To the east of Valle Central in Costa Rica we can find a magic place, that tourists never forget for its imposing landscapes: El Valle de Orosi (Orosi Valley). It is also a historical zone, because it was one of the first places colonized by the Spanish conquerors.
In this beautiful ecological and historical land, the visitors should visit La Iglesia de Orosí, a catholic temple built in 1767 by the Franciscans and which is a religious art museum nowadays.
If you want to appreciate the colonial architecture, enjoy delicious tastes and meet new people, you can take a stroll around the town.
If you are a nature lover and want to enjoy a privileged view, you can go up the mountain and get to the Mirador del Valle de Orosí, where you will dazzle with a unique view. From the top of the mountain you will watch how the river Grande de Orosí and Agua Caliente basins ‘join.
Another place full of natural beauty is El Valle de la Reventazón (Reventazón Valley), a little more to the northwest, where apart from the landscapes are the ruins of an old church called Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción de Ujarrás and which was built in 1686. A historical place Surrounded by a beautiful landscape.
Finally, if you want emotions a little more extreme, you can get into the Río Grande de Orosí (Orosí Great River), which tourists describe as a water rollercoaster, where you can practice canopy and rafting with professional people help.
Costa Rica, a place full of natural wonders and lots of fun activities to do.
Costa Rica´s president, Luis Guillermo Solís, will be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism ambassador, which tries to make people around the globe aware about the need of fomenting a sustainable tourism with the country´s development. Costa Rica was the elected in April as the country to represent the World Tourism Organization (OMT) in this labor, thanks to the features that the Central American country offers: an excellent combination between its spectacular natural parks and tourism that annually, is capable to attracting more visitors. The official diploma give act which accredits Luis Guillermo Solís as the world ambassador of Sustainable Tourism was made in Madrid, at the OMT´s headquarters.
For more than two decades and along different governments, Costa Rica has implemented a development model based in the promotion of efficiency of its innumerable resources, the biological diversity protection and the and the promotion of tourism to fulfill the social function of carrying out development, generation of employment, well-being and wealth to the communities. The data shows: in 2016 there was a growth of visitors to the country of a 14%, which means the arrival of 3 million more tourists throughout the year. These figures position tourism as one of the most important sectors of the country, generating 5% of the country´s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
But tourism doesn´t develop at any price. The National Parks and Natural Resources system takes a 25% of the country´s territory. Therefore, any promoted project must be adapted to the environment, which places the Central American country as a Sustainable Tourism banner.
There are not big obstacles for those foreign investors who want to legally reside in Costa Rica, but quite the opposite. The practical benefits as foreigners are so more tangible than in other countries. The investors residence is granted to every foreign person who wants to invest his/her own capital (US$200.000) in economic-oriented activities, such as real state, inscribable assets, shares, securities, productive projects or projects of national interest.
Foreign residents have social security and medical assistance for free. In banking, it has access to check accounts and Costa Rican bank credits, without big limitations.
In the future, you could apply for citizenship and Costa Rica´s passport, after meeting some requirements.
The official document which accredits the foreigner as a legal resident in Costa Rica is the DIMEX (Migratory Identity Document for Foreigners) which started since 2008 to be given to legally established foreigners in our country. It is based on a 12-digit I.D which has the resident´s photo and signatures.
For more info, you can get to the web site: www.migracion.go.cr
Costa Rica takes a new step in its path to offer the tourist and the visitor the greatest comforts. As in the most developed countries of the world, the Central American country will offer free Wi-Fi in public spaces throughout its national territory. The first step is already done: The Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel) opened this week a bidding process to install internet of up to 300 megabytes in public spaces throughout the country, this important project is considered as the “most ambitious” in the sector.
Sutel said in a press conference that the public competition is already open for this project valued at 45 million dollars. The superintendence will finish receiving the offers in November and will award the contract one month later. The chosen company will have a year to develop the infrastructure and deliver the project in operation.
“This is the most ambitious telecommunications project that Sutel has developed as a Fonatel administrator, and we are sure that it will be an opportunity for economic and social growth for more than 4 million people benefited,” said Sutel Chairman Gilbert Camacho. This project will connect 985 wireless access points in the 82 cantons that exist in the country, including public libraries or stations. As for the speed, it seems that it will be high and will improve with the passage of time. “The initial speed will be 100 megabytes and will increase its capacity 50 megabytes every year to 300 megabytes in the fifth year,” said Fonatel director Humberto Pineda.
The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis, referred to the interest of his government and the Costa Rican people about clean energies, which the Central American country has been working on for 60 years already.
Currently Costa Rica is a country that uses renewable sources to generate energy, and now there are plans to make changes that support the planet in the complicated climate situation that is living nowadays. The drought present in regions of the country has caused the flows of various rivers and water reserves decrease their water levels, and this is another trigger for seeking new energy alternatives.
An alternative of energy production, is geothermal energy, a commitment in which the government continues working and plans to work hard on expanding this volcanic energy. Thanks to this, by 2030 this medium will supply energy to the country between 17% and 20%.
Solar energy is another excellent alternative that, with the help of Spain and its development in this field, both countries will work to increase the supply capacity of this source of energy completely safe with the environment.
There are still a couple weeks away, but some details about Festival Internacional de las Artes de Costa Rica (International Arts Festival of Costa Rica) have been given. This event that will be celebrated between june 29th and july 9th, will have Argentina as honor guest. The South American country will show all what can they offer in music, scenic arts and children´s theater, said the festival´s organizers in a public announcement.
Specifically, Reverso Teatro, Mora Godoy Tango, Luciano Cáceres, Matías Umpierrez y Pablo Rotemberg groups, will be part of the scenic arts cultural offer, while theater will count with participation of Cirulaxia group with their show Ladran Sancho, as well Compañía Criolla with their youth exhibition Romeo & Julieta de Bolsillo.
In music, the producer Gustavo Santaolalla will give a concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Costa Rica. Some other concerts given will be in charge of the Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro and the band El Mató a un Policía Motorizado, which is a representative band of a new wave of independent alternative bands in Argentina.
In general, the event will have 51 international artistic shows of Latin American companies, as well Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Italy, while domestic programation includes 57 groups with 66 shows. “The FIA is an opportunity to rescue art and its many manifestations, to discover innovative ways of creative thinking and to influence the life quality of people. It favors cultural endeavors and their activities contribute to coexistence, encounter and a better city”, said Ana Helena Chacón, vice president of Costa Rica.
Resuming, one more cause to visit this incredible country which has an matchless natural beauty that will leave tourists amazed, with interesting and innovative proposals like this festival.
Domestic flight´s demand grew considerably in Costa Rica during 2016, with a raise of a 27% comparing with 2015.
Nature Air airlines, announced a 68% growth on their domestic flights, adding around 38.000 Costa Rican travelers. Such growth had not been seen since 2009, after which the national travel activity had stalled, but from 2014 this sector was reactivated again and it seems that this good situation will continue.
The country´s main airlines, Sansa and Nature Air, have been investing in their companies in order to offering a better service, also they have designed attractive offers for tourists and this can be evidenced in this national passengers growth, who have responded in a positive way to these incentives.
“People are flying a lot more because they realize that it is more convenient to fly, in terms of prices and costs, the same as going by car,” said Nature Air Business Development Manager Mauricio Castro.
Costa Ricans have felt attracted to travel by plain due to the current good offers, the improvement on their airplanes and the variety in offered destinies.
In 2016, Sansa airline got 2 Vesna Grand Caravan 20SB EX airplanes to make their aircraft fleet bigger, counting now with 9 airplanes for domestic flights, and Nature Air did a strong investment of $2.5 million dollars in order to obtaining 4 airplanes of bigger space. These efforts are giving good results
From next Friday until next Sunday 30th there will be tastings of various cafes in the area of Los Santos, along with beauty products, gastronomy, jewelry and tours having this delicious grain as the main raw material for their products will work together during this weekend in San Marcos park of Tarrazú for Expoca’fe. Tarrazú.
The second edition of Expoca’fe will be held from Friday, April 28 at 10:00 am until Sunday, 30 of the same month at 7:00 pm when the group Pimienta Negra will perform their show.
“The activity is carried out with the aim of positioning Los Santos coffee, the exquisite variety of products derived from it, promoting the culture of consumption and integrating the different national and international agents to promote the exchange of knowledge, information and establishment of Networks of contact and businesses “, emphasized Ana Lorena Rovira, mayor of Tarrazú.
“The fair is an important showcase for producers, microbusinesses and cooperatives in the region, who every day strive to produce and process coffee with the highest quality standards, thus contributing to the socio-economic development of the region,” said the manager of Coopesantos, Patricio Solís.
Attendees can enjoy various activities totally free for the whole family and tasting demonstrations of this grain that seeks to highlight the best qualities of grains produced in this area.
There will also be various barista shows, where creative ways will prevail in the preparation of various drinks of this magical grain.
This festival will be made in tribute to José María Zúñiga, who was one of the pioneers in bringing coffee to the area.
Not only will you try the best coffee in the area, but also apples, granadillas, strawberries and avocados can be tasted.
Costa Rica is in a good time. To its huge roster of natural parks and international tourist points, now it has gone one step beyond in the country´s goal of announcing all the wonders that can be found in its territory. The Central American country proposed this week Savegre´s river, considered as the country´s cleanest, as a biosphere reserve in the Unesco.
According to Alejandra Loria, anthropologist of the National Commission for the Management of Biodiversity (Conagebio), Unesco’s resolution will be announced in June. The biosphere´s reserves shelter land, marine and coast ecosystems. Their target is conciliating biodiversity’s preservation with its sustainable use, economic development, investigation and education.
“They constitute support sites to science in sustainability service, that is to say, they are specially designed zones with the target of evaluating interdisciplinary for understanding and managing changes and interactions of social and ecologic systems, included conflict prevention and biodiversity management”, highlights Unesco on their web site. If it became the denomination by Unesco, Savegre river would add to the 3 places of the country considered as biosphere´s reserve: La Amistad, declared in 1982, cordillera volcánica Central, which dates since 1988 and Agua y Paz, designed in 2007.
According to Loria, Savrege´s proposal is newfangled because it contemplates the river´s basin as an all: from its birth in Cerro de la Muerte´s paramos to the river´s mouth in the Pacific Ocean, so that´s the reason why it would be contemplating even the marine part of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. This proposal incorporates an area of 312.914 hectares as well land as marine. This territory includes 4 cantons and 7 protected wild areas. This proposal achievement would conform one more cause as many existing why to know this thrilling country
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