I just read this and am hoping some locals can give more info to tourists planning an upcoming visit.
I saw that article. AM Costa Rica has some inaccurate articles sometimes so I hope this is not true. I would also like to hear from folks in the area who might have better information. Thanks
I was wondering the same thing. I read La Nacion daily and haven't seen anything about it there yet.
But I did just find this:
again, seems like a developing story, as the above line is a report from today...
Apparently there was a part where people were robbed on a regular basis, from what I understand, that small part is closed. Let's hope someone with more details will come up.
Is the Rinconcito lodge close to Santa Maria entrance? I am getting worried to stay there now?
Anyone knows the security in Rinconcito lodge? It seems that it is safe to join a group rather than getting around on our own?
santa maria entrance is temporarily closed, not much for the robber , but for the shortage of personnel ,
las pailas is open at regular times, tuesday through sunday
the robbery was not a serious problem, but it got out of context, since the real problem a shortage of workers in the park
Thought this would be worth sharing to you all. I am headed there in March and conducting my research as well http://www.amcostarica.com/112812.htm
I have stayed at Rinconcito and loved it. You won't have any "safety" issues there. It's a great place.
Maybe you have already visited.....
I agree with Jose B. It's really about a shortage of workers.
When I was at Santa Maria last year, I went with a guide on a horseback trip from Rinconcito Lodge to the Santa Maria sector and we hiked to the hot springs. As we sat (me with my feet in the hot water) chatting about this and that, a Park worker arrived by horseback. Upon further conversation, the guide told me that there were usually only two workers on duty at any one time. Really not enough for an area of that size.
So I imagine they are trying to solve this problem - it's just not something you can throw money at.... it will probably take some time. (Training, etc)Edited: 12:53 pm, January 01, 2013
Indiana_Jonesse don't worry about safety there , it is generally safe. HattieCostaRica went to that section without problems. Ask around , pura vida !!!
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