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Alajuela and Narango Tolls may go up Oct. 1 to finance expansion of route

(QCOSTARICA) The State-run tolls on the Ruta 1 at Alajuela (east of the airport) and Naranjo will see an increase of ¢150 to ¢375. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (Conavi) - National Highway Council - approved the increase proposed by the Bank of Costa Rica...

Ford hires company in Costa Rica for 100,000 key parts for artificial ventilators

(QCOSTARICA) The Ford Motor Company transformed one of its production lines to become an assembler of artificial ventilators for intensive care patients by covid-19. To help in this manufacturing, the company looked to a company in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The automotive giant contacted Microtechnologies Costa...

Costa Rica records seventh death from covid-19: an 80-year-old foreigner in Liberia and is

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica registered its seventh death by covid-19 this Sunday, May 10, when an 80-year-old man, who was hospitalized at the Enrique Baltodano Briceño Hospital, in Liberia, Guanacaste, lost his battle against the coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient had multiple...

It took 72 hours to put out the Coyol fire

Unites from different fire stations and almost 500 firemen worked around the clock for 72 hours to complete extinguish the firer at the paper packaging warehouse in El Coyol, in Alajuela. The fire broke out at 12:19 pm Saturday, May 2, in the Empaques Santa...

Fire in packaging warehouse in El Coyol de Alajuela largest in the last decade (photos)

An Empaques San Ana warehouse in El Coyol, Alajuela, began to burn shortly after noon this Saturday, and then it broke out as the largest fire in the last 10 years. At 4:45 p. m., more than 100 firefighters and 17 units, were still in...

Intermodality in public transport begins to take shape

Can you imagine taking the train in Cartago, getting off in San Jose center and traveling the last kilometers to work on a rented bicycle, or use a bus and transfer in a mega terminal where you will have several options to end the...

Virtual Reality Tour of the Electric Train!

Hype or reality? The electric commuter train for Costa Rica, a project headed by the First Lady, Claudia Dobles, is coming to a mall near year. The Tour de Realidad Virtual del Tren Eléctrico! (Virtual Reality Tour of the Electric Train!) is being presented in...

San Jose Metro Area Traffic Lights Go Green

The work of the placement of solar panels at traffic lights at different intersections of the Gran Area Metropolitana (GAM) or San Jose metro area - continues, with some 80 of the 132 clean energy systems already installed. The General Directorate of Traffic Engineering (DGIT),...

For the first time in Latin America a dog is the victim of abuse at trial

Champéon (Champion), a young dog of two years and two months, became the first animal in Latin America on Monday, in the Costa Rican city of Atenas, to take part in a trial as a victim of abuse. On Monday (July 21), in Atenas, Alajuela,...

A Beginning That Dates Back 85 Years

85 years ago, Don Francisco Llobet Matalonga and his sons, Juan y José, founded the Tienda Llobet, a textile store serving both retail and wholesale customers. It was on July 13, 1934, when Don Francisco and his sons opened the doors to the Almacén y...

Changes in Ruta 1 tolls coming in mid-July

Drivers who pay the tolls on the Autopista General Cañas (east of the San Jose airport) and the Bernardo Soto (in Naranjo) on the Ruta 1 will begin to perceive changes starting mid-July. It will be then when the National Road Council (Conavi) passes the...

350 businesses closed in San Carlos in the last 12 months

According to the local Chamber of Commerce, 350 businesses closed their doors in the canton of San Carlos, Alajuela, 150 in Ciudad Quesada alone, in the past 12 months. Marco Solis, president of the organization explained that the economic situation the country is going through,...

Early Morning Crash Leaves One Dead, Shuts Down Bernardo Soto (Photos)

An early morning head-on crash on the Bernardo Soto, west of the San Jose airport, between a sedan and a tractor-trailer left one man dead and a complete shut down of the Bernardo Soto section of the Ruta 1. The crash occurred minutes at 5:25...

They Didn’t Find The House

The staff of the PANI regional office in Alajuela received a complaint of mistreatment but did not find the house where the five-year-old boy lived, who finally died Thursday morning in the Sabanilla district of Alajuela. This was the explanation given on Thursday afternoon by...

Real Estate Investments: Where are the Most Profitable?

In Costa Rica, it is estimated that rental housing with the best rates of return can be found in Escazú, Santa Ana, Sabana, Rohrmoser and the North of Heredia. Estimates from Colliers International Costa Rica detail that in the case of commercial warehouses, the areas...

April 11, Costa Rica Celebrates Juan Santamaria Day

Today is April 11, Juan Santamaría day, the day that commemorates the drummer in the Costa Rican army, officially recognized as the national hero. The day is a 'legal' holiday in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaría Day is held every April 11. The actions of Juan Santamaría, a...

Suprise Downpour Tuesday Afternoon (Photos & Video)

There is still some weeks to go before the rainy season, yet a freak storm Tuesday morning, with heavy rains and strong winds, caused damage in several areas of the greater metropolitan area of San Jose, causing more than usual afternoon traffic chaos. One of...

Two Alajuelenses will be the first to face trial for killing a dog

Two residents of Alajuela will be the first people to be tried for committing a crime against an animal. On March 15, the Criminal Court of Alajuela brought the case to trial. The suspects surnamed Espinoza Leslie and Zúñiga Palladino, are accused of killing a...

The Incofer Will Not Increase Rates Until It Improves Train Service

With good sense, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles (Incofer) Costa Rican Railway - admitted it will not request a fare increase in train services until it improves quality for the benefit of users. The first step planned by the railway is the contracting of an...

Massacre in San Carlos Cutris Farm

Four people were found without life Friday morning, in the vicinity of a house in La Palma del Recreo, Cutris, in San Carlos de Alajuela, near the Nicaragua border. The finding was confirmed by the Red Cross and the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), which...

The Word is Out in Alajuela!

Alajuela becomes the City of Words as the annual  Fiesta Internacional de Cuenteros (International Storytellers Festival) captures audiences, kids and adults alike with 60 "cuenteros" (storytellers) from Costa Rica and 14 other countries. The festival started Thursday, January 24 and goes on to February 2. Stories...

A Glimpse of Mars in Costa Rica?

A crater lake in the Poás Volcano in Costa Rica may hold the secrets to potential past life on a planet that is 34 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) away and only recently within the reach of unmanned rovers. A team of researchers visited this...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

Road Rage In San Pedro de Poas de Alajuela

Circulating the social networks we have the latest case of road rage in Costa Rica, when on Thursday afternoon, on the bridge over the Poas River, In San Pedro de Poas de Alajuela, two drivers tried to pass at the same time and neither would...

Impressive!

An airplane landing at the Juan Santamaria International airport (SJO) - known as the San Jose airport - in Alajuela.

Thieves Drill Into Recope Pipeline To Steal Fuel, Spill Alerts Authorities

Under the guise of a construction site, a group rented an empty lot and erected a construction perimeter and construction shack with the purpose of pilfering gasoline from the Recope pipeline running through the property. A spill alterted El Coyol de Alajuela area residents and...

Argument Outside La Reforma Prison Ended in Shooting

A fight ended in gunfire outside the La Reforma prison in Alajuela. The incident happened after 3:00 in the afternoon Thursday. According to Pablo Bertozzi, director of the Penitentiary Police, at the main entrance to the prison center, "a subject who claims to be the...

Woman To Go To Trial For Killing Husband While He Was Driving

A jealous woman will be standing trial for allegedly killing her husband while driving home from a bar in Guatuso de Alajuela. The prosecutor alleges the 44-year-old woman, in a jealous rage, shot her husband while driving. The incident occurred in October 2015. After being...

Businesses And Residents Of The Poas Volcano Desperate To Have Park Reopened

Some 410,000 people visited the Poas Volcano, the closest to the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). An eruption in April 2017 closed the park to visitors. One year later, the Poas volcano park is still closed, despite the relative calm of the Colossus. In the year...

Changes In The Airport Intersection Will Reduce Travel Time By Up To 30 Minutes, Says The MOPT

The changes to the intersection east of the San Jose international airport were completed on Friday, reducing congestion in the area and travel times up to 30 minutes, according to the  outgoing Minister of Transport, German Valverde. The completion of the work that began in...

Alajuela is fast-growing commercial hub in Costa Rica

Real-estate developers in Costa Rica have set their sights on Alajuela, not least because it is close to the nation's leading airport. At the moment five projects that amount to 15,000 square meters of construction, including potential for warehouses, offices and factories. Source (in Spanish): La...

Starbucks Opens Its First Visitor Center in Costa Rica

Starbucks Coffee Company last week opened the doors to its Visitor Center at Hacienda Alsacia, located on a 240 hectare (640 acres) coffee farm on the slope s of the Poas volcano, and by the end of the year will add three more coffee...

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