The Sixth WMO International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (IWTC-VI)  
Information note for participants

Place and date of the session

The Sixth WMO International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (IWTC-VI) will be held in San José, Costa Rica, from 21 to 30 November 2006. The venue for the workshop will be:

Ramada Plaza Herradura Hotel
San José, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 209-9800
Fax: (506) 293-2713 or (506) 293-0136

The hotel is located 5 miles from the Juan Santamaria International Airport toward San Jose downtown.

Working languages

The working language of the workshop will be in English only.


The pre-session workshop documents will be in English and will be distributed to participants before the workshop proper.

Local Secretariat

Any additional information concerning the arrangements for the workshop may be requested from:

Dirección General
Instituto Meteorológico Nacional
Apartado postal 5583-1000
San José, Costa Rica
Tel.: (+506) 222-56-16 ext. 106/108
Fax: (+506) 223-18-37

Flight Information

Costa Rica, a country in Central America, is easily reached by regular flights from American cities such as Toronto, Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, as well as European cities including Madrid, Barcelona and Frankfort. More information is available at the web site of Costa Rica Tourism Board (

Immigration requirements

A country list of visa requirements is available at :

Hotel accomodation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada Plaza Herradura Hotel on behalf of the IWTC-VI participants. The room rates, including breakfast, lunch, taxes and tips (maid and bellboy) are:

Single room: US $120.00     Double room: US $144.50

Participants who will be provided with financial support by WMO should stay at the Ramada Plaza Herradura Hotel. Reservations and subsequent payments to the said hotel for the WMO sponsored participants will be made by WMO.

A hotel reservation form should be completed and sent to WMO with a copy to the Local Secretariat no later than 15 September 2006. The hotel reservation form is available at


The currency used is the Colon. Its parity with the US Dollar is approximately 510 Colones.

Transportation from and to the airport

The Hotel provides free transportation to and from the International Airport according to the following schedule; participants are required to send their arrival dates and flight numbers on the hotel reservation form to the Local Secretariat:

Hotel Departure Airport Departure
5:00 a.m. 5:30 a.m.
6:00 a.m. 6:30 a.m.
7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
12:15 m.d. 12:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m. 4:45 p.m.
6:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m.
8:00 p.m. 8:45 p.m.
9:00 p.m. 9:45 p.m.

"Taxis Unidos Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría" (orange cars) provide transportation service from the airport to the hotel at the rate of US $13.

Average climate in San José (during 21-30 November period)

Precipitation 3.0 mm
Humidity 86%
Relative temperature 20.5°C
Maximum temperature 24.4°C
Minimum temperature 16.7°C
Days with precipitation 4.0

Latest weather forecast for San José is available at


The electric supply in Costa Rica is 110V 60 cycles.