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Program #8577RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Susan Weinstein Sep 10, 2014 at 03:43 PM

Is there anyone else arriving in the evening for the Nov3-11th trip who'd like to share the ride to our hotel? I get in about 8PM.-Susan Weinstein
nancy rawson Sep 24, 2014 at 06:38 PM

I am also on this trip and will be arriving at 1 pm by Delta.
Susan Weinstein Sep 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Hi Nancy - You'll be long gone from the airport by the time I arrive! You'll have more "down time" to look around and meet folks. I'm jealous!

Alice Birkel Aug 27, 2014 at 03:40 PM

Just got back from Costa Rica yesterday, so my trip was definitely in the rainy season. Took insect repellent with me but frequently forgot to use. Got a few bites but nothing remarkable. The biggest issue seemed to be the fire ants. So when you are walking and stopping to listen to some commentary, need to be aware that should move feet frequently and be sure you haven't stopped at an area where there are fire ants underfoot. I thought insects would be a bigger issue then they really were.

Nancy Karp Aug 25, 2014 at 08:58 PM

how monstrous are the bugs in Costa Rica?
JOSEPH CHIARELL Aug 26, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Hi Nancy, I went on the Costa Rica Tour in April. It was fantastic and they keep you moving. I applied sun screen & bug spray every day before going out. I did get some bug bites that itched. The Dr said that the Sunscreen would relieve the itch better than the anti itch cream. The bugs are not big but there are a lot of them. One of the things I learned were that bugs are 56% of living species, where humans are 1%. We are on their turf. Joe C.
Nancy Karp Aug 26, 2014 at 08:13 PM


Rachel Davies Aug 18, 2014 at 08:13 PM

Is anyone out there going with us on the Oct 6-14 trip? We are flying out of Atlanta.
Marlene Karadza Sep 13, 2014 at 07:19 PM

yup, will fly from Atlanta on Delta. Not sure what to pack but sounds like bug spray is a must!
Rachel Davies Sep 13, 2014 at 07:44 PM

. . . and a raincoat!

Alice Birkel Jul 06, 2014 at 04:48 PM

I am enrolled for the August 18th - 26th program and made my own airline arrangements. Traveling Delta from Atlanta & arriving 8:03 pm. Would like to find others who want to 'share' taxi to hotel. This is my first RS program & looking forward to it.

Spencer Resnick Jun 18, 2014 at 09:32 PM

Joseph..They are not an Amish family, but Quakers who came to Costa Rica in the late1940s. I do not remember getting to the Pacific side. The closest they come is Monteverde.

JOSEPH CHIARELL Jun 18, 2014 at 09:04 PM

Mary & Robert,

You are aware that May to Nov is the rainy season in Costa Rica, especially on the Caribbean side. Bring your ponchos. They tour rain or shine. I went in April and was lucky to have all sunny days. Hopefully you will get sunny weather at least on the Pacific(dry) side. The tours are well organized and you will get to see a lot. Rain forest, volcano, coffee plantation, pinapple & sugar cane plantation, ox cart factory, butterfly preserve, eat with an organic farmer & Amish family. They keep you moving.

Mary Snapp Jun 16, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Hi fellow travelers to Costa Rica! This is also my first RS trip. I booked it when work/school was cancelled because of 40 degree below 0 wind chills in LaCrosse, WI, a lovely old Mississippi river town. I am looking forward to new adventures and friendships.

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22 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
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