1928... yes! It was eighty years ago that our
grandfather, Nazario Chinchilla, worked as a milkman in the
hills of Sabanilla de Montes de Oca.
His daily routine was to deliver milk on foot to his customers
in the neighborhoods of Lourdes, San Pedro, Sabanilla, and
some of them all the way to San Jose.
It’s hard for us to understand now, the difficulties he faced
in making these deliveries each day. But against many obstacles
he managed to keep his business going…and growing.
Business was growing!. It was necessary to find a way to transport
more and more milk in an efficient way. He built a cart that
was pulled by a horse. Some of his costumers starting requesting
him to return with some groceries from San Jose on his way
back to Sabanilla and San Pedro. And some people even rode
in his cart as passengers.
Some time later he read in a periodical some interesting news.
A factory in the
by the name of was building heavy-duty trucks. He mentioned this to
his wife Luisa and despite the limitations of those times,
he ordered a chassis and an engine with four tires and a spare!
Nobody in town had ever seen such a big wooden box. Inside
was the latest American technology. This was the first chassis
for a bus in .
My father, Paco, told me that after much difficulty, they
finally put together that enormous piece of machinery.
When they fired up the engine for the first time, almost everyone
ran! Dogs were barking; chickens went crazy; people were in
a panic; while others were praying!
It was the beginning of public transportation in Costa Rica…History
That is how
TUCAN LIMO SERVICES TODAY
By that time he also owned a Ford 1928 (the one in the picture)
that was the company car…and one of the very few cars in Costa
was part of the fleet that he converted into a kind of cargo/passenger
Years later the
buses and cars were running to many destinations throughout
…and still today
in 2008! As TUCAN LIMO SERVICES
In the last eighty years a lot of events have changed
the world and of courseEnterprises TUCAN LIMO SERVICES
was not an exception. During the , only three of the bus fleet survived, mostly
because of the shortage of rubber tires and parts. We switched
to a trucking company. My farther and my uncles Oscar, Pedro
and Nazario, were driving long days over the country roads
with all kinds of cargo. My grandfather was driving one of
the buses and my grandmother was the fee collector inside
of the bus!
In the sixties my grandfather sold most of the bus routes.
My uncle Oscar migrated to Venezuela now he is back in Costa
Rica. My uncle Nazario moved to California. My uncle Pedro
is still running a car garage where was once located the main
station for buses in
My father Paco was hired by the in 1944 and he retired
forty-five years later in 1989. He was awarded by
which has been reserved for non-British
persons that have performed some important labor for the empire.
In America, very few persons had ever been awarded with that
medal. with the ,
a special emissary all the way from
to hang that Medal in my father’s chest. I remember that night…
what a night! The Medal is now in a special box in my father’s
room. Some emigrants complained
how it was possible that a driver was awarded with that medal.
They did not know that my father’s reputation was known all
the way to the …GOD SAVE THE
When I was a kid I sat on my father’s lap while he was driving
those great old Humbers belong to the Embassy. He was my hero
and still is today. I loved his stories of driving around
Maybe I was four years old when they said I spent many hours
in my own little car simulator…a piece of a broom stick as
the shifter…the lid of a paint can as the steering wheel …and
there I was, ready to drive around my country that was waiting
My adult life led to a college education in the ,
as well as other free-lance work connected to the ,
working for ,
tourism industry. After living for several years
in the I
moved back to With the help of my cousins Federico, Alejandro, Felipe
and Adrian I founded Tucan Limo Services. (Who by the way
are as fanatic as I am about buses and trucks). We are the
continuation of the dreams of our grandfather Papa Nacho and
our uncle’s and father’s business.
Tucan Limo Services is …with all of that
family tradition alive today!
In our eighty years of transportation we have been involved
in many important moments in our country’s history. In one
way or another we have been part of hosting some important
celebrities, such as…
Corporations we have served
- Prince Charles of England
- President Kennedy of the USA
- President Carter of the USA
- Pope John Paul II
- Mr. Toyoda; President of the Toyota
- Motor Corporation
- Paul Rodriguez; American comedian
- Red Hot Chilly Peppers
- Mrs. Beverly Sills
- And many more
- Coca Cola
- Toyota Motor Corporation
- Discovery Channel
- National Geographic
- CR Conectividad
- Goodrich Co.
- And now of course YOU!
Limo Services I have the opportunity to do what
I have always loved, driving around and showing others my
beautiful country, !
I will share a lot more of
and its history with you, once you are in one
of our transfers. Don’t settle for a foreign driver with only
a few years or even a few months of driving experience in
Costa Rica. To be sure, just verify their C2 driver’s license,
and see how many years of experience driving on our roads
they have. In my case it was issued in 1976. For thirty two
years I have been certified to drive buses in , along with forty two years of total driving experience
in my country as well as the throughout the and more.
Do not let some newcomer spoil your vacation.
They may be cheaper but they cannot offer you what we have...
of tradition and
If you need someone to be your host for your future visit
to …let us help you…now
you know about us…let us know about YOU!
See you soon in our country...