Costa Rica Origin Adventure FAQ

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Give Jeff a call at (570) 445-1901

Email jeff@mokaorigins.com

Q&A Session: As the trip drawers nearer Jeff will set up a group Zoom call

Trip Activity Level

Activity Rating: 3 out of 5

This trip is rated 3 for the option to join activities such as hiking, zip lining, and kayaking. The car rides on this trip are relatively short. This trip provides a balanced combination of movement and relaxation with opportunities to increase or decrease your exertion. Hikes are under 2 miles on paved, gravel roads or uneven terrain. All hikes and activities are optional and include time for resting. 

Trip Intention

This trip gives you the chance to source cacao with us while exploring other cultures, doing fun activities, and enjoying the vast beauty that Costa Rica has to offer. Together we will source cacao and coffee from one of our direct trade farming partners, volunteer planting trees, and explore the remote interiors and wildlife of northwestern Coast Rica.

Accommodations

We will be staying in guesthouses, lodges & hotels. Families will have their own room while single travelers will share a room with a travel mate of the same gender. You'll find every hotel to be comfortable and clean with plenty of space, and will absolutely love the culture and aesthetics that come with it.

Weather

The average high in June is 78°F, the average low is 64°F. Average rainfall is 11 inches in June. Costa Rica is known for it's lush, moist climate that supports a variety of unique wildlife. 

Considerations While Packing

Please pack light and contain your items to one carry-on personal bag such as a backpack, and a single checked bag such as a duffel bag or roller. It will be hot (so shorts are common) but lightweight long pants are useful also for visits to the farms to protect you from mosquitos and brush. 

A layered clothing system for warm/hot/sunny days and cooler/cold evenings and nights or for cool/cloudy days is most efficient.

There will be a chance to have clothes washed once. This will likely be a hand-wash service and we do not recommend using it for fragile, expensive or irreplaceable items.

Packing Check List

  • Hiking boots / shoes with hard rubber soles for rugged activity, farm work, and hikes.
  • Comfortable shoes or site seeing and walking
  • Sandals for just chilling, inside hotel rooms, or beach.
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight long sleeve or active wear shirts.
  • Long pants for tracking primates off of the trail. (Neutral colors in the forest such as greens, browns, beige).
  • Lightweight pants
  • Medium fleece jacket
  • Lightweight rain jacket, rain pants. 
  • Shorts, capris or skirts
  • Casual beach dresses / skirts
  • Money/Credit Card for souvenirs
  • Binoculars
  • Extra Zip Lock or plastic bags
  • Swimsuit
  • Undershirts, Underwear & socks.
  • Sun Glasses or sunhat
  • Pajamas
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Personal toiletries, including soap and shampoo
  • Day pack with rainproof cover. This is for hikes and swimming trips.
  • Medicine and supplements that you regularly take
  • Black fly and mosquito Repellant
  • Camera and accessories

Travel Documents. Don’t forget your...

  1. Valid Passport (Must have a 6-month passport validity from the date of the return trip)
  2. Airline Tickets

Travel Money

$200 to $400 is usually more than enough money for souvenirs, extra food, drinks, etc. We usually convert half of our funds to shillings right away at the Entebbe City Airport, and then use ATM machines or convert more cash as needed later on.

Staying Connected. Combating FOMO...

If cell phone service is needed during the trip, we suggest that you contact your cell phone carrier to set you up with a travel plan. This is usually $5 to $10 per day. 

Please note Jeff Abella's number and feel free to share this with family before you travel as an emergency contact only! 570 445-1901

WiFi: You will be traveling to remote areas and although most lodges will boast WiFi connection, it rarely extends to the rooms and is usually quite slow.

Electricity

Voltage: Costa Rica operates on 120 volt electricity and is generated at 60Hz. This is the same as the US so we will not need an outlet adapter. 

Travel Insurance

While we do not anticipate injuries, it is best to be prepared. Check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered Internationally. If not, travel insurance is relatively cheap and can often be purchased through one of the large US insurance providers.

Trail Map:

*Please note that lodging accommodations could change.