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October 19, 2018

Ciudad Colon

Ciudad Colon

VILLA COLON; Canton de Mora, 30 minutes East of Puriscal, 7 minutes West of Santa Ana, a few minutes away from the Shopping Malls, Hospitals and Business Centers of Escazu / Santa Ana and half hour away from the Pacific Coast via Ruta 27.  Home to the University of Peace in the hamlet of El Rodeo. https://www.upeace.org/upeace-tools/virtual-tour.  Over 200 students from all over the world pursue their master’s degrees in a wide variety of academic disciplines such as international peace studies, conflict resolution and settlement of disputes, human rights and natural resources management. The vast majority of students reside in Ciudad Colon, which provides the town with distinctive feel.  Ciudad Colon used to be called Villa Colon, but before that, and many years ago, Pacaca. Close to the town is Quitirrisí, an indigenous reserve in the Central Valley, very well known for their handcraft abilities. Ciudad Colon is known for its exquisite weather that is typically slightly warmer than Santa Ana.  The mountains surrounding Ciudad Colon make it a wonderful location for hiking, horseback riding and mountain climbing. Old paths were created so people could trek up the mountain and take in the stunning views, vegetation of the region, waterfalls and the abundance of flora and fauna. This sleepy town sits in the middle of the fastest growing region in Costa Rica, and in a short drive travelers can find themselves and one of the most visited attractions in the country.  

There are no upscale bars or restaurants but there are many local venues catering to food and entertainment. Ciudad Colon is particularly suitable for outdoor activities such as horse riding, mountain boardingbiking,running and hiking.  Feria Verde on Tuesdays, Artesans Feria on Fridays, Farmers Market on Saturdays….across from the park & next to the church.  Despite its small size, people from over 60 nationalities live in Ciudad Colon at any given time, making it one of the most multi-cultural towns in the whole world. Most of this expatriate population comprises students and faculty members from the United Nations mandated University for Peace.

PUBLIC MONEY & TRANSPARENCY:  Can you imagine that from your phone or computer you are able to track purchases of materials made by your municipality?  Soon this will be a reality for the people of Mora, the first canton to implement the System Transparency in Public Procurement Management, a tracking platform to all procurement processes of this municipality.

The system identifies corrupt actions and steps necessary to avoid them.  It uses technology so that there are controls at all stages of shopping by the Municipality, from the call for bids until the receipt of purchased materials.  In the case of Mora, it includes enabling a special space for the receipt of goods; electronic equipment for scanning documents; video equipment and closed circuit surveillance and biometric recognition equipment for suppliers.   This platform was implemented with the support of Aliarse, an organization promoting public-private partnerships and the Canadian Embassy.

Public Library: Celebrates its 30th anniversary in Nov. 2015The Library serves 1,400 users per month, and presents 30 activities per month from classes in computers, English, Portuguese and Italian, and workshops for writers, artists, a club of lectures, among other activities.  Mon.-Fri. 10am to 6pm. 2249-3516   https://www.facebook.com/Biblioteca-P%C3%BAblica-de-Ciudad-Col%C3%B3n-124708180932730/?fref=ts

Flat screens REPAIR:   Electrónica Díaz centro de reparación, especialistas en reparación de LED, LCD, Plasma, todo lo electrónico que ocupes reparar somos su solución.  www.electronicadiaz.com
muchas gracias y bendiciones. Santa Ana Tel 2282-1760     Ciudad Colon 2249-1875      Whatsapp 70045760.     

Automobile Air Conditioning:    Automobiles in Ciudad Colon,  Aireconfort  . Tel: 2249 1607 / 8384 3604

BIKE SHOP: Mountain Biking Shop in Colón, Ciclo Sport.  On the main road across from Pops, next to Sur paints.  2249-4786, also on Facebook.

FERIA-farmers market: Fruits, vegetables, etc. Saturday mornings next to the main church in town.

CASA DE LA CULTURA:  Center of town

INA:  2249-1703,  

HOSPITAL New hospital – EBAIS 50 meters West of restaurante La Choza de Joel, serving Mora / Palmichal.  24 HR. Emergency services Tel. 2105-4100.  http://www.ccss.sa.cr/sucursales?pagina=2.  Offices- Mon. – Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm, 2249-1819 in front of the Catholic Church.  Also “Emergencias Medicas” across from the police station, 2249-2928, you can also get a dictamen medica for drivers licenses.

POST OFFICE;  50 meters East of the Catholic Church.  2249-1790.

PIZZA:  Pizza Express 2249-6000….Casa 76 225 meters EAst of BNCR…Che Pizza 2249-0909  chepizzacr.com.  Buccanero’s Pizza, Tomatoe’s Pizza & wings, and L’Italiano.

MOVIES; ‘Videos Original’ located next to the post office.  Purchase good movies for 1.000 colones. 9am – 9pm, tel. 2249-1051

POLICE: 2249-1037 OR 2249-6034.    RED CROSS/CRUZ ROJA, next to police station 2249-2093    FIRE DEPT. in Santa Ana

AyA 2249-1635, 100 meters East of the Church, 800-737-6783, www.aya.go.cr

TAXIS: 2249-2078/-1300/-1500

GUNS – SPORTS: Armeria Polini; Plaza Via Colon behind Fresh Market.  http://www.armeriapolini.com/   Pepper spray and CO2 pistols/rifles.

REFRIGERATION:  home air conditioning, refrigerators, auto A/C.  Techni-Aires Colon, 8442-1304, 7225-2874

RECYCLING CENTER:  http://www.ciudadcoloncr.com/place/reciclaje/    Tel. 2249-3952

Soda Mi Casita, 50 meters East of Gollo, 2249-6357    

SHOES/SANDALS:  make and repair shoes and sandals at “Charlie’s Shoes”, 50 meters East of Gollo next to Che Pizza. Tel. 4035-6118 and on Facebook.                                                                                                                                              

TECH STORE: “Indigo”…diagonal from Gollo. Tels. 2249-4939, 4030-5999.  Email; yeco-colon@gmail.com  Good selection of computer, Apple and cell phone items.

PISCINA DE MORA:  Located in San Bosco, 2249-5396, swim classes.  piscinasmora@gmail.com,  Facebook; Piscina San Bosco de Mora

PROPERTIES FOR SALE & RENT:    

Beautiful house in Ciudad Colon for rent.  RENTED
3 bedrooms with closet, main with walk in closet and tub in the bathroom, kitchen with pantry, living room with glass doors, TV room, 3 and a half bathrooms, backyard, garage 4 cars, with view, very quiet, land 428 m2, 250 m2, 2 floors, front and back yard.
House in quiet, very secure. $1250

SOLD Oct. 2017 Commercial property in Ciudad Colon with 5 apts. with a net annual income of $30,000.  Well maintained and furnished, almost a zero occupancy rate.  Asking $325,000

A property in Ciudad Colon with 2 houses just came on the market, asking $420,000 USD   (35 mins. East of Puriscal on hwy. 239)
The lot measures 941 sq. meters and the houses are new, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchens, patios.
 It is inside a “residential area” so I’m assuming that there is good security.
Hfallas