Del Rey
A.M. Costa Rica
Your daily English-language news source Monday through Friday

Weather ear
Cocal for Jan. 20
Del Rey 220
(506) 2223-1327                                      Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Vol. 15, No. 82                           Email us
Real Estate
About us
Rock construction

The continual lament of readers is real estate scams
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least several times a month a reader sends an email to describe how he or she has been defrauded in a real estate deal in Costa Rica.

Many are retirees who have sunk much or all of their savings in a home for their golden years. Some end up losing it all, and others spend years trying to gain full ownership.

Although this is a problem that directly impacts investments in Costa Rica, the nation's institutions seldom take action.

Repeatedly foreigners who think they have been scammed say that prosecutors, the lawyer's professional associations and even the various embassies do nothing. Frequently the would-be retiree is handicapped by lack of knowledge in the Spanish language and lack of understanding on how legal matters like property transfers take place here.

The allegations of scams range from simple theft to more sophisticated efforts. A U.S. woman told a reporter that she gave her lawyer $15,000 so he could purchase for her a lot on the Caribbean coast. He took the money for his own purposes. She complained, but the best she could do was obtain a promissory note from the man, a politician as well as a lawyer, who promised to pay back the money little by little.

Other unsatisfactory deals involve trusted legal advisers playing fast and loose with the company books. A frequent complaint is that a lawyer-notary who created a corporation also gave himself a full power to control it. Then the absentee owner finds out that the lawyer negotiated one or more mortgages using the property as collateral.

The would-be retirees can either forget about the property or pay off the mortgages.

A variation on this scheme, which was the subject of a reader email this week is that the lawyer managed to mortgage the property even though he did not have a full power of attorney. This would either involve having a friend at the bank or falsifying legal documents.

There are a handful of Web sites that devote themselves to fraud. All are outside Costa Rica and free from its tough defamation laws that prevent full discussions of individual problems.

One is Ripoff Report where a search for Costa Rica generated 270 responses Monday night. Most of these are not real estate-related, but some are.

There also is Quatloos! which calls itself a public educational Web site covering a wide variety of financial scams and frauds. There is a section on Costa Rica property scams. That Web site says:

"No doubt, Costa Rica is a beautiful place which abounds in opportunities, and it appears to be one of the leading jurisdictions for U.S. expatriates to settle down in. Unfortunately, too many of these expatriates are expatriates because they were caught in the U.S. committing some sort of scam or fraud, or committing tax evasion. And so, it is a notoriously corrupt little country, with at least as many
scammers as Belize, Antigua and Nevis."
Trust me
'Just trust me on this. . . '

The Web site then continues to describe a scam where visiting U.S. citizens purchase property and find later that squatters have moved in and set up housekeeping. Without a significant investment in money and time, the property owners will never dislodge the squatters because of the lenient laws favoring the landless. The Web site suggests that real estate salespeople can orchestrate the squatter invasion in order to buy back the property cheaply.

Editors and reporters have found that squatter invasion more likely can be traced to local public officials.

In addition to squatters, there are a whole host of situations that can jeopardize legal title. One expat found out that some of his land was a public right-of-way.

Sometimes beachfront, which nearly always belongs to the state, is sold as titled property. Sometimes property is sold by someone who does not even own it.

Only infrequently do these property cases reach the courts. Prosecutors usually let these cases slide until the clock runs out. One expat had to have his personal lawyers prosecute his case to recover stolen ownership.

And for every expat who is scammed in a property deal, there are hundreds of Costa Ricans who are victims. That is one reason why deaths here are not well publicized. Widows can find out that her home or other property supposedly was sold by her husband just days before his death. Many lack the resources or worldly knowledge to mount a good defense.

Property in Costa Rica continues to be a good deal. But there are some steps, based on extensive input from readers, that can minimize future problems.

1. Expats and would-be expats should deal only with brokers who are members of the two real estate organizations or who come highly recommended and are legal residents. A.M. Costa Rica will give honest recommendations on those who advertise here.

2. Property purchasers should obtain their own professional services, such as lawyers and surveyors, and not take the word and help of project developers, sellers or salespersons.

3. Costa Rica does not have a trust account system, so any down payment might vanish without a trace. Consider having escrow handled through a U.S. title insurance firm.

4. There is no hurry. The land will still be there. Avoid falling for a salesman's claim that speed is of the essence. Homework is critical.

Cacore graphic
Manuel antnio home
Luna Nueva
Hotel Alta

exchange rate
our site
to our  daily digest
Real estate
Tourism and services Display
ad info
ad info


Colonial Labor Day

Geat Sunrise


rss graphic
Twitter link
facebook logo

Have you seen our crossword puzzle?


Retirement title ad

association of residents

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
Real Estate
About us
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for more details

A.M. Costa Rica's
Second news page

San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 82

Real Estate
About us

DelRey 300
Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry
in  San Isidro del General

March 2015 Special Offer
Del Valley
Del Valle Visual Eyes Optometry has been a leader provider of advanced eye care services, eyewear, contact lenses, low vision devices and professional attention.  The preferred provider of quality vision care products and personalized optometric services to our patients in Pérez Zeledón in a comfortable and friendly environment since 2007.
Centro Comercial Pedro Pérez, south side of the park, San Isidro del General, Pérez Zeledón,
San José, Costa Rica.
Contact: Dr. Allan Mora Vargas
Phone Number: (506) 2772-0349


Dr. Gray

Dr. Lucinda Gray

California Licensed
International Practice
New World Meditation

CR (506) 2228-2041

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail :

Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. —

We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on
Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.

Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta
Tel: (323) 255-6116


Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant
Personalized Service
I will treat your return as I would my own
20 years experience
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax rollover
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2001
FAX: 506 2231-3300
Web page:

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $100,800 for 2015).
Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
Up-to-date FACTA news.
All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620

Legal services

Real Estate Closing Services
Lic Matta

Lic. Pablo Mata Ferreto, MBA.

Legal – Financial Adviser

Real Estate and Business Transactions

Avoid Real Estate scams, get independent advice and have due diligence performed before signing or making a deposit.

Phone number: (506) 8853-0000


Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants and Crowns

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and
DR. Cavallini
Dr. Marco A. MuÏoz Cavallini
restored over 17,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction, Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. For more information, visit us today at:

Land surveying services

René Sánchez Quirós
30+ years of experience in:

Mr. Sanchez
Survey (cadastral) maps
Boundary markers
Calculations of terrain

Call me:
CR phone number:   +506-2290-4573
CR Cell phone number: +506-8383-0083

Real estate agents and services

A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
We Can Do It!
Let us help you live your dreams!
Beachfront, Views, Mountains,
Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356

CR Beach
Jaco Beach Central Pacific Real Estate
 CR Beach Investment Real Estate Broker & INT’L NAR certified Realtor Jeff Fisher invites you to see why the time is NOW to buy at prices way below original costs.
#1: SJO Int’l Airport & S.J. suburbs are little more than one hour away.
#2: The Jacó area has everything you need, from

Jeff  Fisher
   KFC to Gourmet Organic; from zip lines to bank lines, from a movie house to a fire sale house.

BUYERS’ MARKET: Many properties are at their lowest price ever
       *$280,000 Hermosa PALMS Beachfront Community w/Ocean Views !
Yes we know Costa Rica: Jeff (21 years here), Frances Winborne (23 years), and Junior Diaz (Jacó born & bred),  and we chose the Central Pacific! Member of the N.A.R., the Costa Rican Real Estate Board CRGAR and the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
Toll Free: 1-888-782-1119 or  2643-4334, 2643-3672
JACO Office: IL Galeone Center by BAC, #14, Costa Rica

exo graphic
                                                    with text
   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of realtors, to find your dream
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and Hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jac¢ area
Telephone: +506 2643-4065   
cell: +506 8825-6556   US:  626 548-3909
skype: ecorealtorscr  Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Jim Day, representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $39,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Papagayo  Golf & Country Club
Contact Jim Day
or Phone:  001 517 484-3675.
Click Here:

Resignations sought over festival failures

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As expected, opposition lawmakers are seeking the resignation of anyone responsible for the failures associated with the Festival Internacional de las Artes 2015. The Partido Liberación Nacional asked Monday for the resignation of the minister, Elizabeth Fonseca, and her vice ministers.

Meanwhile, those involved with putting on the festival shows soldiered on Monday despite small numbers of spectators. Many persons simply do not know where the shows are being held.

The call for resignations has a political motivation in addition to the cancellation of some performances due to an absence of sound and light systems. Minister Fonseca is a former president of the Partido Acción Ciudadana, the party of President Luis Guillermo Solís. A release from Liberación was quick to point that out.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said Monday that some performances were being rescheduled. The ministry said that due to the absence of sounds and lights performances in the Villa Olímpica de Desamparados and at the  Polideportivo de Aserrí will take place at a later date. They were supposed to take place from Thursday to Sunday.

The ministry directed citizens to various social media outlets for more details.

The government has allocated nearly $1.5 million for the festival's budget.

Thursday is international day of jazz

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday is the international day of Jazz, and Teatro Nacional along with a handful of groups plan to make a night of it with an admission of just 1,000 colons, about $2.

Participating are the New Jazz Project, Big Band de Costa Rica, Tico Jazz Band, Túpac Amaroulloa and Luis Monge, said the theater. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Early morning quake rocks capital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An early morning earthquake gently swayed the Central Valley and most points in the center of the country. The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the estimated epicenter was about 1.1 kilometers west northwest of La Unión de Montes de Oro, Puntarenas. That would put it about 10.1 kilometers north of Miramar.

The Laboratorio estimated the magnitude at 4.8 and said the time was 1:33 a.m. The quake was felt in the capital some 20 seconds later.

The Red Sismológica Nacional estimated the magnitude at 5.2.

Man presumed burned in field fire

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire fighters got a grim surprise when they went to Sabana Sur Monday morning to douse a field fire. They reported that they found the partly burned body of a man.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that investigators suspect the man was sleeping in an area where the homeless gather and was overcomed by smoke. They said there were no visible wounds.

The location is about 400 meters south of the Universal store in Sabana. That is where the upscale neighborhood gives way to the Barrio Corazón de Jesús. A watchman told agents that he saw the man arrive at the vacant lot and a short time later saw smoke.

Fire fighters said that the blaze threatened some of the nearby homes.

The dead man was between 30 and 40, said agents, who added that the body was burned over 70 percent. The man was unidentified.

Motor fuel prices move around a little

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some motor fuel is going down again but not much.

The biggest drop is in diesel which goes from 500 colons to 478 colons per liter, said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos.

Super gasoline drops one colon from 601 colons a liter to 600. That's the same amount that plus gasoline goes up when the new prices are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper. Plus goes from 574 colons per liter to 575 colons.

Despite a slight drop in the price of petroleum, plus gasoline is going up due to unspecified other factors, said the Authoridad.

For the first time the agency pointed out that the price of super gasoline in 41.04 percent tax. Plus is 40.87 percent,while diesel is 29.13 percent.

Police confiscate four fighting birds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers doubted that southern zone residents were taking chickens out for a Sunday drive.

In fact, the four birds had all the marks of animals going to a chicken-fighting competition. So the animals were confiscated and turned over to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal.

In fact, the Servicio workers had gotten a tip about a proposed chicken fight. Such illegal activities sometimes are raided. There really is no secret where the events are held, and a number of Costa Ricans raise birds for such contests.

Fighting birds are part of the Latin tradition, and betting is heavy at these contests.

Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo         
The ferry is a greatway to see the Gulf of Nicoya.

More trips for Playa Naranjo ferry

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Puntarenas-Playa Naranjo ferry will make an additional round trip Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting this Friday, said the División Marítima Portuaria of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The change is being made to accommodate more tourists with the desire to go to Guanacaste and Nicoya peninsula communities in Lepanto, Jicaral and Nandayure, said officials.

The ferry will leave Puntarenas at 6 a.m. and make the last run at 6:30 p.m., said the  División Marítima Portuaria.

19th century immigration was different

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1800s did not start at the bottom and toil their way to the top.

In fact, when they first arrived in the United States the average immigrant did not make substantially less money than those who were already here and they also tended to advance on the job at the same rate as well, according to the report, "A Nation of Immigrants:Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration."

“Many people have this image in mind that immigrants of the past started out at the bottom of the ladder and worked their way up pretty quickly,” said Leah Platt Boustan, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, who worked on the report. “But what our data suggests is that immigrants in the past already arrived looking pretty good relative to natives so there wasn’t much of a gap on average to close.”

The years between 1850 and 1913 — known as the Age of Mass Migration in the United States — marked one of the largest migration periods in modern history. About 30 million immigrants arrived in the United States during this time. By 1910, 22 percent of the U.S. labor force was foreign born. By comparison, 17 percent of today’s labor force was born in another country.

At around the turn of the century, the most typical job for both native and foreign-born workers was to own and operate a farm.

But the immigrants who did other work were not on equal footing. Those who came from developed countries such as England, Scotland, France and Germany generally went straight into higher-paying jobs, while those from less developed countries — Scandinavia,  Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland and Russia — landed jobs that paid less.

Higher-paying jobs included manager, sales or office clerk, and operating more complicated machinery in factories.

Today’s immigrant, on average, earns about 20 percent less than the average native born worker, according to Ms. Platt Boustan, who adds that this significant earning gap lasts for five years.

Ms. Platt Boustan has some theories about why today’s immigrants aren’t doing as well as those who came to America during the Age of Mass Migration. She says, given the industries that drove the American economy at the time, it’s possible the ability to speak English was not as critical in the late 1800s and early 1900s as it is in today’s job market. In addition, the jobs were more manual labor. In fact, some U.S. firms recruited workers overseas.

Have you seen these stories?
From A.M. Costa Rica

Top story news feeds are disabled on archived pages.

From our retirement guide

Retirement tips news feeds are disabled on archived pages.

news paper flag

Del Rey

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes R­o Colorado S.A 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

A.M. Costa Rica

Third News Page

San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 82
Real Estate
About us
Signatures sought to demand labeling for genetically modified products
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Foes of genetically modified crops are now seeking government action to have products labeled as such.

The statement came Monday from the Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad. The statement claims that individuals were putting at risk their children or animals by feeding them products containing genetically modified ingredients.

The organization asked that action be taken by the Ministerio de Economía, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería and the Ministerio de Salud as well as President Luis Guillermo Solís.

This is a new proposal in the long-running effort to ban genetically modified crops in Costa Rica.

A.M. Costa Rica published an article Monday that said that Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms has become so widespread, despite positive contributions such crops have made to sustainable agriculture.

The newspaper also has reported on what appears to be genetical modification of some plant species by nature. A

bacterium has entered some crops, in this case, sweet potatoes, and joined its genetic structure with that of the crop.
Another recent article suggested that humans also have been genetically modified.

The Belgian researcher said that contributing to this public opposition, the researchers suspect, is a lack of scientific understanding of genetics as well as moral objections to scientists playing God.

The message from opponents said that the state had a duty to protect the health and life of consumers and guarantee clear and complete information. The statement appears to be preparation for a Sala IV appeal.

The opponents note that 60 countries around the world have ordered labeling for products containing genetically modified organisms. The organization said it would begin collecting signatures in an effort to cause President Luis Guillermo Solís to live up to his campaign promise on genetically modified organisms

Nearly all imported snack foods containing corn probably would require labeling under the proposal. Most of the corn in the United States has genetically modified genes.

Her political party backs Epsy Campbell in debate over children's book
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Partido Acción Ciudadana rushed to support two lawmakers who caused the culture ministry to withdraw support for a musical adaptation of a beloved children's book.

The party issued a statement Monday deploring manifestations that denigrate the integrity and attacks against members of the Comisión de Derechos Humanos.

The statement singled out Epsy Campbell Barr and Maureen Clarke Clarke.

The political party said it rejected the tone of a debate that reeked of racism, xenophobia and hatred. Ms.  Campbell and 11 other lawmakers from her party signed the document. But

the statement did not specify from where such attacks originated. A search of the Web failed to turn up any hatred or racism, but Ms. Campbell's own Facebook page contained criticism of her actions. One poster said a group of lawmakers were an insult. Another said that censorship of the book "Cocorí" would lead to censorship of other books because they offend the sensibilities of others for other reasons.

Costa Rican Joaquín Gutiérrez wrote "Cocorí" in 1947. The book already had been viewed nearly 20 years ago by the Sala IV constitutional court which said it was not racist. Ms. Campbell says that the book contains unfavorable stereotypes of Afro-Costa Ricans.

The tale involves a boy from Limón who goes into the jungle and accumulates animal friends in search of life's answer.

You need to see Costa Rican tourism information HERE!

Del Rey nighlife

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

Fish Fabulous Costa Rica
Del Rey340x218
A.M. Costa Rica's Fourth News page
San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 82
Real Estate
About us

Scientists give a more optimistic prediction for world's coral
By the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
news staff

Coral reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. Consequently, their extinction has often been heralded. Now, researchers are painting a less gloomy picture: the planet’s reefs are not doomed to disappear. But they will be very different from the present ones. A new coral fauna will emerge, coming from the species that are most resistant to temperature increases.

During the first decade of the 21st century, the intensification of cyclones, the phenomenon of coral bleaching due to ocean warming, outbreaks of a coral-eating starfish and coral diseases generated fears for the future of coral. But today, scientists are revising their pessimistic forecasts from the previous decade. In fact, recent research works show that, while numerous coral species have indeed been declining for more than 30 years, others are holding firm or even increasing in abundance. Consequently, some reefs have recently managed to recover. 

During a vast international study over 16 years, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement researchers and their partners observed the ecological development of seven coral reefs throughout the world: two in the Caribbean, in Belize and in the American Virgin Islands, and five throughout the Indo-Pacific Ocean in Kenya, Taiwan, Hawaii, Moorea and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Consequently, the scientists have shown the increase of certain genera, like the Porites reef corals, real reef builders that can resist temperature rises well.

They have also put these recent changes into perspective with regard to past events recorded in fossil reefs, showing that the abundance and structure of coral populations have

coral diver
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement/Joël Orempuller
Diver enjoys the current coral diversity.

already varied greatly over the course of past millennia.

These new data have enabled them to refine their mathematical models and to revise their forecasts for the coming decades. As ocean temperatures continue to rise, a subset of species will thrive: those that have the greatest heat tolerance, the best population growth rates or the greatest longevity. These species should progressively populate the planet’s reefs, until they dominate them entirely.

Consequently, the underwater landscapes of the future will be very different to the ones that have been known for millennia. However, much remains to be discovered regarding this new coral fauna and its features. One question in particular remains: will these new eco-systems continue to meet the needs of the populations who depend on them?

Vacation, travel and hospitality

Mar de Luz
Hotel Mar de Luz
Designed for families to provide peaceful & ecologically balanced environment, where all can enjoy healthy & pollution free stay. Built in harmony with nature & were used to reflect a subtropical atmosphere. Main source of energy is sunlight, converted by solar panels on the roofs. High quality services at a reasonable cost allowing guests to enjoy dream holiday at an attractive rate. Come and enjoy a great vacation. Comfortable accommodation, personalized services and quality amenities. Cosy rooms, breakfast, pools, architectural design, surrounded by lush vegetation in beautiful tropical gardens with coconut, almond, etc. Address : Jacó  beach, next to Subway Restaurant, Avenida Pastor Díaz, Costa Rica. Local phone (506) 2643-3000. Email:  Web page:

Hotel Playa Bejuco
Hotel Boutique Playa Bejuco
Cozy, opened in 2007 just 90 minutes from the capital, with good access. Go shopping or enjoy the evening entertainment. Hosting services, friendly, quality and comfortable, discreet under the concept of 100 percent family hotel, the reason we do not allow or endorse any activity related to prostitution or drugs. Natural beauty, recommended for tourists for a relaxing holiday. Nearby is Manuel Antonio National Park. Tours, canopy, fishing, rainforest, horseback riding, ATV, rafting, etc. 20 deluxe rooms equipped with 3 for disabled. All with air conditioning, cable TV, telephone, refrigerator, private bathroom, hot water, free wireless Internet, etc. Maximum 5 people. Main restaurant, pools (adults & children), jacuzzi, private parking, 24 hours security, pool bar, playground equipped. At front desk currency conversions, confirm your flight or coordinate tours. Address : Playa Bejuco, Esterillos, Costa Rica. Local phone (506) : 2779-2000. Email:   Web page

experience Costa Rica
Costa Rica Travel In Paradise Group Tours

Looking for easy booking process for a smooth Costa Rica trip?   We customize wonderful trips to Costa Rica.  We offer you our wealth of knowledge for a great experience . . . a trip of a lifetime!!!

* FAMILY VACATIONS. Our travels take into account the different ages of your family enjoy the most from your Family vacations. Click HERE!

* GROUP TOURS. Whether for a church group, couple of friends, Scout troop or a family group. We provide excellent quality service in your Group Tours. Click HERE!

* EDUCATIONAL TOURS. Tours for universities to schools to elementary schools. We have professionals to help you discover the secrets of Costa Rica in a fun way. Costa Rica Educational Tours. Click HERE!

* GUIDED TOURS. General holiday planning giving you the best value for your investment Costa Rica vacation Packages. Click HERE!

Contact Us:
International Phone: 1-800-9010-114
CR Local Phone: 011-506 -2274-3231

  Get Help Planning Your Adventure Vacation in Costa Rica.
  100% Personalized Vacation Planning Service.
Click HERE!

Howard book
Want to live in Costa Rica?
Read this book!

1,000s have benefited from 17 editions
with its insider information
and time-tested tips
700 carefully researched pages  

Written by Christopher Howard,
Costa Rica's #1 retirement expert
with 35 years experience helping people.
Click HERE!

La Fortuna
Comfort of your home in the campo, 5 minutes from Fortuna Centro of San Carlos, in the shadow of Volcano Arenal, Flat screen TV, AC, refrigerator, free coffee. Local area activities like four-wheeling, horse riding, zip lining, hot springs, jungle walking tours. Bring your camera for great photos of nature, fishing and swimming, canyoning and wireless internet. Harry Hart, proprietor.  Call for reservations  (506) 2479-8670   and (506) 8682-9219  Email:

Will Costa Rica Retirement Work For You?
Find out for yourself on Live In Costa Rica Tours

When you visit Costa Rica, you'll want to discover what you need to know to  make the right choice about moving to this tropical paradise.  Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus.  These are the only retirement tours that are licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and tourism institute  (ICT). In 2006 we were featured on the NBC Today Show and World News.  In 2010, we won the  prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Best and Most Unique Tour in Latin America.

   * Discover how to make the right choices about moving here
   * Find out how to live affordably
   * See how other expats live. Meet other expats who have made
          the move.
   * Access the country's affordable health care system
   * Informative two-day seminar given by local experts in their
          relevant fields.
   * Tours led by Christopher Howard, 34-year resident, citizen,
          and the author of "The New Golden Door to Retirement
          and  Living in Costa Rica – the Official Guide to Relocation”
Click HERE  to learn all about our Association of Residents (ARCR)  approved tours at

Largest art gallery in Guanacaste
Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
at the largest gallery in Guanacaste.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
or contact us by email:   
Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 2667-0592 / 8386-6872; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073. International shipping available.

Click photo for another video

The Relocation/Retirement tour with the

 (as reported by the moving companies)
Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
George Lundquist, retirement, relocation columnist, Guide & Developer/Builder.


Here's reasonable medical care
Costa Rica's world class medical specialists are at your command. Get the top care for much less than U.S. prices. It is really a great way to spend a vacation. See our list of recommended professionals HERE!amcr-prom

Need a book about Costa Rica?

Check out our special selections available at Amazon logo


A.M. Costa Rica
Real estate rentals
Real estate rental agents
Real estate for rent
Real estate wanted

Real estate rental services (paid category)

The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
TOLL FREE: 1800 346=9724 or (506) 2777-3339

Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.

Visit our Web Site:

English calls: (Cristian Arce) Phone: 
(506) 2494-0016 
(506) 8309-0173
English calls :  (Luis David) Phone: 
(506) 6154-1940 

Español calls: (Luis G. Jiménez)  Phone:   
(506) 8707-4016
Offer of the month !!  Great opportunity to get this beautiful house. 3 hectares land (equal to 30.000 meters), 750 square meters construction, modern security technology, three floors, internal street, elevator. $ 1.1 million  Click HERE!
Grecia 909
Beautiful house for rent, inside a private property. Very secure. Price $1,500 . See more photos HERE!
Grecia 907
Beautiful house for rent, near to Puente Piedra street . Very secure. Price $1,000 . More photos HERE!
  Send us your request to our email:

Real estate for rent (paid category)

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
apartment view
 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:

Condo in Jacó for rent
Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

Palmares graphic

Homes for rent in Palmares, Alajuela

See our web page:

Condo for rent.
Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
011 (506) 2777.3339

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at or contact us at
or call at (506) 2654-5442.

                                                Cattle rentals
Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

A.M. Costa Rica's   Fifth news page
Family home

cat trees
San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 82
Real Estate
About us

Rescue efforts at Everest
continue to fly out injured

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Efforts continued Monday to rescue climbers stranded on the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, where avalanches triggered by Saturday’s earthquake have killed at least 18 people.

Helicopters began ferrying out some of the more than 100 mountaineers trapped above base camp on the mountain, which straddles the border between Nepal and China and lies about 240 kilometers or 150 miles due east of the quake’s epicenter.

The death toll for the 7.8-magnitude quake already has surpassed 3,700 in the region. Continuing aftershocks threaten to unleash more avalanches at the outset of the climbing season.

Hundreds of mountaineers were on Everest, a peak of 8,850 meters or 29,035 feet, when the quake struck. Onslaughts of snow and debris hit Everett Base Camp, at 5,545 meters or 18,192 feet, where the 18 were killed and dozens more were injured. Three of the dead were American climbers.

"The snow swept away many tents and people," sunburned guide Gyelu Sherpa said. He was among the first 15 injured survivors to be transported to the capital, Kathmandu, for treatment.

A Sherpa cook, Bhim Bahadur Khadtri, 35, said he was preparing a meal when the avalanche rumbled. "We all rushed out to the open and the next moment a huge wall of snow just piled on me," he said in a brief airport interview before he was driven to a hospital. "I managed to dig out of what could easily have been my grave. I wiggled and used my hands as claws to dig as much as I could. I was suffocating, I could not breathe. But I knew I had to survive."

The snow’s force wiped out climbing ropes and other equipment used in ascents, stranding climbers at several higher camps.

Ed Viesturs, a celebrated U.S. climber who has reached Everest’s peak seven times in 11 attempts, described the challenges facing mountaineers and rescuers.

"The people at Camp 1," the lowest of four camps above the base, "are at about 20,000 feet," Viesturs said by phone from Ketchum, Idaho. "If they’ve got feed and fuel – fuel to melt snow to make water – they can survive there for a good period of time."

Experienced guides scale the mountain gradually, spending roughly a week at base camp, to acclimate to oxygen levels that decrease at higher altitudes.

But Viesturs said the thinning air creates difficulties for helicopters. "The air is so thin, the amount of lift they have is minimal, so you can’t add a lot of extra weight," he explained. The choppers likely could carry "one or two, maybe three people at a time, so there’s going to be a lot of shuttling."

Landing spots also are difficult to find on the mountain, Nepal’s tourism minister, Tulsi Gautam, said.

The mountaineers, including some injured, walked down from base camp to seek treatment or shelter.

Viesturs said he was relieved to learn his friend, filmmaker David Breshears, had gotten to safety after the avalanche. Breshears had co-directed "Everest," an IMAX film whose production was disrupted by a 1996 blizzard that killed eight climbers.

Monday’s weather on Everest was good, enabling evacuations to continue at Camps 1 and 2, rescued U.S. climber Jim Davidson said in a Facebook update. "I am safe in base camp now … the injuries, fatalities & tragedy are heartbreaking."

Another documentary filmmaker, Michael Churton, was at Everest’s base camp when the snow and ice thundered in.

"It's a big ice shelf, and it must have just released," the 38-year-old New Yorker said Monday in Kathmandu. He was with four colleagues at the time.

"We saw it hit, it kind of hits one level and then it just shot right back up.… It was like 4,000 feet of snow just kind of coming, and there's nowhere to run," Churton said. "So I told everybody to get down and then put my hands over my head and, like, just buried myself as much as I could. And basically snow hit, it's about 45 seconds or a minute for it to go by.''

Climber Nick Ciensky had helped recover the bodies of at least 12 avalanche victims. "We are still sorting through a lot of emotions. 24 hours ago we were wrapping people’s body parts in bags," the Canadian said.

Like Viesturs, he expressed grave concern for the Sherpas and other Himalayans. The deadly avalanche comes roughly a year after the April 18 avalanche that killed at least 13 Sherpas on Everest, inciting anger among the local populace over their low pay and high risk.

This year’s tragedy makes a dismal start to the climbing season, which brings vital money into Nepal’s economy. Mountaineers pay a standard fee of $65,000 to climb with Russell Brice’s Himalayan Experience.

"Climbing mountains is inherently risky and dangerous," Viesturs observed. ". . . The way we minimize the risk is by being smart and conservative and humble.

"But this was an event that was completely unpredictable," he said. "It caught people at a base camp considered a haven of safety. And now it’s not."

Rioters in Baltimore torch
structures, confront police

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers just hours after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a black man who died from a mysterious spinal injury sustained while in police custody earlier this month.

The governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with the violence and rioting.  He signed the order late Monday at the request of the city.

At an evening news conference Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city is imposing a curfew, saying thugs were trying to tear down the city and incite violence.  The curfew is set for 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. for one week starting on Tuesday, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies.

At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested during clashes Monday with hundreds of youths who pelted the officers with rocks, bricks, glass bottles and other objects.

Two officers remained hospitalized, police said.

During the daylight hours television footage showed at least one police cruiser in flames and crowds of looters breaking into stores.

The clashes started near the Mondawmin Mall, just blocks from Gray's funeral, and spread out over a wide area as a line of police officers pushed them back.

At one point, a police car was surrounded and destroyed by people jumping on it.  Police initially showed restraint on Monday, but then began arresting people and using pepper spray on rioters.

In the late afternoon schools, businesses and train stations began closing in the city of 662,000 people, 64 km from the nation's capital. The Baltimore Orioles professional baseball game was cancelled, as were all school trips scheduled into the city this week.

Baltimore schools will be closed today.

Firefighters battled several blazes on Monday evening, including a fire under investigation that consumed a church's senior center under construction in East Baltimore.

Police said looting and assaults against officers continued into the night.

The riot occurred just hours after the funeral for Gray, whose family along with pastors and city officials had pleaded for peaceful demonstrations after some arrests and injuries at protests over the weekend.

"It is disappointing just a few hours after putting Gray to rest," the Rev. Jamal Bryant, who spoke at the funeral, told reporters. "This is not what the family asked for today of all days. This was a day of sacred closure."
Thousands of mourners gathered at a church to pay their respects to Gray, whose death became the latest incident sparking questions and protests about interactions between minorities and police in the United States.

Among those attending the funeral were the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, whose district includes Baltimore.  White House officials said Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, who heads an initiative on minority men, represented President Barack Obama's administration.

Gray family attorney, Bill Murphy Jr., called on the officers involved in the incident to come forward and tell their side of the story.

"It's a corrosion on justice," said Murphy in remarks at the funeral. "And we're calling for the police, the six of them that are at least being partially, if not totally, implicated to come forward and to tell it all just like you tell our citizens to do."

Gray suffered severe spinal cord injuries following his arrest April 12. Officials said Gray was not restrained properly while being transported in a police van.

Protesters have been demanding justice in daily demonstrations that have been largely peaceful, but some incidents of vandalism and violence were reported in a march on Saturday.

Decade since French riots
suburbs still lack employment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The terrorist attacks in France in January and fears of more to come are casting a spotlight on the country's neglected suburbs.  Home to many immigrants and sometimes hubs of crime, they were rocked by rioting a decade ago. Since then, some things have changed. Others have not.

Market day in Clichy-sous-Bois is a time to chat and buy items from the home country.  Many residents and their forebears immigrated here from North and sub-Saharan Africa.  They were looking for better opportunities.

Not everybody found them.  In 2005, this Paris suburb exploded into violence after two teenagers were electrocuted as they hid from police.  Most people here say pent up anger about the lack of jobs and a future helped fuel the riots that spread across the country.
Clichy-sous-Bois today looks very different.  The state has invested massively in infrastructure.  Old-timers like 66-year-old Yaya Jaiel from Algeria praise the results.

He says lots of things have changed, small apartment buildings with balconies have replaced massive, peeling towers. 

Some things, however, have not.  According to 18-year-old Mehdi Hassani, who is studying to be an electrician, it’s really hard to find a job, especially for Clichy residents like himself.  He says they are still identified by the 2005 riots and still considered delinquents and drug addicts.

Nearly half of Clichy’s population is under 25.  More than a third are jobless. A tramway is under construction, but for now, the only easy way out of here is by car.
Pierre Mouget, who heads Mission Locale, an agency that helps young people find jobs, says because of Clichy’s transportation problems, businesses are reluctant to move here, and many young people have a difficult time commuting to jobs elsewhere.

The Paris shootings in January, which involved three Islamist attackers, again focused the spotlight on France’s neglected suburbs.  That’s where the attackers came from, but activist Mehdi Bigaderne says suburbs like Clichy are no more likely to produce terrorists than any other part of France.  He's co-founder of ACLEFEU, a citizens' empowerment group set up after the riots.   He says the country is right to be worried about its youth.

Bigaderne says the real question facing French authorities is how the country got to this point.  He says the young people involved in the terrorist attacks did not come from Iraq, Algeria or Morocco but were products of France.

Clichy-sous-Bois still mourns Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore, the two boys electrocuted 10 years ago.  Two police officers are on trial on charges of failing to prevent their deaths.  A verdict is due in May, but the bigger challenge of healing and moving forward here lies ahead.

Duplicate of famed cave
opens to visitors in France

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A detailed copy of a cave containing the oldest figurative drawings made by Europe’s prehistoric inhabitants opened over the weekend in France not far from the original cave. The replica was built because the original drawings are too fragile to be exposed for public viewing.

Dec. 18, 1994, a group of French speleologists exploring caves in southern France entered a previously unknown area.

Jean Marie Chauvet, who was leading the group, said, “And I was in the front, Eliette behind me, Christian behind. Eliette said she saw two marks made with red ochre and she said: 'They came here.' and at this very moment everything began. The drawings and everything linked to the parietal art. That's where it started.”

The cave walls were covered with drawings of animals, some of them long extinct in Europe. Their quality and elegance were remarkable. Mammoths, panthers, bears, cave lions and cave hyenas, competed with horses, rhinoceros and cattle. A few of the drawings even depicted movement.

Cave art specialist Jean Clottes was assigned to evaluate their significance.

“I was amazed at the number of paintings there were and of their quality and particularly in front of the panel of the horses,” said Clottes.

Most of the paintings were done with charcoal but for some, the prehistoric artists used red ochre.

More than 30,000 years old, they are considered the oldest human cave drawings ever discovered. In 2014, the Chauvet Cave, named after the first explorer who entered it, was listed as a World Heritage site.

As the originals and their environment are too fragile, the cave is now sealed and the access restricted to only scientific purposes.

Last week, after spending $59 million, French authorities opened an exact replica, called Pont d'Arc Cavern.

Its president, Pascal Terrasse, said sculptors, painters and other experts created an environment in which everyone will be able to experience the thrill of looking at drawings made by the first humans in Europe.

“And this place will be open to humanity, everybody will be able to come and visit the Pont d'Arc Cavern, and you will not feel that it is a replica, because this place is magic and it has been done so well,” he said.

Authorities say they expect as many as 400,000 visitors annually.

Petrobras reports big loss
as corruption probe continues

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras, has reported a huge loss for 2014, driven in part by a massive charge against earnings due to corruption.

And the Petrobras scandal has reverberated beyond the oil company to Brazil’s top political tiers.

Earnings released this month show a staggering net loss of 21.6 billion Brazilian reals, $7.2 billion, with $2.1 billion directly related to corruption.

Multiple sources report that this scandal involves alleged overcharges to Petrobras by suppliers with part of the money funneled to former company officials and Brazilian political figures.

The Petrobras corruption investigation, which has been underway for some time, has roused some Brazilians to protest.

In March, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets against President Dilma Rousseff, who was Petrobras’ chairperson over much of the period during which the reported corrupt acts took place.

Ms. Rousseff has denied any involvement in corrupt activities at the state oil concern and has been cleared by Brazil’s attorney general.

The corruption investigation has resulted, so far, in the indictment of 97 people on charges of corruption, forming cartels and money laundering. Included are high-level people from a number of Brazil’s major construction and engineering entities who were allegedly involved in the inflated-contract-kickback Petrobras scheme.

Also caught by the probe are some 50 Brazilian political figures, nearly all of them part of Rousseff’s Worker Party-led governing coalition. One of the top figures nabbed is Joao Vaccari, the Worker’s Party treasurer.

Paulo Roberto Costa, the former company director of refining and supply, was convicted this month on money laundering and racketeering charges related to the company’s corruption scandal. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison but will serve one year under house arrest because of time served and his cooperation with authorities.

Costa has provided to investigators the names of a number of Petrobras officials and others.

His arrest in March 2014, and that of alleged money launderer Alberto Youssef, were the sparks that launched the probe into the oil company. Youssef’s gift of a Land Rover vehicle to Costa prompted authorities to take action.

The release of Petrobras’ 2014 results was delayed some five and a half months because, according to the news portal, “auditors refused to sign off on Petrobras’ financial statements.”

The company’s third-quarter results, released Jan. 28, were also delayed and did not include what investors most want to know: a rough estimate of how badly corruption over-valued the company’s assets.
Real estate-related services (paid category)

CR SOLAR gives you…
Enphase-Micro-Inverters: Simple, reliable, installation without batteries or complicated central inverters that limit expansion and downgrade your system with one shady panel.
Enphase-Micro-Inverters: so flexible; you can begin saving with a third of a system, then add as you go with your savings!

Think of it this way: cash in a CD paying 7% and get 15% to 25% from the Sun!  What better way to lower your electric bill than with a Quality Solar System from CR Solar?    Ask about our BEST HI END Solar Hot Water Heaters. 
2446-0543           8898-9398                8314-8090

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

Mafi Real Estate: Houses, lots and farms in Costa Rica

Visit our Web Page:

If you do not find you are looking for in our page, contact us, WE HAVE A NETWORK OF OVER 500 brokers across the country to get what you are looking for.

English Calls:
Miguel Fiatt Sauma 
or Paule Ortiz
Phone/Fax.+506 2238-5029
Cel. +506 8399-7000

Send us your request to our
Mafri one
Beautiful house in Santa Ana, Valley and mountain view. Price: $1,300,000. Single story, bedrooms. 5 baths. Double-size garage: 360 m2. Lot: 4,487 m2. 
Click HERE!

Mafri two
San Isidro de Heredia. Great lot with 3 houses. $3,200,000 single story. 1,505 m2 Lot: 37,419m2  Click HERE!
Mafri three
Finca Las Trufas, San Ramon-Esparza, Price: $3,900,000 Farm and ranch. Single story 1,500 m2. on 25 hectares Click HERE!


CoopeAgri Real Estate

The best option in real estate services in southern Costa Rica and the South Pacific coast. We are professionals promoting properties such as farms, lots, ranches, commercial premises, homes and apartments, through our advertising and marketing services.
Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
Local CR Phones: (506) 2785-0282 or  (506) 2785-0278

Swimming pool at night
A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.
For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112.

Remax logo
Re/Max Ocean Surf and Sun:

The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at:

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Moran logo

Real estate for sale (paid category)

They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email
or phone (506) 8377-8402.

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
For more information contact:

Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Choice 4.5 hectaares. Waterfront, titled property. Financing available for motel or hotel. Water and power on the property. $35 a  m2. In Tropical Paradise Resort. Buy all or Part at  Puerto Viejo, Limón. Call Andy at

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
Email:   Web:

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site:

The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Business for sale or lease (paid category)
Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact:

Real estate services
Real estate for sale
Businesses for sale

Some of our other titles:
A.M. Panama
A.M. Colombia
A.M. Guatemala
A.M. Honduras
A.M. Cuba
A.M. Nicaragua
A.M. Venezuela
A.M. Central America
Dominican Republic

A.M. Ecuador A.M. El Salvador
A.M. Bolivia

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. 
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

A.M. Costa Rica's
sixth news page

San José, Costa Rica, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 82
Real Estate
About us

News from the BBC up to the minute

BBC news feeds are disabled on archived pages.

Latin news from the BBC up to the minute
Voice of America photo        
Ava, played by Alicia Vikander,  reflects today's social anxiety.

'Ex Machina' features a willful robot

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"Ex Machina," an intelligent and sleek sci-fi drama by first time director Alex Garland focuses on the relationship and power play between a female sentient robot and two men: its creator and a computer programmer.

Ava, played by Alicia Vikander, is an artificial intelligence created by Nathan, a genius and the CEO of the world’s largest internet search engine.

Nathan, interpreted by Oscar Isaac, invites Caleb, a computer programmer from his company to assess Ava’s intelligence.  Caleb is asked to be part of a Turing Test in which a human being tries to determine if he’s interacting with artificial intelligence or another person.

Charmed by Nathan’s charisma and Ava’s cool intellect and femininity, Caleb, played by Domhnall Gleeson, does not realize that ultimately he is the subject of the experiment. It is Ava who is assessing him and influencing his behavior.

First-time director Garland blurs the lines between human and artificial consciousness and raises questions about gender and relations between humans and androids.

“Where does gender reside?” The filmmaker asked during an interview. “Is there a male or female consciousness, or is it an external form that denotes gender?"

Ava, the center of this power play, has human characteristics. She empathizes, deceives, manipulates and has a goal: to escape the glass room where she is kept. Such behavior sets her apart from earlier artificial intelligence characters on the large screen.

Take Maria in the 1927 futuristic film "Metropolis." She was created to be evil and destructive, leading innocent workers to their doom, a reflection of society's mistrust of machines at the time.

The man versus machine tension continued in space with Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi drama "2001: A Space Odyssey." A spaceship’s self-aware computer, Hal 9000, goes rogue, killing four astronauts and refusing to let another back into the vessel.

Steven Spielberg showed an emotional side of artificial intelligence in his 2001 film "A.I." That story is told from the perspective of the machine, an android boy programmed to have feelings for his human mother that are not reciprocated because he is not a real boy.

But Garland’s "Ex Machina" goes a step further. Ava is the product of massive data harvesting from people’s personal smart phones and computers. In short, her intelligence is us.

“We all have telephones and lap top computers and tablets and none of us really understand how these things work. They are mysterious to us,” Garland said. “But, they seem to understand a lot about how we work. And we know we’re giving them huge amounts of information. And the traffic is all one way."

He said Ava reflects today's social anxiety about data gathering, search engines and loss of privacy.  In "Ex Machina," Ava is humanity’s brain child, intelligent and willful, a magnificent creation that defies its parents.

Costa Rican News
Retire NOW in Costa Rica
Fine Dining in Costa Rica
The CAFTA Report
Fish fabulous Costa Rica

Real Estate
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado S.A. 2015 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission.
Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details

From  Page 7:

Hearing set on rate for solar power producers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's utility regulator plans a hearing June 8 at 5:15 p.m. to hear public views on a proposal for rates on electricity produced by solar sources.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos said that the rates would cover electric producers with power production up to 20 megawatts. The rates would not apply to small home producers of less than 1 megawatt, mostly for self consumption, said the agency.

The law requires the agency to set a rate that covers the cost of solar producers who would sell their output to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The law also requires a reasonable profit. The agency said the rate would be reviewed annually once set.