Costa Rica National Parks and Reserves
Roughly 18% of Costa Rica’s territory is constituted as National Park or Reserve, including two parks declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means most National Parks and Reservesare easily accessible from anywhere in the country, making Costa Rica an ideal destination if you want to be surrounded by natural settings.
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Guide to Costa Rica Museums, Art collections. Costa Rica Cultural heritage exhibitions
On May 4, 1887, with Mr. Bernardo Soto as President of the Republic, the National Museum was created with the intention to provide the country with a public establishment to deposit, classify, and study natural and artistic products.
On October 31, 1977, the INS opened the Museum under the name “Archaeological Collection of the National Insurance Institute”, then in 1980, changed the name to Jade Museum.
Between 1978 and 1982, in San Jose was built in the permanent collections of the Banco Central de Costa Rica in the underground building in the Plaza de la Cultura. In this way the city had a new space for museums and exhibitions.
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Costa Rica is mulling over whether to add on or shave off a few cents at the pump.
The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP), tasked with approving price adjustments, is still processing bids issued last month to increase the price of gas by ¢7 (about 1 U.S. cent) and diesel by 34 (6 cents) a liter, according to ARESEP spokeswoman Carolina Mora.
As fuel prices appear to be cooling abroad, ARESEP is also considering an idea to drop the price of gas by ¢14 (2.5 cents) and diesel by 76 colones (14 cents), said Mora, adding that the decision could be made by mid-October.
The Costa Rican National Refinery (RECOPE), however, is asking for a drop of just ¢2 per liter for super and ¢3 for regular, citing Hurricanes Ike and Gustav as affecting oil supplies.
Super currently costs ¢736 ($1.32) a liter, regular is ¢721 ($1.29) and diesel ¢726 ($1.30). Prices of fuels have increased six times already this year.
ARESEP launched a public survey Sept. 18 to get Costa Rica’s input. Residents can write in by e-mail at email@example.com, by fax at 2290-2010 or by dropping off a written letter at the services authority’s offices in the western San José neighborhood Sabana Sur.
Before the decision is approved it has to incorporate a consultation of the public, which takes about two weeks, then there’s an analysis by the official experts, and finally, it would take another week for it to be published so that’s about a four-week process to apply new prices, Mora explained.
SOURCE: Tico Times
Construction will beging if concessions for the piers on the Caribbean coast are given.
One of these piers will be able to handle medium-sized ships that travel throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the United States.
The other 3 piers won’t be ready until 2016. The construction requires a breakwater stretching 2.5 kilometers into the open sea from the Moin beach.
The Club Tower and Gran Spa are now the new main features at the Real Inter-Continental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica.
The spa is now the biggest in Costa Rica and offers a series of unique services. The hotel name also got a face lift and is now called The Real Inter-Continental Hotel & Club Tower Costa Rica.
The National Council for the Supervision of the Financial System (Conassif) has approved the first of two sets of regulations for entrance of insurance companies to Costa Rica.
Ecotourism and rural tourism are attracting 38.5% of the visitors to the country, according to the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR).
Ecotourism in Costa Rica generated earnings of $986 million in 2007 and has helped local communities experience economic growth and more jobs.
Recent reports that the export of silicone breast implants has gone up this past year.
The Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) has reported that the country exported $134 million between January and June.