Travel and Arrival Questions

HOW DO I GET MY TRUE NATURE PROGRAM?

True Nature works with a group travel agency (STA Travel) and they would be happy to help you with booking your flight. Your registration confirmation letter will provide specific travel windows. Please be sure the trip has been “officially confirmed” before booking your flights. TNE has a special student travel agent that would be happy to help you with booking your flight. True Nature Education and STA Travel have partnered together to provide you the best student airfare for your upcoming trip. STA Travel is a full service travel agency which offers affordable, flexible fares and access to their exclusive Airfare Deposit program. Please use the following LINK to book or contact STA Travel directly. Please note, most TNE programs have specific travel windows, please check with us before booking your flights. All TNE programs provide group transport to/from the airport. Most flights are met by a TNE Representative at the airport.

Costa Rica: All international flights will arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica and will be met by a TNE Staff Member.

Greece: You will be booking your flights for the Athens International Airport (ATH). Students are met by our True Nature representative when they arrive, then taken in the group shuttle to the hotel. This scenic drive is approximately 2 hours long. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines that are outlined on the Confirmation letter.

Peru: When flying to Cusco (CUZ), where your program will be held, you will be flying through Lima (LIM). The two most common options when flying to Peru will be to take a "red eye" overnight which arrives in Cusco in the morning or to fly into Lima in the evening, spend the night at a local hotel (there is a great hotel connected to the airport called the Wyndham Costa Del Sol Hotel,) and then fly to Cusco in the morning. Check the flight windows for your trip so you know the departure time for your shuttle in Cusco. A shuttle van will take you to your center which is approximately 90 minutes away. On the return flight, almost all flights depart out of Cusco in the afternoon and connect to a "red eye" departure from Lima.

Italy: Florence airport is a very small airport and is impossible to get lost. Once you walk through the custom sliding doors, go left at the cafeteria where you will find one of our staff members with a “True Nature" sign. We will walk you to the vans and drive for one hour to the program center in Tuscany.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Costa Rica, Peru, Italy and Greece

As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity after your departure from your destination. That means if your passport has less than six months remaining until the expiration date, you should renew it right away! For Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, and Peru, visitors from the USA, Canada, and most European countries will receive a visa at the port of entry (i.e. the airport).

Requirements can vary by country and may be dependent on your country of origin.Terms of entry are always subject to change and should be confirmed independently with your airline before traveling.

For those traveling from the United States, we recommend looking into Mobile Passport. This app allows you to skip the customs lines in 24 US airports on your return from your retreat. Whether or not you use Mobile Passport, please make sure to have a valid passport for your travels.

WILL SOMEONE BE MEETING US AT THE AIRPORT?

Yes! When you arrive at the airport, a TNE representative will be waiting with our sign directly outside the terminal. There are some programs that have a different procedure, but you will be notified.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE FIRST DAY OF TRAVELING?

For some countries, like Costa Rica, you will be staying at a hotel near the airport with the other group participants for the first night. Dinner will be provided the first evening, followed by a short group meeting. The following day after breakfast, you will take a 3-to-5 hour shuttle ride to the center. For other countries, we try to transfer participants to the center as soon as possible following your arrival.

Safety and Medical

WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL CONCERNS?

All of our sites are within 1 hour of either a hospital or a 24-hour Emergency Clinic. We have never had a medical situation that has not been adequately resolved. In extreme cases, air transport is available. Please check your health insurance for coverage in foreign countries. We recommend that either a family member or friend have a copy of your daily itinerary and your passport in case of a State-side emergency. We also will have an emergency number in the unlikely event we need to contact someone at home.

 

Costa Rica: Healthcare in Costa Rica is very good and sanitary standards are high. First class hospitals are found throughout San José and some of the other largely populated areas. Since long ago, diseases such as malaria, paludismo, and yellow fever have been nearly eradicated in Costa Rica. Hospitals and the Red Cross will provide any medical treatment in case of emergency. Please check with your physician for any other necessary personal preparation. No vaccines are required to enter Costa Rica. Please refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control Website) for more information and recommendations: www.cdc.gov. If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the program. Costa Rica does have pharmacies throughout the country where you can buy many of the same over-the-counter medicines as in the US. When you register for the trip please include information about any allergies and/or medications we need to know about.

Greece: No vaccines are required to enter Greece. Please refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control Website) for more information and recommendations: www.cdc.gov. You may also check with your own physician for any recommendations. If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the program. When you register for the trip please include information about any allergies and/or medications we need to know about. Food and water standards in Greece are similar to those in the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.

Peru: The group will be traveling in areas above 7,000ft altitude and there are no vaccinations required. Please refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control Website) for more information and recommendations: www.cdc.gov. You may also check with your own physician for any recommendations. If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the program. When you register for the trip please include information about any allergies and/or medications we need to know about. The closest hospitals are in Cusco which is about 1 hour away from the Sacred Valley. The hospital is very modern and well-staffed. There is a clinic about 15 minutes from our center. Altitude Sickness: The retreat center has herbal teas to help you acclimate to the higher elevation and herbal remedies in the event you do get altitude sickness. It also helps to relax and take it easy the first couple of days of your retreat and stay hydrated.

Italy: No vaccines are required to enter Italy. Please refer to the CDC (Center for Disease Control Website) for more information and recommendations: www.cdc.gov. You may also check with your own physician for any recommendations. If you are on a particular medication, please be sure that you have enough medication for the duration of the program. When you register for the trip please include information about any allergies and/or medications we need to know about. Healthcare in Italy is excellent and sanitation standards are high. Italy has been rated the 2nd best healthcare system in the world in recent years. Italian doctors are well-trained and very passionate about their profession, and the private hospitals are comparable with any throughout the world.

Should I get Travel Insurance?

True Nature Travels recommends that all of its participants get travel insurance before their trip. We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, "life happens." Whether it's family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $100, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. Click Here to purchase travel insurance now and you will also receive the True Nature discount. You can learn more about CSA Travel Insurance plans here.

SHOULD I BRING VALUABLES?

Costa Rica and Peru: We recommend leaving valuables and electronics at home. We will be traveling in a country that does not have as many material resources as we do. We do our best to honor and preserve the incredible natural resources and environment that we will be visiting. By bringing less, we together get to see that much more of what is around us. Most people do bring their phones and cameras. If you do bring some valuables you will have a safe inside your rooms or you will have access to a safe at the front desk.

Greece: We suggest that you unplug as much as you can and enjoy the peace and quiet of the center you will visit, therefore you may not need many electronics. However, for those things you do bring, your destination is very safe and your valuables will be secure in your room. Safes are available upon request.   Always use your good judgment when traveling abroad.

Italy: We suggest that you unplug as much as you can and enjoy the peace and quiet of the center you will visit, therefore you may not need many electronics. However, for those things you do bring, your destination is very safe and your valuables will be secure in your room. There are no safes in the room. Always use your good judgment when traveling abroad.

Is it safe to travel in these countries?

General Safety Precautions: Follow airport safety guidelines (about luggage), do not go places alone unless you have notified your group leader, carry the money you will need in safe place (like a money belt) and leave the rest of your belongings at your hotel/retreat center. Carry important phone numbers with you at all times.

Costa Rica: Costa Rica is considered one of the safest places in Latin America to travel. Of course you need to use your common sense about times you are out and being alone. Most of the time you will be with your group and a guide who is very familiar with the locale.

Greece: Always use the same precautions that you would in your own country and traveling abroad.

Peru: You will be traveling directly from the airport to your center. Each of the centers are very safe and the staff is there to help you.

Italy: Always use the same precautions that you would in your own country and traveling abroad.

What important phone numbers should I have?

Please take our US number, the number of the center(s) you will be visiting, and your local TNE representative. This information will be provided to you in the final instructions letter you will receive a couple weeks prior to embarking.

Can my family reach me in case of emergency?

Yes, we will give you the number of the center where you will be staying and a U.S. number for TNE. We would be happy to assist in any way we can.

Costs and Extras

What is included in the retreat?

Each program is different. Please check the program description that has been sent to you. Room, meals, group ground transportation to and from airport, group activities, and taxes are included in your package. Treatments, tips, and extra excursions are generally not included. Please feel free if you have a specific question to get in touch with us.

How much money should I bring? Do places accept US dollars?

If you would like to begin your trip with the local currency, you can check online or at your local U.S. bank. Oftentimes you can order foreign currency to bring on your trip. Also, please advise your credit card company on the dates and location of your trip. Many of our centers allow you to set up a bill linked to your room so you can pay with a credit card at check-out.

Costa Rica: Most places do accept US dollars, but it’s always wise (and fun) to have some Colones (local currency). There are ATMs throughout Costa Rica. We recommend that you do not carry much cash with you, as you can get money from the ATM any time you are in town. The exchange rate is best when using ATMs rather than exchanging money at the bank or airport. There is an ATM in the baggage claim of the airport in Costa Rica. We suggest that you use this to get your first Costa Rican money. The conversion rate usually hovers around 500 Colones to 1 Dollar. Most major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. There are fees for some extra activities during the programs. We will make sure you are aware of your options and cost as they vary per trip.

Greece: The centers only accept Euros. You can get Euros from your local bank or from ATMs in the country. Some centers accept credit cards. We will be sending you information specific to your destination closer to the retreat date.

Italy: The centers only accept Euros. You can get Euros from your local bank or from ATMs in the country. Some centers accept credit cards. We will be sending you information specific to your destination closer to the retreat date.

Peru: There are ATMs in Cusco and a few in local towns near the centers. Our centers can help and advise you on where money can be exchanged. The currency is called Soles or the Nuevo Sol.

Is ground transportation included?

In most cases, one group transportation to and from the airport is included if you arrive within the flight windows of times we have outlined. Please check with us for your particular program and we can make this clear.

Are tips, treatments and excursions included?

No, these extras are not included in most programs. Group activities are included. Please check your package for the specifics of your program.

Costa Rica: We recommend tipping your primary group leader $30-$50 for the week when possible. Our Costa Rican leaders rely on tips to help support themselves.

Italy, Greece, and Peru: Gratuity is welcomed and appreciated, but not expected. You will have an opportunity at the completion of your trip to offer gratuity that can be split amongst your group leaders, the hotel staff, and guides. Please do not feel like you need to be offering gratuity throughout the entire trip. Average gratuity is $5-$7/day/person.

What if I need to cancel?

Should you need to cancel, please email us immediately at: info@truenatureeducation.com

Cancellation Policy

Initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable

50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before program excluding initial deposit

89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable

True Nature is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.

Is there access to local shopping?

Yes, some of our centers have small gift shops and all of our centers are near towns where you can shop.

How much are spa treatments?

This varies from center to center. Upon arrival you can book your treatments. If you need to know in advance please contact us and we can send you prices.

Program

How many sessions do we have each day?

Each program is unique. Your itinerary will be sent to you. Typically you will have 3-5 service programs during the week, hikes, tours, and adventure excursions– there is always free time.

How many people can join a program?

The group size varies but usually, we have between 15 - 25 students.

Who are the guides?

All Society and Education trips are led by our True Nature Professional Group Leaders. Our leaders are experienced and passionate about sharing their knowledge of the area. Your guide will meet you at the airport and they will be with the group for the duration of the program.

Can Non-Members of NSLS join the Society trips?

Yes, non-members of the NSLS may join the program. There is a non-member fee and this is indicated on the individual registration form for the trip.

Will I get a school credits for participating in the program?

Please check with your school to determine if credits can be given for the trip.

Are there scholarships available for the program?

At this point, True Nature does not offer any scholarship for our programs. If you are interested in a scholarship for your trip, we recommend that contact your school and/or your NSLS chapter to see if any are available.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, we do have a Facebook group for each trip that we encourage participants to join. This information will be in your Confirmation Letter that you will receive once you sign up. The trip is open to all ages; however, most participants are college age. Most of whom share an adventurous spirit, a desire to experience a different culture, and willingness to participate in group activities.

What To Bring

What should I bring?

We suggest bringing only one suitcase that you are comfortable handling and that is easy to use/move, and one daypack.

Costa Rica:

Clothing and Accessories

Pack clothing appropriate for warm tropical weather and comfortable clothing for hanging out, hiking, and even getting a bit dirty sometimes! Pack layered clothing such as:

  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Tank tops
  • Long-sleeved tops
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Long sleeve shirt or a light jacket
  • Sweater or shawl
  • Sun hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Dress for meals is very casual but some people like to bring a few nicer outfits for dinner just for fun.

Good options for shoes

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Closed-toed outdoor shoes (i.e. keens)
  • Long "boot" socks (optional)
  • Lightweight water-resistant sneakers or hiking boots
  • Sandals or other comfortable beach/river shoes

For our service trips, we recommend some clothes you can get REALLY dirty as we take part in activities such as painting, drywall, etc. You may also like to bring some work gloves (optional.)

Toiletries

  • Shampoo & conditioner (biodegradable if possible, please)
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloth
  • Most centers do not provide hair dryers or toiletries.

Health & Comfort

  • Any prescriptions (packed in carry-on luggage)
  • Glasses
  • Remedies you use often
  • Bug repellent or natural remedies like lavender oil or Eucalyptus/lemon oil for bug bites
  • Vitamins
  • Earplugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle and special teas
  • A small first aid kit (include electrolytes, Dramamine, and Imodium)
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) tablets or liquid - this can be a great natural preventative remedy for those with sensitive stomachs. If you are sensitive consider taking it the week prior to your trip and during your trip
  • When traveling away from the center we suggest carrying tissues, hand sanitizer, and drinking water.

Miscellaneous

  • A camping towel or even better a Sarong! We love sarongs and will show you the multiple uses of them (you can also buy them in Costa Rica).
  • Pocket size English/Spanish Dictionary
  • Camera and charger
  • Passport and a copy of your passport
  • Copy of your flight itinerary (Sometimes they will request them at customs)
  • Small umbrella
  • Day pack
  • A watch - (if you want to leave your device at home)
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Some cash and an ATM card if possible (Traveler’s Checks are rarely accepted in Costa Rica).

Peru:

While in Cusco and Machu Picchu you will be at a much higher altitude than you will be in the Sacred Valley. This region of Peru is primarily split into two periods: the wet season and the dry. The dry season takes place between April and October (although, it does still rain). Sunshine is abundant, though temps can dip in the evenings and early mornings. During the day, visitors can expect highs of around 65°-70°F (18°-21°C). The nights can be cool and the center has limited heating options, so please bring warm clothing to layer and bundle up.

Clothing

  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Tank tops
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Rain gear/poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Sweater or shawl
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Sandals

Toiletries

  • Shampoo & conditioner (Biodegradable if possible please)
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloth
  • Camping towel
  • Most centers do not provide hair dryers or toiletries.

Health & Comfort

  • Prescriptions, remedies and vitamins you use often (packed in carry on)
  • Glasses
  • Bug repellent and natural remedies like lavender oil or eucalyptus/lemon oil for bug bites
  • Earplugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Small first aid kit (include electrolytes, Dramamine, and Imodium)
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) tablets or liquid - this can be a great natural preventative remedy for those with sensitive stomachs. If you are sensitive, consider taking it the week prior to your trip and during your trip.
  • Chlorophyll (tablets or drops) - this is a natural remedy for altitude sickness; take it before and during your trip.
  • When traveling away from the center we suggest carrying tissues, hand sanitizer, and drinking water.

Miscellaneous

  • Pocket language dictionary
  • Passport and copy of flight itinerary
  • Camera and charger
  • Money or traveler’s checks
  • Water bottle
  • Daypack
  • Flashlight

Italy:

Italy has seasons similar to the US. The warmest months are generally July and August, while June and September offer nice, warm weather without it being too hot. In the summer months, the temperature ranges from 60°-85°F (15°- 30°C).

Clothing

  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Tank tops
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Bathing suit (if there is a pool at your venue,)
  • Rain gear
  • Jacket
  • Sweater or shawl
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes for walking or biking
  • Sandals
  • Depending on your travel plans, you may want to bring an outfit or two for going out.

Toiletries

  • Shampoo & conditioner (biodegradable if possible, please)
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Deodorant and washcloth
  • Most venues do NOT have hair dryers.

Health & Comfort

  • Any prescriptions (packed in carry on)
  • Glasses
  • Remedies you use often
  • Bug repellent, and natural remedies like lavender oil or eucalyptus/lemon oil for bug bites
  • Vitamins
  • Earplugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle, and any special teas.
  • A small first aid kit (include electrolytes, Dramamine, and Imodium).

Miscellaneous

  • Pocket language dictionary
  • Passport and copy of flight itinerary
  • Camera and charger
  • Money or traveler’s checks
  • Water bottle
  • Universal power adaptor for Europe.

Greece:

Summer is warm, dry, and sunny. Some days can get quite hot with temperatures over 85°F (30°C). Average temperatures are 80's (27°C) during the day, 70's (21°C) at night.  

Clothing

  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Tank tops
  • Long sleeved tops
  • Bathing suit (if there is a pool at your venue,)
  • Rain gear
  • Jacket
  • Sweater or shawl
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes for walking or biking
  • Sandals
  • Depending on your travel plans, you may want to bring an outfit or two for going out.

Toiletries

  • Shampoo & conditioner (biodegradable if possible, please)
  • Soap
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Deodorant and washcloth
  • Most venues do NOT have hair dryers.

Health & Comfort

  • Any prescriptions (packed in carry on)
  • Glasses
  • Remedies you use often
  • Bug repellent, and natural remedies like lavender oil or eucalyptus/lemon oil for bug bites
  • Vitamins
  • Earplugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle, and any special teas.
  • A small first aid kit (include electrolytes, Dramamine, and Imodium).

Miscellaneous

  • Pocket language dictionary
  • Passport and copy of flight itinerary
  • Camera and charger
  • Money or traveler’s checks
  • Water bottle
  • Universal power adaptor for Europe.
What if I forget something

There is always a town nearby any of our sites. To your surprise, they will have almost anything you would need. If you forget something, you will be just fine.

Food

Do they accommodate special diets?

Yes! Our centers accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan, and non-gluten diets. They serve wholesome, fresh, and organic (when possible) meals that are simple and delicious. If you are concerned, you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals.

Is the food organic?

Each of our centers does their best to serve organic fruits and vegetables when possible.

Is the water safe to drink?

Costa Rica: In most of Costa Rica the water is safe, and as always there are some exceptions in certain places. We usually drink bottled water in the cities. Your TNE guide will be clear when it is safe and unsafe to drink the water. At the program centers there is unlimited filtered water, so you can fill your water bottle (please bring one with you).

Greece: Greece’s tap water is clean and safe.

Peru: At the program center there is unlimited filtered water, so you can fill your water bottle.

Italy: Italy’s tap water is clean and safe.

Will there be enough protein?

Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts etc.). If you are on a high protein diet, please let us know in advance so we can have something for you. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar for each day of the trip.

Should I bring my own snacks?

If you like to snack, we recommend bringing some special snacks with you, but this is not necessary. The meals are abundant and we are confident that you will be well-fed. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods so you do not have to worry if you will have what you need.

What kind of drinks do you serve?

Most of our centers have alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Usually smoothies and fresh juices are offered as well as sodas, tea and coffee. Extra drinks are not included in our packages and prices vary from center-to-center.

Accommodations

Are there laundry facilities?

Most of our centers have laundry services to wash your clothes. There is an extra charge for laundry services.

What kind of access do I have to communications (phone/internet)? Will my U.S. phone work?

Costa Rica:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Costa Rica. This will go in your phone and you will have a Costa Rican phone number for the week. You can purchase an International Plan for approximately $20 and call internationally. You will need to give the Costa Rican number to people in the U.S.
  2. You can call your U.S. phone company and purchase an international plan. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your U.S. number.
  3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an iPhone, iMessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

Peru:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Lima. This will go in your phone and you will have a Peruvian phone number for the week. You can purchase an international plan and call internationally.
  2. You can purchase an international plan through your current service provider. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your current number. 3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an iPhone, iMessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

Italy and Greece:

  1. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an iPhone, iMessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "WhatsApp" app.

 

  1. You can call your U.S. phone company and purchase an international plan. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your U.S. number.

Phone Service in Costa Rica:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Costa Rica. This will go in your phone and you will have a Costa Rican phone number for the week. You can purchase an International Plan for approximately $20 and call internationally. You will need to give the Costa Rican number to people in the U.S.
  2. You can call your U.S. phone company and purchase an international plan. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your U.S. number.
  3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an Iphone, Imessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

Phone Service in Peru:

  1. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport in Lima. This will go in your phone and you will have a Peruvian phone number for the week. You can purchase an international plan and call internationally.
  2. You can purchase an international plan through your current service provider. This will be more expensive, but you can keep your current number.
  3. You can use your phone with WiFi. If you have an Iphone, Imessage and FaceTime Audio/Video are free with WiFi. You can also make international calls via Skype and send free international texts via the "What's App" App.

Phone Service in Other Countries : please check with us.

Can I have my own room? Can I choose a roommate?

In many cases, it is possible to have a single room for an extra fee.

Rooms are based on double or triple occupancy. We try our best to honor roommate requests. You can request a roommate on your online registration form.

I am traveling alone but staying in shared occupancy. Who will I room with?

Rooms are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another True Nature participant of the same gender.

What type of electricity do they have?

Costa Rica and Peru: Same as the United States. No adapters are necessary. Some of our centers are on a solar system, so we ask guests to be conscious of usage. You can check when you arrive if there are any usage restrictions.

Italy and Greece: Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). For comparison, in the United States it is 110 volts, 60 cycle AC current. You must bring a 2 pin adapter to use your electronics.

Do I need to bring toiletries, a hair dryer, or a towel?

Please bring all your own toiletries and, if possible, bring biodegradable products. Most centers do NOT have hair dryers. You may contact us to ask about your specific trip. The centers do have bath towels, but please bring a beach towel or sarong for outings.

Do they have a pool, sauna or hot tub?

Please check with us for the specific location and the amenities available.

Can someone with mobility issues get around?

We, along with our centers, continue to strive to have our programs accessible to all. Please check with us in regards to the program you are interested in.

Weather and Conditions

Are there a lot of bugs? And do they have bug spray?

Costa Rica and Peru: Latin America in general is an environment full of natural life. Insects are a part of this ecosystem. Most bugs are actually quite fascinating to look at and yes, some do bite (mostly mosquitoes). The amount of bugs will vary depending on your location and the time of year you will be visiting. We recommend that you bring bug repellent and use it in the early part of the day and before sunset as a precaution.

Italy and Greece: During certain times in the summer there may be little mosquitos – bring a natural mosquito repellent.

What will the weather be like?

Costa Rica: The weather is always changing in Costa Rica. Basically, there are two seasons: dry and green. December through July is usually the warmest and driest part of the year. The temperature annually will range from 65F to 85F. There is always a possibility of a shower here and there as we are in the tropics, so bring your raincoat and/or an umbrella too.

Peru: Cusco and the Sacred Valley are located in the high mountains of Peru (10,000 ft+). This region of Peru is primarily split into two seasons: the wet and dry seasons. The dry season takes place between April and October (although, it does still rain from time to time). Sunshine is abundant, though temperatures can dip in the evenings and early mornings. During the day, visitors can expect highs of around 65°-70°F (18°-21°C).

Greece: Summer is warm, dry, and sunny. Some days can get quite hot with temperatures over 85°F (30°C). Average temperatures are 80's (27°C) during the day, 70's (21°C) at night.  

Italy: Italy has seasons similar to the US. The warmest months are generally July and August, while June and September offer nice, warm weather without it being too hot. In the summer months, the temperature ranges from 60°-85°F (15°- 30°C).

What is the time zone ?

Costa Rica: Costa Rica is the same as C.S.T. (1 hour behind EST) but does not observe daylight savings time. This means during March –October they are on MST (2 hours behind EST).

Peru: They are on EST from mid October to mid March and CST from mid March – mid October. They do NOT observe daylight savings time.

Greece: Greece is in the Eastern European time zone. +7 hours from EST (New York).

Italy: Italy is in the Central European time zone. +6 hours from EST (New York).

Miscellaneous

What if I want to extend my trip? Can you recommend other hotels?

Yes, we can assist you with your plans prior/post program. Just let us know.

What is the language Spoken? Do people speak English?

Costa Rica and Peru: Spanish is the language primarily spoken. You will find that many people speak English as a second language and you should not have troubles communicating with locals. There will be a TNE guide with you who speaks English available throughout your program.

Greece: Greek is the language of Greece. At our program centers, some of the staff do speak English.

Italy: Italian is the language of Italy. At our program centers, some of the staff do speak English.

Can I come alone to the program?

Yes! Coming on programs can be a great place to find your own space and connect with new friends. Since this is a group experience you will not be alone unless you want to be. Rooms are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another True Nature participant of the same gender.

What is the average age of participants?

While the programs are open to all ages, most of the people are of college age. If you have an interest in the program, have an adventurous spirit, a desire to experience a different culture, and a willingness to participate in group activities then you are welcome to join our programs.  

If you are under 18 you will need your parents consent to join the trip.

Are children welcome?

Yes! The program schedule is geared towards adult participation, but children are welcome. At many of our centers childcare is available during sessions. There will be plenty of time for you and your family to go on excursions, explore the area and just hang out. Please let us know if you would like to bring a child with you and we can let you know about room and meal costs.