Heads of state from countries represented in the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana will be in San José for two days, starting this afternoon with Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of México, also visiting.
Expats are likely to notice the event only by the traffic jams caused by motorcades carrying foreign officials.
The event comes at a time when the country is in three days of national mourning over the death of the president of the Corte Supreme de Justicia, Luis Paulino Mora. As a result, a concert planned to take place before a state dinner tonight in the Teatro Nacional has been canceled.
The dinner will be hosted by President Laura Chinchilla, and the Mexican leader will be honored with a decoration by the Costa Rican government. With him is expected to be his wife, Angélica Rivera de la Peña.
The Hotel Real Intercontinental will be the site for the gathering of Central American heads of state. Ms. Chinchilla will open the event with a welcome at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Enrique Castillo, the Costa Rica foreign minister, is expected to outline the results of a negotiation with México.
Wednesday afternoon, the Mexican president and his wife go to the Museo Nacional where he will meet with Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José and be given the symbolic keys to the city.
Peñas Nieto and his wife are scheduled to leave Wednesday evening from Juan Santamaría. airport.