Latin / South America

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Tension in Nicaragua Continues, Nicaraguans in Costa Rica Raise Their Voice

Tension continue in Nicaragua where after three weeks the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.    The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) has the death toll raised to 50, however, other humanitarian organizations register as many as 63 dead. The protests are led by the group “April 19 Student Movement” formed by university students which has also receive...

Galapagos Coco Expedition This Video Shows You Impressive Images of the Galapagos Coco Expedition (Ecuador-Costa Rica)

Photo by Andy Mann / Waitt Foundation Facebook The expedition between Galapagos Island National Park in Ecuador and Coco Island National Park in Costa Rica took place April 2 through April 13 with the purpose of identifying marine migratory species that use this route and to quantify their distribution, abundance and diversity of their predators. The expedition was possible thanks to the joi...

Costa Rica Ecuador Coco Galapagos Costa Rica and Ecuador Sign Agreement to Strengthen Conservation Efforts in Isla del Coco and Galapagos

Costa Rica and Ecuador signed an agreement of cooperation for the conservation of the marine species and birds that will allow the strengthening of the conservation actions, control and protection of the ecosystems in the national parks Coco Island and Galapagos Island respectively. “The agreement Frame of Cooperation between the Direction of the National Park Galapagos in Ecuador and the Natio...

Nicaragua Protests, Daniel Ortega Nicaragua is the Latest Central American Country to Begin Falling Apart

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff This caravan of illegal immigrants from Central America that Mexico allowed through their southern border a month ago has arrived in Tijuana, Mexico seeking asylum. The standoff has begun. News reports claim this caravan started out with about 1,500 men, women a...

Costa Rica New Map Costa Rica Presents its New Map Including Additional Maritime Territory That Used to be in Dispute With Nicaragua

The sentence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) received earlier this year in favor of Costa Rica, regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, allowed Costa Rica to update the map of the country to include 36, 000 km2 of maritime t...

Nicaragua Violence Protests and Violence Continue in Nicaragua, Costa Rica Expects Increase in Refugee Requests

The Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega, announced Monday the revocation of the social security and pension reforms (approved unilaterally without the approval of congress), that sparked the protests last week which have left close to 30 fatalities. Despite this measure, the street protests and violence have not seized in the Central American country, thou...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Protests Costa Rica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Recommends Not Traveling to Nicaragua as Violence Escalates

Protests in Nicaragua began three days ago when citizens took to the streets to protest changes in the country’s pension system and social security reforms. The government of Nicaragua finally accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector. The protests have led to widespread  violence in the country that have killed at least 10 people (the official number reported by the government) and in...

Gold Mining Costa Rica Crucitas in Costa Rica Continues to Suffer Environmental Damages Due to Illegal Gold Mining

Sadly, the problem is not new, the area of Crucitas in the North Zone of Costa Rica continues to be exploited by illegal gold miners who have caused incredible environmental damage. The area has suffered environmental damages since 2012 as a result of a failed mining project; back then, the damages were estimated in close to 10 million dollars mainly as a result of logging. The presence of g...

Caravan at Southern Mexico border What’s Really Going on at the Southern Mexico Border With This Caravan of Refugees

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff This so-called ‘caravan’ of refugees headed to the USA-Mexico border from Central America sure has caught everyone’s attention. As soon as this ‘caravan’ became a real issue President Donald Trump said he’s bringing in the U.S. National Guard Army “immediately” ...

Nicaragua Forest Fire Costa Rica Nicaragua Rejects Help From Costa Rica to Control Forest Fire at Indio Maiz Biological Reserve

A group of 40 Costa Rican firefighters was already at the border with Nicaragua this Monday morning ready to help the neighbor country to control the forest fire that has been affecting the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve for several days which has reportedly destroyed over 7,000 hectares of protected land, however, they were sent back after being informed that President Daniel Ortega had decided to...

Nicaragua Forest Fire Costa Rica Costa Rican Firefighters Head to Nicaragua to Help Put Out the Fire affecting Indio Maíz Biological Reserve

Photo Credit: Fundacion del Rio A team of 40 Costa Rican firefighters will travel to Nicaragua this Monday at 6 a.m. to offer their assistance in helping control the fire that is affecting the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve for several days now and that has already destroyed over 7,000 hectares of protected land. President Daniel Ortega declared yellow emergency. This Biological Reserve is t...

Abel Sandi Costa Rica Costa Rican and Two Venezuelan’s Died When Car Fell From Fourth Floor in Panama

A strange car accident in which a vehicle fell from the fourth floor of a parking lot in Costa del Este, Panama, caused the death of a 19-year old Costa Rican, a 17 year-old Venezuelan girl and her father, a 60-year old man. Apparently the young man, identified as Abel Sandi, was in the car with two friends, of last names Murillo Perrone, and the father of both a man named Eduardo Murillo; one ...

Costa Rica Panama bridge New Bridge Between Costa Rica and Panama Will be Ready in May 2019

The Presidents of Costa Rica and Panama, Luis Guillermo Solis and Juan Carlos Varela, met in Costa Rica with the purpose of strengthening their bilateral politics in aspects of security, migration, tourism, commerce and customs modernization. One of the main topics between both countries was the construction of the new bridge over the Sixaola River in the Costa Rica-Panama frontier denominated...

Costa Rica Gangs Central America Presence of Mara Salvatrucha Gang Members Increases In Costa Rica

Authorities in Costa Rica are concerned as presence of Central America gang members “mareros” increases in the country. On February 20 a native from El Salvador was captured as a suspect of a robbery, he is allegedly a member of a “mara” (gang). From only 3 cases associated with maras in 2016 the number increased to 16 in 2017, according to official data by the Migratory Police. The members ...

Costa Rica v Nicaragua Dispute International Court of Justice Awards Costa Rica Disputed Territory

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dictated today a historical sentence regarding the cases of “Maritime Delimitation Claim in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)” and “Terrestrial Frontier in the North Area of Isla Portillos (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)”, in which it established the delimitation of the maritime frontier between both countries and ordered Nicaragua to move...

Costa Rica Nicaragua Dispute Nicaragua Must Pay Costa Rica $378,890 According to International Justice Court

The International Court of Justice, the main judicial organ of the United Nations, which has its seat in The Hague, Neatherlands, defined this Friday, that Nicaragua has to pay $378,890 to Costa Rica for the damages caused in Calero Island, also known as Portillos Island or Harbor Head Lagoon, as it is called in Nicaragua, between 2010-2015. The international court had ruled on December 16, 201...

Homicide Rates Homicide Rates in Central America-Where does Costa Rica Stack Up

The foundation Insight Crime, which is dedicated to the study of organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean published its yearly “InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up”, with the purpose of giving a snapshot of murder rates in the Latin America region. Murder rates are calculated by InSight Crime, based on the number of reported homicides and the country’s 2017 estimated population tot...

Costa Rica Legalizing Marijuana Costa Rica’s Minister of Security Rejects Idea of Legalizing Marijuana in Tourist Areas

The Costa Rican Ministry of Security rejects the idea of legalizing marijuana in tourist areas, idea that was suggested by Mexico’s Tourism Secretary. Gustavo Mata, Minister of Security in Costa Rica was adamant about not agreeing with the idea of legalizing drugs in tourism zones, and was clear that these type of concessions “would only generate more and serious social problems as well as more...

Costa Rica Earthquake 6.1 Earthquake Was Felt in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake was registered at 9:03 a.m. according to data by the National University's Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI) 96 km west from Conchal, Guanacaste or 78 km southwest of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The movement was felt mostly in the Central and North Pacific of Costa Rica. Earlier this Tuesday at 7:34 a.m. another earthquake of magnitude 4.4 ...

Hondruas Earthquake 7.8 Earthquake Hits the Coast of Honduras

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean coast of Honduras this January 9th at 8:51 p.m; the movement was felt in other Central American countries, among them Guatemala, Panama, Belize and El Salvador. The earthquake’s epicenter was 218.10 km Northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and had a depth of 10 km. Because it occurred in the middle of the ocean it is expected that the movement wasn’t...

US Tourist Tried to Enter Costa Rica With Two Howler Monkeys on Her Shoulders

Costa Rican authorities continue to battle the illegal traffic of wild animals; today, a US tourist tried to enter the country through the Panama Frontier Migratory Control Station with a baby howler monkey on each shoulder. The women of last name Frame had no documentation or permit to justify having the two animals with her. The authorities seized the animals and coordinated with the Ministry...

Costa Rica Cocaine Another Boat Stopped in Costa Rican Waters Carrying Almost a Ton of Cocaine

Coordinated operations by the Costa Rica Coast Guard Service, the Aerial Surveillance Service and the Drug Control Police resulted in another hit to drug traffickers in waters of the South Pacific. A Costa Rican fishing boat was stopped carrying an important load of cocaine, an amount not yet quantified but estimated in close to one ton; the packets were hidden under a lot of ice in the storag...

Costa Rica News Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security Makes Important Investment in Equipment

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Security announced they have invested in the purchase of four new vessels to help battle organized crime in Costa Rican waters. “With satisfaction we announce that the ships GC110-1 Libertador Juan Rafael Mora Porras and GC110-2 General Jose Maria Cañas Escamilla (both donated by the United States to the Costa Rica coast guard service) are already painted and ...

Protecting Illegals in a Sanctuary City

Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Last week liberalism suffered a major shock that won’t blow over anytime soon. Kate Steinle’s killer walked away from murder and manslaughter charges in a San Francisco, California courtroom stunning the nation. All of a sudden those “not guilty” verdicts ca...

Costa Rica Drug Trafficking Has Costa Rica Become a Hub for Drug Cartels?

In June, 2017, the former head of the Costa Rica Public Force (Fuerza Publica) was arrested for traveling in a false-bottom truck with 237 kilograms of cocaine – probably destined for the USA via Mexico.  In October, between 800-1,000 kilos of cocaine were found floating near Golfo Dulce. Last week, 785 kilos of cocaine were seized by authorities near Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia. Last Friday ...

Costa Rica Drug Trafficking Cocaine Enters Costa Rica through Limon and is Carried in Cement Trucks Reveals Investigative TV Show

Testigo Directo (Direct Witness) is a Colombian TV show that presents independent investigative journalism on different sensitive topics, one of their series “El ventilador de los narcos” presents detailed information on the drug trafficking business in Colombia and even interviews with former members of cartels that explain in detail how the operations work. The show is presented by Rafael Poveda...

Costa Rica Economy Costa Rica Pays the Highest Minimum Salary in Central America, Nicaragua the Lowest

According to information provided by the Ministries’ of Labor the Central American countries, Costa Rica pays the highest minimum wages in the region, while Nicaragua the lowest. Minimum wage is defined as the lowest remuneration that employers can legally pay their workers; equivalently it is the price floor below which workers may not sell their labor. This amount should allow workers to cov...

Costa Rica Cocaine Traffic Mexicans Detained in Costa Rica With Over 700 Kilos of Cocaine

The Costa Rican Police detained on Sunday night three Mexican men in Guanacaste with 785 kilos of cocaine. Police officers were in a routine control operation in front of the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, when they saw two cars turn around, they immediately began the chase, after several minutes one of the cars was abandoned in the entrance to Playa Hermosa, the officers were...

Foreign Investors Plan More Residential Towers Near San José, Costa Rica’s La Sabana Park

The developer company, of Ecuadorian origin, chose Costa Rica thanks to its good economic reputation in Central America and because it is home to important multinational companies worldwide, which generates greater market confidence. With an investment of US $ 45 million and the direct and indirect contracting of 200 people, the Furoinani Obras y Proyectos (FOP) real estate group starts operati...

Multiplaza Mall in Escazú, Costa Rica Will Reinforce Security After 2nd Armed Robbery

The upscale Multiplaza Escazú shopping center was the scene of two armed robberies in the span of eight days. One occurred last Tuesday, Oct. 31, and the second on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The thefts alarmed customers and provoked a response from the Public Security Ministry who was surprised at the occurrences. In response, the shopping mall said they will be hiring armed guards, and ar...

Dominican Women Nationalized as Costa Rican to Enter Global Sex Trade

Dominican women in Costa Rica, victims of global sex and human trafficking, have reported being married to Costa Ricans to obtain Costa Rican citizenship before being taken to Europe or the United States for exploitation, according to representatives of the Rahab Foundation, a Costa Rican non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking and aided its victims. Networks dedicated to human traffic...

San Jose Cancun Flights New Low-Cost Airline Will Provide Service San José, Costa Rica-Cancún,México For As Low As $150.00

Mexican low-cost airline, Viva Aerobus, will begin operations in Costa Rica starting December 1st with the route San José- Cancún. The route will have initially a frequency of two times a week, Tuesdays and Fridays and only during the high season, with rates starting as low as $150.00. This is part of the expansion plan of Viva Aerobus that is already offering services from Mexico to Los Angele...

Costa Rican Pleads Guilty in US to Selling Fake Viagra

A 41-year-old Costa Rican named Navarro Quesada pleaded guilty in the Pennsylvania Western District Court to the crimes of conducting mail fraud and money laundering. Navarro Quesada was arrested in February at the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport in Madrid following an alert sent to the International Police (Interpol) by U.S. authorities. The Costa Rican man admitted to having used a website d...

Costa Rican Farmers Supply McDonald’s With 27 Tons of Veggies Every Month

Even McDonald's knows it pays to buy local. At least 60 farms in Cartago, Costa Rica supply the U.S. fast food chain's network of 55 restaurants with over 27 tons of vegetables each month. "As a global brand, we are proud to support national producers who represent more than 60 percent of the suppliers with whom we work in Costa Rica. Most of the products on our menu have vegetables, which gen...

Free Checked Bag on Volaris’ Central America Flights for Limited Time

Hopping from one Central American country to another has never been easier, with cheap flights on Volaris, Costa Rica's airline. And the company just announced that your first checked bag flies free on regional flights purchased between now and November 20. The promotion applies to travel undertaken between now and February 28, 2018, as long as tickets are purchased within the time-frame of ...

Man Detained With 6 Ecuadorians in Hills Along Costa Rica-Panama Border

Costa Rican border police agents detained a suspected human trafficker, in Spanish what's known as a "coyote," with six Ecuadorians in the mountains near the Panama border yesterday. The area of southern Puntarenas province where the man was leading the six undocumented migrants  is called ​​Guaycará de Golfito. The Costa Rican man, Agüero, knew of a route over the border that circumvented p...

Costa Rica’s Roads Ranked on Par With Haiti’s

A recent ranking of road infrastructure in Latin America lists Costa Rica as second to last, followed by Paraguay and Haiti who are tied for last place with similarly dismal rankings.   The information came to light in the most recent 2017-2018 competitiveness report issued by the World Economic Forum and focused on the quality of roads. The ranking is based partially on the percepti...

Foreigner Accused of Using Slave Labor to Run Souvenir Shop in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

A Guatemalan woman is under investigation in Costa Rica for allegedly forcing another Guatemalan woman to work 17 hours a day without pay, and also without food during her workday or any days off, according to reports from the Costa Rica Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ). The woman, with the last names Martínez López, was arrested Thursday morning October 12 in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alaju...

6 Sex Slaves Freed in Northern Costa Rican; 2 Police Officers Nabbed for Human Smuggling

Six Nicaraguan women, including a minor, who were sexually exploited in a bar in Upala, Costa Rica, were rescued in mid-September by the Costa Rican Immigration Police in a sting operation in coordination with the public prosecutor's office and the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME). During the operation, five suspects were arrested at the Pino Bar in Santa Clara de Upala f...

nicaragua gang launders 1 billion dollars US Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day Inaugurates Central America Anti-Gang Conference

Representatives from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Belize will analyze the regional anti-gang strategy jointly with specialists from the United States Federal Office of Investigation (FBI), Department of Police Los Angeles, Chicago and Fairfax; and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. This is happening at the Central American Anti-Gang Conference, an important region...