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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Julie Glenn Sep 01, 2014 at 06:26 PM

Here I go again, but I am not wanting to bring any unnecessary items! How important is a hat? Did ladies wear them and were they helpful? I would need to buy one.

Miriam Rigby Sep 01, 2014 at 06:34 PM

Almost everyone wore a hat. There are a few trips in uncovered boats that can be VERY sunny. I had a floppy cloth hat from REI that has spf-blocking fabric and rolls up very small to fit in my daypack. A few people had their hats blow off in the wind, so a chin strap might be helpful too.
Sherry Rind Sep 01, 2014 at 07:26 PM

Julie, although I hate hats and never wear them, I bought one for this trip (leaving Sept. 9). Like Miriam, I found a spf-blocking one from REI.
Marilee Henneberger Sep 01, 2014 at 08:20 PM

Hats are a must pack, but something that packs. A double duty hat, ie nylon rain resistant type with a strap would work well.
Karen France Sep 01, 2014 at 09:08 PM

A sun hat with a strap is a must. Waterproof and sunblocking would be perfect. Everyone wore one - so we all looked like tourists!

Carole Sklar Aug 31, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Sherry, Besides weather, ones health, age, degree of activity at home, attitude, and more
are things to be taken into consideration. Some people engage in physical activity at home; others drive everywhere. Costa Rica was wonderful. RS has experience, and chooses activities that are within most traveler's ability. A person ocassionally decides not to participate in a particular walk. There is no objection to that. I'd just go, enjoy and judge for myself.

Carole Sklar Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Lori, I was delighted with the trip.
Saying the walks were walks, is description, not criticism. We all know words such as challenging, moderately active,easy are subjective.
Sherry Rind Aug 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

It's useful to read people's impressions. I was puzzled by "walking up to 2 miles per day" being considered "active" but guess that heat, humidity, and elevation are factors.

Karen France Aug 30, 2014 at 04:21 PM

We returned from the Costa Rica trips two weeks ago - with our unused hiking sticks. They are not needed on the "walks". You will need money with you for the visit to the school since the children have crafts to sell to you. That caught us unaware.
Lori Wolski Aug 30, 2014 at 04:58 PM

My advice would be that the next trip you take sign up for the 'more active" trip.
Lori Wolski Aug 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM

Sorry that is "moderately active."
Karen France Aug 30, 2014 at 05:23 PM

W found Moderately Challenging to be a nice 5-mile-a-day hike.

Carole Sklar Aug 30, 2014 at 04:15 PM

I certainly didn't. Very few had them. Maybe they were useful. However, those who had them would never admit to them being of no great importance. So far neither of the 2 trips to Central America I took had, what could be considered "hikes".
Lori Wolski Aug 30, 2014 at 04:58 PM

Next time sign up for the "more active" trip.

Julie Glenn Aug 30, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I notice that walking sticks are a listed possible supply. How often do fellow travelers really use them? Are they worth packing?

Gail Montminy Aug 18, 2014 at 08:55 AM

Is anyone going on the December 7th trip. I was going to buy hiking boots today to break them in but from this discussion it seems they are not a necessity. Thanks for the info
Gail Montminy Aug 18, 2014 at 09:25 AM

Therese Holtz Aug 13, 2014 at 09:13 AM

Is anyone else going on the 12/2 trip or the 11/11 trip? Looking to meet anyone going.
Julie Glenn Aug 13, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Therese, I am going on the 11/11 trip. It is my First RS trip and I am going as a single. I just retired in February as an elementary teacher. Traveling from Cincinnati.
Therese Holtz Aug 13, 2014 at 08:49 PM

My friend, Barbara and I will be going, can't wait. I will be retiring at the end of the year from the medical field. we will be flying out of San Diego. This is our first trip with RS but have traveled extensiively worldwide.

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