Costa Rica is a very healthy country. Generally it is a clean, safe destination with few risk factors given normal precautions. The water is generally drinkable, but bottled water is available widely. It’s suggested that you might want to drink bottled water at the start, whilst your body gets used to the local water. Food preparation is very clean.
Malaria exists in some of the low lying areas where mosquitoes are prevalent, but not in San Gerardo. Taking anti-malaria medication would probably be unnecessary, but you should check this and all other risks with your travel clinic. You will need to use insect repellant just to protect against excessive bites. However, there are poisonous snakes, and hiking involves other risks such as falls, sunstroke, dehydration, cold at night, and disorientation: so caution must be exercised in this remote region.
It’s advisable to bring a generously stocked First Aid kit!
A doctor visits San Gerardo once every two weeks to see patients at the Health Centre (in the office next to the salon), otherwise medical attention is available in San Isidro via one of the many local doctors privately, or (with a wait) at the San Isidro General Hospital.
Health insurance is a must for visitors as costs for non-residents are high. The Red Cross (Cruz Roja Costarriciense) operates the ambulance system. However please call Jenny if you need to get into San Isidro to see a doctor urgently: 2742-5356, this is my responsibility and not the families’.
First Aid kit
Sunscreen & repellant
Your regular medicines, allergy remedies if needed, etc.
Think about bringing:
Tylenol or alternative
Stomach remedies inc. anti-diarrhea medicine
Anti-itch lotion (calamine or alternate)