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A solar eclipse will happen on October 14 and Puerto Viejo will be one of the best locations in the world to see it. While the eclipse will be viewable in much of the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua will have the best views. The effect will be seen between about 10 am and 2 pm on October 14. Remember to wear eye protection and not look at it directly!
El 14 de octubre se producirá un eclipse solar y Puerto Viejo será uno de los mejores lugares del mundo para verlo. Aunque se puede ver el eclipse podrá en gran parte del hemisferio occidental, las costas atlánticas de Costa Rica y Nicaragua tendrán las mejores vistas. El efecto se verá entre las 10 de la mañana y las 2 de la tarde del 14 de octubre. Recuerde llevar protección ocular y no mirarlo directamente.
The annual Wolaba Parade celebrating Costa Rica's Afro-Caribbean is coming up on Aug 26. Don't miss it!
Wolaba Parade, La celebración de la comunidad Afro-Caribe en Costa Rica se celebrará el 26 de agosto.
Great news, after many years without a consistent operator on this route there will now be a reliable way to fly from Bocas to San José so there's another way to plan a trip that takes in both Puerto Viejo/the Caribe Sur and Bocas del Toro in Panamá. The 50 minute flights begin on November 16 with an initial schedule of 2 round trips per week on Tuesday and Sunday.
Buenas noticias! Ahora habrá una forma fiable de volar de Bocas a San José, así que hay otra forma de planificar un viaje que incluya Puerto Viejo/Caribe Sur y Bocas del Toro en Panamá. Los vuelos de 50 minutos comenzarán el 16 de noviembre con una horario inicial de dos vuelos de ida y vuelta semanales los martes y domingos.
Cahuita will play host to festivities this weekend May 26-28 for the Día Nacional del Calypso. Check out live music from 2 pm on at Playa Negra on Friday and Parquecito on Saturday and Sunday.
Este fin de semana el 26 a 28 de mayo vení a celebrar el Calypso en Cahuita. Habrá música a partir de 2 pm a Playa Negro el viernes y Parquecito el sábado y domingo.
Please drive slowly and check for the crab locations before you go.
We've completely revised and updated our Tortuguero page with more detailed information and we hope you find it useful!
¿Viajando entre Tortuguero y Puerto Viejo? Hemos revisado y actualizado completamente nuestra página de Tortuguero con información más detallada, ¡esperamos que le resulte útil!
From viajando.cr on Instagram
The road between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo has been improved a lot in the last few years. It makes for a smoother ride but some drivers seem to think they can drive way too fast for this road which is shared with many pedestrians and cyclists.
One car yesterday ended up off the bridge in the Rio Negro at Cocles. Thankfully no one was hurt. If you're driving this road please take your time!
Rise Foundation is having a fundraiser on April 6 that you won't want to miss! Drag Queen artist titi_queen and a slew of other acts including singers, DJs, an awesome MC and a local talent competition with celebrity judges and some fantastic prizes. And they will be launching their new swag! They will also be raffling off some items and hope you can all make it for an epic night of fun that will all happen at Stashu's Con Fusion
Rise Foundation works on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica with a particular focus on bringing veterinary services and spay/neuter clinics to Tortuguero where none exist.
Unless you're a hermit crab, admire the shells, take a photo and leave them there.
Shells are an integral part of the ecosystem and regeneration of beaches. By taking them home you are doing damage. It is also illegal to remove shells from a beach in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Calypso Legend Walter Ferguson died on Saturday at the age of 103. He will be remembered as the "King of Calypso" in Cahuita where he lived and throughout Costa Rica.
He was also the most well known example of what many consider to be a "blue zone" of extraordinarily long lived people on Costa Rica's Caribbean.
He is gone now but his music will live on forever.
The school year begins in January in Costa Rica and with it the need for families to come up with the required school supplies and uniforms for the year. Local organization El Puente-The Bridge along with ATEC was able to help out 190 students this year with backpacks with all the required supplies, ensuring that these needy local children get their education! They were also able to help some with uniforms.
Do you want to hang out or do a little yoga? Photo Reyes Guzmán #PuertoViejoDecisions
Moving house is tough right? What about when you have 57 cats?! Marlies saw a need and couldn't say no and so started a cat rescue and this weekend she is moving.
She recognized an immense need to help the cats of the area. She has fostered many street cats, gotten them spayed/neutered, gotten them veterinary care and provided all the care needed until they can find a forever home. Local families also come to her when they can't afford care for their cats.
I've made a donation. If you can also help cover vet bills, food and other expenses, please donate (or if you're in Costa Rica you can deposit to her trust account at the vet to help cover those bills).
Great news from Shawn Larkin / Costa Cetacea on the health of the reefs near Manzanillo and good advice on how to keep them healthy:
The coral reefs of the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica have come back strong. There are many hectares of live coral right off Manzanillo, more than you could see in years of diving. Lettuce Coral is one kind that has expanded big time in the last ten years. There are large areas with close to 100% live growth like here in this recent photo. Remember do not touch or stand on the reef, and take your trash away from the beach, to help our coral reefs come back.
Buenas noticias desde Shawn Larkin / Costa Cetacea sobre la salud de los arrecifes cerca a Manzanillo y buenos consejos para mantenerlos sanos.
The Guardian newspaper has included a photo from Puerto Viejo in their Wildlife Photography of the Year list. It shows the encounter between a dog and a sloth and reminds us of the need to keep animals leashed or under control. Luckily the dog had taken part in a training program on sloth safety and so simply sniffed at it.
Veronica Gordon and her family are one of the founding families of Puerto Viejo and have been known for their activism, the vegetarian cooking classes and their cabinas. Sadly the cabinas were devastated by a fire on July 11, 2022 and are looking for support to rebuild.
Verónica Gordon y su familia son una de las familias fundadoras de Puerto Viejo y han sido conocidos por su activismo, las clases de cocina vegetariana y sus cabinas. Lamentablemente las cabinas fueron devastadas por un incendio el 11 de julio de 2022 y están buscando apoyo para reconstruirlas.
The publication Monga Bay has written an informative article about some local residents helping to build bridges between fragmented tree cover to protect sloths and other animals. This is a critical temporary measure while waiting for newly planted trees to grow as many animals are injured when they have to go down to the ground rather than stay in the tree cover.
The Tico Times offers a thought provoking piece on the history and culture of the Caribbean Coast and how development plans may play into that.
Getting Covid tests for travel in Puerto Viejo is now easier. There are now two labs offering the tests and both offer both the antigen and PCR tests.
Laboratorio Bioclinic and Clínica de Especialidades Médicas San Gabriel both offer antigen tests for about $75 and PCR tests for about $140. Contact them for additional details and make sure you research the type of test and timeframe needed for your destination.
At this time, non-vaccinated travelers going to Panama will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama. Additional requirements apply to those who have been in high risk countries in the last 15 days.
The Daily Beast has profiled the local ATEC organization and area history in an article on Puerto Viejo and sustainable tourism. It's an interesting read which I'm sure will get people talking locally.
Costa Rica has delayed the vaccine mandate from Dec 1 until Jan 8. Though businesses may choose to implement it Dec 1 in order to get rid of capacity restrictions. Those that wait until Jan 8 will be subject to 50% capacity restrictions.
The requirements will apply both to tourists and residents though the paperwork required to prove vaccination will be different.
Vaccination will be required to access non-essential services such as hotels, restaurants, bars, casinos, shops, museums, art and dance academies, gyms, spas and adventure tourism. There has been no plan announced to make vaccination a requirement of entry (currently unvaccinated people have to buy approved travel insurance which vaccinated travelers do not).
Correction: an earlier version of this article stated that unvaccinated people have to be tested prior to entry to Costa Rica which vaccinated people do not. That is not correct, a test is not required to enter Costa Rica. However unvaccinated people need to buy approved travel insurance whereas this requirement does not apply to fully vaccinated travelers.
Tourists planning a trip to Costa Rica should know that as of December 1, proof of vaccination will be required for many activities including restaurants and hotels.
Vaccinated tourists already have an easier time entering Costa Rica (a negative test is not required) but after this change it really won't be feasible to come to Costa Rica as a tourist without being vaccinated. The timeframe of the announcement gives people ample time to get their vaccinations.
Panamá appears to have withdrawn their plan to quarantine visitors from Costa Rica who were not fully vaccinated. Sources crossing at the border at Sixaola daily say there has been no change in the regimen at the border. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated will be required to present a negative Covid test (PCR or antigen) taken in the 72 hours prior. Fully vaccinated visitors do NOT need a test.
Parece que Panamá ha retirado su plan de poner en cuarentena a los visitantes de Costa Rica que no son totalmente vacunados. Fuentes que cruzan diariamente la frontera a Sixaola afirman que no ha habido ningún cambio en el régimen en la frontera. A los visitantes que no estén totalmente vacunados se les exigirá que presenten una prueba Covid negativa (PCR o antígeno) tomada en las 72 horas anteriores. Los visitantes totalmente vacunados NO necesitan una prueba.
UPDATE: Panamá withdraws plan to quarantine visitors from Costa Rica
Panama now requires travelers who are not fully vaccinated and are traveling from high risk countries, including Costa Rica, to quarantine for 72 hours. This will be at the traveler's expense at an approved hotel. As before, all travelers must also provide a PCR or antigen test taken in the 72 hours before arriving. Travelers from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro will need to keep this new requirement in mind.
INFORME: Panamá ha retirado su plan de poner en cuarentena a los visitantes de Costa Rica que no son totalmente vacunados
Panamá exige ahora que los viajeros que no estén totalmente vacunados y que viajen desde países de alto riesgo, incluido Costa Rica, estén en cuarentena durante 72 horas. Esto correrá a cargo del viajero en un hotel autorizado. Al igual que antes, todos los viajeros deben presentar una prueba de PCR o de antígeno realizada en las 72 horas anteriores a su llegada. Los viajeros de Puerto Viejo a Bocas del Toro deberán tener en cuenta este nuevo requisito.
The bridge over the La Estrella river at Penshurt has reopened today for vehicle traffic meaning traffic can now flow again between the South Caribbean and the rest of Costa Rica.
Se abré el paso entre el Caribe Sur y Limón y el resto de Costa Rica. El puente de río La Estrella está listo.
MEPE is operating buses to and from the closure where you walk across the closed area and pickup another bus. Caribe Shuttle and Interbus are also operating shuttles in this manner. An alternate route does exist for driving as well for 4WD vehicles. And the temporary bridge is coming soon; it isn't ready today but should be within the next 48 hours.
!Sí hay paso al Caribe Sur!
A pesar del derrumbe ocurrido en el puente de Penshurt, el cual conecta al país con el Caribe Sur. El paso no está completamente cerrado, existen algunas alternativas para poder viajar al Caribe Sur, entre la cuales están:
1. Transporte público de buses: La empresa MEPE, realiza recorridos de Limón al puente de Penshurt, de ahí las personas deben cruzar a pie el puente y tomar otro bus hacia el Caribe Sur. Interbus y Caribe Shuttle también.
2. Ruta alterna: Existe una ruta alterna por la comunidad de San Clemente que conecta con Pandora en el Valle de la Estrella, evitando el paso por el puente de Penshurt. Para trasladarse por esa ruta se les pide a las personas que la transiten solo en vehículos 4x4 ya que la carretera no se encuentra en buenas condiciones.
3. Vuelos: La empresa SANSA tiene vuelos de San José a Limón, en donde pueden tomar luego el bus de MEPE y hacer transbordo o tomar un servicio privado de busetas.
4. Busetas privadas: Hay servicios privados de busetas como Caribe Shuttle que trasladan a las personas de San José o de Limón hacia el puente de Penshurt, para luego hacer transbordo hacia cualquier parte del Caribe Sur.
**El gobierno ya está trabajando en la instalación de un puente bailey para rehabilitar la paso por el puente de Penshurt, el cual se espera que esté listo en las próximas 48 horas**
MEPE has announced their schedule of buses for Sunday July 25 given the bridge out at Penhurst. Until a temporary vehicle crossing is installed, hopefully Monday, riders will need to exit the bus, walk across and take another on the other side.
A temporary bridge to cross the Rio Estrella near Penshurt is expected to be in service on Monday, reconnecting the South Caribbean with the rest of Costa Rica.
In the meantime, travelers who need to go to or from the South Caribbean zone have to get transport to the failed bridge and can then walk across where they will need to have onward transport arranged.
Interbus has announced that they will run a shuttle tomorrow, Sunday, using this method with one of their shuttles meeting travelers on each side of the bridge. MEPE, the bus company, also started running buses to and from Penshurt to Limon and Manzanillo to Penshurt this afternoon. Check with them for the schedule.
The shuttles to Bocas del Toro in Panama have also been suspended due to flooding in Sixaola, at the border to Panama.
The accompanying photo shows how much mud is flowing into the sea down the overburdened rivers, turning the ocean a muddy brown. Photo credit Manuel Pinto from yesterday.
Heavy rains that have pummelled Costa Rica in recent days today took out the bridge in Penshurt, shutting highway 36 and cutting off the South Caribbean coast from the rest of Costa Rica.
Hopefully a temporary crossing will be arranged as is usually done in order to provide another way to access the area. The rains have done a lot of damage in other places as well with the worst hit area around Turrialba. Route 32 through Braulio Carrillo is also closed until further notice.