Me, I Think I Will Stay in Costa Rica To Watch The Game Saturday

What does it cost for a Tico (or anyone else in Costa Rica) to take in La Sele World Cup quarter-final game in Brazil? Between US$3.999 and US$4.500 dollars. Per person.

10366267_786498998050311_3420800627654944453_nTwo companies (I won’t mention their names ViajesColon and Credomatic) are each offering specials: 4 x3.

But, before you get all excited rounding up your three friends, your ticket won’t be entire free. The 4×3 is “Tico style”. Let me explain.

Typically, as foreigners, we know the 4×3 as, you pay three and get the fourth free. This applies to 3×2 or 2×1 or any other combo.

In Costa Rica, the 4×3 is a little different. For US$3.999 dollars at the first and US$4.500 dollars at the second, for each of your three friends, your FREE cost is US$1.350. I don’t think I can afford free.

Back to the offer. For the 4K (plus) for three and your 1.35 K you get:

  • return airfare Costa Rica – Brazil
  • airport transfers
  • transfers to stadium
  • three nights hotel tourist class (that means shared room)
  • entrance to the quarter-final game Saturday
  • taxes on accommodations and airfares (up to US$500, after that you have to dig into your pockets). This last one is strange, aren’t taxes predictably a percentage of the cost of a room or airfare? So why the caveat?

ND, very important, it DOES NOT include is the US$29 San José airport tax. No tax paid, no travel.

Moving on. Some of the conditions are: you can’t buy more than 30 packages – let’s see that would be 90 friends to get four free (Tico style) passes; departure is July 4; and you need to have your yellow fever vaccination. Last I checked the incubation period is 10 days.

Let’s do the math. If you get the shot today (about ¢35.000 colones at local pharmacies), count 10 days, that would mean the first available return date is July 11. The plans are three days only: July 4, 5 and 6.  If you got your shot today, you will have to spend 5 additional days in Brazil.

If you or your friends don’t have the cash, no problema. The second operator, being a bank, is offering payments: US$375 a month for 12 months, or US$171 a month for 36 months, interest free. To get the interest free, of course, you have to use their credit service, which means if you miss a payment, then interest will apply. You won’t see this on the advertising, but can bet it will be on the contract you sign. You have been warned.

Me, I think I will stay home and watch the game on television in Costa Rica and the head out to the streets to celebrate, no, not the Costa Rican win, MY WIN!

Written by Rico


“In my spare time I’m a really nice guy!” RICO is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! Rico brings his special kind of savvy to online marketing. His websites are engaging, provocative, informative and sometimes off the wall, where you either like or you leave it. The same goes for him, like him or leave him.There is no middle ground. No compromises, only a passion to present reality as he sees it!