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Dino on the loose in San Jose!

QCOSTARICA - A T-Rex escaped from Dino Park, in Upala, to be seen on the streets of San José. We're not talking about a real Tyrannosaurus rex (rex meaning "king" in Latin), often called T. rex or colloquially T-Rex. The dinosaur, riding through the capital...

Two minivan passengers lose their lives after freak traffic accident (Photos)

HQ - A load of "perlin" (extrusions used in construction) became loose and rolled from a truck and fell on top of a minivan, in which three people were traveling, two of which were killed. According to the Red Cross, the accident occurred at 4:30...

Blockades are back!

QCOSTARICA - On Wednesday, a group in Upala, in northern Costa Rica, decided to bring back the blockades. However, the protest action did not last for weeks as last month. Officials from the Ministry of Public Security (MSP) reported the blockade over the Zapote river...

Protesters shoot police officers who tried to remove the blockade in Upala

QCOSTARICA - A group of officers of the Fuerza Publica (National Police) was shot at by protesters, this morning in Santa Lucía de Upala, confirmed the Ministry of Public Security. According to the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), the officers were attacked when they reached...

Couple smuggled and housed foreigners into the country

A couple was arrested this Friday, May 15, accused of smuggling migrants into the country, through the Upala area. Officials from the Immigration Police raided a home in Bijagua de Upala, in which two Costa Ricans, were arrested for transferring and accommodating five Cuban nationals,...

Health rules out covid-19 in pregnant Nicaraguan minor who entered Costa Rica illegally

The pregnant Nicaraguan teenager who entered the country illegally through the border in Upala, in Alajuela, is not infected with the new coronavirus, confirmed by Costa Rican health authorities this Sunday. The teen had suspicious symptoms of covid-19 such as high fever, cough, nasal congestion,...

Baby Racoon Looking For Help Follows Young Couple

The Fuerza Publica (national police) and the SINAC (conservation authority) rescued a baby raccoon (mapache in Spanish) that followed a couple of youths through the streets of Upala for help. The young couple, heading towards the center of Upala, near the Nicaragua border, said they...

Costa Rican schools open their doors to displaced Nicaraguan children

The first day at a new school can be nerve-wracking for any child. But for Lina* and Miguel*, their first day of class in Upala, a small city near Costa Rica’s northern border with Nicaragua, was nothing short of life-changing. That is because the two...

Construction of Biofertilizers Plant

At the end of October this year, operations will start at a plant in Guanacaste that will process leftovers from pineapple production to produce biofertilizers. The production plant is in the process of being built in the Villa del Tarso estate, in Upala, and will...

Now It’s The Rincon de la Vieja!

It was 10:12am Tuesday when people from Buenos Aires de Upala, the closest community to the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, heard the noise coming from the massif, a sound similar to that of a jet engine, and columns of water and hot vapor...

Upala, A Town In Recovery (48 Photos)

Q COSTA RICA - Almost a week after being in the eye of Hurricane Otto, the northern town of Upala is trying to get back on its feet. Following are photos from the social media and Casa Presidencial (government house) on the struggle the people...

At 108 Cabo lolo Is A Survivor Of Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - At 108 Cabo lolo has lived through most of the memorable events that have marked the history of Costa Rica. Last Thursday November 24 added a new memory to his history. José Dolores Jacamo Palma, known as "Cabo lolo",  who...

Getting Back To Normal That Will Never Be The Same; Death Toll Now 10

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Costa Rica continues with a RED ALERT in seven cantones (counties): Upala, Bagaces, Guatuso and Los Chiles in the north and Golfito and Corredores in the south, in the aftermath of Hurrican otto. While, two cantones, Osa and Coto Brus...

The Aftermath of Otto in Upala and Bagaces (Photos)

Photos from various sources, including La Nacion and Facebook, of the aftermath of Hurricane Otto on the communities of Upala (Alajuela) and Bagaces (Guanacaste). Upala Bagaces

9 Deaths Confirmed From Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS, SAN JOSE 7:35pm - It's been 24 hours since the eye of Hurricane Otto descended on the northern town of Upala, a community of some 45,000 that is tonight struggling to return some form of normalcy, but never again they...

UPALA, In The Eye of The Hurricane, This Friday Morning (Photos)

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The northern town of Upala was perhaps the single most hardest hit of Hurricane Otto. This community of 45,000 people was in the eye of the storm, as Hurricane Otto made a last-minute turn after picking up speed as...

3 Dead, Dozens Missing, Costa Rica Recovering From Hurricane Otto

Q COSTA RICA NEWS SAN JOSE 9:17AM - As predicted, Hurricane Otto left Costa Rica in the early hours of this morning, but not before leave a wake of destruction, particularly in the town of Upala, in Alajuela, that was in the eye of...

The WORST of Hurricane Otto (Photos)

Photos from a variety of sources, including La Nacion, CNE and Facebook. ...

Upala And Liberia Mayors Criticize Lack Of Support By CNE

Q COSTA RICA NEWS 8:55pm Thursday. Both the mayors of Upala and Liberia, in the northern zone and Guancaste respectively, have critized the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for focusing their work on the landfall areas and not the tail end of Hurricane Otto. Upala's mayor,...

Suspect In Killing and Rape of Two Children Behind Bars

(QCOSTARICA) The 19 year old Upala farm labourer (peon, in Spanish) and prime suspect in the killing of an 11 year old boy and rape of a nine year old girl, will be spending the next six months in preventive detention, as authorities continue...

Six 11 Year Old Girls Accuse School Principal Of Sexual Abuse

QCOSTARICA - Six students of the El Higuerón school, in Upala, Alajuela, reported being sexually abused by the school's principal, a 47 year old man identified by his last name Somarribas, arrested on Wednesday by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). However, by Thursday afternoon,...

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