Adventures / Adventure Tapas

250km Coast to Coast Expedition through Costa Rica

Hike, bike and paddle yourself from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Caribbean Sea

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

250km Coast to Coast Expedition through Costa Rica

Hike, bike and paddle yourself from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Caribbean Sea

DURATION

11 nights

LOCATION

Costa Rica

ANNUAL LEAVE

10 days off work

SEASON

Sept-May

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Juan Santamaria International Airport, Costa Rica

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Campsite

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

Crossing 250km coast-to-coast is a challenge, so strong fitness and a sense of adventure are vital.

Cross the width of one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth under your own steam, from one lush coastline to another

Journey through cloudforest, mountain villages and virgin rainforest teeming with wildlife before heading up and over the Continental Divide

Rest up at beautiful eco-lodges on the banks of the pristine Pacuare River and cool down with swims and dips at secret swimming spots in the rainforest

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    Derek, May 2022

    Epic trip that really was an ADVENTURE and physical challenge. Juan Carlos the guide was incredible and made this trip one never to be forgotten. You definitely need to put some serious hill training in beforehand for bike and hike components.

    Emma, April 2022

    If you're debating joining this trip I would add my voice to the many already saying 'Do it!'. Why? Firstly: Costa Rica is an incredible country full of wonderfully proud and welcoming people. This trip really gets you away from tourists and immersed in the landscape, wildlife and culture. Secondly: The trip is hard, but in a really good way. The tough moments make the high points even more memorable. You'll find yourself working as a team and so the joint sense of achievement when you reach the Caribbean is incredible. Thirdly: JC and Memo (our guides) were without fault. Encouraging us, challenging us, keeping us fed (the food was incredible) and watered, and just being great people! In retrospect: I would have brought a camelback, lots of factor 50 and longer sleeves for evenings (read mosquitos) and hot days on the river. If you like active holidays, off the beaten track while really exploring a country this trip is for you!

    Tim, April 2022

    This trip is wonderful! What an accomplishment! Know that it is not a race and even though the first day on the bikes was extremely fast, I chalk that up to adrenalin and lack of interesting scenery more than reflective of the pace that everyone actually wanted to do. Our group was just four people and two, including myself, were not heavy bikers. In fact, I did no bike training prior to this trip (but I had just finished training for a marathon). That said, I think you do have to be in decent shape to complete this trip as the days usually average like 6 - 8 hours of activities which are primarily hiking or biking. The guides are great and always give you options along the way so if you want to start a little earlier to get a head start or stop along a river to cool off, they will accommodate. They want you to finish this trip and go out of their way to make this happen. There were times when I felt like the slowest member of the group but no one else minds. Again, it’s not a race and the other like minded travelers are there for the adventure just like you. It was hot at times and rainy. Rain gear is useless as you’re going to get soaked no matter what. If you have quick drying clothes, you could get away with two pairs of everything and wear them on alternate days. All the campsites had dry areas so it’s not like you had to stay in your tent to avoid the rain. That said, camping was a bit harsh as it was warm some nights and sleeping on a pad wasn’t super comfy after a full day of activities. You will get bitten by various bugs and will get sunburn no matter how diligent you are applying sunscreen but it was just a wonderful overall experience. Oh, the food was great too. Can’t believe what these guys are able to whip up while supporting you on this journey!

    Adam, April 2022

    This is such a cool trip, which leaves you thinking, why would you travel Costa Rica any other way?! It is a beautiful country with intriguing wildlife, smiling people, and great food. I found the hiking/biking/rafting/kayaking enjoyable and rewarding but this is of course dependent on your experience. But what I would say on this is that the guide Juan Carlos is fantastic at supporting people at what they want to do, and also supporting them to push outside of their comfort zones when they want to. If you are a road biker regularly cycling 30+ miles, a mountain biker of red routes, and having tried rafting and kayaking before then perhaps you will find this within your comfort zone, but this is not a prerequisite, Juan Carlos will support you with each activity (possibly to do more than you expect), and there are also alternatives of swapping biking for hiking, or joining the support vehicle (in more extreme circumstances). Juan Carlos and Memo are really masters of their craft: fonts of knowledge, endlessly positive, humble, and great to be around. You will eat like kings/queens/elected officials as Costa Rican food is home cooked and healthy with big portions; and Juan Carlos and Memo are great cooks too, providing regular snacks too, in between the meals! The accommodation is generally very good: comfortable hotels at the beginning and end of the trip, with homestays, glamping, and two nights camping in between. Kit list: I would add trinkets for local kids, and I would make long sleeve tops and legs essential for the rafting and kayaking to avoid sunburn. I would also suggest extending your trip by a few days in either Cahuita/Punta Cocles as there is plenty to experience on the Carribbean coast, and perhaps some surf to catch. I would also recommend a look around San Jose on day one.

    Imogen, March 2022

    This trip was absolutely amazing!! - it is one of the best things I've ever done! If you're on the fence as to whether to book this adventure then I'd definitely encourage you to go for it - you will have the time of your life! The guides - JC and Carlos -were absolutely fantastic in keeping us motivated and happy, getting us organised in the mornings and always keen to share their knowledge and passion for the wildlife, nature and culture that we experienced in Costa Rica. The food was also excellent and we were fed so well!! Lots of snacks, delicious fruit and hearty Costa Rican meals. The coast to coast challenge was tougher than I expected - it is definitely a challenge! But this made it even more rewarding when we made it to the end at the Carribbean Sea. I found the mountain biking descents particularly hard as I had no experience cycling off road, so having some experience on a mountain bike might be helpful for this trip - although I still made it and enjoyed it without this experience. So if you are someone with a reasonably good level of fitness, you will be able to do this trip. I was also lucky to have an amazing group to share this adventure with! It was awesome to have everyone wooping and cheering at the top of the hills and supporting eachother throughout. Some of my highlights were hiking through the misty cloud forest and arriving by raft to the picturesque river camp - our little patch of paradise! The trip included lots of swimming in waterfalls, breath-taking views and amazing wildlife! Things I would take if doing it again: hydration tablets - really good for doing excercise in the heat! A camelpack - for the cycling. Lots of suncream - you'll need to reapply a lot! Long leggings and top - for the rafting to stop you getting burnt. A blowup pillow - for the nights camping. Overall this was an incredible adventure I will never forget!

    Laura Butcher, March 2022

    This trip surpassed all my expectations in every sense. The difficulty was a lot harder than I anticipated (so be prepared for some really challenging days) however, the environment and views made it all worth it. Not only that but the exceptional guides who made an effort with everything they did with such enthusiasm too, when you were struggling they still just had a smile on their face telling you how easy it was! The accommodation and the food was out of this world, I loved the river camp. It was our own little part of paradise. The guides were so knowledgeable about the area and were always on the look out for animals/plants to show you, and the routes were mainly off the beaten track so you felt like you were on your own personal adventure. Key things I would suggest and include are a camelback makes it easy for the hikes and bikes. Hydration tablets as Costa Rica is hot without the exercise. A pack of cards, we had so much fun playing cards every night. A small travel pillow for the camping nights to add a little comfort. Water shoes, as this will make it so much easier on the water days and also when visiting the waterfalls so not to get your trainers wet and protect your feet from the rocks. Thin long layers for the rafting days so not to get sunburnt as we were all a little crisp! And if you're wanting souvenirs there are more shops on the pacific coast before you start than on the Caribbean coast. I am a fairly fit individual completing a couple of ironman's and I found the first few days significantly challenging so make sure you're prepared, the fitter the group the less you'll wait and the more enjoyable you'll find the trip rather than it being a painful challenge. On that note, don't let it scare you or put you off, after travelling alot of the world this trip has 100% been up there as one of the best experiences of my life!!!!

    Nick Green, March 2022

    Let others know about your experience: I booked this trip with a little bit of hesitancy - would it be too hard? Would I enjoy it? It ended up being one of the best trips I have ever done. The guides (JC and Carlos) were superb and the general organisation was brilliant. I was blessed with an awesome group of people to enjoy it with too. The expedition itself was tough but I would say manageable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Having said that, some of the bike rides up hills were brutal, but in a good way! The feeling of achievement in completing them and the sense of camaraderie in the group made it all worthwhile. The food was very good (far better than I thought it would be), the accommodation was great - one of the ‘glamping’ campsites on the river was pretty close to paradise. You get a much needed rest day there too! I would recommend this trip very strongly and can’t fault a thing. One of the best things I have ever done.

    Peter Clowes, March 2022

    This is an amazing trip with awesome guides. You will absolutely not regret booking this trip. From the moment you meet your guides through to the second you have to say goodbye they are incredible. The trip is perfectly organised with the guides ensuring you always know where to stock up on beer for your next night camping or recommendations for where to go when staying in town. The two nights you spend at the river camp are amazing, they have found a little piece of paradise and set a beautiful campsite up there. Take a camelbak instead of bottles for you water, this will make your life so much easier and take some running legging or similar to protect your legs from the sun when rafting. If i were to do this again I would arrive a couple of days early and leave a couple of days later. You'll need the time to get used to the heat and then you won't want to leave the amazing friends you make on the trip. This was the best trip of my life, do not hesitate to book yourself onto this one.

    Antony Newton, March 2022

    Difficult to know where to start. Genuinely the best holiday I've ever had - trip of a lifetime stuff! Never done anything so challenging but the rewards along the way are well worth it, as you get to see this amazing country from a perspective few do (and hitting the Carribean coast on the other side was an awesome feeling). It is tough going, espcially in March where we experienced consistent 32+ degree direct sun but the amazing guides were so supportive (kit list doesn't mention leggings - a must for rafting and kayaking to avoid red knees). On the guides, I cannot speak highly enough of them; friendly, motivating, inspiring and you always felt in safe, experienced hands. Two men with a passion for their country's culture and wildlife who always take time to share their knowledge. Great bonding experience with the others in our group who I will certainly stay in touch with. MBA - I will be coming back for more!

    Tom, March 2022

    The coast to coast was an epic adventure I'll never forget. The scenery was beautiful and varied and in Juan Carlos and Carlos we had two excellent guides who were very hardworking, patient and understanding throughout. JC's enthusiasm was infectious and it was very cool to see them involved socially with the group too. The logistics were brilliant - the trip ran seemlessly. We were fortunate to have a wonderful group who all got on and were all fit - we never waited more than 10 minutes or so at any stop. I've done a dozen or so group trips like this and I'm in good shape for my 41 years - I'm not carrying any weight, I've done a fair bit of mountain biking and I trained for this trip. Despite that it was a really tough trip especially given the heat (mid 30's in Celsius). The hiking is very steep, there's long uphill and long steep downhill stretches on the bike (on road and off) some at decent altitude and the kyakking on the last day was a slog. Most days it's at least 2 activities, some days it's 3 so it's intense. Overall I really enjoyed the challenge but it was tougher than I expected. I found other reviews were misleading in that sense. A few tips: 1) Bring a full length lycra top and bottoms for the rafting/kayaking to avoid sunburn - the sun is vicious and most of our group got badly burnt for our trip in the 2nd half of March. 2) For that reason sun block and lots of suncream are essential. 3) Water shoes are also essential too for swimming in waterfalls/rivers and rafting/kyakking - it's very rocky in places 4) Electrolytes are also very important if you sweat a lot - it's hard not too with the humidity. 5) Cycling gloves are great for blister prevention on the cycling and the rafting/kyakking 6) The rain is biblical when it comes and nothing dries in the humidity unless it's sunny so worth having a couple of pairs of trainers for cyling and hiking. Overall I'd highly recommend the trip for anyone who's in good shape and possesses an adventurous spirit. Just make sure you're ready!

    Included

    Guides

    Expert, English-speaking local guides

    Accommodation

    5 nights camping, 5 nights in a hotel and 1 night in a cabin

    Meals

    Most meals with the exception of a few dinners and a couple of lunches

    Transfers

    To and from the airport and everything in-between

    Equipment

    All your biking, rafting, kayaking and camping equipment

    Permits

    All permits and entry fees

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Travel insurance

    Personal expenses

    Some meals as described

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    San José International Airport, Costa Rica

    Anytime on Day 1

    Ends

    San José International Airport, Costa Rica

    Anytime on Day 12

    Transfers

    Airport transfers are included on arrival and departure days. Just let your host know your flight details. If you arrive and depart outside of the set days, your host can arrange an airport transfer for you for an extra cost. See Optional Extras for the price.

    Travel options

    There are regular flights to Costa Rica from major airports across the UK and Europe.

    Day 1

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 3 – Day 4

    Campsite · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 5

    Campsite · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 6 – Day 9

    Campsite · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 10

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 11

    Hotel · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 12

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    A classic plate of Costa Rican food traditionally includes rice and beans, salad, fried sweet plantains and either fish, chicken, pork or beef. Some will also have cheese, French fries or grilled vegetables. Gallo Pinto is another classic Costa Rican staple: slow cooked rice and bean with onions, peppers and coriander (cilantro). This is often part of the Costa Rican breakfast, Gallo Pinto - eggs, fried cheese, sweet plantains and homemade corn tortillas. There'll be plenty of other Latin American and tropical foods available and on both coasts you’ll find Pipa Fria: a whole, cold fresh coconut.

    Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

    What is the accommodation like?

    San Jose

    You'll stay in a 3 star hotel in the centre of town, for example the Hotel Sleep Inn Paseo Las Damas which is opposite España Park and the Modern Art Museum. The exact hotel will be confirmed by your local host in your pre-departure information.

    The Pacific Coast

    You'll stay at Kamuk Hotel and Spa in Quepos, just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park and steps from the Pacific Ocean.

    The Expedition

    You'll stay at campsites and rustic cabinas. Highlights include El Nido Del Tigre, an authentic Costa Rican camp that’s passionate about sustainability in the Bajo Tigre rainforest.

    The Caribbean

    You'll celebrate the end of your journney with a night at the boutique Hotel Casa de las Flores in Cahuita National Park. The hotel is close to the beach and surrounded by an area renowned for its invaluable biodiversity where you're likely to see White Face Capuchin and Howler monkeys, Iguanas, Toucans, Sloths and a variety of birds and butterflies.

    Upgrades

    For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

    Day 1

    Welcome to Costa Rica

    Fly into beautiful Costa Rica and head to your hotel in San José. Depending on what time you land, explore, or just relax and get ready for the start of your adventure.

    Day 2

    The Pacific Coast

    Hop on a bus bound for the Pacific Coast - the starting point for your coast-to-coast adventure. This will be your last motorised vehicle for the next 10 days! Spend the night in the quiet fishing village of Quepos, next door to Manuel Antonio National Park. Relax on the beach, visit the park, famous for its abundant wildlife and then have dinner and a group briefing with the rest of your team.

    Day 3

    The adventure begins

    Hiking

    13km · 1000m up · 700m down

    Cycling

    20km · 350m up · 150m down

    Fuel up with some fresh fruit and coffee and set off on your bike. There are some steep sections straight away, although you'll be instantly rewarded with some sweeping views of the Pacific coastline. Reach the small town of Esquipulas and have a bigger, second breakfast before swapping your bike for hiking boots and heading deep into the cool mountains of central Costa Rica. Camp for the night in the valley of Naranjillo and listen to the sound of nature uninterrupted.

    Day 4

    Santa Maria Village

    Hiking

    11km · 1000m up · 250m down

    Cycling

    14km · 500m up · 300m down

    Start with a hike towards the Continental Divide before tackling 'Cemetery Hill' - a challenging 3km climb. From the pueblo of San Lorenzo, grab your mountain bike and set off for the quaint village of Santa Maria. Load up on some typical Costa Rican food and then rest up in a comfortable cabin for the night.

    Day 5

    Over the divide

    Cycling

    42km · 1300m up · 1800m down

    Time to tackle the toughest and steepest climb - a 14 km uphill stretch to the Continental Divide. This section is on a tarmac road which makes the going easier during the climb. At 2330 meters it's also the highest point of your journey. Of course, what goes up must come down, so the rest of the day is off-road cycling at its best – downhill along dirt roads and smooth trails. Finish the day in the beautiful Orosi Valley, where rich pastures and dark green forests of coffee carpet the land.

    Day 6

    Tapantí cloud forest

    Hiking

    14km · 500m up · 1000m down

    Cycling

    14km · 300m up · 150m down

    Cycle beside the river and then into the vast Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge. Take a break from the bike and head deeper into the mountains on foot – far from where wheels could ever take you. Trek through the cloud forest and feel tiny beneath thousands of trees covered with ferns, bromeliads and mosses. After reaching flatter ground, camp near the small settlement of Taus and have a big dinner under the stars.

    Day 7

    The Pacuare River

    Cycling

    4hrs · 40km · 700m up · 1000m down

    Rafting

    2hrs · 10km

    Continue cycling towards La Cruz - gateway to the raging Pacuare River. Eat lunch on the shore and then load up your raft and paddle through pristine rainforest, canyon cliffs and past deafening waterfalls. Set up camp at El Nido del Tigre, named after the giant indigenous ginger plants that carpet the area, nestled between the sounds of the rainforest and the river There will be some free time to explore this lush environment - be sure to look out for toucans, boa constrictors and sloths - or just relax in a hammock.

    Day 8

    Rest day

    Enjoy some well-earned downtime at this gorgeous location. Explore the primary forest, swim in the river, visit some nearby waterfalls and swimming holes where the water is so pure you can drink from them, or just put in some more hammock time. The area of rainforest around your camp is in a pristine state and rarely visited – perfect for a peaceful day.

    Day 9

    White water

    Rafting

    4-6hrs · 20km

    Continue along the Pacuare, passing through river carved canyons. There are also some exhilarating rapids to manoeuvre as well as gentler sections where you can peer into the rainforest and spot wildlife. Take a break from rafting and hike to some cascading waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. Stop for the night as the forest gives way to the banana plantations at Finca Pacuarito and enjoy the rapidly changing scenery.

    Day 10

    The Caribbean Sea

    Cycling

    2hrs · 27km · 100m up · 100m down

    Kayaking

    2hrs · 12km

    Jump back on your bike and ride through the plantations to the town of Freeman and board your kayak for the final leg of the journey. Leave the rapids of the highlands behind and paddle into the tropical lowlands, before finally drifting into the Caribbean Sea. Celebrate with a drink in the surf and some beach time - you've earned it!

    Day 11

    Final beach time and back to San José

    Enjoy some final downtime on the sand and then drive back to San José through the cloud forest and misty mountains of Braulio Carrillo National Park. Toast your epic coast-to-coast achievement. Not everyone can say they've crossed an entire country!

    Day 12

    Goodbye Costa Rica

    After breakfast, head back to the airport in time for your flight home, or explore a little more of this incredible country.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    What's included?

    • All your kayak, rafting and cycling gear (except for biking helmet)
    • All season sleeping bag
    • Sleeping mat

    What's available to hire?

    • Bike helmet (for your own comfort we advise bringing your own if you can)

    What do I need to bring?

    SLEEPING

    • Sleeping bag liner (optional)

    BAGS

    • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
    • Daypack (25+ litres)
    • Daypack rain cover
    • Dry bag (optional)

    FOOTWEAR

    • Lightweight adventure shoes or hiking boots (worn-in)
    • Sandals with SNUG straps (Teva type)

    CLOTHES

    • Lightweight rain jacket and rain pants (Gortex, nylon or similar)
    • Lightweight comfortable pants
    • Shorts/ skirts (quick dry)
    • Medium weight wool or fleece jacket
    • Shirts (poly-pro outer wear (for quick drying)
    • Short sleeve and light colored long sleeve for sun protection)
    • (Thermal) underwear
    • Fast drying hiking socks
    • Buff or Bandana
    • Sunhat (ideally with brim)
    • Something to sleep in
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sarong (optional, works as towel or quick cover-up)

    BIKING GEAR

    • Bike helmet
    • Trainers or specific cycling shoes (for flat pedals unless you bring your own clip in pedals)
    • Bike shirts (optional)
    • Bike gloves (can also be used for padfdling)
    • Padded shorts for cycling segments
    • Bike water bottle

    Note: feel free to bring your own pedals and seat if you want.

    OTHER

    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Sunglasses + keeper strap (don't want to lose your sunnies in the river)
    • Headtorch or torch
    • Spare batteries (camera, torch, etc)
    • 2-3 reusable water bottles
    • Prescription glasses or contacts (bring an extra pair)
    • Passports (visas and copy of your passport)
    • Travel Insurance documents
    • Insect repellent
    • Suncream
    • Earplugs
    • Padlock for left luggage
    • Universal travel adapter
    • Power bank or solar charger
    • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
    • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
    • Alcohol hand-gel

    Bike Helmet Hire

    Payable Before Departure

    Bike Helmet Hire

    Pre/Post trip accommodation in San Jose (per room, per night)

    Payable Before Departure

    Pre/Post trip accommodation in San Jose (per room, per night)

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

    Per Person

    Airport Transfer One Way

    Payable Before Departure

    Airport Transfer One Way

    We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

    What's the number?
    It works out on average at 147kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

    The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

    But what does the number mean?
    Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

    • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
    • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
    • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

    What are we doing about it?
    Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

    Want to know more?
    Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

    When you finish a section – rafting, hiking, kayaking etc, the support vehicle will be strategically waiting ready with your next equipment. Everything is organised and supported so that you simply need to power yourself from coast to coast, rather than think about the logistics. While the guides do encourage and support everyone on the trip to complete the expedition successfully without using motorized transport, if you are unable to complete any section for any reason, transport can be arranged to skip you through to the next stage.

    The majority of the cycling on the trip is on a combination of paved and dirt roads. The riding is not technical at all, so you won't need any experience beyond a basic ability to ride a bike and some good fitness levels. While you will be using a mountain bike to complete the cycling sections, you won't be careering down fast-paced single track trails like all those GoPro videos of daredevil mountain bikers you may have seen. The aim of the cycling on this trip is simply to be able to see more of Costa Rica at a leisurely pace and cover some distances on the coast-to-coast journey faster than by hiking. As long as you are fit you'll have no problem. The first couple of days of biking are particularly easy and straightforward, so there is time to get used to your bike and get some tips from your guide, who is always willing to give instructions.

    Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion. Of course, you are free to tip as much or little as you like and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    Crossing 250km coast-to-coast in 10 days is a challenge, so strong fitness and a sense of adventure is vital. You'll also need to be happy swapping from bike, to hiking boots, to a multi-person raft, to a single person kayak. You do not need kayaking experience although upper body strength is useful. And the mountain biking is not technical so you should be able to ride a bike but there is no need to have prior experience of trails etc.

    The bikes used will be front suspension mountain bikes with disk brakes. You are welcome to bring your own pedals, seats and accessories, although it's also perfectly fine to just turn up with comfortable active shoes and start riding.

    Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

    The water in Costa Rica is generally safe to drink except for that found in remote and rural areas where there's little to no infrastructure. The support vehicle carries large containers of water from which you can fill your bottle at the start of each stage. There will also be drinking water available at each night’s accommodation.

    Costa Rica's dry season, considered summer by the locals, runs from mid-November to April and temperatures vary significantly depending on the region and elevation. Along the coast and the Caribbean flatlands, temperatures average 25–34˚C (77–93˚F). At the mid-level elevations temperatures average between 17–26˚C (63–79˚F).

    The expedition has a support vehicle that transfers all luggage and equipment from stage to stage. You just need to carry a day pack with water, snacks, camera, waterproof jacket etc.

    We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

    For current advice about travelling in Costa Rica, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

    Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

    Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

    We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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