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March was the busiest month for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica since the gradual reopening of borders
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Published Friday, May 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


With 89,263 international arrivals, March was the busiest month for tourist arrivals to Costa Rica since the gradual reopening of borders that began last August, according to the Tourism Institute.

This is the first time that tourist arrivals from all ports of entry have reached this level since March 2020, when the covid-19 health crisis began and borders were closed for nearly five months.

According to information provided by the General Directorate of Immigration, and analyzed by the Institute, 66,505 international arrivals were from North America, which is approximately 74.5%. Of this 62,370 tourists came from the United States, 2,706 from Mexico and 1,429 from Canada.

There were 14,183 tourists from Europe, 3,382 from Central America, 3,881 from South America and 284 from the Caribbean, the Institute reported.

“These numbers are very uplifting given the global situation and the difficulties that the tourism sector is facing in its recovery,” Gustavo Segura, Minister of Tourism said. “In order to keep these numbers where they are and ensure that they grow, it is vitally important that we commit to following public health guidelines.”



According to the Institute statistics, in January 2021, 62,200 tourists arrived from all ports of entry. While in February the number was 55,252 visitors. In the year’s first quarter, from January to March, there were a total of 206,715 arrivals.

Most of the arrivals were from the air with 88,391 of the total recorded in March.

The Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela Province, received 62,017 international arrivals, while Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Guanacaste Province, reported 26,374 tourists. These figures were the highest since March 2020 in both airports, the Institute reported.

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The researches are based in Guanacaste, which is the habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
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Published Friday, May 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Guanacaste Wildlife Monitoring organization, dedicated to monitoring wildlife in Costa Rica with the use of motion sensor camera technology, recorded 5,242 videos of wild animals in their natural environment.

The recordings were made in four protected areas in the Tempisque Conservation Area, located in  Nicoya Peninsula. The research project is developed by the organization with the support of the National System of Conservation Areas.

One of the videos published by Guanacaste Wildlife Monitoring is available on their Facebook page. The video is a compilation of animals in their natural habitat captured from the hidden cameras.

“We record the incredible fauna of Costa Rica using motion-sensor cameras in order to create beautiful, high-quality HD videos to showcase these amazing animals in their natural habitat,” the organization said in its statement.

The researches are based in Guanacaste, which is the habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. "However, the vast majority of these animals go unseen because they have perfected being undetected in the wild," they said.



The main video shows animals such as: white-faced monkeys, pumas, white-tailed deers, white-nosed coatis, ocelots, plain chachalacas, collared peccaries, gray-necked wood-rail, tayras, spotted pacas, tropical rat snakes, black spiny-tailed iguanas, agouties, tamanduas, bare-throated tiger herons, coyotes, among many more.

Guanacaste Wildlife Monitoring was founded by Vincent Losasso, a Biologist, who first began experimenting with motion sensor cameras in the woods by his parents house in rural Pennsylvania, in the U.S.

After moving to Costa Rica in 2012, he began working at a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and release center in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

As co-founder of the organization is Lindsay Losasso, who has been working with environmental education projects in rural, coastal communities in Guanacaste through her work at local schools and non-governmental organizations.

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It is urgent to protect the route between Cocos and Galápagos because outside these protected areas endangered species are very vulnerable to industrial and illegal fishing.
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Published Thursday, May 6, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A team of 15 scientists led by MigraMar, a foundation headquartered in California, U.S., began their expedition to protect the migration route of marine species between the islands of Cocos, located in the maritime zone of the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica and Galápagos, located in the maritime zone of the Pacific Ocean of Ecuador.

"The investigation from this expedition will provide further important scientific evidence on migration between Marine Protected Areas by marine species such as whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and other sharks, stingrays, whales and other marine mammals, and fish such as billfish and tuna," Alex Hearn, leader of the expedition said.

The Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor, which is the maritime zone between the two islands, is guarded by the governments of Costa Rica and Ecuador. The expedition will follow the migratory route made by marine species between both islands, which were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

According to the park rangers of Cocos Island, it is urgent to protect the route between Cocos and Galápagos because outside these protected areas endangered species are very vulnerable to industrial and illegal fishing.

Specialists estimate that 100 million sharks die in the world each year as a result of fishing or accidental deaths caused by humans. The ocean between Galápagos and Cocos is a popular location for industrial fishing fleets, including those engaged in shark finning, which is the act of removing fins from sharks and discarding the rest of the shark back into the ocean.

"The mission of the team is to gather more scientific evidence to urge authorities to take decisive action on the level of protection necessary to save one of the most important and impressive marine migration highways on the planet and the world-famous essential places that connect," they said in their statement.

Onboard the 134-foot Fins Attached Foundation scientific vessel named M/Y Sharkwater, the expedition set sail on May 3 from Quepos Beach, in Puntarenas Province, heading for Cocos Island, and then sailing to the island of San Cristóbal, which is located in the Galápagos Islands, in Ecuador, where they will arrive on May 12.

The expedition will return to Quepos Beach on May 23. The round-turn trip is estimated to last 20 days and cover 1,500 nautical miles.




MigraMar scientists explained that the expedition will stop at six defined locations where the marking (to be detected by satellite and sound) of fish and marine mammals will take place.

They will also conduct an underwater video study, counting biodiversity through sightings and taking DNA samples.

The designated locations for these research activities are the Fila del Coco, Coco Occidental and Gemelas seamounts in Cocos Island, as well as the Medina and Paramount seamounts and Darwin Island in theGalápagos.
According to scientists, planning for this expedition began almost two years ago by the MigraMar and Fins Attached foundations, which are co-sponsoring the expedition.

Among other organizations that financed the expedition are the Cocos Marine Conservation Area, Fins Attached Marine Research and Conservation, Galapagos Conservation Trust, Galapagos Science Center, Ocean Blue Tree, Only One, Sea Legacy, Shark Conservation Fund and Turtle Island Restoration Network.

In Costa Rica, commercial activities such as shark finning, importing of fins and transporting, transferring and carrying of fins within a boat are forbidden since 2012.

The fishing license will be canceled to the person in charge or owner of the boat, foreign or national, with respect for due process, who for the first time or with recurrence unloads, transport, import, transfer and carry shark fins inside the boat, according to the Marine Species Protection decree.

Authorities encourage citizens to report any suspicious illegal fishing to line 1192.

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According to the report, Costa Rica is a country covered with jungles and volcanoes that is home to unique biodiversity in the world that
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Published Tuesday, May 4, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the National Geographic Travel Magazine, Spain edition, the article "Costa Rica paradise of biodiversity” was published by the traveler reporter Rafael Pérez.

According to the Institute of Tourism, the article that was published in the May edition includes images and information about the country.

Pérez visited the country in September 2020. He was sponsored by the institute, as part of their plan to promote the country. The institute also hired the advertising agency Blueroom in Spain to support  the campaign.
Among the places Pérez visited were the Gold Museum, Monteverde, the Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja and Irazú National Parks, Liberia, Sarapiquí River, Caribbean Coast, the beaches of: Cahuita, Cocles, Chiquita, Punta Uva, the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Corcovado.

In addition to the article, four digital ads to promote tourism to the Caribbean and the North Zone of Costa Rica were published on the website of the National Geographic Travel magazine, the institute said.

Regarding this article, Ireth Rodríguez, in charge of the advertising campaign, feels pleased by the extensive publication of this prestigious magazine. "The final result was surprising, amazing images and the narrative that invites potential tourists from Spain to immerse themselves in nature and the vast biodiversity of our country," she said.

It is expected that in the next few days the institute will publish the budget used to cover this advertising campaign.




According to the report, Costa Rica is a country covered with jungles and volcanoes that is home to unique biodiversity in the world that has made it the ideal destination to enjoy nature.

"The backbone of this Central American country is made up of volcanoes and hills that exceed 3,000 meters in altitude, wrapped in dense jungle and crossed by rivers that flow into the ocean," the author said in his article. "The route that discovers Costa Rican wonders first enters the fragile cloud forest and the rare tropical dry forest, runs through wild sandy areas where turtles spawn, reaches dreamy beaches, ascends volcanoes that are very alive and goes to meet of some of the more than 900 species of birds that can be seen in the country, such as the mythical quetzal."

For Pérez, Costa Rica is a world reference in nature conservation due to the high number of reserves, the connection between them and the commitment of the country's citizens and government.

"The essential parks depend on the number of days you have to travel through the country, but you should include at least one representative of each ecosystem: in the center, Monteverde and the Arenal volcano or the Rincón de la Vieja volcano and Guanacaste; in the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero and the Cahuita corals, in the surroundings of San José, the Irazú Volcano and Braulio Carrillo park, and on the southern Pacific coast, the magnificent Corcovado," Pérez said.

A segment of the article can be read on the National Geographic magazine website.

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The country has developed a tourism model designed to protect and safeguard the natural environment and guarantee progress in communities.
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Published Monday, May 3, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica was recognized as "Best Destination for Responsible Tourism" at The World Travel Market awards which took place virtually from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The World Travel Market (WTM) is an England-based travel agency founded in 1980 to carry out the first World Travel Market in London.
 
According to the Tourism Institute, the award is a recognition of the sustainable tourism model they have developed for more than 20 years, with the support of private companies, and also "for developing a different tourism approach, including the preservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage, " they added.

This is the first time it was awarded the category of "Responsible Tourism in Latin America" and joins other similar awards that the World Travel Market makes in London, India and, Africa.

“It is undoubtedly a great honor and pride for Costa Rica to receive this award and to be listed as the best responsible destination especially during the most historically challenging context for the world's tourism industry," said Gustavo J. Segura, Minister of Tourism.

According to Segura, the country has developed a tourism model designed to protect and safeguard the natural environment and guarantee progress in communities.

"The Institute's Tourism Sustainability Certificate is a pioneering initiative in Latin America and has shown to push the entire industry for a better and more positive impact for the social and environmental development of the country," said Gustavo Pinto, representative of WTMarket.



The WTM awards were divided into four main categories:

• The best destination for responsible tourism.
• The best in poverty reduction and inclusion.
• The best contribution to the preservation of wildlife.
• The best attraction of cultural heritage.

According to the organizers, there were 53 projects registered from Latin America of which 13 finalists were chosen for these categories.

The Costa Rican award in the category of "Best Responsible Destination" is given to destinations that use tourism to promote local development making each visit a pleasant experience for the traveler, added the institute.

WTM moved their Latin American tourism fair from April to August, to be held at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo due to the pandemic.

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The series entitled "A Look Inside," was recorded in five tourist destinations and is the first series in IMAX format produced in Costa Rica.
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Government sponsors movie series to boost tourism






























Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Government, through its Tourism Institute, sponsored the Costa Rican travel agency Wonder More to produce a series of videos that will be presented in theaters in March.

According to the institute, the series entitled "A Look Inside," was recorded in five tourist destinations and is the first series in IMAX format produced in Costa Rica.

The five episodes represent five human needs in five different tourist destinations, such as Monteverde countryside, South Caribbean Coast, Chirripó Mountain, Dulce Gulf and Nosara Beach.

"Each episode is 10-15 minutes long and explores a human emotion, an ecosystem and a community," the institute added in its statement.

"We want all those who'll enjoy this film to identify themselves with a different perspective of tourism, from a more human perspective, to finally motivate Costa Ricans to do tourism and take control of their country, helping with gradual tourism reactivation, but without forgetting strict compliance with sanitary guidelines, " said Carolina Trejos, Marketing Director of the Institute.



The film series was produced by and starred married couple Sebastián Castro Sasso and Christine Raine.

"The recording would not have been possible without the generosity of the tourism entrepreneurs who opened the doors for us throughout the country," they said.

The series will be released in the first week of May in Costa Rican IMAX theaters.

In addition, the series will be presented at international festivals such as the London Mountain Film Festival 2021 and the Toronto International Women's Film Festival 2021 in Canada.

In addition to the Institute, the film was sponsored by Pozuelo and BAC Credomatic private companies.

It is expected that in the next few days, the institute will reveal the cost of the project.

A segment from chapter 5, filmed in Nosara Beach, can be viewed on the travel agency's Facebook page.

This month, the institute announced the sponsoring of a series of short videos to be displayed on the Planeta Calleja television program to attract Spanish tourists.



The show, focused on tourism, is hosted and produced by Jesús Calleja who travels around the world, reporting to a large audience in Spain and other countries, according to the institute.
 
This is Calleja's second trip to the country. Two years ago, he visited Costa Rica with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, a Spanish fashion designer.

The coordination of Calleja's visit to the country to film the video was done by the press and PR staff in Europe, said Ireth Rodríguez, of the Advertising Department of the Institute.

The advertising campaign is focused on promoting Costa Rica as a natural sanctuary, biosecure, with a tourism sector that applies sanitary guidelines, to allow travelers to reconnect with the essentials and enjoy unique experiences, Rodríguez added.
 
Calleja visited the country to record the video from April 5 - 12. Spanish actor Antonio Resines explored Costa Rica alongside Calleja.
 
Together, they visited several tourist destinations such as Tortuguero, Pacuare River, a coffee plantation in Turrialba, Irazú Volcano, among other places. Throughout the tour, they experienced Costa Rican gastronomy and culture, the institute said in its statement.
 
“Costa Rica is so interesting, so beautiful and with so many things to do that we will certainly return, it is a country that has everything we are looking for: nature, a great message of sustainability, biodiversity, the way to manage the country according to its resources and is a clear example of how the rest of the world should do it, " Calleja said at the end of his trip. "People who are thinking about where to go on vacation, without a doubt should have Costa Rica in the list."
 
However, the expected video has not been released yet, even though Callejas's show's new season was already announced on channel 4 in Spain. The date of the broadcast has not yet been set.
 
A portion of the video of Calleja's visit was published on his Instagram account.


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The so-called Tourist-Corridor La Cruz, which includes  Santa Elena Peninsula, Salinas Bay and the cantons of El Jobo, Puerto Soley, Cuajiniquil and La Cruz.
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Costa Rican and Nicaraguan authorities seek
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Published Monday, April 26, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff



Hoping to increase tourism in Guanacaste Province, ministries from Costa Rica and Nicaragua met in the Municipality of La Cruz.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the meeting was attended by Anasha Campbell, Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua, Gustavo J. Segura, Minister of Tourism in Costa Rica and authorities representing public institutions in Costa Rica.





They are working on development of plans to increase visitation  in the so-called Tourist-Corridor La Cruz, which includes  Santa Elena Peninsula, Salinas Bay and the cantons of El Jobo, Puerto Soley, Cuajiniquil and La Cruz.

La Cruz canton is on the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, so it is a place where investment in the tourism sector could be increased, allowing travel between the border areas of both countries and generating more jobs, said the ministry in its statement.

According to Campbell, the plan seeks to allow a higher flow of tourists in both countries' borders to improve economic development in the area.

The Tourism-Corridor plan was created in 2019 to attract tourists with activities such as visits to petroglyph areas, rural tourism, kite surfing, bird watching, whales, dolphins, diving , snorkeling, fish, the Bolaños Wildlife Refuge Island and other attractions.

“Being a border community and as Costa Rica receives a large number of European travelers, tourists seek opportunities for border tours and here there is a  tourist corridor where the attractions of the Costa Rican northern Pacific Coast  meet the attractions of the Nicaragua southern Pacific Coast, ” said Minister Segura.

This is the second plan announced this month to promote tourism in specific zones of the country.




Recently,  the ministry announced the platform "We are Caribbean" whose objective is to promote downtown Limón, in the Limón Province,  as an authentic tourism destination.

Puerto Limón has enormous cultural wealth for the tourism industry. "For example, in a one-hour walk around Parque Vargas and the Cultural Tourism Center, we saw 19 buildings that are of Costa Rican historical cultural heritage,” said Minister Segura.
 
According to the ministry, various actors and institutions have joined forces to promote Puerto Limón city.
 
One of the projects is Heritage Puerto Limón with the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, which consists of a project for recognizing Caribbean Architecture. That includes plans for labeling and signaling of the 18 heritage buildings with technical sheets and QR codes that will provide access to available digital content such as videos, photographs, official files, free content download and more with the support of the Cultural Heritage Center and the National Library.
 
According to the authorities, independent entrepreneurs should register their business, such as in the Ministry of Finance, Institute of Tourism, Social Security, among other government institutions, to allow them access to funds, loans and support from state institutions.

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Following proper health guidelines to avoid the spread of covid-19, the main museums of downtown San José offer a variety of exhibitions
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Variety of activities in city museums this weekend
















Published Friday, April 23, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Following proper health guidelines to avoid the spread of covid-19, the main museums of downtown San José offer a variety of exhibitions and tours, including activities for children this weekend.



The Children's Museum, located on 9 Avenue, celebrates its 27th anniversary.

The celebration will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the daily schedule, there will be fun activities such as the presentation of the Storytelling Fest, tours with fictional characters, craft workshops, a photo-booth, among many others.

After 6 p.m., visitors will enjoy the highly anticipated "Night at the Museum" celebration, inspired by the 2006 fantasy-comedy film starring Ben Stiller.

Children and their families will be able to walk around the museum at night where there will be a show with animatronics such as "Life of Bugs" among others. The celebration will close with bright fireworks.

Tickets cost about $10 and include a guided tour, snacks, gifts and souvenirs.

Due to the pandemic, the number of people allowed is limited, so visitors must purchase tickets on the museum web  boleteria.museocr.org




The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, located in the National Center of Culture, 3rd Avenue - 15th Street, next to the National Library, opens two new exhibitions this weekend.

The first display is "Art and Science Facing the Climate Future", developed with the support of the U.S. International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

In this exhibition, eight Costa Rican artists, who were selected at the beginning of the year through a public call to develop residencies with research centers on climate change issues, will present their work.

The second exhibition is "Data Ergo Sum Reloaded" by the Spanish artist Ana Marcos. It is a display taking artificial intelligence as the protagonist.

This exhibition proposal arose through the collaboration of the Cultural Center of Spain and the Museum Center La Neomudéjar in Madrid, Spain.

Data Ergo is about the experience of power and its control over people through personal big data. The possibilities of artificial intelligence and its universe provide an interactive art installation that makes visible the observational capacity of electronic devices.

The display, through the eye of the visitor, shows the world hidden behind mirrors, which takes the visitor to the story of "Alice in Wonderland" by the writer Lewis Carroll.

Exhibitions are open Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Entrance price for nationals and residents, $3 and tourists, $4. Free entry for children under 5 and adults over 65.



The National Museum, located between Central and Second Avenue (in front of the Plaza de la Democracia square), will be celebrating International Book Day on Friday.

There will be a book give away between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visitors will find books about useful and interesting topics hidden in the gardens. Also known as Book Crossing, the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others.

Among the books to find are: "Trees and shrubs of importance for the birds of the Central Valley", "Flowers of Passion of Costa Rica", "Plants for Artisanal Use". And, for the little ones, coloring books and fantasy tales among many others.

You can take home all the books you want. Both the books and the entrance to the museum are free for the event.


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The cruise line will transit the Panama Canal up to the western coasts of Central America, making stops in Golfito and Quepos, Puntarenas Province.
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U.S. cruise line resumes excursions to Costa Rica






























Published Tuesday, April 20, 2021


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services


The Seabourn, a cruise line headquartered in Seattle, Washington, announces voyages to Costa Rica scheduled during fall, winter and spring 2022-2023.

The entire Seabourn fleet will be on the move to destinations accessible only to smaller ships. The Seabourn Quest will transit the Panama Canal up to the western coasts of Central America, making stops in Golfito and Quepos, Puntarenas Province.
The cruise will explore the Panama Canal, sailing four 14-day Panama Canal Quest voyages between Miami and Fuerte Amador (Panama City) during November and December 2022, and makes its way to Costa Rica and other ports in Central America until it reaches the Mexico Coast.

Guests can take advantage of promotions to receive additional savings, including the line's popular "Early Bonus Savings" offering guests who book select 2022-2023 sailings and pay in full by June 30, 2021, an additional 10 percent savings off the base cruise fare. Early Bonus Savings can also be combined with other promotions, such as Seabourn Club Savings, which provides an extra 5 percent savings to Seabourn Club Members on select voyages.


 
According to the cruise line, more voyages are set to resume for the same season to the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Indian Oceans.
 
"Our guests have asked us to release Seabourn itineraries earlier and earlier to plan future travel. We are excited to have our 2022 and 2023 cruise offerings for guests to book and experience 'the Seabourn Difference' from the Caribbean to the Panama Canal and Australia to Asia," Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn said. "Every year brings new routes and destinations for our guests to experience the exclusive travel opportunities that we offer."

Itineraries are open for sale, and additional information on specific destinations is available on Seabourn's website.

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The advertising campaign is focused on promoting Costa Rica as a natural sanctuary, biosecure, with a tourism sector that applies sanitary guidelines,
to allow travelers to reconnect with the essentials and enjoy unique experiences.   - Planeta Calleja photo -


Costa Rica promoted as a tourist destination on TV show in Spain






























Published Thursday, April 15, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Tourism Institute seeks to attract Spanish tourists by promoting the country on the Planeta Calleja television program.



The show, focused on tourism, is hosted and produced by Jesús Calleja who travels around the world, reporting to a high audience in Spain and other countries, according to the institute. 

This is Calleja's second trip to the country. Two years ago, he visited Costa Rica for the first time with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, a Spanish fashion designer.



Ireth Rodríguez, of the Advertising Department of the Institute, stated that the coordination of Calleja's visit to the country to film the video was done by the press and PR staff in Europe, as they were in charge of contacting the communications in that continent.

The advertising campaign is focused on promoting Costa Rica as a natural sanctuary, biosecure, with a tourism sector that applies sanitary guidelines, to allow travelers to reconnect with the essentials and enjoy unique experiences, Rodriguez said.

Calleja visited the country to record the video from April 5- 12. Spanish actor Antonio Resines explored Costa Rica alon Calleja.

Together they visited several tourist destinations such as Tortuguero, Pacuare River, a coffee plantation in Turrialba, Irazú Volcano, among other places.

Throughout the tour, they experienced Costa Rican gastronomy and culture, the institute said in its statement.

“Costa Rica is so interesting, so beautiful and with so many things to do that we will certainly return, it is a country that has everything we are looking for: nature, a great message of sustainability, biodiversity, the way to manage the country according to its resources and is a clear example of how the rest of the world should do it," Calleja said at the end of his trip. "People who are thinking about where to go on vacation, without a doubt should have Costa Rica in the list."

However, the expected video has not been released yet, even though Callejas's show's new season was already announced on channel 4 in Spain. The date of the broadcast has not yet been set.

Part of the video material of Calleja's visit was published on his Instagram account.





This is the second advertising campaign developed through celebrities in social media, that the institute announced this month.

Last week, the institute released their new campaign strategy to attract tourists from the United States and Canada. They are getting videos and photos published by so-called influencers.

One of the most recent influencers hired was Rob Strok, who according to YouTube has 105,000 subscribers on his channel.

The institute sponsored a trip for Strok and his production staff for five days in January. "This was his first departure outside the United States, after 2020, marked by restrictions caused by the pandemic," the institute said in its statement.

Strok's trips included some Pacific Coast beaches, canopy tours in Monteverde, Central Market in San José, Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo, among other tourist places in the country.

With the recorded material during the trips, an 8-minute video was made to promote tourism to Costa Rica that was posted on Strok's social media.

The video is titled "Best Place to Travel 2021, Costa Rica" where views are invited to visit the country. The campaign has registered more than 12,000 views since its publication on April 1.

"Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited, with endless jungles, a remarkable kindness people," Strok said in his video "Costa Rica left us all impressed."

According to the institute, the U.S. influencer also mentioned strict compliance with sanitary guidelines in his arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and throughout his stay.

Strok’s video is available via his YouTube channel. He has additional footage of his trip available on his Instagram account.

According to the institute, the same type of campaign is currently being carried out with April Davidson, another U.S. influencer and specialist in adventure activities. Her photos are posted on her Instagram account.

According to Carolina Trejos, Marketing Director of the institute, part of their international advertising strategy is to bring on influencers specialized in tourism and travel, but "above all related to the values ​​of the Essential Country brand and the current campaign “Only the Essentials," she said.

“In this program of influencers, attractive profiles that have the most impact within the North American market (the United States and Canada) are selected and studied, then they are officially contacted and invited, depending on their availability, to live the experience of the destination, and sharing it from their point of view," Trejos said.

The influencer's videos to promote the country are also developed by the marketing agency based in Missouri, MMGY Global.

The institute has not provided information on the cost of their influencer advertising campaign.


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One of the projects is Heritage Puerto Limón with the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, which consists of a project for recognizing Caribbean Architecture.
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Costa Rica plans to promote Puerto Limón city as tourism destination






























Published Monday, April 12, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Puerto Limón has enormous cultural wealth for the tourism industry. "For example, in a one-hour walk around Parque Vargas and the Cultural Tourism Center, we saw 19 buildings that are of Costa Rican historical cultural heritage,” said Minister of Tourism Gustavo Segura.

The first step to making Puerto Limón in Limón Province a visible tourist destination is to meet with local tourism businessmen and entrepreneurs at the Tourism Center Cultural of Limón.
 
The ministry is implementing the platform so-called "We are Caribbean" whose objective is to promote Limón as an authentic tourism destination among visitors who value the cultural richness of Costa Rica, educated people who seek expressions of culture, biodiversity and gastronomy.

“Limón has natural beauties, the people are beautiful, but we always visit the South Caribbean and North Caribbean without visiting the center of Limón, which is the spring of art, culture, gastronomy and we cannot lose it because much of the idiosyncrasy of the Costa Rican is explained in the history that Puerto Limón contains," Segura said.



According to the ministry, various actors and institutions have joined forces to promote Puerto Limón city.

One of the projects is Heritage Puerto Limón with the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, which consists of a project for recognizing Caribbean Architecture. That includes plans for labeling and signaling of the 18 heritage buildings with technical sheets and QR codes that will provide access to available digital content such as videos, photographs, official files, free content download and more with the support of the Cultural Heritage Center and the National Library.

According to the authorities, independent entrepreneurs should register their business, such as in the Ministry of Finance, Institute of Tourism, Social Security, among other government institutions, to allow them access to funds, loans and support from state institutions.

This is the second recent plan of the government to promote tourism in specific zones of the country. In March, the ministry began encouraging travel to the country’s rural areas during Holy Week.





Among the sites promoted are Turrialba Canton in Cartago Province, Monteverde Canton in Puntarenas Province, Tamarindo Beach in Guanacaste Province, Golfito Port in the southern zone of Puntarenas Province, Los Santos Canton in the southern zone of San José Province and Sarapiqui Canton in Heredia Province.

The tourist guides created by the institute intend to provide information to visitors about the place's history, gastronomy, recommendations, access routes and a list of cultural activities that will take place in these destinations.

"With these guides, it is more attractive to explore and rediscover the natural charms, historical details and cultural presentations, in addition to all the activities available for tourists in these beautiful regions," Segura said.

Tour Guides campaigning "Vamos a Turistear" or let's go touring in the English Language, were recognized on the Institute of Tourism site.


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The Tourism Institute is developing a strategy to attract tourists from the United States and Canada, through videos and photos published by their so-called influencers.
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Costa Rica promotes tourism by hiring U.S. influencers






























Published Friday, April 9, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Tourism Institute is developing a strategy to attract tourists from the United States and Canada, through videos and photos published by their so-called influencers.

One of the most recent influencers hired was Rob Strok, who according to YouTube has 105,000 subscribers on his channel.

The institute sponsored a trip for Strok and his production staff for five days in January. "This was his first departure outside the United States, after 2020, marked by restrictions caused by the pandemic," the institute said in its statement.

The institute financed Strok's trips to the Pacific Coast beaches, canopy tours in Monteverde, visits to the Central Market in San José, tours to Los Bajos del Toro Amarillo, among other tourist places in the country.

With the recorded material during the trips, an eight-minute video was made to promote tourism to Costa Rica that was posted on Strok's YouTube channel.

The video is titled "Best Place to Travel 2021, Costa Rica" where views are invited to visit the country. The campaign has registered more than 12,000 views since its publication on April 1.

"Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries we have visited, with endless jungles, a remarkable kindness people," Strok said in his video "Costa Rica left us all impressed."

According to the institute, the U.S. influencer also mentioned strict compliance with sanitary guidelines in his arrival at the Juan Santamaría International Airport and throughout his stay.

Strok’s video is available via his YouTube channel. He has additional footage of his trip in Costa Rica available on his Instagram account.

According to the institute, the same type of campaign is currently being carried out with April Davidson, another U.S. influencer and specialist in adventure activities. Her photos are posted on her Instagram account.



According to Carolina Trejos, Marketing Director of the institute, part of their international advertising strategy is to bring on influencers specialized in tourism and travel, but "above all related to the values ​​of the Essential Country brand and the current campaign Only the Essentials," she said.

“In this program of influencers, attractive profiles that have the most impact within the North American market (the United States and Canada) are selected and studied, then they are officially contacted and invited, depending on their availability, to live the experience of the destination, and sharing it from their point of view," Trejos said.

The influencer's videos to promote the country are also developed by the marketing agency based in Missouri, MMGY Global. It is expected the institute will provide information on the cost of the advertising campaign, including the compensation per influencer.

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Only tourists who do not require a visa may enter via land.
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Published Monday, April 5, 2021


By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Starting today, some tourists are allowed to enter the country through land border crossing points.

According to the government, only tourists who do not require a visa may enter via land. Those are included in the category of Group 1 and 2, following the general guidelines for entry and stay visas for non-residents.

The Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington D.C. states that tourists who do not require a visa “will depend on your nationality, purpose of visit, country of residence and duration of stay. Visa requirements are based on international agreements or treaties.”

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia or the United Kingdom do not require a Costa Rica entry visa.

Tourists allowed to enter have a maximum stay of 90 days and fulfill the following requirements:

• A current valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day to enter Costa Rica.

• A return ticket to exit Costa Rica (either to return to your country or to go to another country).

The health requirements of tourists who are allowed to enter by land are the same established for tourists who enter by sea or air, such as:

• Fill out the "Health Pass" webform. This must be completed 48 hours before the trip.

• Provide proof of a valid Traveler's Insurance, not expiring during the time of stay in the country. This can be purchased in the country of departure or Costa Rica.

• Tourists must show proof by requesting a certificate issued in English or Spanish from their insurance provider that guarantees coverage for medical expenses in cases of covid-19 infection while in Costa Rica, for at least $50,000. And minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses extended, in case of being infected with covid-19.

The valid insurance document must also be uploaded onto the same online Health Pass.

However, the country is not requesting proof of a negative covid-19 test.

The Ministry of Health validates the Health Pass form, while the Tourism Institute approves the medical insurance. Both procedures must be done by tourists who enter by air and sea.

After getting the enter authorization, tourists will obtain a QR code, which will be verified by the immigration authorities at the border post.

As part of this gradual opening of terrestrial borders, authorities dismiss the sanitary order to comply with quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Tourists should double-check the entry requirements by contacting their local Costa Rican embassy or consular representation before planning a trip to Costa Rica.

More detailed information about the non-visa benefit by nationality is available online on the Consulate page.

The General Directorate of Immigration also publishes the requirements to enter Costa Rica on its website, in Spanish language.



As part of the first phase of reopening land borders, there is no authorization of passage for people traveling to the United States, whether they come from South America or from other continents, the government said in its statement.

This is the so-called controlled mixed migratory flow, which enters from Panama. For this reason, this group of people will not be able to continue their trip to North America and must stay in migrant shelters.

The government does allow the entry of Nicaraguans who have a work agreement in Panama and must enter through the southern border to reach their destination.

A special  immigration police operation called “Sanitary Bubbles” transfers immigrants from the Northern border to the Southern border.

Tourists requiring a visa  to enter Costa Rica belong to the so-called Group 3 and 4. They must wait until the Costa Rican consulates in their countries reopen the visa emission procedures.

Costa Rica closed all its borders on March 18, 2020, due to the National Health Emergency Decree to prevent the spread of covid-19. The maritime and air borders were reopened in August 2020.

In May, authorities of the National Emergency Commission announced close monitoring of the contagion rate of covid-19, so a possible spike in infections could cause an eventual order to the closure of borders in the future.

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