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Anne Tracy Jan 22, 2015 at 03:03 PM

Rainforest meant frequent downpours; poncho essential. Also true in cloud forest. I wore hiking boots almost every day. Keen sandals for all boat trips. Running shoes were wonderful for bus days and dry walks. I treated all my clothes, shoes, hat and a bandana with Permethrin before packing. Used insect repellent on my skin only a few times. I got about 5 bites on my legs, but they healed without problems. Bring 1 pair long socks to wear with provided rubber boots in worst mud. Enjoy!
Donna Cover Jan 22, 2015 at 03:55 PM

Great ideas. When was your trip? Some folks have said they did not take hiking boots. I wonder if they are as essential in February.

Mary Mura Jan 21, 2015 at 06:02 PM

On the most recent trips, how was the weather? Curious about how much rain & bugs? Also whether to take short hiking boots or just running shoes & Keens?? We leave Jan. 31 for our trip. Can't wait.
Julie Glenn Jan 23, 2015 at 11:48 AM

I was there in November. Sudden outbursts, so poncho, yes, but I also wished I had brought a small umbrella for when we walked from dining halls to rooms -just a short trek. We had some mud on hikes, and I wish I had brought hiking boots. Limited number of boots in sizes, so my walking gym shoes got muddy. Keens were great, but in humidity it took them forever to dry wrhen
Julie Glenn Jan 23, 2015 at 11:49 AM

When they got wet.
Julie Glenn Jan 23, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Also, I had no problem with bugs in Nov. Once in awhile I used insect repellent, but not often. At least in Nov. bugs issue overplayed. I just remember being hot and humid, especially on hikes and when I wore my poncho. Any discomfort is well worth the glories of this trip.

Carole Sklar Jan 21, 2015 at 04:09 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! Practice makes perfect. How's your aim?
Some hotels on the Central American trips I've taken have a sign asking if you mind
using towels more than a day, too. This is
phrased as environmentally correct. Some twist towels into animal and/or fruitlike forms. All of it is good clean fun.

Carole Sklar Jan 21, 2015 at 07:30 AM

It is true that some of the hotels, (most of which are luxurious), because of older plumbing, request that you do as you described. This should not deter you from taking this splendid trip.
Cassie Witteborg-Wallace Jan 21, 2015 at 11:21 AM

My experience was that in all Costa Rican bathrooms, there is a receptacle for the toile paper. This includes hospitals and clinics. I know this out of personal experience. I was told Costa Rica uses septic tanks as an explanation. It is not a problem.
Larry Buege Jan 21, 2015 at 03:36 PM

I suppose I could place a receptacle in my bathroom at home so I can practice, but I don’t think my wife would approve.
Donna Cover Jan 22, 2015 at 03:58 PM

I have traveled to some places in other countries that do not have toilet paper at all.
Larry Buege Jan 22, 2015 at 04:05 PM

I have also heard that and plan to bring a small roll. My daughtor visited CR about ten years ago and had no issues with toilets. From what I read the problem is that before 1975 the drain pipes were only two inches in diameter and not the US standard four inches. Any toilets built before that (and there are man) will have issues. When in Rome do as the Romans do. My guess is the hotels will be similar to American but the pit stops along the bus root will be more similar to some of the other posts on this issue. TP is cheap and worth adding to luggage.

Larry Buege Jan 21, 2015 at 06:04 AM

From what I have been reading, many places won’t allow you to flush toilet paper and have you deposit it in a receptacle near the toilet (google Costa Rica toilets). Has anyone had such experiences?
Julie Glenn Jan 21, 2015 at 09:33 AM

Yes, but it is no big deal and everyone quickly gets used to it.
Mary Mura Jan 21, 2015 at 05:56 PM

This is common in Mexico at the resorts on Riviera Maya. Just do it.
Larry Buege Jan 21, 2015 at 06:55 PM

I was considering slipping into the rainforest with my trusty TP until I came across a web site ( proclaiming there are 1.86 poisonous snakes inhabiting ever football field size area in Costa Rica. I have no fear of the 0.86 poisonous snake, but with my luck the remaining snake will be a ten-foot fir-de-lance with an attitude. Such an encounter would surely resolve any constipation issues I might have. Lest you think I am an urban whip, I must divulge that I have survived fifty years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula among the peat bogs and cedar swamps infested with carnivorous black flies and marauding squadrons of maladjusted mosquitoes.

Carole Sklar Jan 10, 2015 at 08:14 PM

Glad it worked out for you. I am certain you will have a most wonderful trip. I did.

Donna Cover Jan 10, 2015 at 04:37 PM

Is anyone going on the trip that starts on Feb. 15? We are flying from Boston through Panama. I am just curious about who our companions will be.

Carole Sklar Jan 10, 2015 at 06:09 AM

Jane Ann,
I took the trip and I had a single room without paying an additional fee. Being
alone in a room is usually preferable.
Jane Ann Baltis Jan 10, 2015 at 02:15 PM

thanks for the info. I called last week and apparently there are an even number of participants, which means I will have a roommate. Didn't want add'l fee but single room would have been nice.
Maurice Edwards Jan 10, 2015 at 08:26 PM

Hey, you still might end up without a roommate in a double room. An even number of registrants can result when other registrants are coupled or in private (single) rooms.
Jane Ann Baltis Jan 10, 2015 at 08:32 PM

look forward to putting your face with your name. I'm coming thru Dallas. See you in Costa Rica.

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