The RIAO-Optilas Conferences will be held at the San José Palacio Hotel, in San José, Costa Rica.



Arriving by air to Costa Rica:


If you arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO):


By Taxi: 14 km trip to the Conference site. It should cost about 20 USD. The airport taxi service consists of orange cars, available at Arrivals. Note: Uber does typically take people to the airport but does not pick you from the airport.

By Bus: Take the TUASA bus shuttle available at the airport bus stop and get off at Mexico Hospital, it takes about 20 min and costs approximately 1.20 USD, then take a taxi or Uber to the San José Palacio Hotel (approx. 3 USD). If you miss your stop at the Hospital and continue until the San José downtown terminal, a taxi or Uber would cost you about 8 USD to get to the conference site.

Rent-a-car: If you rent a car at the airport, the best driving directions are given by the Waze app: Use Waze to drive to Hotel San José Palacio, Monserrat, Uruca, San José:


If you arrive at Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR):


This airport is located in the northwestern side of Costa Rica, 220 km from San José (and the conference).

By Public transportation: You should take the bus shuttle to Liberia downtown (about 1 USD), walk to Pulmitan Liberia Bus Station and take the bus to San José. The trip to San José takes around 4.5 hours and costs 8 USD. Once in the Pulmitan San José Bus Station, take a Taxi or Uber to Hotel San José Palacio (about 8 USD).

Pulmitan Liberia Bus Station:

Pulmitan San José Bus Station:



Rent-a-car: If you rent a car at the airport, the best driving directions are given by the Waze app: Use Waze to drive to Hotel San José Palacio, Monserrat, Uruca, San José:




Traveling to Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a small country located in the middle of the American continent, showered by two oceans that irrigate its many beaches, but also with green plains, mountains and volcanoes. Its exuberant flora and fauna make it one of the most biodiverse countries of the world. Its territory is divided into seven provinces, four inner zones: San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, and the remaining three zones located on the coast: Guanacaste, Limón and Puntarenas. The last two have maritime ports on the Atlantic asl well as the Pacific coast.

With just more than fifty thousand square kilometers of extension and five and a half million inhabitants, it is a place full of natural wonders and enchanting places. Its population origin is a like
curios mix of European, indigenous and Afro-descendants. These groups are distributed in 24 territories throughout the country, for a total of 125 thousand people. Costa Ricans are also called “Ticos”, their official language is Spanish and the sport most people are passionate about is soccer.

Costa Rica is very particular in the global area as it has one of the most consolidated democracies on the planet, it has no army since 1948 and its literacy level is over 98%. From the 83 universities in the country, 5 of them are public. In addition, being one of the 25 countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet, it made conservation its international standard, transforming its natural scenic beauty into a tourist and scientific resource.

Costa Rica’s capital is San José, it is located in the middle of the country, which allows a quick move to any spot to other in its territory by going through a road network. The country also has nine active tourist volcanoes (five of them located on the north of the capital and less than 2 hours away from SJ). The Great Metropolitan Area (formed by the interior provinces centers, and where most of its industry, commerce, finance, and tourism are located), has about half of the beaches and it is just less than 4 hours from the capital.

Also, the country has 27 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected areas, 15 swampy wetland areas, 11 forest reserves and 8 biological reserves as well as 12 other conservation regions that protect diverse natural habitats.

Costa Rica is a beautiful place to enjoy life in peace, away from armed conflicts and in harmony with nature. For these reasons, each year the number of tourists visiting the country increases. For example, the figure exceeded three million annual visitors before the pandemic. Definitely, you should take the opportunity to visit Costa Rica and meet its people.

Looking forward to welcoming you!

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