Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge (12 days)
If there’s one country that has every possible challenge for a great adventure it has to be Costa Rica with a tropical climate that supports an incredible biodiversity encompassing thick rain forest, mangrove swamp and a handful of live volcanoes thrown in for good measure, the result is a destination made for adventure.
Our Costa Rica coast to coast multi –activity challenge has it all, covering 250km, hike, bike, kayak and white water raft across the Continental Divide on an epic team journey from the edge of the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the Caribbean Sea and experience the breath taking beauty of Central America. The only requirement is a great sense adventure and a dose of stamina. Rest time is as important as being active, so we will have plenty of time to rest up each day in different locations having trekked, cycled or paddled to your destination. Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our local team who completed the first coast to coast crossing of Costa Rica in 1996.
Included in the price of the trip
1 night accommodation in San Jose
Airport transfer in San Jose
1 night hostel on Pacific Coast
1 night local homestay
6 nights camping
Qualified Mountain Leader (Groups 10+)
Qualified Argentinian Trekking Guide/s with first aid training
Local support crew and porters
National Park Fees
Expedition transfers to starting points
Satellite telephone and VHF radio back up
All meals whilst trekking
English Speaking Guide
Not included in the price of the trip
Flights to and from Costa Rica (approx. £700)
Meal in San Jose
Additional excursions outside the itinerary
Personal spending money
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Dates and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org however you will need to pay your deposit of £250.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
London to San Jose
Arrival our local crew will meet us at the Airport in San Jose. Overnight: Hotel in San José.
San Jose to Dominical, Pacific Coast
This morning we transfer from San Jose to the Pacific Coast. The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the beach and getting used to the hot humid climate. Late afternoon we meet up for a bike fitting and a short warm up ride in the area. The official trip briefing is scheduled for after dinner this evening. Overnight: Hotel at Pacific Coast Meals: B, D
Pacific Coast to Esquipulas – Mountain Biking (40 km)/Trekking (7km)
Today you will be given maps and navigating yourselves to camp! After a short walk to the starting point, we take the customary picture on the beach and begin the ride along a coast section of the Pan American highway. A few kilometres along the highway we turn off and ride along a dirt track beside the Savegre River. A few hours into the ride we get our first taste of Costa Rica´s angulating terrain as we head toward the mountains of the Pacific. Close to the town of Londres we trade our bikes for hiking boots and hike the rest of the way to our camp in the small community of Esquipulas. Overnight: Esquipulas Camp Meals: B, L, D
Esquipulas to Naranjillo – Trekking (16km)
After a hearty breakfast, we begin the first full day of trekking into the mountains of Central Costa Rica, with only 16 kms to cover, there is plenty of time to enjoy the veiws of the rainforest covered mountains ahead of us and the beautiful Pacific Coastline behind us. Our route takes us up to an altitude of over 800 mts before we drop back down into a valley to our camp in the community of Naranjillo. Overnight: Naranjillo Camp Meals: B, L, D
Naranjillo to Santa Maria- Trekking (20km)/Mountain Biking (13km).
This challenging day starts with a crossing of the Naranjillo River and a steep climb out of the valley along a trail through the rainforest. At just over 1300 mts., the forest opens up to our first glimpse of Costa Rica´s abundant coffee industry. From here we continue trekking through coffee plantations for several hours until we get to an altitude of 1950mts. Here we switch back to biking and enjoy an exhilarating descent into the quaint village of Santa Maria where we refortify with some typical Costa Rican fare and rest up in comfortable local cabins. Overnight: Santa Maria Cabins Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 – Continental Divide – Mountain Biking (46km)
Today we tackle the hardest, steepest cycle climb of our adventure. The challenging 14-kilometer up-hill climb to the Continental Divide, bringing us to an altitude of 2,330 meters – the highest peak of our journey. Following the rule that everything that goes up must come down, the remainder of the day is mountain biking at its best – mostly downhill on dirt roads and single-track trails. We finish the afternoon in the beautiful Orosi Valley where rich pastures and dark green forests of coffee carpet the land and we rest for the night in the town of Orosi. Overnight: Lodge in Orosi Meals: B, L,D
Reventazon Valley – Mountain Biking (65km)
After a typical breakfast we are back on our bikes for another full day of mountain biking. The route takes us through the town of Orosi, across a swing bridge and into the Reventazon Valley. Along the way we are treated to amazing vistas of coffee covered hillsides and views of Lake Cachi. Following a short climb, the altitude drops as the temperature rises and coffee fields turn into sugarcane plantations. Most of the morning is on paved roads with a fun dirt section along the Pejibaye River where we stop for lunch and a swim. The afternoon is entirely on dirt roads and finishes with a steep climb up a mountain road to the town of Mollejones. Here we split into smaller groups of 2 to 3 and join a family for the evening. This is a great chance to experience Costa Rican culture first hand. Overnight: Mollejones Family Stay Meals: B, L, D
Pacuare River – Mountain Biking (43km)/Whitewater Rafting (10km).
After breakfast we say goodbye to our new families and we begin the day´s Ride towards the white water rafting “put-in” at La Cruz, which is the gateway to the raging Pacuare River. Here we have lunch and embark on a white water rafting journey through pristine rainforest spotted with waterfalls. The rapids section of the river is approximately 30 kilometres of Class II-IV rapids. By afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp. Nestled between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river, take time to explore this lush environment first hand, looking out for toucans overhead or simply relaxing in a hammock to the sounds of the river. Overnight: El Nido del Tigre Meals: B, L, D
El Nido del Tigre – Hiking /Free
Today we spend some quality time at this unique location on the banks of the Pacuare River. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. The camp takes its name from the giant patches of ginger plants that carpet the floor of the main area. From the centre of the camp, trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, waterfalls and swimming holes. Overnight: El Nido del Tigre Meals: B, L, D
Day 10 – Pacuare River – Whitewater Rafting (3-5 hours, 17km).
Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We manoeuvre through the exhilarating rapids and point out the intricacies of the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way we take time out to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. We take-out in the heart of banana plantation country at Finca Pacuarito, where we rest for the night before an early start in the morning. Overnight: Finca Pacuarito Meals: B, L, D
Pacuare River – Mountain Biking (20km) Sea Kayaking (15km)
THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS…This morning we jump on our bikes for a short ride through banana plantations to the town of Freeman where we begin the final leg of the traverse in kayaks down the Pacuare leaving the rapids behind as the river eases into the Caribbean lowlands where banana plantations gradually swallow the receding rainforest. The river slows to a tranquil pace as we are rafting the last mile of the river, completing the mosaic of the landscapes we have experienced. At the end of the adventure, we reach the mouth of the Pacuare as it meets the Caribbean Sea, celebrating our passage with bubbly in the surf, while enjoying a well-deserved rest. After some time on the beach we are picked up by a motorboat and transferred down the canals to the coastal town of Caño Blanco where we are transferred back to San Jose Overnight: Hotel in San Jose Meals: B, L
Transfer to Airport .
Pick up at your hotel in time for your departure from the airport