FAQs

The below are FAQs regarding the El Camino Costa Rica

Reservation FAQs

Common pre-booking questions

To confirm your booking for a trip more than 90 days out, a deposit of $400 per person is required.

At 90 days from the trip launch, the remaining balance is due.

Cancellation must be made in writing via email.

Notice 120 days and more: $100 cancellation fee, the rest refunded.
Notice 90 to 119 days: $900 cancellation fee, the rest refunded.
Notice 0 – 90 days: No refunds or credits.

While not required, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

In most instances, we are able to accommodate reasonable dietary requests with adequate advance notice. Please email us ahead of time prior to your reservation to confirm with our scheduling coordinator.

Trail FAQs

Common trail questions

Participants should be in good physical condition. You don’t need backpacking or long thru-hiking experience (it certainly helps), but you should be able to walk up to 25 kilometers (15 miles) with a small pack.

Keep in mind that a support vehicle is with the group for the entirety of the trip. So if you need to skip a day to rest that is an easy request to accommodate.

All accommodations are based on double occupancy so if you are a couple you will be roomed together on the nights where private accommodations are available. If you book with a friend, please let us know in advance and we will make a note in your reservation. Solo travelers will be paired with a bunk mate for the duration of the trail.

The accommodations vary significantly in terms of style. Some are homestays, others are private rooms, or small standalone cabins, we do a night at a river lodge, and one accommodation is a bunk house.

Trail conditions will vary significantly based on a section of the trail that you’re on and the weather. Because we’re covering so much area you’ll hike through a mix of trails, rural dirt roads, and occasionally paved streets. Trail conditions will vary from dry to wet to muddy.

Similar to trail conditions, weather conditions in Costa Rica vary significantly. Costa Rica has a dry and wet season, so generally speaking, aligning your hike with those seasons will help catch favorable weather. Even with that though, hikers in the “dry'” season should plan for some rain.