What is the closest large town?
Santa Teresa and Cobano are the two closest larger towns.
What is the closest airport to CIRENAS?
The closest regional airport is Tambor, which is an hour and a half from the CIRENAS campus and is operated by SANSA and Nature Air. San Jose International Airport (SJO) is 5 hours away and Liberia (LIR) is 3 hours away during the dry season (December – April). For more information about travelling to CIRENAS click here. CIRENAS can recommend a travel agent to help with your bookings.
Where is the closest medical facility?
Cobano and Santa Teresa both have medical clinics and are approximately 20-25 mins from the CIRENAS campus. For larger emergencies, students would either be taken to Nicoya Hospital (2 hours), Puntarenas (2 hours 30 minutes) or San Jose (5 hours). In the event of a life threatening injury we would use the medevac helicopter transport system to take the injured party to San Jose.
Is there a medical facility onsite?
We have a sick room that is fully stocked with First Aid supplies. All faculty holds Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certifications.
Do I need travel insurance?
CIRENAS recommends travel insurance for all groups coming to to our campus. If your school/group does not have a plan, we suggest using Seven Corners. When you fill out the form please refer to our agent John Farrell, agent #8801.
Do I have to take vaccinations before coming to Costa Rica?
CIRENAS does not require any specific vaccinations to participate in our programs but advises students, their families, and sending schools to review the CDC website for further information and recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/costa-rica. To protect students from routine exposure to the sun and mosquitoes, CIRENAS recommends regular application of sunscreen and bug repellent.