On either route, you can expect to walk on many different types of surfaces to include rocks, dirt, sand, and sometimes water.  We will start the hikes in the early mornings and arrive to our destinations in the late afternoon where there will be time to rest, socialize, and learn about the community we are visiting.  Temperatures during are hot and humid, typically ranging in the mid- to upper-80s.  Between the months of October-March, it can get cool in the evenings.


We will fill our water bottles along the routes from natural water sources using a water filter provided by your guide.  Breakfast and dinner is provided in each community, but we will stop along the way to rest and eat any snacks you may bring with you.  Beds and bedding will also be provided in each community.


The packing list below will be helpful in preparing for your trip.  Items marked with an asterick (*) are required.  The others items can be useful and are recommended based on your personal preference.  


The CDC suggests some vaccinations before travel.  More information can be found here




*Hiking pack (3000 cubic inches or less)

*Sturdy hiking boots or shoes- important (see below)

*Water bottle or water bladder (40 to 80 ounces)

*Sandals or shoes that can get wet

*Water-wicking/Quick-dry clothing (pants, shorts, underwear, t-shirts)

*Several changes of socks

*Lightweight jacket, sweatshirt, or long-sleeved shirt (especially if traveling October to March, or on the South Route)



*Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc)

*Toilet paper


*Garbage bag for dirty clothes

*Personal trail snacks

*$10 USD for tourism tax at airport upon entry

Insect repellent

Hand sanitizer

Sunscreen and chapstick


Pocket knife

Notebook and pen

Bathing suit

Clothes for lounging

Rain gear (rainy season runs from April-June and October-November)

Extra spending money (recommend low denominations for easier exchange)