An App to Keep Your Costa Rica Pet’s Info on Hand

Costa Rica News – A new app allows dog owners to have their pet’s information handy.

It’s called ACAN Costa Rica and can be downloaded for free for iOS and Android. The app will make life easier for you and your dog. Aside from having the most important information at your fingertips, in the case of loss it can easily be found using the app.

This app was recently released by the Canine Federation of Costa Rica.

It works as a mirror of the canine record microchip, which is implanted in dogs with their info and that of their owner.

The microchip gives the pet a unique 18 digit number. Simply entering the last 5 digits of the 18 in the animal’s ID number allows access to the data of the animal. This can be used by anyone who finds a lost dog.

You just take it to a vet, shelter or rescue center to have the microchip read and enter the number to find the owner’s contact info.

You can also contact ACAN directly at 7010-0575 or through

Costa Rica Perfect For Exploring Underwater Deep Zones

Costa Rica News – Costa Rica is the ideal country for exploring deep zones of the planet such as the Mesoamerican Fossa, where the Coco plate slides under the Caribbean plate off the coast of Costa Rica.
The country was visited, for this reason, by the research ship Atlantis. It belongs to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution whose scientific interest is concentrated in areas between 400 and 4,500 meters deep.

Two Costa Rican scientists worked with the team. They were from the Center of Investigation in Sciences of the Sea and Limnology as well as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

They studied methane emissaries. When volcanoes and mountains hit the tectonic plate they are broken and release methane, which would be released to the atmosphere if it weren’t for deep ecosystems. Bateria use the methane to produce food and animals live on those bacteria.

Samples of these deep sea animals are now in the Museum of Zoology of the University of Costa Rica. A sea spider 8 meters long was observed.

The Journey of Costa Rica Sea Turtles

Costa Rica News – It’s a good year for turtles. So far, in 2017, 226 clutches of turtles have been protected and 810 hatchlings released to the sea as part of the conservation of APM Terminal turtles.
It was great to see the children of the community participate in the liberation of the turtles last Thursday in Moin.

154 leatherback turtles were released that day by schoolchildren, biologists and volunteers.

They were born in the rescue center built by APM Terminals, next to the new Container Terminal of Moin.

The Tropical Science Center there guards the eggs to prevent looting by people and animals as well as to relocate nests that the turtles leave too close to the tide line.

The rescue center also rehabilitates sick turtles when assistance is required before returning them to their habitat.

During the season, volunteers travel 18 kilometers of beach each day, rescuing 8 out of 10 nests.

Cost of Private School in Costa Rica

The monthly fees in Costa Rican private schools are very high, ranging from ¢200,000 to ¢400,000 (higher than the average salary!).

A fair of private schools was held at the National Stadium this Saturday. 15 educational centers participated.

Parents got to see options for kindergartens, elementary schools and high schools to fit various needs their children might have. The main questions parents asked were about tuition, language offerings and teaching methods.

Some of the schools offer added benefits like sports equipment, swimming pools, gyms, computer rooms, robotics labs and special workshops. In the case of babies, early stimulation is offered. Languages offered include English, French and German.

Humboldt High School offers an additional year in which one can leave with the German high school certificate, opening up many opportunities in Europe. Students can also do an exchange program in Germany.

The Nuestra Senora de Sion School offers intensive English and students can be certified in Microsoft and Computer Security.

Canopy Patent Versus Canopy Tour Operators in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Canatur is to ask judges to clarify the validity of the Canopy patent that was granted to Canadian Darren Hreniuk in 1998.

According to a resolution of the Board of Cassation, it expired in October 2010 and had been suspended for years due to judicial proceedings.

The Canadian insists that he will ask for the closure of companies operating a canopy tour without his permission. Over 100 companies in Costa Rica offer Canopy among their activities.

The president of the National Chamber of Tourism explains that, after a meeting of businessmen and legal advisers, a series of judicial and registry measures have been defined in order to stop the collection of royalties claimed by the Canadian.

The Canadian hopes to reach an agreement that allows operators to continue working and modernize the activity in the country.

He will ask the government to grant operating permits requiring proof of authorization to operate granted by the owner of the patent.

Ed Sheeran Coming In Concert in Costa Rica

Costa Rica News – Ed Sheeran, one of my favorite artists, is coming to Costa Rica to give his first concert in the country.

This English pop singer-songwriter has captured the hearts of Costa Rican fans with his honest songs and musical talent.

June 6th is the date so get your tickets quickly. Many locals know his songs word for word and will be there singing and dancing along.

Even new fans have memorized “Shape Of You,” the song that was played on just about every radio station every five minutes.

Sheeran has three hit albums out and he holds the number 1 spot on the top 40 list that 104.3 has out.

He was invited for part of Taylor Swift’s tour, gaining him even more fame. He had the logo of his third album tattooed on his arm.

Ed Sheeran grew up in a small town and humbly explains how difficult it was to make it to the top.

He attributes his start to songwriter Damien Rice, who gave him five minutes of his time in a supermarket.

Costa Rica’s Low Rates for Death’s By Chronic Illness

Costa Rica News – Costa Rica is the Latin American country with the fewest premature deaths due to chronic illnesses.

The risk of dying before age 70 of heart disease or cancer is just 11.1%, whereas the world average is 18.8%.

The country is second best in all of the Americas with this figure, being beaten only by Canada. It also ranks 19th best in the whole world.

The best is Iceland and the worst are New Guinea and Turkmenistan.

Costa Rica actually lists chronic diseases as the leading cause of death, claiming 83% of the deaths, but nine out of ten of these deaths occur in those over age 75 which makes them considered natural deaths.

Costa Rica gives everyone medical coverage. There are not cases in which insurance runs out or someone is turned away because of a preexisting condition. This leads to better treatment of chronic diseases.

The country also offers services like nutrition counseling and exercise programs in communities.

The National Theater of Costa Rica To Be Featured on Television

Costa Rica News – The National Theater of Costa Rica is being featured in a TV series along with six other theaters of the region.

The documentary is called National Theaters and will be transmitted by Canal Trece and Canal UCR on May 22nd at 8:30 pm.

The series will feature the theaters of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Our theater will soon celebrate 120 years since its inauguration.

The team that produced the work is multicultural and multinational. National Theaters is the first of 13 episodes of cultural interest produced by the Iberoamerican Educational and Cultural Television team.

The second episode in the series will feature protected natural areas in each country and the third will be about migratory processes within the region.

There is a work team in each country.

Best Job Ever? Move to Costa Rica & Become a ‘Parrot Ambassador’

Costa Rica News – If you’re lucky, you get to spend a week at the organisation of your dreams twiddling your thumbs, furtively checking Facebook, sending one and a half emails a day and fetching tea for people who will never, ever know or care that they’re saying your name wrong.

But if you’re really lucky, you could up sticks to Costa Rica and become one with nature.

Travel firm HolidayPirates and the World Parrot Trust are looking for an ornithophile who will dedicate themselves to the protection of the species, in a unique tropical experience worth over 2,000 (£1,697).

Instead of slowly dying of boredom and fear in an office, your daily routine would involve feeding the parrots in the morning, surfing until lunch time, bird-watching in the tropical rainforest in the afternoon, and enjoying the sunset on the beach in the evening.

Alright for some.

In August, the best applicant will spend one month in Punta Islita, a Pacific paradise on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, as part of the Ara Project, which promotes the protection and preservation of parrots.

The lucky winner will work with conservationists for four weeks, looking after macaws, updating the charity’s blog and posting envy-inducing videos of you getting to know the local birds.

Maybe you’re passionate about conservation, or you’re thinking about working with animals.

Maybe you’re fleeing the country and need to lay low for a while.

Whatever your reason, hopeful Parrot Ambassadors need to submit upload a video to Youtube explaining why they are the best person for the job.

The videos will be judged by a panel of experts, who will post the shortlisted videos on the travel company’s website later this month. Users of the site will be able to officially vote for their favourites, and decide who should make it into the final top-three. From there, the judges will pick a winner.

Last year’s winner Lisa said her four weeks with the Ara Project was ‘one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life!’

According to a post on HolidayPirates’ website, Lisa said that ‘not only do you fly to the other side of the world and get the chance to learn a lot about their land and culture – but also the experience of helping something that matters.’

‘It’s a great feeling to know that you can contribute to the conservation of the birds and get closer to the goal every day. In addition to working and living in Costa Rica’s “jungle”, you can meet many nice people from all over the world, get the chance to see a lot of animal and insect species and can often spend a day at the beach (and learn to surf).’

Applications for this year’s adventure closed this week, but there’s always next year…

Keep your eye on the website for more announcements like this.

By Edith Hancock for

Tigo Faces $500,000 Lawsuit for Released Audio of Customer

Costa Ricca News – Eugenia Cartin, last month, described being harassed following the release of the audio of her call to Tigo’s customer service on social networks.

She officially presented a civil suit against Tigo on Friday.

The suit calls for $500,000 for moral damages and material damage. The translator also filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office to establish those responsible for putting the recording on social networks.

Tigo stated in a press release that it will not refer “to the merits of the interposed lawsuit.” Tigo did reach out to apologize to Ms. Cartin but now refers all questions to its lawyers.

The woman’s first intention is for Tigo and other companies to learn to respect their customers.

She understands why calls must be recorded but they should never reach social networks.