Costa Rica... hiking boots?

Mar 26th, 2016, 06:42 AM
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Costa Rica... hiking boots?

I will be going to Arenal and down to Corcovado the 2nd week in May. Are hiking boots a necessity or are just gym sneakers good enough? Appreciate any advice.
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Mar 26th, 2016, 09:01 AM
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Depends on how much hiking you plan to do and how strenuous some of those hikes will be. I loved my time in Arenal and did a lot of hiking. I bought hiking boots about a month before I left and was glad I did for all of the extra support. And not to make you nervous but the reality is that there are plenty of snakes in Costa Rica (more prevalent during the wet season in North America summer, I believe) so from that standpoint, they are also a good investment. FWIW, during my 4 days in Arenal in late Jan. (dry season), I only saw one baby tree boa.
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Mar 26th, 2016, 11:51 AM
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We've been to both those areas; we just wear our running shoes for dry conditions and Keen's for when it's muddy.
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Mar 26th, 2016, 08:46 PM
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Hiking boots are a better option for Corcovado, where you will have to walk through water/mud and over some fairly challenging terrain (tree roots, etc). The extra ankle support doesn't hurt either.
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Mar 30th, 2016, 01:15 PM
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thank you!
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Mar 30th, 2016, 02:15 PM
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I should clarify; we went to the Osa Peninsula but did not hike into Corcovado.
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