Archives for April 2016

Uber Business Is Now in Costa Rica

Uber is still in the headlines of major Costa Rican newspapers. Despite all the efforts from the “Taxis Rojos” – the official taxis of Costa Rica – to ban Uber from the country, the company seems to be growing and offering new services to its customers; first was Uber, then Uber XL and now Uber Business.

As of April 18th, 2016, the corporate service of Uber is available in Costa Rica, it was already offered in other countries like Panama and Mexico. According to an Uber spokesperson, employees from a company can all travel under one account using the same corporate credit card and with many other benefits for the corporation.

As an example, in Mexico Uber Business allows a company to register up to 1,000 employees under the same credit card. Also, the company can coordinate the transportation and approve the users that will travel from the Uber website.

Uber is growing in Costa Rica and offering an excellent service to its customers. As of now, Uber is only available in the Central Valley, but we surely hope to have the service available in Guanacaste soon.

Earth Day from Costa Rica

Volcanopoas.jpg (650×432)Is there a lot we can say about Earth Day? May be. I am sure if we do some research and a lot of thinking we can come up with a nice article about the Earth Day, or why is it important to take care of it, or even Global Warming and how much it affects our earth. But we are sure you can find a lot of that all over the Internet.

Most companies are talking about Earth Day, and of course we have to talk about it too. But, instead of talking (or writing) about Earth Day, why don´t we show you what Earth Day looks like in Costa Rica? May be that way you will feel motivate to come and check it out on your own. Happy Earth Day!

Fauna in Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flora in Costa Rica

Scenery in Costa Rica

Liberia (LIR) Airport in Costa Rica Announced a $10 Million Expansion Plan

Passenger traffic at the Liberia, Daniel Oduber Airport in Costa Rica (LIR) has significantly increased. That is giving way to an upcoming expansion announced by CORIPORT, the airport´s managing company.

The expansion of the airport, located close to some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica such as Playas del Coco, Tamarindo and Flamingo, will include the current waiting and baggage claim areas and new spaces for shops and offices. The company reports that the total expansion will increase the terminal area by 20%.

Total expansion costs are estimated at $10.3 million and the timeframe to complete the job will be one year from the second quarter of 2016 to the second quarter of 2017.

Cesar Jaramillo, General Manager of CORIPORT, says: “Liberia has grown as tourist destination, and this reflects in the increase of routes and seats, as well as the arrival of new flights at the terminal.” The amount of passengers increased 12.4% in 2015 compared with 2014.

Also, a new cargo terminal will launch operations in mid-2016 to facilitate business opportunities for importers and exporters, mainly for those in the northwestern region of Costa Rica.

This is great news for the province of Guanacaste because the expansion will bring more jobs and allow a better transit of tourist.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, El Clasico. What Does It Have to Do with Costa Rica?

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona. No matter which team you put first, this is one of the most important soccer games in the world. Two of the biggest and richer teams in the world clash against each other to proof who is the best in the soccer field.

Last Saturday, April 2nd, both teams clashed on the field of the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona in what was the last Clasico of the 2015-2016 season for the Spanish Soccer, or Football, League. The game in itself is an exquisite dish for those who love soccer; it is estimated that the game was broadcasted live to over 600 million people worldwide.

Barcelona came to the game with a striking record of not having lost a game in the past 39 games they played in all competitions, whether it was La Liga, Copa del Rey or UEFA Champions League. They also came at the top of La Liga with a 10 point advantage over Real Madrid. Finally, they had won the last Clasico, in Madrid, with a 4-0 victory over Real Madrid.

Real Madrid came striving to save its honor and proof that Madrid, despite the bad year they have had in La Liga, and the humiliating lost against Barcelona at the las Clasico, is better that Barcelona.

The BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) in Real Madrid´s side was facing the MSN (Mesi, Suarez and Neymar) on the Barcelona side, and those who watch the game were not disappointed. Real Madrid came out of Barcelona with a 2-1 victory and is now 7 points behind the Blaugranas in La Liga.

But, why is the Spanish Clásico so important in Costa Rica when it is played over 5,000 miles away? Yes, the Clasico is that important in Costa Rica. The bars and restaurants in San José were packed on Saturday with people trying to watch the game, which was only televised in Costa Rica through satellite TV. People were even standing outside the bars looking through the windows or the door to be able to watch the game. But going back to answering our question, it is that important because in the first place, Costa Rica is a soccer loving country. But not only that, the main reason why the game was so important is because a Costa Rican player was on the field. Hard to believe? Yes, but 100% true.

Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica´s National Team Goalkeeper is now the starting keeper for Real Madrid and he was going to be playing the most important match in the world. It is usual to see players from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Spain playing this match, but not from Costa Rica. However, those who watch the game on Saturday were able to see him. Keylor Navas is the Costa Rican player who has made his way up to being a starter for Real Madrid and has become a security for his team.

Keylor was an important player in the game and his best play of the night came when he flew up in the air to barely touch a ball sent his way by Leo Messi in which would have been his 500th goal. Messi was getting ready to celebrate because the ball was going in, but it found the tip of Keylor “La Pantera” Navas and the ball was sent off to the corner kick. Messi was scoreless this game, so were Neymar and Suarez, so the MSN could not do any harm to Real Madrid thanks, in part, to Keylor´s performance. On the other side the BBC scored the 2 goals that gave the victory to Real Madrid.

While people continue to talk about the game, the Ticos feel proud to have one of their best man in the field. An example of hard work, dedication and never giving up. Thank you Keylor Navas for being an inspiration for our country and our children.

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