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It’s not Europe, it’s Cartago, Costa Rica

It's not Europe,it's Cartago, Costa Rica. "Linda y bella nuestra tiquicia". Photo from Fotos antiguas de Costa Rica (Facebook)  

Two Men Lost Their Lives Thrown Accidentally From a Moving Pickup

Two work hands riding in the back of a pickup truck lost their lives early this Monday in Cartago, when the driver swerved, expelling the two men from the truck, hitting a parked truck and onto the pavement. The incident occurred in San Juan de...

Catholic Church Cancels Romería!

(QCOSTARICA) This year, as 11 years ago, the Catholic Church has been forced to make the decision to cancel the traditional pilgrimage - romería - to the Basilica of Los Angeles to commemorate "La Negrita", patron saint of Costa Rica. The decision is due to...

OIJ Divers Search Cachi Dam Lake For Allison Bonilla

The search for Allison Pamela Bonilla Vásquez resumed this Thursday morning, as agents of the Cartago office of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) searched the lake of the Cachí dam, in Paraíso de Cartago. The work was carried out in conjunction with divers and...

Search For Allison Continues; Sunday’s Raid Came Up Empty

She disappeared on March 4. The last piece of information her family has that, on her way home that afternoon, she felt as she was being followed. The trail has gone cold, but her family has been keeping the search alive. On Sunday there was...

Toursim Board Announces Closure Of Miradores and Tourist Stops In Response to Coronavirus

The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT)  - Costa Rican Tourism Board - announced the temporary closure of the miradores (viewpoints) of Ujarrás and Orosi, the ruins of Ujarrás and the tourist location of Playas de Doña Ana, near Puntarenas, sites of free or low-cost...

OIJ raids massage parlor, and arrests owner

A woman was arrested, suspect of pimping (proxenetismo in Spanish), after agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in Cartago, raided a massage the center of that canton. The OIJ explained that a 39-year-old woman was arrested. The OIJ said it began an investigation...

23-year-old woman, mother of two children, was the first murder victim of 2020

Angie Gabriela Quirós Navarro, 23 years of age, a resident of Lomas de Quircot, San Nicolás de Cartago, is the first homicide of 2020. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), the incident occurred in the first minutes of the year, killed by gunfire...

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...

Costa Rica Glass Company Reduces Operations, Lays Off 254

Due to fall in sales and Costa Rica's economic slowdown, Grupo Vidriero Centromericano Vical announced the layoff of 254 employees working at its Vicesa de Cartago plant. In a statement, Vical said that in the last two years, their traditional markets have been characterized by...

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...

Karma? Man dies when hit by a car after assaulting a woman in Cartago

An alleged thief lost his life after being hit by a passenger vehicle Sunday evening on the Florencio del Castillo highway, in the area of La Union, at the Pasoca, Cartago. The man, identified as Carlos Daniel Pérez, 18, of Nicaraguan nationality, was hit when...

Strong Police Operation in Cartago An Uneventful Independence

Fearing protests or possibly worse, violence, the Plaza Mayor y las Ruinas, in Cartago, Saturday night, September 14,  was guarded with a strong police operation, that including preventing pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the vicinity of one of the main platforms, President Carlos Alvarado...

7 Very Cool “Miradores” in Costa Rica

They say that everything looks better from above, maybe that's why many love "miradores" (lookout points), where the beauty of the cities and nature seems to be even more unique from above. Here is a list of seven cool miradores prepared by Maricela Campos over...

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),...

Independence Torch Arrives Friday

Starting on Friday the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be putting in place road restrictions ahead of Independence Day celebrated on Sunday, September 15. As tradition, the "antorcha" (torch) will arrive from Nicaragua at the Peñas Blancas border and will be carried, by land,...

Walking To “La Virgen”

Today, August 2, is the "romeria' or the celebration of the country's patron saint, "La Virgen de los Angeles", that entails a pilgrimage to Cartago. The day is a national holiday. Christmas (Navidad) and Easter (Semana Santa) are the biggest religious holidays in Costa Rica,...

‘Romeria’ Road Controls Begin Today

It's that time of year again, approaching is the annual 'romeria' (pilgrimage) to Cartago, on Friday, August 2. To that end, the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) will start their controls today, Saturday, July 20th and continue on Thursday, July 25th, a holiday (Annexation of...

“Abuelastro” Sentence To 24 Years In Prison For Sexual Abuse and Rape of Two Little Girls

A 53year-old construction will spend the next 24 years in prison for having committed five sexual abuse and six rapes against two little girls. According to the Deputy Prosecutor of Cartago, the man identified by his lastname Araya and the "abuelastro" - stepgrandfather (father or...

Some Pothole!

A vehicle ended up embedded in a pothole caused by heavy overnight rains Cartago. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Diego Vargas, of the Policia de Transito informed that the incident was reported at 7:00 am this morning, on the south side of the Basilica de...

Municipal Cop Threatens Transitos, They Take His Car

Rico's TICO BULL - I have always had my doubts of many of the officers of "policia municipal" (municipal police) who, with little or no training (my assumption) are now the authority in their communities. I see them here, in my little corner of...

The tradition of natural fiber in Costa Rica

The 2018 Costa Rican National Prize for the Patrimony of Intangible Culture (Premio Nacional al Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial Emilia Prieto) was awarded to Juan Olivado Camacho Leiva (aka Martina) for his work in preserving the traditional art of cabuya fiber.   This is a craft that...

The Danger Of Wearing Heels On The Bus in Costa Rica

A woman got the fright of her life when one of her high heels played tricks on her and made her fall off the bus as she got off. The young woman, approximately 26, suffered a heavy blow after hitting her head against the pavement....

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...

Driver involved in fatal crash in Cartago got his license the day before

Rico's TICO BULL - One day after having obtained his driver's license, the 24-year-old identified by his last name Loria, was involved in a fatal crash early Friday, at the entrance to El Pilar neighborhood, in La Union de Cartago, on the Florencio del...

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  

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,...

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