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11 Days | 10 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.
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Laura Moran Jan 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Dear Anna
I just received the final information in the mail and also found out that I will be able to join the group transfer from the airport to the hotel. My flight arrives at 2:07p, and the Road Scholar flight arrives at 2:40 pm. When is your flight? Will you be able to join a group transfer?
Anna Osborn Jan 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Hi, My communication says we can as well. Our flight arrives at 12:41 (United 1096 from Houston) I don't know if we will wait or just get a taxi. First thing I will try is to contact the hotel and ask if they have van service. Most do, but we have not stayed in this hotel before. Good that your time is close to their time. If we are on time and customs are fast as they usually are, we will probably get a taxi. I'll be in touch. Just heard you are having a lovely day today.

Anna Osborn Jan 25, 2015 at 04:18 PM

Laura, Have you received your mailed packet with the luggage tags, etc? I got the email and printed it but not the mailed one..or not yet. Also, did you purchase your airline tickets through Holbrook? What is your arrival time in San Jose on the 21st? We purchased our own tickets so try to meet up with some participants who have transportation provided.
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:07 PM

Dear Anna
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:12 PM

I also made independent flight arrangements (frequent flyer on United arriving about 2 pm) I was hoping to get a ride with the group transfer, but I have heard nothing about it yet. I have not received luggage tags, etc. When do you arrive in San Jose? If times coinside, I would be happy to ride together.
Laura Moran Jan 25, 2015 at 06:12 PM

I also made independent flight arrangements (frequent flyer on United arriving about 2 pm) I was hoping to get a ride with the group transfer, but I have heard nothing about it yet. I have not received luggage tags, etc. When do you arrive in San Jose? If times coinside, I would be happy to ride together.

Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:12 PM

Someone asked about camera equipment and computer equipment. I brought my Canon and telephoto lens 2x extender, wide angle lens and Macro lens. I would say that I used the telephoto lens the most. I carried on the camera and lenses on the plane and checked tripod and clothing in the bag and a new dell notebook computer. We had a delay and my bag and my husband's did not arrive until 3 days later. The notebook was stolen out of the bag. We checked it because we were afraid of being hassled due to too much carry on, but in retrospect wish I had carried it as well. On the trip you need at least one flash drive, be sure to have multiple memory cards for the camera and a computer is lovely to sort out your pictures in the evening. Since we had lost the computer, I had to do all photo review on the back of the camera which was very slow and my thumb is still sore a year later from pressing the button to zoom in. You need a thumb drive to share photos with Monica or you can use your camera SD card and tell her the photo number. To pick out your best 1, 2 or 10 photos for the group review, I sure wish we had had the notebook to do that. You don't need other electronics - I agonized before the trip about how to download to an iPad our whether to buy some other memory device. A laptop computer and flash drive is all you need. There is not enough memory on an iPad to download all your photos and there is no way sanctioned by Apple to get photos back off the iPad to a flash drive. A VERY important thing - BRING a change of clothes in your carry on. Mike and I wore the same clothes for 3 days until our luggage finally arrived. Road Scholar was not helpful in their mailed material about what you needed in order to participate in the class sharing exercises - my only criticism of the trip. It was excellent and wonderful in all ways.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:28 PM

I also had a separate flash for the Canon which I used and a good lightweight BENRO tripod. Monica is an excellent instructor and we went over many different photo techniques.

Laura Moran Jan 17, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Dear Anna and fellow travelers
I am having trouble figuring out the warmest temperatures we can expect. 80s-90s? Trying to figure out what to pack. Thanks for the advice on clothes for cool weather Anna.
Anna Osborn Jan 17, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Laura, the key is layers. At Sarapiqui it is warm. I usually wear t shirts and cotton pants and have an overshirt with long sleeves. If you need a jacket or rain jacket you can always take one, and if the activity involves going on the bus then you can always leave the extra garment on the bus. I usually swim in the pool at Sarapiqui and it is comfortable but never blazing hot. Temps are always given in C so I don't pay much attention to the numbers. Just have layers. See the picture on the page about our trip. Monica has on a tank top and the other person has on a short sleeve T.
Laura Moran Jan 17, 2015 at 12:48 PM

Thanks Anna. That is pretty much what I'd planned.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 06:00 PM

Definitely bring t-shirts and sun shirts, one long sleeved shirt, one nice sweatshirt and I had a light weight columbia gortex raincoat. I wore the layers many times and was very comfortable. Also pack a long sleeved sun screen shirt like Columbia has. I layered that over my sundress for evening dinners a few times.

Paula Wright Jan 17, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Just one or two pair of good walking/hiking shoes is fine. The second pair is in case one pair gets wet.

Cindy Rhodes Jan 17, 2015 at 10:36 AM

What type of foot ware is most appropriate? Do I need to bring hiking boots or will good quality walking/sports/tennis shoes be OK. We are in the 23 January class. Thanks for any guidance provided. Cindy Rhodes
Anna Osborn Jan 17, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Sometimes it is muddy where you walk and I take Sperry rubber top siders. You do need sturdy walking shoes.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 05:56 PM

I brought one pair of Merrill low top hiking shoes and one pair of teva sandals. I only wore the sandals to dinner a few times because it is recommended not to wear open toed shoes.

Elizabeth Laverty Jan 14, 2015 at 08:49 AM

I have a question about the need for an electrical power adapter. It appears from an Information Packet that there is no need for an international adapter as Costa Rica is on the same current as USA. Does anyone know if we will need a plug adapter for our camera battery chargers, iPad charger, cell phone charger...?
Anna Osborn Jan 14, 2015 at 11:22 AM

No need for an adapter for anything. Current is the same as US Are you on the Feb 21 trip? If you aren't familiar with CR you may find my other posts helpful...or if you have any other questions I'd be glad to offer my thoughts. 5th trip for us.
Anna Osborn Jan 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

I do take a very small surge protector.

Anna Osborn Jan 07, 2015 at 01:11 PM

Laura. Now I have got them to take off those 7 posts. What happened is a mystery to me and to them. Anyway, glad to hear from you. You have chosen a great trip. Jennifer Broom, a TV weather person in Denver is a friend so I know how cold it has been. Advice: it is cold in San Gerardo de Dota due to high altitude so pack something warm to sleep in, and layers to wear in early morn and evening: sweatshirt, hoodie, light weight jacket, socks, no sandals. I have silk undershirt and pants for underwear. Sarapiqui is not cold. The lodge is comfortable and fun. You will love both places but Savegre Hotel is a magical place. Google it. Do ask me specific questions if you have them.
This is John's and my 5th trip to Costa Rica. Just love it and can't wait. We live in Kerrville, Texas and we are cold for us right now. Glad to know you will be with us; usually the trips are full so glad that worked out for you.
Laura Moran Jan 07, 2015 at 01:18 PM

Hi Anna
Laura Moran Jan 07, 2015 at 01:27 PM

Thanks for the advice. Do you think it gets down into the 50's? Is it warm enough for shorts in the jungle? What is the dressiest thing you recommend bringing? Is this your 5th trip to Costa Rica with Road Scholar? I am rather a beginning photographer and am currently taking classes on line through one of the community colleges which I am enjoying very much. Look forward to hearing from you and meeting you
Anna Osborn Jan 14, 2015 at 11:25 AM

I'm not a shorts person and long pants do offer protection. Yes, it does get in the 50s; warms up during the day but once the sun goes down it is nippy. Dressiest thing would be a nice top and pants. I brought a light weight long skirt and top, but not necessary. Nice to appear at the last night in something you haven't worn before, but, as I say, not necessary. Some do; some don't. Looking forward to meeting you.
Stephanie Schoap Jan 17, 2015 at 05:57 PM

I brought one long sundress and layered it several times at dinner.

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