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Did Snow Really Fall On Costa Rica’s Chirripó?

The social networks are abuzz with a photo published first on Whatsapp, supposedly of a hill full of frost that, in theory, would be the El Chirripo, leading everyone to think that snow fell on Costa Rica’s highest peak at 3,820 meters (12,532 feet). This...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately $143 million and should contribute to a swifter processing of the rapidly increasing number of foreign visitors to the country. Some...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately $143 million and should contribute to a swifter processing of the rapidly increasing number of foreign visitors to the country. Some...

Panama Moves Closer To Rail Link With Costa Rica

Panama moved a step closer to building a rail link to the Costa Rican border on Thursday, December 7 with the signing of an agreement with China to initiate a feasibility study in 2018. Larish Julio | La Estrella de Panamá It was signed by Luis...

Escazu Jewlery Store Thieves Had Mocked Police in Canada and Mexico

Four Mexicans, linked to the assault on two jewelry stores in Escazu, were arrested Wednesday when they tried to leave the country, three detained a the Juan Santamaria international airport, the fourth in San Jose. Photo La Nacion They are related to the Halloween day robberies,...

INS Willing To Invest US$500 Million to Build Roads

The Costa Rica state insurer, the Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS), says it could be willing to invest up to US$500 million in road construction projects that already have their pre-design and studies ready. The road to Montevrede, one of Costa Rica’s hot tourist destinations....

Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast Is the next luxury destination

For the past few years, Nicaragua has been steadily gaining traction as a luxury travel destination, while managing to escape the kitschy reputation many tropical regions take on once they’ve been “discovered.” Nicaragua has long been overshadowed by its neighbor, Costa Rica, but its Emerald...

Venezuela Running Out of Fuel for Air Travel, Leaked Memo Reveals

A newly released memo from Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, reveals the country lacks enough fuel to meet the demands of all aircrafts currently in operation. A memo sent by a PDVSA official to the Bolivariana de Aeropuertos and National Institute of Civil Aeronautics on...

Protests Continue in Honduras, Police Refuse to Repress

(Prensa Latina) Demonstrations in Honduras against alleged electoral fraud continued Tuesday, while the police, including their special forces, refuse to repress those who challenge the curfew decreed by the government. Mass mobilizations are planned starting today at 4:00 pm local time, and will be directed...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. Arriving...

What Do Good Drivers In Costa Rica Know That Most Don’t?

Driving in Costa Rica can be, is a challenge. Besides the poor and often lack of roads infrastructure, the challenge is dealing with newbie drivers. As I have written before, the majority of drivers on the roads in Costa Rica are new drivers, first-time...

Growing Call Center Market in Nicaragua

Concentrix announced that the company will be expanding its operations in Managua, where it has operated a call center since 2011. Photo from El19digital.com The announcement was made by Vice President Rosario Murillo, who pointed out that the new Concentrix offices will be located in the...

Rights Group Accuses Venezuela of ‘Systematic’ Torture of Political Opponents

Human Rights Watch has released a 62-page report, “Crackdown on Dissent: Brutality, Torture, and Political Persecution in Venezuela,” that accuses Caracas of severe human rights violations against anti-government protesters and political opponents. The report was compiled in collaboration with Penal Forum, a Venezuelan human...

Volaris Costa Rica To Open Three New Low-Cost U.S. Routes In 2018

With a year’s operation under its belt, connecting Costa Rica with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, Volaris Costa Rica is now setting its eyes on the United States. Volaris Costa Rica began operations in December 2016 with its first flight between Costa Rica and...

Maduro Hands Over Venezuela’s Oil Industry to the Military

The Venezuelan military has taken control of PDVSA, the state-run oil company largely responsible for holding up the last of the country’s economy. This Sunday, November 26, President Nicolás Maduro appointed General of the Bolivarian National Guard, Manuel Quevedo, President of the company. Quevedo will...

Nicaragua Gvt. Approves US$10 million for Electrification

With a loan from OPEC, the second phase of the rural electrification project on the Caribbean coast will be financed. The decree must still be approved by the National Assembly, which will receive it in the coming days. The loan was agreed between the Ortega...

Low Productivity: the Elephant in the Room in Colombia’s Minimum Wage Debate

Negotiations on the minimum wage in Colombia are fast approaching. On the one hand, unions will demand an increase above inflation to safeguard their purchasing power, which has been badly hit by the recent tax reform. On the other side, entrepreneurs will be arguing...

Fiscal General Raids Offices and Homes of Legislators Linked To The Chinese Cement Scandal

The #Cementazo is the corruption scandal in Costa Rica that keeps on growing, the investigation now focusing on legislators and a government official after the importer of the Chinese cement, Juan Carlos Bolaños and six former members of the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)...

Tourists Stay Longer in Nicaragua

In the third quarter of this year tourists who arrived in the country stayed an average of 10.3 days, registering an increase of 15% compared to the same period in 2016. Granada, Nicaragua From a report by the Central Bank of Nicaragua: The Central Bank of Nicaragua...

Banco Nacional To Cancel Accounts Of Uber Drivers

The Diaro Extra, the self-billed “most sold newspaper in the country” reports that the Banco Nacional (BN) will close the accounts of Uber drivers, the State bank deeming the activity “not acceptable”. In the photo an Uber driver (and his passenger) came under the scrutiny...

Wages In Costa Rica Rose 1.9%, Study Reveals

The Sistema Empresarial de Información Salarial (Salary Information Business System) survey reveals salaries in Costa Rica increased, on average, by 1.9% in the last 6 months. The increases are mainly made in service and manufacturing companies in Zona Franca. During the first semester of 2017, salaries...

Tica Transgender Wins Award For Best Actress In Film Festival

From Facebook COSTA RICA CONFIDENTIAL – Jimena Franco’s dream, now 40, of one day becoming actress has been fulfilled, and, in addition, won the best actress award at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guayaquil 2017 (Guayaquil International Film Festival 2017) for the lead role...

Will Chinese Tourists Head For Panama?

Businessmen from the Panamanian tourist sector welcome the arrival of Air China flights in March 2018, but say that it will be a challenge to attract the type of tourist which, for now, seems to go for very different destinations than those offered by...

Nicaragua Appliance Imports Down 10%

Between January and September of this year, imports of durable consumer goods such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators and telephones dropped by 10% compared to the same period in 2016. The economist Adolfo Acevedo considers that there are inconsistencies between the accelerated goals of the...

Colombia’s Coffee Output, Exports To Hit 25-year High

Colombia’s recovery in coffee output, and exports, will progress faster than had been thought this season, US officials said – but on an assumption of “normal” weather, even as ideas of La Niña grow. A worker checks coffee beans in Nariño, south-western Colombia The US Department...

Agony in Argentina

The relatives of the missing crew have taken the news about the alleged submarine explosion with shock, some of them being lost for words, mass media has reported. The crushing news arrived on Thursday as, having analyzed the abnormally violent sound recorded around the time...

The Same Old BS Protectionist Measures

In Costa Rica, a bill is being analyzed that would oblige industrialists to contribute to the Corporación Arrocera Nacional  (Conarroz) – National Rice Corporation – 5% of the value of the grain that is purchased under import schemes due to shortages. Tons of Costa Rican...

Three Families Receive A Quarter Of Government Spending On Rent

Five corporations (Sociedades Anominas or S.A.s’), controlled by three families, receive 24% of the ¢1.589 billion colones that 15 government agencies pay monthly in the rental of 303 properties. An investigative report by Amelia Rueda reveals the companies, controlled by the families Marín Raventós, Saavedra...

Murdered Woman Was Planning To Report Her Husband On Monday For Domestic Violence

  Kattia Vargas Azofeifa, 44,  was tired of the violence and abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, and on Monday (yesterday) she was going to file a complaint against him for domestic violence. She never made it carry out her intention. Her lifeless...

Canadians Invited To Soirée at Bar la Perla in Flamingo-Potrero

Invitation from the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, via the Canadian Club of Costa Rica If you are a Canadian in Costa Rica and have questions about Consular Services or just want to meet other Canadians and the Ambassador Designate of Canada to Costa Rica,...

U.S. Considers Nicaragua Sanctions for Venezuela links

The Venezuelan opposition met with members of Donald Trump’s administration last week to urge the White House to sanction Nicaragua and a company whose joint venture they say is helping to prop up the government in Caracas, according to multiple sources familiar with the...

Argentine Submarine Goes Missing for Two Days, Major Search Op Underway

There are 44 crew members on board of the San Juan submarine that could have suffered from fire or a technical failure. The San Juan submarine, which had left the southern city of Ushuaia for Mar del Plata in Argentina more than 2,880 km (1,800 miles)...

Venezuela’s ex-prosecutor wants Maduro tried at the Hague

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an event with supporters in Caracas, Venezuela November 15, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s sacked former chief prosecutor on Thursday asked the International Criminal Court to capture and try President Nicolas Maduro and other top...

Costa Rica Decides: Latest Poll

If the presidential elections were held today, who would win? The latest poll reveals no one. The current field of candidates for the election on February 14, 2018, is thirteen, some well known, including the perennial (his fifth consecutive outing) Otto Guevara, and a whole...

More Than 1,000 Aftershocks Recorded After Sunday’s Earthquake In jaco

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) says it has registered today more than 1,000 aftershocks, following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that shook the country Sunday night, without serious human or material damage. Seismicity in Costa Rica from 1992 through 2009. From Intechopen.com “We...

Russia Agrees to Wait for Venezuela Debt

Venezuela signed a deal in Moscow on Wednesday, November 15, about restructuring US$3.15 billion of debt to the Russian government. Venezuela’s economy has been hit by tumbling oil prices and US sanctions. Russia and China are Venezuela’s biggest creditors with total liabilities of around US$8...