booked On a Flight to California, Then Landed In San Jose, Costa Rica

It's happened before. More than once that I know of personally and most likely more often than less. Flights booked. Ready to go. Then comes the realization they are not headed for San Jose, Costa Rica, but, rather for San Jose, California. However, for Callie...

Sunday Sunrise At Playas del Coco

Photos by Rico taken Sunday morning, before 6:00am in Playas del Coco, Guancaste, with an iPhone 7S.  

Costa Rica Craft Brewers Plan To Export To The United States

A group of Costa Rican craft beer (cerveza artesanal) producers has been working on creating a cluster, in conjunction with the Foreign Trade Promoter, the Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (Procomer), to export their proudcts to new markets. Initially aimed at the United...

Costa Rica Colon / US Dollar Exchange Rate Expectations

It is expected that under current economic conditions, the local currency will depreciate on average 3.6% against the US dollar in 2018. The monthly survey on expectations of exchange rate variations up to December 2017 made by the Banco Central de Costa Rica (BCCR) -...

New Monthly Minimum Wage in Venezuela Barely Enough to Buy Daily Cup of Coffee

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a new increase in the minimum wage this year, but it’s only worth enough to purchase one a cup of coffee per day. The new wage amounts to a daily income of 26,583 bolivars (US $0.26), which barely covers a...

Plane Crash Investgation Could Take Months

It could be months before we learn the cause of a Nature Air plane crash in Punta Islita, Costa Rica, last Sunday that killed 12 people, 10 American tourists and the two Costa Rican flight crew. The aircraft was badly burned and lacked a flight...

Dalibor Dekicky in Costa Rica

Dalibor Dekický From Slovakia and lives in UK, so far 23 has visited countries including Costa Rica, posted these great photos of Manuel Antonio, Quepos on Instagram. #holiday #travellife #daybyme #travel #travelling #travels #traveler #bestvacations #costarica #sunset #explore #bestplacestogo #goprointofview #aroundtheworld #dnesletim #dnescestujem #wanderer #theglobewanderer...

Lady Gaga Ziplines While Hanging Upside Down In Costa Rica

Lady Gaga has bee been enjoying her holiday in Costa Rica with beau Christian Carino. And on Thursday, the songstress showed her daredevil side as she hung upside down while zip lining through a forest in Costa Rica. The Super Bowl jump was only a...

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY II

Wildlife photography in Costa Rica does not have to be a strenuous or demanding pastime. Interesting wildlife is everywhere to be found in Costa Rica and you don’t need to mount a safari to find it. The following photographs were all taken in easily accessible...

Costa Rica leads press freedom

Costa Rica is first in Latin America and sixth globally in press freedom, according to the 2017 ranking of Reporters Without Borders. Costa Rica, which has led Latin America two years in a row, climbed from 21st position in 2014. El Salvador – second in the...

San Jose And Liberia Airports Without Immigration Control For More Than 30 Minutes Wednesday

A failure in the system used by the immigration service (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) to control passengers leaving the country generated delays in flights and long lines at both the Juan Santamaria, in San Jose (SJO) and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia (LIR),...

Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world. The Cuban Revolution (Spanish: Revolución Cubana) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement and its allies against...

Researchers Propose Ecuador-Costa Rica Swimway To Protect Marine Life

A group of scientists, marine ecosystem protectors and government officials from several countries throughout the Americas are working together to create the “Galapagos-Cocos Swimway.” The swimway will be a “new type of international (marine) management” system, Carlos Chacon, Director of Pacific Network (Red Pacifico in...

LATAM Airlines Launches New Lima – San Jose Connection

LATAM Airlines, formerly LAN Airlines, inaugurated its non-stop flight between Lima and San José, Costa Rica. At 3:55 pm Tuesday, January 2, for the first time ever a LAN flight touched down at the Juan Santamaria international airport (SJO). The airline will operate three flights...

Nicaragua: One Of The Best Destinations For a Sunny and Warm January

A country that is looking to get it’s share of the Central American tourist business is Nicaragua. Tourism in Nicaragua has grown considerably recently, and it is now the second largest industry in the nation. In the heart of Central America, Nicaragua truly deserves the...

Venezuela: Maduro Announces 40% Minimum Wage Increase for New Year

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday, just before the new year, a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage — as a protection for Venezuelans against ongoing aggression. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event in Caracas, Venezuela. | Photo: Reuters Effective January 1, the...

2018 Will Be the ‘Year of Liberation’ in Honduras: Zelaya

Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has said that 2018 will be the “year of liberation” for the Honduran people. In a written statement posted to his Twitter account, head of the Opposition Alliance invited everyone to “continue to take to the streets" until the “capitalist...

New Year’s Supermoon

Did it seem brighter than usual last night where you were? What a great way to start 2018 as the first full moon of 2018, the "Luna del Lobo" (Wolf Moon) or Supermoon illuminated the skies over Costa Rica Monday night. Supermoons aren't really larger...

Venezuela Returns Treasured Artifacts to Costa Rica

Venezuela will return nearly 200 pre-Columbian stone and ceramic archaeological artifacts to Costa Rica on Jan. 2, making good on a promise to return plundered goods. Sculpted by the Indigenous of Costa Rica, the 196 items include items of significance to understanding the Indigenous cultures...

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