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You will be in a pristine location next to the beautiful Chirripo National Park. This is the where you’ll find the highest peak in the country, therefore nights can be chilly to cold. During the day, it can get pretty hot as you will be at 8 degrees from the equator! Wear your sunscreen!
You will be landing in San Jose, Costa Rica’s Capital City and staying overnight. Your hotel on the first night is included. The next morning, you and the rest of the group will be taking a private bus shuttle to the mountains and will head directly to Rio Chirripo Lodge. This 3-hour scenic drive will take through San Gerardo del General (San Isidro) and up to the small village of Canaan where you will find the mountain retreat.
What To Bring
During the day, light, quick dry clothing is best suited for the warm climate of the Chirripo mountains. For the evenings, we recommend warm clothing like long pants and long sleeved shirts. A jacket too if you think you’ll be cold. For the trails, we recommend a multi-sport shoe that is lightweight with good grip and good foot support. If you choose river sandals, they must hold well to the foot and cover toes. Our recommendation: amphibian shoes that go from land to water and dry quickly. Look for Merrell, Teva, Solomon, etc. Or simply running shoes will do to! A hat, sunblock, sunglasses and one flashlight or headlamp per person are a must as there are limited lights on the paths. And don’t forget your camera, binoculars, and a good book or two for relaxing in a hammock.
A complete packing list will be sent to you once you book your escape. It will help you prepare for this unique rainforest experience.
Health & Safety
If you have any health issues that require medication it is recommended that you bring it with you in it’s original container and clearly labeled. There is a local drugstore in town that can provide most medications however we strongly advise you to prepare prior to your arrival.
Local Medical Care For serious health issues, there is a local clinic in town or if necessary, we are able to take you to the nearest hospital located a short distance away in San Isidro. Using common sense and staying on the paths should eliminate any risks of injury.
Vaccination Tetanus and TwinRex (Hepatitis A and B) are recommended everywhere you travel these days. There is no Malaria on the Pacific coast. Risk of Dengue Fever (transmitted by mosquitoes) is extremely low and there are no preventative medications or vaccines for this condition. Just make sure to cover up at dusk and dawn and use repellent if you are concerned.
Water You will be offered fresh and safe drinking water at the lodge. When in San Jose at the front and end of the trip, we recommend drinking only bottled water and using this same water to wash your fruits and veggies.
Insurance Travel insurance is strongly advised, both for last-minute flight cancellation and for health coverage during your stay in Costa Rica. Check with your insurance company and bring copies of your coverage with you. If you do not have an insurance provider, we would be happy to make recommendations.
Insects and Reptiles Surprisingly, there are practically no biting insects such as mosquitoes thanks to the many birds, lizards and bats. If you are concerned, in the evening, wear thin long pants and a little bug repellent and voilà, you’ll have no problems. All in all it’s just part of the adventure and a minor inconvenience for all the other amazing things you will see and experience in being that close to nature.