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Despite Zika fears, Guanacaste hotels are booked for Easter holiday

The first reported cases of Zika virus in Costa Rica do not appear to have negatively affected reservations at hotels in Guanacaste province for Holy Week.

Costa Rica Holy Week deadliest in 10 years

The Red Cross usually sees a spike in requests for assistance during the holiday but this year’s death count alarmed officials even after the first weekend of the Easter vacation. The number of people the Red Cross attended to this year was more than twice that of last year.

VIDEO: Costa Rica processions commemorate Good Friday

The queue was a mix of Roman soldiers, robed apostles, winged angels and a mannequin representing the messiah himself.

Drunk driver nosedives car into Paquera ferry

Hopefully your trip to the beach Thursday went better than this guy’s.

PHOTOS: A Holy Week children’s procession in Heredia

As part of Costa Rica's Easter Holy Week activities, the Church of Santo Domingo de Heredia on Tuesday held an annual procession that featured kids as leading actors.

Costa Rica’s Holy Week vacation off to a deadly start

The weekend of Palm Sunday, on March 29, is the unofficial start to spring break in Costa Rica. School lets out for the Easter holiday and those with vacation time head to the beach. Unfortunately, the weekend signaled an unusually deadly start to the festivities.

PHOTOS: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town

Holy Week in Guatemala was declared Intangible Culture Patrimony of the Nation in 2008 with the backing of UNESCO.

Semana Santa by the numbers: 97 serious injuries, 1,225 arrests and a bunch of seized Judas dolls

Due to the high volume of holiday vacationers, raucous beach parties and drunk driving accidents usually accompany the deeply religious processions and church services of Semana Santa; this year, was no exception.

25 killed so far during Semana Santa, according to Red Cross

Accidents and assaults have claimed the lives of 25 people so far this Semana Santa, according to a report released by the Costa Rican Red Cross.

Catholics in Guatemala set sawdust carpet world record

Thousands of Guatemalan Catholics broke their own Guinness record for the world's longest sawdust carpet Thursday with a multi-colored masterpiece stretching down the main avenue of the capital's historic center.

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