Luggage and bags: Small rucksack for your day trip in the cloud forest
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring light cotton cloths, a sweater or jacket for the nights, good walking shoes, and a raincoat. Don't forget your sunglasses and head protection.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant with DEET, good protection for the intensive sun (factor 20).
Medical precaution: hepatitis A and B.
We didn't bring anything against malaria.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of films or memory cards and a big zoom lens (min. 300mm or 10x optical zoom) for those wildlife shots.
Don't forget your video camera for all those rain forest sounds and active wildlife
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a flashlight because at night it sometimes happens that there is no electricity for short periods
Miscellaneous: Bring an adaptor if equipment is not 110 Volt and american standard.
Make a copy of your passport and drivers licence and keep the originals in your hotel safe during day trips.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
Don't forget to carry a flashlight with you
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rain jacket is necessary because you are in a cloud forest! The humidity is always high and it can be wet, even in the dry season.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The flashlight is essential, especially if you plan to walk away from Santa Elena, which is more like a downtown area. The road out of Santa Elena doesn't have street lights and can get very dark at night.
Cold (or relatively so anyway)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is "cold" in Monteverde, especially on the many days when it is raining. By cold I mean about 10 C with no sun and very damp. This might not seem to cold when you come from weather that is -5, but after spending a couple days at the coast of Costa Rica where the sun is warm and the temperature is in the low thirties during the day and mid 20s at night, it seems colder.
Also being very wet it is better to have shoes or hiking boots than sandals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It would be good to have sunblock and bug spray just incase as this is not the place to take a quick drive to the closest store! (see transportation tip) There are items available, but I would think that the prices are higher than elsewhere.
Photo Equipment: You will want it, but make sure to have some lens cloths to wipe all that moisture off!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Rain gear is very advisable. It rains here more than half the days of the year.
- Adventure Travel
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light colored tees
Light pants or shorts
Comfy Hiking Shoes
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bug Spray or Lotion. They manage to nip at you, even under long pants.
Photo Equipment: Tons of Film! Higher speed will be needed for some of the darker areas of the rain forest. Zoom lens will also be handy for the sloths that are way up in the trees.