Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World by Dan Koeppel
Monkeys are Made of Chocolate by Jack Ewing
What to Know Before You Go
Visit your doctor four to six weeks before your trip to ensure you have all the vaccines or medicines you may need.
Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Information for Travelers to Costa Rica
Check with your Primary Care Physician to confirm you have received routine vaccinations:
- measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine,
- diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine,
- varicella (chickenpox) vaccine,
- polio vaccine, and
- yearly flu shot
Your Primary Care Physician will advise you on which additional vaccinations are required. Most travelers receive the following vaccinations prior to traveling in Costa Rica.
- Hepatitis A
These are recommended to prevent illness from unlikely exposure to contaminated food or water. We do not anticipate visiting any places with unclean drinking water or exposure to contaminants.
Ask a guide about the water conditions in each area before drinking tap water or eating raw vegetables or food from roadside vendors. Bottled water will be made available to you daily.
What To Pack
Clothes – Comfortable
- Long sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long Pants (light weight, quick to dry)
- Rain Gear (Umbrella, Jacket)
- Sun Hat
- Shoes that can be worn in wet places
- Hiking Boots or other sturdy closed toed shoes for walking
- 1 Credit Card (Master Card, or Visa)
- 1 Debit Card
- NO Travelers Checks
- Notify your bank that you will be traveling in Costa Rica so they do not put a stop on your card when charges show up that are outside your normal range.
- Save cash for the $40 Costa Rican export tax you will pay when you leave.
- Leave a copy with a friend or relative
- Email a copy to Lucy Bradley, (lbradle[at]ncsu[dot]edu)
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Small Flashlight
- “Unlocked” cell phone
- Mosquito Repellent
- Hand Sanitizer
- Anti-Diarrhea Medicine
- Day Pack / Fanny Pack
- Refillable water bottle
- Portable clothes line, pins and laundry soap
Be sure to leave a list of what you packed at home, in case your suitcase is stolen.
Preparing to Go
U.S. Passports & International Travel, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
- Alerts & Warnings
- Quick Facts
- Assistance for US Citizens
- Embassies and Consulates
- County Description
- Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws, Special Circumstances
- Travel & Transportation
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
- People and Society
- Transnational Issues
Things to Expect
- Some places charge you to use the restroom ($0.80 – $3.00)
- Sometimes the toilet paper is in the bathroom rather than in the individual stall.
- Many places request that you put toilet paper in the trashcan rather than in the toilet.
Many people speak English, but everyone appreciates it when you speak Spanish, here are a few useful phrases:
- Please – Por Favor
- Thank you – Gracias
- You are welcome – Con Gusto or de nada or mucho gusto
- Pleased to Meet you – Mucho Gusto
- Where is the restroom? Donde esta el bano
There are lots of on-line translators like google translate
Consider brushing up ahead of time with a class or computer program like Rosetta Stone.
- Many of the places we stay will have WiFi.
- If you bring an “unlocked” cell phone, for less than $15 you can purchase a sim card in Costa Rica and prepay minutes so you can make calls within Costa Rica (this does not allow you to make calls outside of Costa Rica).
- If you purchase a Voice over Internet Plan (VoIP) like “Magic Jack”, http://www.magicjack.com/index.html then you can load an App on your phone and anywhere you have access to WiFi you can make phone calls to the continental USA and Canada for free.
Tour being Coordinated in part by Hidden Treasures Tours
For more information, contact Kari Laudano at (573) 303-2872
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org