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Our Campus

CIRENAS is located on one of the last undeveloped stretches of coastline on the Nicoya Peninsula within the Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuge.  Our campus is approximately 5 hours from San Jose and 3 hours from Liberia.  Santa Teresa and Cobano are the closest larger towns.

The Caletas-Ario National Wildlife Refuge

The Refuge was created in 2006 and is one of the first co-managed National Wildlife Refuges in Costa Rica.  Four species of sea turtles nest on the beaches of the Refuge including the endangered leatherback.  CIRENAS participants play an active role in the management of the Refuge through their research and environmental restoration projects.

Travel to CIRENAS

CIRENAS is located 3o minutes North of St Teresa and Manzanillo on the Pacific Coast. There are several options for travel to our campus.

By Air

From San Jose to Tambor (flight time is 25 minutes).
Options: Nature Air www.natureair.com or Sansa www.flysansa.com.
Tambor is about a 45-minute drive from our campus. There are rental cars and taxis available at the airport; Expedia or other US travel sites have good deals for rentals in Costa Rica. A reliable taxi we use: Felo Moya +506 8899 4918.

From San Jose to Liberia (flight time is 45 mins)
Liberia is a 3-hour dirve in the dry season; some roads can be unreliable and impassable during the rainy months.Taxis and car rentals are plentiful.

By Bus

Destination: Cobano. The closest town is Bello Horizonte but Buses do not reach Bello Horizonte. You must reserve a taxi from Cobano to CIRENAS. See:  www.nicoyapeninsula.com/general/busses.php

By Car

Please let us know where you’ll be coming from and we can provide directions. There are two ways to reach the CIRENAS campus from San Jose, either driving around the Peninsula via the Tempisque Bridge or taking a ferry in Puntarenas to Paquera or Naranjo.

  • From San Jose to Manzanillo: 5 hours approximately
  • From Liberia to Manzanillo: 3 hours approximately

Please check Ferry Schedules from Puntarenas to Tambor or Naranjo:


Please email:

Daniela Lizano
Campus Director
Email: danielalizano@cirenas.org
Cell: +506 8335 4793


Andrea Borel
Executive Director
Emal: andreaborel@cirenas.org
Tel: +506 2573 0909
Cell: +506 8875 0215