General Information
Costa Rica
IV Biennial Conference of the Latin
American Network of International
Economic Law
“Latin America Challenges in the
context of International Economic
Governance crises”
September 7-9, 2017


Event details
• Venue: Ciudad Universitaria Rodrigo Facio, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro de
Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica.
• Date: September 7-9, 2017.

Dress code
During the conference, the dress code will be smart casual.

Contact information
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About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a tropical paradise located in Central America, with a population of 5 million people
and 51,100 km². Its capital (and largest city) is San Jose. It shares its borders with Nicaragua at the
north side, the Caribbean Sea at the east side, southeastern borders with Panama and west with
the Pacific Ocean.
One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful
country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.
Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly
shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed
of conservation and natural protected territory.
Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and it offers great potential for the
establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to the outstanding academic level
of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services and social and political
Despite its size and being an under developed country, Costa Rica has positioned itself among
the countries with the highest public healthcare development in Latin America.
Costa Rica is praised because of its efforts for investment in public education that different
governments have accomplished throughout the years. There are close to 6,147 elementary,
middle, and high schools and more than 50 universities in the country.

Costa Rica’s official language is Spanish. Also much of the population understands and speaks
some English.

The political system is represented by three powers, which are: The Executive Power, the
Legislative Power and the Judicial Power. The Elections Supreme Court is considered the fourth
power of the Republic. Every four years national elections are carried out. Among other positions
of popular representation, the President of the Republic is elected through direct representation
by secret ballot.

Official religion
The official religion is Catholic. Freedom of religious choice is respected.

Time zone
Costa Rica is located in the UTC-6 time zone.
The following webpage can help you calculate the time difference with your country:

Costa Rica, as it is located in a tropical zone, has a great variety of microclimates, which allows
the tourists in a short distance and time, feel the different types of environments, which will in
turn have a positive impact on their travel experience. In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very
pleasant not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April but also during
the rainy season, which runs from May to November. During the rainy season rain can be
expected in the afternoons, on the other hand the mornings are usually sunny.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C (72 degrees F)
that increases considerably on the coastal areas. The changes in temperature are considerable
and due to the short distances in this relatively small country, they can all be experienced in just
one day.

Costa Rican gastronomy is considerate fairly mild and it has been very influenced by the Spanish,
Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean cultures, this is reflected in the variety of dishes that can be
found in the country. The Costa Rican traditional cuisine is made up from scratch with fresh fruits 

and vegetables often with a home-cooked feel. The dishes most recommended if you visit Costa
Rica are: Gallo Pinto, Rice and beans, Chorreadas, Tortillas de queso, Olla de carne, Casado, Arroz
con leche, Churchil, Cajetas, Chifrijo, Chicharrones, Vigoron, Picadillos, Tamal asado, Tamales,
Agua dulce and off course a good Costa Rican coffee.

The standard voltage used in Costa Rica is 110 V.

Currency exchange

The currency authorized for any transaction in Costa Rica is the Colon (CRC, ₡). Its exchange rate
varies daily in relation to the US dollar and euro. You can exchange money in banks and currency
exchange houses located in airport terminals.
• Central Bank of Costa Rica (reference 22/06/2017):
*1 US$ buying: 564,65 colones
*1 US$ selling: 577,39 colones
Credit and debit cards are accepted in most commercial establishments, however, it is
recommended to carry some cash.

How to dial
The prefix for dialing from abroad to Costa Rica is + (506)
From USA/Canada to Costa Rica: 011 + 506 + (local number, 8 digits)
Rest of the world to Costa Rica (Asia, Africa and Europe) 00 + 506 + (local number, 8 digits)

Juan Santamaria International Airport
Is the main airport in Costa Rica, its located in Alajuela, only 18 km from San Jose. It have a
modern infrastructure, with an average of 4.4 million travelers per year, is considered the third
best airport in Latin America and the Caribbean

Connecting flights
• From Mexico:

*Mexico City→ Two daily flights with Aeromexico and Interjet
• From Canada:
*Toronto → One flight Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. and Sat. with Air Canada
*Montreal → One flight Fri. With Air Transat
*Toronto → One flight Mon. With Air Transat
• From United States:
*Los Angeles → One flight Mon., Wed., Fri and Sat. With Alaska Airlines and one
daily flight, with Delta
*Dallas→ One daily flight. With American Airlines
*Charlotte→ One daily flight. With American Airlines
*Miami→ Four daily flights. With American Airlines
*Philadelphia→ One flight Sat. With American Airlines
* Phoenix→ One daily flight. With American Airlines
*Atlanta→ Two daily flights. With Delta
*Fort Lauderdale→ One daily flight. With Jetblue
*Orlando→ One daily flight. With Jetblue
*Washington→ One flight Fri., Sat. and Sun. With United Airlines
• From United Kingdom:
* London → Two flights per week (Wed., Sat.) in winter. Three flights per week
(Tue., Thu., Sat.) in summer. With British Airways
• From Spain:
*Madrid→ One daily flight. With Iberia
• From Germany:
*Frankfurt: One flight Mon., Wed. and Thu. With Condor
Public transportation
• Taxis: at the airport exits are orange taxis that are the official airport transportation, aside
from that, the official taxis in the country are red colored, you can either pay with cash or
with credit card in selected vehicles.
• Buses: the schedule for the buses Alajuela - San Jose is from 4:30 to 23:00 every 10

Not every person needs a visa to travel to Costa Rica; this would depend on nationality, visit
purpose, country of residence and length of stay. The requirements of visa or exception are
based on agrees between countries. The form for the visa can be found in the next web page

The following are the two nearest hotels to the University of Costa Rica, which are well
ranked. They have standard rates within the variety of hotels in San José. As an additional
suggestion, if you select another hotel or AirB&B, you should arrange your transport to the
Jade Boutique Hotel, surrounded by renown financial institutions, Costa Rica’s most
prestigious universities and several embassies and ministries, Hotel Boutique Jade offers an
excellent location for business and leisure travelers likewise.
• 25 km away from Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport – Approximately 30 min. by car.
• 5 min walking from downtown San Jose.
• Located in an upscale quiet neighborhood.
• 1 min walking from “San Pedro Mall”.
• Exact Address: 250 mts. North of Grupo Q, Barrio Dent Los Yoses, San Pedro, San José,
Costa Rica Boulevard Dent Calle 41.
Additional information regarding the hotel can be found in the following webpage:

Ave del Paraíso Eco Boutique Hotel, right next door from the University of Costa Rica,

this small hotel takes pride in being one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the area, which also
offers an experience filled with nature, art, and gastronomy in a great location right in the
middle of San Pedro.
• 25 away km from Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport – Aproximately 30 min. by car.
• 10 min. walking form downtown San Jose.
• 1 min walking from “San Pedro Mall”.
• Easy access to good restaurantes and cultural points of interest.
• Exact address: San Pedro, San José, Costa Rica, 50 mts North from the old Faculty of Law
of the University of Costa Rica.
Additional information regarding the hotel can be found in the following webpage:

Tourism general information
Costa Rica gives the tourist the facility to visit mountains and beaches in a short period of time,
with very different views and microclimates, some of the most remarkable places to visit are:
• Poas Volcano: Poas, Alajuela.



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