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Program #11586RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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Karen Luckring Apr 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

This is my first Road Scholar trip. I am signed up for the July 15 The Best of Costa Rica trip. Anyone else in that group?

Miriam Levitt Apr 09, 2014 at 06:55 PM

What you do need is a poncho. We found that essential, even in the supposedly dry season. When it rains, it really pours.

Carole Sklar Apr 09, 2014 at 08:39 AM

I doubt if a jacket will be necessary.I'm not taking one. One can always wear clothes layered. Traveling light is a real plus.
Elaine W Apr 09, 2014 at 08:44 AM

We left Ohio in a snowstorm, so I had a fleece jacket, but I think I would have been comfortable with a long sleeved shirt and my rain jacket.

Kathleen Trautman Apr 08, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Is a jacket needed for the mt areas, or is a long sleeve shirt enough? I will have a rain jacket. My husband and I are going on the May13th trip. We live in the Mountains of MT. so we are use to cooler temps.
Rebecca Zimmerman Apr 09, 2014 at 09:18 AM

At the end of my trip when the group was in high altitude of "The Forest Above the Clouds" the air became quite chilly late afternoon, at night, and in the early morning. Most of my group layered clothing including a long sleeve shirt. others wore fleece jackets. I wore 2 shirts (one was long sleeve) and a Pashima Shawl that I always keep in my suitcase. I was quite comfortable.
Rebecca Zimmerman Apr 09, 2014 at 09:19 AM

A couple of people also layered and also wore their rain jacket. They also appeared quite comfortable.

Lynne Geary Apr 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM


Can anybody tell me how long and strenuous the hikes are?
Suzanne Milazzo Apr 07, 2014 at 09:18 PM

Mostly they are slow to medium paced walks. Only one could be considered a hike. Proper shoes and water for that hike are all you'll need.
Rebecca Zimmerman Apr 09, 2014 at 09:40 AM

I agree that the hikes were sliw to medium paced. I do not believe any hike was longer than 2 miles. Most trails were well kept. We did have one hike where we had a patch of rough trail. Our group helped each other get across the rough patch. also our guide would let us know before the hike how difficult the trail is. I
Rebecca Zimmerman Apr 09, 2014 at 09:41 AM

I highly recommend sturdy walking shoes.
Danna Moore Apr 16, 2014 at 05:15 PM

There was one hike I believe at Selve Verde, that I thought was unneccessary. It was a muddy trail and we saw NOTHING - no birds at all and of course there was vegetation, but we would have done better sitting at the bird feeding area. Of course each trip is different and has different weather because of the time of the year. So you can't judge what it will be like from here. If you have trouble walking, really pin the leader down on what to expect!!

Carole Sklar Apr 04, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Last September I took my first RoadScholar trip "alone", as I call it. There were 14 other people on that trip, all of whom were welcoming. I'm sure you'll enjoy Costa Rica, as
I hope I do. Fortunately , I booked a non-stop trip from Newark to San Jose. See you there.

Carole Sklar Apr 04, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Last September I took my first RoadScholar trip "alone", as I call it. There were 14 other people on that trip, all of whom were welcoming. I'm sure you'll enjoy Costa Rica, as
I hope I do. Fortunately , I booked a non-stop trip from Newark to San Jose. See you there.

Marianne Beauregard Apr 03, 2014 at 02:53 PM

Hi...I am also going on the May 13 trip...leaving from Boston and going through IAH (Houston). This is my 1st Road Scholar trip. Travelling as a 'single'.

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