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The tropical storm and following rains that have hit the country this week have forced the government to declare national emergency.

The Costa Rica National Emergency Commission (Comision Nacional de Emergencias, or CNE) has declared the following areas in red alert: Central Pacific, South Pacific, North Pacific, North Region and Central Valley.

The phenomenon, which has affected the country since Wednesday, has caused torrential rains, floods, and landslides in different parts of the country.

The main routes connecting Central America and the ones that lead to the central pacific region are in very bad condition due to landslides, flooding and collapses produced by the rains of the last two days.

The routes that are closed or under regulated traffic are:

  • Route 243 (Pérez Zeledón-Dominical): bridge fallen on the river La Palma.
  • Route 321 (Interamericana Sur-Lourdes de San Isidro del General): displacement of Bailey bridge over the General river.
  • Route 34 (Costanera Sur): overflow of the Parrita, Paquita, Tárcoles and Pozón rivers.
  • Route 32 (San José-Limón): interrupted passage between the toll and the crossing towards Rio Frio.
  • Route 141 (Naranjo-San Carlos): collapse in Tapezco.
  • Route 26 (Varablanca-Cinchona): collapse in the community of Five Corners.
  • Route 142 (Cañas-Tilarán): closed by collapse.
  • Route 707 (Turrubares-at junction with Route 27): closed by collapse.
  • The regulated passage between Palmares and San Ramón: collapse partially affects the road near the locality known as La Gruta.
  • Route 228 (Tablón-Copalchí): bridge in poor condition.

Other information:

  • All national parks are closed.
  • Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) reports 20 canceled flights, six diverted flights and 17 delayed flights.

We are contacting every one of our affected clients to help them find alternative transportation.

If you are planning on traveling to any of these areas, or any other place outside of San José during these days, please call us to get informed in advance about the conditions.

If you need more information, do not hesitate to call us at the office from 8 am to 5 pm, or to our emergency number that works 24/7: (506) 8714-5127.

For calls from the US & Canada you should dial 011 before the country code (506).

Your Camino Travel Team