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barbara gertzog Sep 29, 2015 at 08:30 PM

Any one from the November 4 CR trip traveling via Atlanta ?

Robert Barrett Sep 27, 2015 at 02:38 PM

Robert, regarding clothing to take: take nylon clothing that dries quickly! Cotton will feel wet for days. Also try to do laundry on the 5th day up at Selva Verde which charges by the pound rather than the more expensive way, by each of the items! We just wanted to have dry clothes by then, and didn't do any other laundry for the remainder of the trip. Take an umbrella, a poncho, and a good rain coat as the wet season is REALLY wet! But so fun! Getting to see the turtles laying eggs is a great thing! Not a lot of extra money is needed as you will never go hungry on this trip!

Robert Barrett Sep 27, 2015 at 02:33 PM

Take and use a good bug spray! Cabella's sells one by Sawyer with picaridin which worked great! Also WiFi is available at every place we stayed in CR.

barbara burns Sep 10, 2015 at 10:17 PM

I am leaving for CR on Sept 18. It would be fun to meet other participants online who are with the same group.
Marsha Benda Sep 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

Hi Barbara-I will be on the September 18th CR trip as well. I look forward to meeting you!
Robert Pogue Sep 11, 2015 at 10:56 AM

I am going as well to CR on the 18th. Flying out of Newark. Trying to figure out what to pack! any suggestions?
Marsha Benda Sep 11, 2015 at 01:24 PM

Rober- The information provided by RS is a good starting place. I went online and reseached a couple of other websites that gave excellent information as well to pack. I know I will have to scale down on this trip! At least there are laundry services at a couple of the places.
Robert Pogue Sep 11, 2015 at 01:47 PM

Marsha thanks for the info. I look forward to meeting you. Best packing tip I read is lay out what you plan to take and leave half the clothes and bring twice as much money. Don't know if that advise is practical but it sounds about right. see you soon.

Robert Barrett Sep 05, 2015 at 03:14 PM

Hi Jean:
We also had to decide between the two trips offered and made the choice to do the longer one because it went to the turtle area which we are very interested in, and also had a few more other things included which were of interest to us. We also know we may not be back to CR, so wanted to do and see as much as possible on our trip which starts next Tuesday. I don't know if my input helps you decide, but I hope it does! Laurie

Jean Gilman Sep 05, 2015 at 01:34 PM

I am trying to decide between this trip and the 8-day trip to Costa Rica. The 8-day trip does not go to Tortuguero or Punta Leona. Would someone who has been on this trip comment on whether I'd be missing the best parts of Costa Rica if I took the other trip. Thanks
Florence Rigby Sep 05, 2015 at 03:01 PM

I went to Costa Rica with Road Scholar in Jan 2014, The trip I took was called Exploring Natural wonders : the Real Costa Rica
Florence Rigby Sep 05, 2015 at 03:03 PM

We went to Tortoguero and Punta Leona and they are well worth visiting. It;s worth the extra days. (I hit post by accident after entering the first post)
Marilee Henneberger Sep 05, 2015 at 04:16 PM

Tortuguero and Punta Leona are well worth visiting. Tortuguero is somewhat isolated, the accommodations very nice… monkeys and nature abound. Punta Leona has a nearby don't miss beach that is the stuff of dreams. http://www.costaricainfolink.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/punta-leona-parque-nacional21.jpg

Faye Sleeper Sep 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM

Anyone on the October 20 - Nov 1 trip? I have always wanted to go to Costa Rica, and all my travel friends have been. I am looking forward to meeting new travel friends! I leave from Minneapolis.

Robert Barrett Sep 04, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Hi Jackie! I saw some earlier posts from you and thought it might be fun to get to "know" others on the trip before we actually meet! We are flying from Portland, OR via Atlanta. Looking forward to meeting you! Laurie

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