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Crocodile rescued from community where ‘lagarteada’ was celebrated every Good Friday

QCOSTARICA - Until 2018, the community of Ortega de Bolsón, in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, the 200-year-old tradition of the "lagarteada", that consists of the capture of a living specimen of crocodile or alligator (called by the inhabitants "lagarto") on Good Friday. In 2018, the Sistema...

Getting covid tested at the Liberia airport

RICO's COVID DIGEST - I had to opportunity to be at the Liberia (Daniel Oduber International) airport (LIR), in Guanacaste, on Wednesday and got a first-hand look at the covid testing center set up for departing travelers to destinations where testing is required. As reported...

What to consider if you are leaving the country during Easter and after

QCOSTARICA - Unless you must absolutely travel out of the country during these times, Costa Rica's Minister of Health is asking to put off any unnecessary travel at this time. “People who have to travel and can postpone it, do it, because new variants have...

Liberia opens lab for covid-19 antigen testing

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, announced the opening of a laboratory for testing of covid-19 antigens to interested travelers. Given the difficulty of tourists in Guanacaste to locate a lab near their vacation destination, the ability to get tested...

Moderate quake shakes southern region

QCOSTARICA - An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) that had a moderate magnitude occurred this Monday at 4:16 pm confirmed both the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (Ovsicori) According to the RSN (National...

Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste

Sunrise with a full moon in Playa Hermosa. Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo by Joaquin Murillo Photography.

Vehicular Restrictions for Semana Santa and April

QCOSTARICA - The sanitary vehicle restrictions for Semana Santa (Easter Week) that unofficially began this Friday afternoon and continues to Sunday, April 4, continue the same as for March. To recap, The countrywide restrictions from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am continue in...

Guanacaste Airport awarded best airport for customer experience

QCOSTARICA - The Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, was among the winners, for the third consecutive year, of the best airport in quality of customer service. This recognition is provided for the Latin American and Caribbean regions in the two million passenger...

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by Congress, does not have to be a bureaucratic giant, with a large office that requires a lot of investment, argued Franklin Chang, former NASA astronaut, and director of the Ad Astra Rocket Company. In...

New cold push will bring gusts of up to 100 km/h and cooler temperatures this weekend

QCOSTARICA - A cold push is expected to grip all of Costa Rica this weekend, with wind gusts of up 100 km/h and cooler temperatures. The national weather service, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN), explained that wind gusts will be at their peak in Guanacaste...

Covid-19 contagion rate in Costa Rica rises slightly, but new cases continue to decline

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica rose slightly in the last week according to the most recent analysis by the Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH), going from 0.83 to 0.9. However, analysts consider that this increase is not necessarily bad news, since the...

Guanacaste Resort offers free on-property Covid-19 test for guests traveling to US

Hyatt Hotels announced that all 19 Hyatt resorts in Latin America have arranged for complimentary on-property COVID-19 testing through May 31, 2021, for guests traveling to the U.S. This is valid for the complimentary rapid antigen or RT-PCT testing options up to two registered guests...

KLM returns to Liberia, Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines resumed its direct flights from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, this week. The Tuesday night arrival was the first in a series of returning flights and new connections to be announced...

Wind Farm in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Image of the Planta Eólica Tilarán (PESA) - Wind Power Plant - located two kilometers northeast of Parcelas de Quebrada Azul in Tilarán (Guanacaste). In the background is the Arenal lake and the Arenal volcano.   Founded in 1996, the plant belongs to the company CMI Energía.

Costa Rica’s Tourism reports losses of $3 billion and affecting 100,000 families

QCOSTARICA - Around US$3 billion in losses and direct impact on some 100,000 people are part of the effects caused by the crisis in the Costa Rican tourism sector this year. According to the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) the main impact has been due...

Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

QPHOTOS - Playas del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. This region is also one of the fastest growing areas of tourism in Costa Rica. It has long been a popular destination with both local Costa Ricans as...

688 people in shelters due to the influence of ETA

QCOSTARICA - the president of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) Alexánder Solís, reported this Wednesday afternoon that 688 people are currently in different shelters in the country, as a result of the impact in our country of the tropical storm ETA. About 18 buildings in...

Rainy onslaught by Hurricane Eta batters Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - The central Pacific, as well as Guanacaste and the canton of Upala, in the northern zone (Alajuela), are on an orange alert due to the intensification of the rains in that area due to the indirect influence of Hurricane Eta. The National Emergency...

Heavy rains leave rivers overflowing in Guanacaste

QCOSTARICA - Heavy rains due to the indirect effects of Eta, a category 4 hurricane that hit Nicaragua's Caribbean coast this Tuesday morning, caused floods in the province of Guanacaste. Marcelo Morera, regional director of the Traffic Police in the Chorotega region, confirmed that the...

New eruption of Rincón de la Vieja rose 2 kilometers above the crater

QCOSTARICA - The Rincón de la Vieja volcano, in north-western Costa Rica, about 23 km from Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste, gave a wake up call Thursday, with an eruption whose column of gas and vapor rose 2 kilometers above the active crater.   The...

#DEBUNKED: No girl died in clashes in Cañas

#DEBUNKED - The Ministry of Public Security (MSP) categorically rejected that a young girl died in Cañas, Guanacaste, after the clashes in the area on Thursday, after false messages circulated on social media networks. The MSP Press office sent the message to all the media. If...

Hard Rock Café closes in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Hard Rock Café located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, closed its doors for good on Tuesday, September 15, after a drastic drop in its clientele due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For its part, the franchise located in Cariari, in Belén, across the Real...

“Old normality”: Ruta 27 reported long lines as vacations headed for the beaches

(QCOSTARICA) Thousands sought to take advantage of the long weekend so they decided to head for the beaches and vacation destinations of Costa Rica which brought an "old normal" on the main routes: the congestion. For kilometers, for most of the day, Saturday traffic on...

Liberia airport restarts operations after months of closure

(QCOSTARICA) This Saturday, September 5, the Daniel Oduber International airport in Liberia (LIR), Guanacaste, came back to life with the first flight after it was closed for 170 days due to the pandemic. At 12 noon, United Airlines flight arrived from Newark (EWR), New Jersey...

Rincón de la Vieja erupted 3 times in less than 15 hours

(QCOSTARICA) In a matter of almost 15 hours, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano registered three eruptions, as confirmed by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori). On Sunday, there were 2 events. One at 6:09 pm and another at 6:19 pm. Both...

Soon, it will be possible to travel from Barranca to Liberia in less than two hours

(QCOSTARICA) In the first quarter of 2023, it will be possible to go from Barranca to Liberia, driving at the posted speed limit, in less than two hours. This is when the expansion of the last section of the Ruta 1 or  Interamericana Norte that...

It stopped raining in Guanacaste, for now; large losses in lowlands and coast

(QCOSTARICA) The residents of Santa Cruz, Carrillo, La Cruz and other Guanacaste cantons were barely recovering from the floods left by the indirect effect of tropical storm Marco, last week, when a new storm hit them, raining for 24 hours straight. This Friday morning the...

Surfing with a Jaguar in Costa Rica

A wild jaguar and a surfer exchange glances at the distance in Playa Potrero Grande, near the Santa Rosa National Park of Santa Rosa, Guanacaste. "Magic moments... Surfing with a Jaguar 🏄 in Costa Rica," posted sarahkamalani on her Instagram page. The coexistence between humans and...

Caturga asks to allow flights from the U.S. to Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Guanacaste Chamber of Tourism (Caturgua) is requesting that the Government allow the arrival of tourists from the United States this month of August. The request for U.S. travelers to enter the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste, comes after the...

Las musas de la Pampa

(QCOSTARICA) Continuing the Guanacaste Day celebrations, we bring you this beautiful photo by @AdrielRuiz posted by Festivales Folclóricos de Costa Rica.    

Liberia airport will operate with no flights

(QCOSTARICA) The Daniel Oduber international airport (LIR) in Liberia, it will continue to be closed to international operations despite the fact that the government announced this Thursday the opening of commercial flights for August 1. That air terminal had only confirmed airlines from the United...

The requirements for travelers and the protocols at airports on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Starting August 1, 2020, Costa Rica will reopen its airports to travelers from Canada, the European Union and the United Kingdom, as announced this Thursday. The minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that the reopening of the country's international airports will be gradual and...

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