• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Arenal Report

July 4, 2012

On Friday, June 22, area residents met with government officials at the Salón Comunal in Cabanga to discuss paving the Guatuso Road, or Ruta Nacional 143. This is the section from the Lake Road to Guatuso.  

The meeting was organized and well-attended. There has been an ongoing effort to get this road paved. Several government officials were in attendance, including National Roadway Council Director José Luis Salas, Tilarán Mayor Jovel Ortega, Guatuso Mayor Abelino, Upala Mayor Alejandro Hernández as well as the presidents of the local associations of both Tilarán and Guatuso. 

Many residents spoke about the need for the road. This is an important road for tourists as it connects the Arenal area to the popular sites of Río Celeste and Río Negro. It also offers a route to the Caribbean.  

A topographical and engineering study will begin in August and conclude by September. The completion is projected for 2016. The cantons of Tilarán and Guatuso are establishing a commission to cooperate on this and other projects. Certain sections may be singled out for improvements first, as they are most in need. Examples include the road through the town of Cabanga and up the hill on this side of Dos Rocas.

The residents were pleased with the response from officials. When Salas was asked if he would put this plan and schedule in writing, he agreed.  

The community was seeing work on the roads in other areas as well.  The Lake Road between Nuevo Arenal and La Fortuna, near where the restaurant Indio Pelado was located, is now sporting a new, one-lane Bailey bridge. Other improvements on the Lake Road include improving the road between there and La Fortuna. Thanks to Jeff Spencer for his assistance with this report.

-Lynn Farris 

LynnFarris@ymail.com

You may be interested

Costa Rica begins AstraZeneca vaccine injections
Costa Rica
10 views
Costa Rica
10 views

Costa Rica begins AstraZeneca vaccine injections

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 19, 2021

Costa Rica on Monday began inoculating citizens and residents against Covid-19 using the AstraZeneca vaccine. At a ceremony, several Costa…

Human smugglers reap billions selling the American Dream
Latin America
6 views
Latin America
6 views

Human smugglers reap billions selling the American Dream

Yussel Gonzalez / AFP with Herika Martinez in Ciudad Juarez - April 19, 2021

The tide of migrants sweeping across Mexico to the US border is not just a humanitarian crisis -- it is…

KLM will resume Costa Rica flights next month
Costa Rica
16 views
Costa Rica
16 views

KLM will resume Costa Rica flights next month

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 19, 2021

Dutch airline KLM plans to resume its Costa Rica flights starting June 29, the Tourism Board (ICT) announced Monday. The…