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2022 IASNR Conference Travel Tips

2022 IASNR Conference – San José, Costa Rica

Travel Tips

The following information is offered to provide you with some foundational knowledge about Costa Rica. We encourage you to study this and other information about Costa Rica. Hopefully, this information will make your experience in Costa Rica a great one.

  • For most of the year, Costa Rica has a tropical climate with high humidity. There are two main seasons in Costa Rica including the dry season (December to April) and the rainy season (May to November). Throughout the year, temperatures range between 22 and 28 degrees Celsius (72-82 degrees Fahrenheit). However, within Costa Rica there are multiple micro-climates that can change quickly (sun, rain, cold). Always carry rain gear in Costa Rica and a light sweater.
  • Although the country is considered overall safe, tourists are often targeted for non-violent petty crimes. We highly recommend not to visit isolated places or walk alone at night within the capital city. At all times avoid flaunting cameras, technological devices, and jewelry in public places. In case of an emergency, call 911.
  • If you want to have internet connectivity outside of the hotel and conference venues, it is recommended to buy a local SIM card, which can be purchased at the airport. There are three options of telephone companies within Costa Rica including Kolbi, Claro and Movistar. You can also consult with your telephone company if your plan allows you to make calls from Costa Rica and under what terms (i.e., no charges, international plan).
  • In most cases, the water in Costa Rica is clean and potable. However, we recommend that you buy bottled water sold in most supermarkets in the country if you have any concerns about drinking from the tap.
  • Departure taxes are mostly paid at the moment you purchase your plane ticket, so you do not have to make any special arrangements to pay them. However, it is important that this information is confirmed with the airline of your choice.
  • The Costa Rican Colón (plural: colones) is the national currency. The exchange rate as of September 2021 is approximately 625 colones to the dollar. U.S. dollars are accepted at many, but not all, tourist destinations. However, keep in mind that if paying in dollars, the exchange rate will not be as competitive as the official one established by the National Government. We recommend that you pay using local currency or your debit/credit card instead. Please be aware that you will need colones to pay for buses within the city (which you will require to move from the hotel to the University of Costa Rica campus).
  • For currency exchange, it is recommended to visit a state bank (Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional, Banco Popular), since the exchange houses at the airport have very high commissions. Often, using cash machines to withdraw colones provides the best exchange rate.
  • ATMs are easy to find, even in the smallest cities throughout Costa Rica. The Visa Plus network is the most widespread, but in cities and tourist destinations there are also those of the Cirrus network, which accept most foreign cards. In these areas there are some ATMs that dispense US dollars, if required.
  • Below are approximate costs of food and lodging for your reference:
    • Breakfast: 8 dollars per person.
    • Lunch in restaurant: 10-20 dollars per person.
    • Dinner in restaurant: 10-20 dollars per person.
    • Accommodation in a three-star hotel in the capital city: 60 dollars on average.
  • At restaurants, tips are included in the final bill. There is no need to tip, but if you do, people will not be offended and will appreciate the gesture.
  • While most people travel to Costa Rica to enjoy its rural and natural settings, the city of San José offers several attractions including the Jade Museum, National Museum of Costa Rica, National Theater, and picturesque neighborhoods like Escalante, Los Yoses, Santa Ana, and Escazú.
  • Costa Rica has two international airports, one in Liberia (LIR – located near the west coast of the country) and the second one in Alajuela (SJO – close to San José). For the purpose of this conference, you would need to travel to SJO. The estimated travel time from the airport (SJO) to downtown San José is 40 minutes. However, traffic is a main problem in the city, so this time can increase significantly depending on traffic. At the airport you will find specialized taxis (orange) and on the outskirts official red taxis. A bus and train network are also available on some routes. It is important to mention that there are platforms in operation such as Uber and Didi for getting around the city.

Consular Assistance in Case of Emergency

Embassy of the United States of America in San José
Emergency assistance U.S.
Citizens in emergency situation, please call +506 2519 2000

The Embassy of Italy in San José
Address: 5th entrada del Barrio Los Yoses-Casa blanca esq. 2 pisos.
P.O. Box: 1729-1000 SAN JOSE
Phone: +506 2224-6574/1082/6467 Fax: +506 2225-8200
e-mail: [email protected]
PEC: [email protected] – Address enabled exclusively to receive certified e-mail (PEC)

Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica
Torre La Sabana, Piso 10, Sabana Norte, San José, COSTA RICA
Tel: +506-2232-1255 ó 2231-0357 / Ermegency Tel. +506-2539-7350 / Fax: +506-2231-3140
e-mail: [email protected]

Spain Embassy in Costa Rica
Contact for consular emergencies of Spanish citizens:
For the management of consular emergencies of Spanish citizens (robberies, accidents, disappearances, and other serious and urgent cases), outside office hours, call the following active telephone number 24/7: (+506) 6050 9853

Embassy of the Russian Federation in Costa Rica
Address: 100 m North, 150 m East, Church of St. Therese
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2256-9181 (506) 8915-9083 Fax: (506) 2221-2054
Email: [email protected]

Switzerland Embassy in San José
Edificio Centro Colón
10° piso, Paseo Colón
San José
Costa Rica
Phone Headquarters +506 22 21 48 29
Fax Headquarters +506 22 55 28 31
Headquarters [email protected]
Consular services [email protected]
Website: http://www.eda.admin.ch/sanjose

The British Embassy in San José
If you’re in Costa Rica and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +506 2258 2025 and select the option for consular assistance. Visits to the Embassy are by appointment only. Please call +506 2258 2025 to arrange an appointment. Walk-in visits are not allowed.

Embassy of Germany in San José
Address: Torre La Sabana, piso 8, Sabana Norte, San José.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am-12 md
Emergency service in urgent situations outside working hours (Mon-Ju 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; vi 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) you can call +506 8381 7968.
Only cases whose solution cannot wait until the next business day will be attended.

Location: San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is well-known for its commitment to environmental goals. While only owning 0.03% of the world’s land, the country contains about 5% of the biodiversity of the world.
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Venue: University of Costa Rica, San José
Founded in 1843, the University of Costa Rica (UCR) is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious university in Costa Rica.
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Travel & Lodging
The Holiday Inn San José-Aurola is the conference hotel. Located in the heart of downtown, the hotel is within walking distance of museums, shopping, and restaurants.
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Field Trips
Conference Field Trips
Several pre-conference field trips are planned that will showcase the natural beauty of Costa Rica and the country's rich cultural heritage.
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Field Trips
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