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Charlotte Drayer Feb 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM

We're heading home from this glorious trip, today and it will be 10 degrees at home when we arrive at midnight. I wish we could stay! You will love this trip! Pura vida!
Jean Gilman Feb 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Since you have just been there, could you comment on the mosquito situation. Also, a Colombian-born friend just returned from that country, and she told me to take extra insect repellent because Central and South America has a shortage.
Pete Wilbur Feb 12, 2016 at 11:46 AM

While waiting to board Alaska Airlines at San Jose I really wanted to stay longer. Charlotte, you are right on point PURA VITA!


Judith Adams Feb 12, 2016 at 08:27 AM

Anyone going on the trip that starts on Feb. 29?


Anne Turner Feb 11, 2016 at 04:52 PM

Good question! I was wondering that too, and decided to buy a 25" suitcase on sale into which the sticks will fold up.


Jannine McCurley Feb 11, 2016 at 04:20 PM

How are people packing walking sticks for the plane? Ours will not fit in the suitcases we are using.
Clara McCall Feb 11, 2016 at 04:31 PM

Mine collapse small enough to pack diagonally in my checked baggage.
Connie G Feb 11, 2016 at 04:38 PM

I have taken walking sticks as carry ons. Check with your airlines, but they should be in the same category as canes or crutches, and they shouldn't count toward your 2 item limit. Also, you shouldn't be charged extra for them. If you pack them you can just about guarantee security will open your checked baggage.
Jannine McCurley Feb 11, 2016 at 05:46 PM

Thank you for the insights! I'll contact the airlines.


Jannine McCurley Feb 11, 2016 at 04:19 PM

I am not good with heights so the hanging bridges event does not thrill me at all. Are there other activities that can be substituted once at that site?
c. Mannheim Feb 11, 2016 at 05:02 PM

a long soak in the hot springs, or book a massage or spa treatment.
Jannine McCurley Feb 11, 2016 at 05:45 PM

Good ideas! Thank you!
Pete Wilbur Feb 11, 2016 at 08:10 PM

I hate heights also. There was someone in our group who had the same problem. We stayed together for moral support and had a good time. The scenery and wildlife are spectacular. Consider trying it. We did not think we could do it but did and had a good time. Pura Vida!


Anne Turner Feb 10, 2016 at 02:42 PM

Hello. I'm a single woman in her early 70's, not as fit as I wish. I'm debating whether to bring my walking sticks for added stability and stamina. Thoughts, anyone?
Pete Wilbur Feb 10, 2016 at 03:03 PM

Bring them. There were a couple of times I wish I had mine. You are going to have a good time. Pura Vida!
c. Mannheim Feb 10, 2016 at 06:50 PM

you won't be able to use then on hanging bridges, where you'll want your hands free to holds the "rails." but there are a few other places where the uneven ground might make them handy to have along.
Clara McCall Feb 10, 2016 at 08:40 PM

I am in my "early 70's" and in good health. There were some trails that I would definitely have used my walking sticks if I'd thought to bring them.
Charlotte Drayer Feb 12, 2016 at 09:41 AM

There were times I'd wished I'd had a walking stick. Those who brought them often carried one and let someone else use the other. The most uneven surfaces are between the hanging bridges where you have to watch each step (but there are rope, wooden or concrete handrails), the end of the hike to see Arenal, and the hike at Trogan. I suggest using one so you have your other hand for the binoculars, camera or railing.


sue jordan Feb 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM

I will be traveling to Costa Rica on the May 9 tour. I am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a lightweight binocular?
Thanks!


June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 07:24 AM

Is there room for backpack on boat tour of Tortuguero NP canals? Doesn't appear so in You Tube videos. I'm trying to figure out how to take along rain gear.
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 07:39 AM

yes, I carried my camera gear via backpack (and never let it out of my sight). rain gear? tie rain jacket around waist or carry folded poncho - an umbels isn't going to work on the boat
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 07:40 AM

umbels = umbrella
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 09:10 AM

Thanks...good to know because as I said, videos appear to show very cramped seating and no apparent place to stow a bag.
Clara McCall Feb 05, 2016 at 09:41 AM

The canal boat in Tortuguero leaves/returns at the end of the sidewalk by the cabins. Nice rain ponchos and life jackets are provided, so no need for a backpack.
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 09:44 AM

Good to know. Still will likely need my pack though since I will have camera equipment.
c. Mannheim Feb 05, 2016 at 10:14 AM

there were 18 in our party - many of us had seats to ourselves, with extra space!
Pete Wilbur Feb 05, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Agree with Clara. You will have plenty of room. pura Vida
June Damanti Feb 05, 2016 at 01:19 PM

Thanks everyone. My group will have 18 as well, so looks like no worries. Pura Vida :-)


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