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Teresa Malone Dec 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM

I got the Hep. shots on my Doctor's recommendation. No one mentioned trouble with the altitude and I didn't notice any issues. I brought an extra memory card for my camera. Amazing nature to photograph.
Lori Wolski Dec 16, 2013 at 01:07 AM

Hi Teresa.


Suzanne Milazzo Nov 30, 2013 at 09:18 PM

Looking forward to a great trip. Did anyone take the hepatitis A shot? Anyone on your tour have trouble with the altitude? Looks like a great photo op, too!
Lori Wolski Nov 30, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Yes, HepA shot and Typhoid pills. That is what my doctor recommended.
Jeanne Lantman Dec 02, 2013 at 02:10 PM

I did not get any shots or take typhoid pills. I few people got sick from not drink enough water and one person had altitude sickness. Amazing tour, I would highly recommend it to anyone


Susan Fish Nov 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM

I just returned on Nov 15th and this was the best Road Scholar trip I have been on. BRING binoculars!! Also as reported below it is very humid but the temperature dropped at night and I had no trouble sleeping at the 2nd and 3rd hotel where there was a ceiling fan not AC.
Sarapiqui is the cheapest hotel to do laundry (by the pound not the piece). Even nylon underwear takes 2 days to dry so spring for the laundry and bring more than the 3 shirts recommended.
Lori Wolski Nov 20, 2013 at 05:40 PM

I went on the trip in July 2013 and I would greatly recommend bringing many extra clothes including cotton sleeveless shirts. It is very humid even though the temperature never got above 75 it felt extremely hot. Bring flip flops, walking shoes (Keen's or something with great traction), a comfortable pair of sneakers and lots of socks.


Elaine W Nov 16, 2013 at 09:52 AM

Going on the Feb. 18th trip. What is the rafting trip like? Gauley River( W. Virginia) class IV or grandma-and kids class II?
Danna Moore Nov 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

More like the Grandma and kids class II - at least when we were there in September
Joyce Starkey Nov 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I was there in August. I think we were told mostly 2s with a 3 or two. A photographer kept ahead of us and took photos of the white water parts. Calm times too.
Susan Fish Nov 20, 2013 at 04:27 PM

I've did white water for 12 years and it was definately class 2 with one short class 3 where two other rivers come in.
Lori Wolski Nov 20, 2013 at 05:41 PM

Very easy river and very short trip. I think we were on the river for an hour total.


Kathy F Nov 06, 2013 at 01:49 PM

Just signed up for the January 21, 2014 trip!
Lori Wolski Nov 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

You are going to love it!!!
Lori Wolski Nov 30, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Don't forget binoculars. You will need them to see all the animals in the trees.


Cal S Oct 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM

Excited to go 3/16/14.First RS trip for us,recent active retirees


Jeanne Lantman Oct 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I am going on the 11/3 trip, my first with Road Scholars. Anyone going from CA? Excited!
Beth Keepence Oct 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM

I'm going on the Nov. 12th., arriving late evening Nov. 11th. This will be my 1st RS trip. I'm from Victoria, BC, Canada. I'm excited but a bit nervous as this is a lot more outdoor/nature oriented than I''m use to.
Faina Z Nov 06, 2013 at 05:33 PM

Don't worry, the rooms are like the regular hotel rooms, only close to nature.
Lori Wolski Nov 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM

The only problem with the rooms was that there was no air conditioning in all the hotels. I believe only 3 of the hotels had air conditioning. It was very humid and without air conditioning it was very uncomfortable. Nothing dried out in the humidity. Bring lots of extra clothes !


Florence Rigby Oct 20, 2013 at 09:22 AM

I'm wondering how much Costa Rican cash I should have on hand for arriving on a Sunday.
Will there be ATM's in the airport? I'll need at least enough money for food on Sunday, and to do some sight seeing on my own.
Danna Moore Oct 20, 2013 at 09:44 AM

We just return from this trip in September. We used USD almost exclusively. Frequently they would give you change in Colones, but there were some places that would give USD change. There were even ATM's where you could get USD. Even in small town grocery stores they could calculate the price in Colones or USD. Our food on Sunday night we charged to a card and that works too.
Joyce Starkey Oct 20, 2013 at 02:39 PM

Florence, I agree with Danna that you won't need many Colones. I went in July and changed $40.00 at the hotel and had to actively look for places to use it up before I left. I'm sure the airport would have an ATM - I let Road Scholar arranged my flight and was taken to the hotel, so I didn't need any money until I got there. Have a great time! I loved every part of the tour.
Faina Z Nov 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM

In some places the price was in US $. Credit cards are accepted in stores. For small purchases bring small US bills. You will go to the mostly touristy areas that are used to accepting US currency.


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