We will hiking from Carate and staying 2 nights in Sirena.
Water: Are there enough streams to use a filter to filter our water as needed, instead of carrying 3 liters the whole way? Any long stretches of that 7-8 hour hike in that may not have streams to filter water from?
Clothing: We're thinking of hiking in light, long sleeve shirts and technical (quick dry) pants might better to guard against scrapes from branches, the sun and biting insects...but would this be too hot? We see only see photos of people hiking in tank tops and shorts.
Rain gear in the rain forest: what worked best for you? Poncho or rain hat and jacket? We're thinking poncho, which will cover our day packs and allow more air flow, but might be too billowy for hiking in, as opposed to a light rain jacket (that may be to hot)
Pros and cons of hiking boots: they give better traction on slippery, muddy rocks and roots, but that they are cumbersome to take on and off at river crossings. If they get water inside, they stay wet. Around how many river crossings require this? Hiking in Teva type of water sandals doesn't give us sturdy footing we like, especially if you sink them in mud. We also heard that it's best to have feet protected from biting insects like ants and even leeches? Perhaps wool socks inside the water sandals? What did you wear and what worked best in rain and mud?
Food/Snacks: In addition to packing energy bars, dried fruits and nuts, what did you pack to supplement your meals provided at Sirena? We'll pack food 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. We're not keen on just eating the mentioned snacks as meals. Did your non snack foods hold up well (being squished in a pack and subjected to the heat) and what was it?
Cameras: I'd like to bring my DSLR and zoom lens. How did you keep your equipment dry and protected, both from the rain and the humidity in wet July?