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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure

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Highlights

  • Conquer this epic 250km coast to coast journey under your own steam 
  • Mountain bike, hike, white-water raft and kayak across Costa Rica Coast to Coast
  • Discover amazing landscapes and wildlife from the Pacific Coast to the Caribbean 
  • Explore Manuel Antonio National Park, perfect for sloth and monkey spotting
  • Cross the impressive Continental Divide
  • Experience your own Indiana Jones style film set as you raft through deep gorges and virgin jungle of the Pacuare River
  • Plunge into sparkling clear natural waterfalls and pools
  • Camp under a star filled sky in the pristine jungle camp at El Nido del Tigre
  • Enjoy the well earned celebrations on kayaking to the Caribbean Sea 
  • Fully supported adventure accompanied by both UK and Local Guides 
  • Private bubble trips are available for groups over 8 people
  • Receive a complimentary Water-To-Go Bottle to help illuminate our plastic footprint in Costa Rica.

Overview

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Costa Rica is a small country that packs a lot in. A diverse and awe-inspiring fusion of high mountains & volcanoes, vast virgin rainforests, stunning coastlines, roaring rivers and home to half a million animal species. Impressively around 25% of the country’s landmass has been set aside as protected reserves, the largest percentage of protected area anywhere in the world. Costa Rica certainly positions itself for the ultimate epic adventure in the heart of Central America.

Now’s your chance to embark on this exciting self-powered adventure as you bike, hike and paddle 250km across this diverse country from the Pacific to the Caribbean. Your journey will take you under thriving jungle canopies, over the impressive Continental Divide – backbone of the Americas, swooshing along the beautiful Pacuare River, through remote and friendly mountain villages and out to the other side to the Caribbean Sea. All whilst trying to catch a glimpse of some remarkable wildlife, sleeping under a vast blanket of star filled skies and using all your strength and determination to complete this incredible journey under your very own steam.

Our Costa Rica Coast to Coast itinerary has been carefully designed in association with our fantastic local team who completed the first coast to coast crossing of Costa Rica in 1996. Your adventure will be fully supported by both a qualified UK Mountain, Bike & Kayak Guide together with a Local Costa Rican Guide and team. 

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Day 1
Day flight from UK to Costa Rica

Flight from London UK to San Jose Juan Santa Maria (SJO) approx 10 – 12 hours.
On signing up for the trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book or alternately, we can book the flights for you through our ATOL protected Flight Agent at an additional cost. Flights are not included in your to give you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use any frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Costa Rica or nearby countries if you wish. The recommended flights for this will include airport transfers in Costa Rica. There are direct flights from London and non-direct flights for all major airports across the UK. Flights are operated by British Airways, Iberia, KLM or American Airlines and cost upwards £475pp economy return depending on which flights and when you book.

Arrive in Costa Rica, meet the team and trip briefing.

Included

Transfer: For those who are on Adventurous Ewe’s recommended flight from the UK to San Jose, you will be met at the airport by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in San Jose. For those of you who are not on or near this flight arrival, you can simply catch a taxi or bus to the hotel. Free time in San Jose.
Accommodation: Hotel in San Jose (twin share basis)
Meals: No meals included. Dinner at your own expense in a local restaurant.

Day 2
Quepos / warm up day – Manuel Antonio National Park:

Your challenge starts on the Pacific Coast. Leaving San José by bus (your last motorized vehicle for the next 10 days) to the fishing village of Quepos, next to Manuel Antonio National Park. Relax, chill out on the beach or visit the National Park, famous for its abundant wildlife. There is time before dinner to check out and set up bikes as it is an early start tomorrow morning. The official trip briefing is after dinner this evening.

Included:

Transfer: Transfer from San José to Quepos
Accommodation: Lodge (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 3
Pacific Coast to Naranjillo – Mountain biking 25km + trekking 14km:

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS… Awake early and enjoy a light buffet of fresh fruit and coffee then set off on bikes to climb the steep mountains of the sparsely populated Pacific Coast. The vista from above is a fantastic reward for hard work. In the small town of Esquipulas we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast, rest up and prepare our day packs for the next leg of the day’s journey. Trading your wheels for hiking boots, you will continue your journey by trekking into the cool mountains of Central Costa Rica. Tonight is an overnight camp in the valley of Naranjillo.

Included

Accommodation: Camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4
Naranjillo to Santa Maria – Pacific slopes Trekking 12km + Mountain biking 14km:

Your day begins with a trek towards the Continental Divide and challenging the infamous “Cemetery Hill” – a strenuous 13km climb. At just over 1300 metres, the forest opens up to our first glimpse of Costa Rica´s abundant coffee industry. From here the trek continues through coffee plantations for several hours until reaching a height of an impressive 1950 metres. You will then head for the pueblo of San Lorenzo, switching to mountain bikes to pedal to the quaint village of Santa Maria where you’ll then enjoy some typical Costa Rican fare and rest up in comfortable local lodge.

Included

Accommodation: Lodge or hotel (twin share)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5
Orosi Valley – Up and over the Continental Divide – Mountain biking 46km:

Today you’ll tackle the hardest, steepest climb of your adventure. The challenge before breakfast is mountain biking a 14km up-hill stretch to the Continental Divide, bringing you to an altitude of 2,330 meters – the highest point of your 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. Finishing in the afternoon in the beautiful Orosi Valley where rich pastures and dark green forests of coffee carpet the land and you’ll rest well tonight in the town of Orosi.

Included

Accommodation: Lodge or hotel (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6
Taus – Through the valley to the Tapanti area – Mountain biking 9km + Trekking 15km:

Today’s journey will have you amidst both cloud and rainforest. After breakfast you will mountain bike along a river to the Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge. This is an area of vast rugged terrain covered with dense primary rainforest. Following the cycling leg, you will leave your bikes to take to the mountains and trek amongst thousands of trees covered with ferns, bromeliads, mosses and other epiphytes – a primary cloud forest ecology. The end of the day will see you reaching flatter ground where you will camp near the small settlement of Taus.

Included
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7
Pacuare River – Mountain biking 43km + Whitewater rafting 10km:

After saying goodbye to your new Costa Rican family your day starts with a 43km mountain bike ride towards the white-water rafting start at La Cruz, the gateway to the Pacuare River. Here you will have lunch before embarking on a rafting journey through pristine rainforest spotted with waterfalls.

The Pacuare is the most scenic rafting river in Costa Rica and one of the world’s classic white-water rafting experiences. In the afternoon you will arrive at your riverside camp, El Nido del Tigre. Nestled between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river you can explore this lush environment and look out for wildlife such as toucans, sloths and more. Spacious tents on fixed platforms board the edge of the river and nestle in the surrounding forest. The camp is fully functional with its own supply of pure spring water, shower and sanitary facilities. The name of the camp, El Nido del Tigre, comes from the giant patches of ginger plants that carpet the main floor of the main area of camp. When the ginger reaches a certain height it falls over creating flattened areas in the shape of a tiger’s paw – hence its name, which translates to ‘the nest of the tiger’. From the centre of the nest, trails radiate throughout the forest and along the river. There is an open area for those who are up for a game of ball or frisbee or you can seek out a quiet area and enjoy a refreshing drink, read a book or snooze away in a hammock.

Included

Accommodation: El Nido del Tigre camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8
El Nido del Tigre – free day where you can hike to waterfall, swim in natural pools, or relax in a hammock

Today you have the chance to spend some quality time in this unique location on the banks of the Pacuare River. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. From the centre of camp, the trails radiate out to secret areas of the rainforest. The trekking route takes you hiking over the hills, exploring primary forest, swimming in the Pacuare, exploring waterfalls and swimming holes with water so pure you can drink it (most of the year). Tonight you will spend your second night in the stunning El Nido del Tigre which is named after the giant ginger plants carpeting the area around the campsite.

Included

Accommodation: El Nido del Tigre camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9
Pacuare River – Rafting 20km:

Today the Pacuare rafting journey takes you through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. The rafts maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and in gentler sections you can see into the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way time out is taken to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and to enjoy lunch on the shore. At last, in the late afternoon, you’ll reach the end of your rafting journey at the banana plantations at Finca Pacuarito. Here you will camp at Finca Pacuarito rest for the night.

Included

Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10
Caribbean coast – Mountain biking 26km + Kayaking 12km:

THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS…This morning you will jump back in the saddle of your bike for the final time for a short ride through banana plantations to the town of Freeman. Here is where you’ll 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 paddle 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 surf, while enjoying a well-deserved rest. After time on the beach you will then be picked up by a motorboat and transferred to Moin. Here you will then be transferred to the beach filled with a huge sense of achievement and ready to celebrate your fantastic achievement.

Included

Transfer: Motorboat transfer followed by road transfer to your accommodation near the coast
Accommodation: Lodge or hotel (twin share basis)

Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Please note, the celebratory dinner is at your own expense to enable you to order the meal of your choice in a local restaurant after completing such an epic challenge.

Day 11
Morning Transfer to Airport:

Morning departure to Juan Santa Maria International Airport (approximately 4 hour transfer). Filled with an immense sense of pride, stories to share & inspire, memories to cherish and new found friends, you will return home to the UK or continue on your travels.

Included

Transfer: Airport transfer
Accommodation: NA
Meals: Breakfast only

Why go

Self-powered multi activity adventure

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods across the planet, we’re keen to promote adventures in countries that are actively working towards sustainable tourism and conservation projects. Given the numerous environmental and conservation projects in place in Costa Rica, we’re  particularly keen and passionate to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore the raw landscapes of this diverse country in a safe and fun manner.

This multi activity adventure has been designed to deliver an amazing experience and showcase the some of the most stunning landscapes across Costa Rica whilst also giving you the chance to step out of your comfort zone and gain a greater understanding of the mountains, jungles, environment, wildlife and local communities. Plus you can experience different activities, learn new skills and traverse across the breadth of Costa Rica under your own power with bikes, boots & boats.

Carbon Footprint

We’ve crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of the Costa Rica Coast to Coast trip, and plant or protect 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, leaders, crew and office operations.

The only thing not included is travel to Costa Rica. Given that our beloved guests travel from all parts of the UK for this adventure we have no way of reliably knowing their travel plans therefore we’re unable to include an individual number in the figure on display here.

What does the number mean?
To give you a snapshot of the numbers:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you).
  • 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 over a period of 5 – 10 years.

 

What are we doing about it?
Our adventures are relatively low-carbon by design, and we’re working to develop long term carbon reduction plan. Following much research into climate change organisations, we carefully selected to support the environmental charity, Cool Earth. They’re a sustainable operation and work with rainforest communities across the globe to halt deforestation and it’s impact on climate change. We invest 1% of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects world-wild with Cool Earth.

On a local level here in the UK, we’re an ongoing business member of the Snowdonia Society, plus Jim and Sue, together with some of our local leaders, also help the Society with their local projects such as planting native trees in Snowdonia. This is to help preserve the landscape and enhance wildlife habitat here in Snowdonia.

Want to know more?
We believe that with great travel, comes even greater responsibility. Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs. At Adventurous Ewe we believe that our type of small scale, positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges. Here is our plan to do our part towards helping reduce factors that we can contributing to climate change as part of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.

 

Book and travel with confidence

As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we’ve made a number of updates to our safety guidelines, flexible booking conditions and trip departures. For more info, please our Book and Travel with Confidence page. 

Booking security
Adventurous Ewe Financial Guarantee

Any monies paid to Adventurous Ewe for a trip are immediately placed into a Trust account and not used for the day-to-day operations of the company. So, in the unlikely event of our insolvency, money paid in respect of future travel will be refunded, in full. This pledge has been honoured since the foundation of Adventurous Ewe in 2007. No client has suffered financial loss outside our T&C’s whilst travelling with us.

Financial security

Rest assured, your money is safe in any and all circumstances. There has been and always will be full financial protection on your booking. If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.

Pre-Trip Info

On booking your Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure, you’ll receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to help the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Pre-Trip Support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure. Having both completed the Costa Rica Coast to Coast adventure, we are perfectly placed to answer all your questions no matter how big or small.

Flights

Flights are not included as part of your Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure travel package to allow you the flexibility to book your own flights. This way you can travel earlier or stay longer if you wish to explore more of Central America, fly from your closest UK airport or use any frequent flyer points for your flights.

Once booked on this trip, we will provide you with the recommended flights to book which include your airport transfers in Costa Rica. If you fly at alternative times, you’ll simply need to make your own airport transfer arrangements. We can help you with this if you need. We can most certainly help with your flight bookings if you wish. Our lovely Flight Agent, who is ATOL and ABTA protected, can quote and book flights for you. This way you are not paying any additional commissions and your flights are fully protected. For more info, please contact us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call us on 01492 588 069. Where here to make your travel plans as flexible or as structured as you wish.

Passport

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.

When making your booking, please ensure you use your full name as it appears in your passport. If there is any discrepancies, please let us know straight away so we can make the necessary adjustments prior to confirming your travel arrangements.

Visa

Currently British nationals do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You may stay as a visitor for up to 90 days under a tourist visa waiver, although the exact period is at the discretion of the immigration officer on arrival. 

Please visit the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office website, or your respective nationality governing website, for the latest travel information on Costa Rica.

 

 

Travel Insurance & Global Rescue Membership
Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and COVID-19 travel cover.

For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than 8 weeks prior to departure.

Global Rescue Membership

For peace of mind whilst trekking in the mountains, Global Rescue provides short term membership giving access to travel, security, medical advisory and evacuation services up to $US500,000.  They’re a specialised field rescue company, and assist from the point of illness or injury by getting you to the closest and most appropriate medical facilities to get stabilised. Once fit to fly if you require additional inpatient treatment Global Rescue will further evacuate and repatriate to your home hospital on record. These services are all covered through their upfront membership fee with no claims process.  For more info, please click here

 

Vaccinations & allergies
Vaccinations

For the most up to date information on vaccinations for Costa Rica, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner no less than 8 weeks in advance of travel. For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS government website ‘Fit for Travel’

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight however please consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Severe allergies

If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as ‘adrenaline auto-injectors’ are not carried as standard by AE leaders and crew. Whilst your leader is aware of our trekkers medical history, please also inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Travel Aware

To help you prepare yourself for a safe and healthy Costa Rica Coast to Coast adventure, please check out all the latest travel advice by visiting the F&CO website here. Prior planning prevents poor preparations and experience.

Safety and Well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being and that of the environment is our top priority.

The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure is intentionally difficult and require individual preparation as they are designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something extraordinary. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place for all elements of our Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure. 

For more info, please visit our Safety and Well-being page.

Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew

During your trip you will be accompanied by certified Local Leaders and Crew for your Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge. For groups over 10 people, your team will also be accompanied by a UK Leader who is a certified Mountain, Bike & Kayak instructor.

Your Local Leader is a key part to this trip. They are expertly trained and experienced in every field of this adventure, bilingual (English and Spanish) and qualified in first aid and/or Wilderness First responder. They also have a huge passion for what they do and have plenty of knowledge ready to share with you. They are responsible for ensuring the complete safety, well-being and enjoyment of the team whilst also retaining a flexible and fun attitude.

Leaders and crew will carrying full safety equipment and emergency first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items.

The Leaders and Crew will also be in constant radio communication with the vehicle drivers and local office throughout your adventure.

Group Size

At Adventurous Ewe we pride ourselves in small group trips to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety & wellbeing and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for this trip to run is 8 people and the maximum group size is 20 people.

You are most welcome to join this adventure as a group of friends, family, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo traveller. You are also welcome to use this trip as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

If you have a group of over 8 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your team, your charity or your company. 

For any further info, please email us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Level of Difficulty

The Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge is graded as ‘Tough’ and preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this challenge. A good level of fitness and endurance is required in order to complete this multi activity challenge. A training programme will be provided when you book onto this trip.

Whilst the mountain biking is not on technical trails, some sections are on gravel and rough tarmac, so it advisable that you train on a variety of terrains including gravel trails or bridleways to get accustomed to cycling on this terrain. There are some steep sections to test your stamina though the views are spectacular through rainforests, farmlands, villages and vast countryside. 

The trekking sections are not technically difficult, though you must have good level of fitness in order to manage sections of the trip particularly in the heat. During the trek you will be required to carry your own kit including snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear and personal items such medication and of course your camera.

Experience of whitewater rafting is not necessary but you will be paddling and balancing for the majority of time that you are on the raft so fitness and stamina are key. The Pacuare River is a class III – IV river. “Grade IV: These rivers are considered to be challenging, with long stretches of rapids with irregular waves. The courses to take on these rivers will have various obstacles and obstructions may be hidden and unseen underneath the waves. You will be accompanied by experienced guides throughout your rafting legs.

For the grand finale section of kayaking, again you do not need previous paddling experience, however a good level of strength is required to kayak the river to reach the Caribbean. There’s a great opportunity of wildlife spotting during both paddling sections.

The weather can play a big part in the experience of this adventure, particularly the heat of the sun and the quality of the terrain following torrential rain fall, however this is all part of the adventure and makes the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Challenge such a unique and memorable challenge.

Training

A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations.

We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and the Bath Kettlebell Society. For more info, please visit our Training and Preparation page.

The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!

Kit

A full kit list will be provided when you register for the Costa Rica Coast to Coast Adventure. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. 

All equipment is provided for the mountain biking, white-water rafting and kayaking sections. The mountain bikes are Trek 4300-4500 / 27 shift or similar and have front suspension and disc brakes. You are required to bring your own bike helmet and you’re welcome to bring your own pedals and SPD’s if you wish.  Rafts are 7-person, self-bailing (6 participants + 1 guide) with certified lifejackets, helmets and paddles.  Sea kayaks are plastic sit on top 2-person sea kayaks, with buoyancy aids & paddles supplied.

Rest assured any equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised.

An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel on registering for this fantastic adventure.

Exclusive Discount Codes for Kit and Equipment

To help you get the very best from your adventure we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and this adventure.

Weather

Our Costa Rica Coast to Coast trip departs towards the end of the ‘Green Season’. With the country located 10º north of the equator, it has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC – 13ºC in the highlands, and from 22ºC – 26ºC in the lowlands. The rainy season is from May to November where there are daily short downpours, though there is still plenty of lovely sunshine.

Costa Rica is made up of many different climate zones, which also creates a lot of microclimates within the country. You should be prepared for the rain and the heat, but these two elements make for a beautiful lush green landscape and exciting conditions.

Accommodation

During your Costa Rican adventure you will be staying in a variety of accommodation places ranging from hotels and local lodges to a family stay and camping. As part of our Responsible Travel Policy, the use of homestay style accommodation to support local communities at the grass roots whilst also providing a more meaningful travel experience is a key focus in this itinerary.

Please find below the breakdown of accommodation places during your adventure:

  • 5 nights in hotels
  • 4 nights in campsites
  • 1 night in family stay

San Jose hotel x 1 night hotel twin share basis

Quepos x 1 night hotel twin share basis

Naranjillo x 1 night camp twin person tents

Santa Maria x 1 night home stay

Orosi x 1 night hotel on a twin share basis

Taus x 1 night camp twin person tents

El Nido del Tigre campsite x 2 nights twin person fixed tents

Finca Pacuarito x 1 night hotel/lodge on a twin share basis

Caribbean Coast x 1 night local lodge twin share basis

You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat some of the camping locations. We base our accommodation on a share and save basis (twin rooms) however if you would prefer your own room and tent, please let us know and we will make these arrangements for you according to availability. There is a single room supplement costs associated.

Food & Drinks

Eating is one of the wonderful experiences when travelling in Costa Rica. Included meals are a combination of restaurants, local food and delicious meals prepared by your local crew. 

Costa Rican specialities include ‘Gallo Pinto’, a black bean and rice dish considered to be a staple part of the local diet. Soups and stews are also common, and delicious fresh fruit is abundant and will no doubt be one of the highlights of your adventure together with Costa Rican coffee.

Meals included:

  • Breakfasts x 10
  • Lunches x 8
  • Dinners x 8

Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements so we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Water

Drinking water will be provided during your adventure so please bring your own water bottles and water bladders for refilling.

Water-To-Go Bottles

The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’ You can make a difference too with taking part in one of our big adventures. As part of our commitment to helping the planet, members of the flock who join us for a big overseas expedition will receive an Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go bottle. This is our way of saying thank-ewe and also making a difference to the consumption of single use plastics in developing countries. For more info please visit https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/water-to-go-bottle-partner-sheep/. 

Payment Info

Deposit: £295 per person is required on booking.

Remaining balance: £2015 per person is due for payment no later than 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date.

Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Free date changes
You can change your departure to a later date. We’ve added extra 2021 and 2022 dates to choose from, or you can request a new date that works for you or organise your own private bubble trip.

Flexible deposit
You can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely.

Convert it to credit
Save it for later. This, along with all payments, is 100% financially protected.

Get a refund
Being a small family business, we pride ourselves on personalised customer service and offer full

Cancelled trips
If you book on a trip that we are forced to cancel due to the pandemic, you will have the option to join another trip at a later departure with no admin costs or receive a full refund or credit note (excluding flights or insurance payments as these have their own booking conditions directly with the supplier).and prompt refunds.

If you choose to cancel your trip within 30 days of departure despite no official advice against travel
We respect your decision if you no longer wish to travel regardless of the destination or official advice. If you choose to cancel your trip, we will happily make those arrangements for you though please note, if there is no F&CO advice against travel, our standard cancellation terms will apply.

Fundraising
You are welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.

Future of Tourism

We’ve joined the movement to reshape the Future of Tourism!

We are excited to announce that Adventurous Ewe has signed the new set of Guiding Principles launched by the Future of Tourism Coalition. As a signatory, we commit to place destination needs at the centre of our recovery strategies and do our part to build a better tomorrow for travel and tourism.

These transformative principles outline a bold vision for the future of tourism – one that retains the integrity of destinations, promotes inclusivity and equality, maximizes positive impacts for communities and environments, and fosters collaborative change.

As a collective, we can build a better future for all and we’re super excited to do our part.

Learn more at Future of Tourism
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Our Environmental Charity Partner - Cool Earth

We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by visiting Cool Earth Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
Sep 04, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
12 Days Available £295.00 £2310.00 Book Now
Nov 14, 2021
Nov 25, 2021
12 Days Available £295.00 £2310.00 Book Now
Nov 12, 2022
Nov 23, 2022
12 Days Available £295.00 £2310.00 Book Now

What's Included?

Before your adventure:
  • Personalised trip support in the lead up to your adventure from Adventurous Ewe
  • Multi activity training guide
  • Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both in shop and online
  • Trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app, Vamoos
  • Digital trip briefing sent before your arrival in Costa Rica
  • Public liability insurance
  • Financial Protection for your booking
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning
  • Free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go Bottle
During your adventure:
  • 5 nights hotel/lodge accommodation on a save & share basis (twin rooms)
  • 1 nights accommodation in a family stay, twin share basis
  • 4 nights accommodation in a fixed jungle camp  
  • Adventurous Ewe UK Expedition Leader (10 or more people)
  • Expert English-speaking local Costa Rican guide Wilderness First Responder qualification
  • Local crew including white-water guides, drivers and support crew
  • Full back-up support including vehicle, first-aid qualified crew and first-aid supplies.
  • All camping equipment except sleeping bag and sleeping matt
  • All equipment hire – mountain bike, white-water raft, kayak, buoyancy aids & paddles
  • Mountain bike: Trek 4300-4500 (27 shift) or similar. Every bike has front suspension and disk brakes. You are welcome to bring your own pedals, seats and/or accessories
  • Luggage transfers
  • Entrance permission to national parks and applicable local taxes
  • All transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle 
  • All meals as outlined in your itinerary (10 x breakfast, 8 x lunch, 8 x dinner)
  • Drinking water and fresh fruit and snacks at the checkpoints
  • All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trip.

What's Not Included?

 

  • Return flights and travel to and from UK airport. Flights can be arranged for you if required. Please contact us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069
  • Airport departure tax in Costa Rica (please check with your flight agent if this has been included in your flight price)
  • Travel insurance – (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations
  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List including a cycling helmet (mandatory)
  • Dinner on night one and the last night and lunch on day two
  • Single room supplement
  • Any personal snacks, electrolytes and medication
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for local crew. It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Also if you feel your local guides and drivers did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated.
  • Another other items not listed on your itinerary
  • Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of flight costs.

Sustainable and Responsible Travel

Impressively around 25% of Costa Rica’s landmass has been set aside as protected reserves, the largest percentage of protected area anywhere in the world. Costa Rica is known for its sustainable methods and peaceful attitude. The small Central American nation is consistently making headlines for its ground-breaking movements to protect the environment, without forsaking its people’s happiness in the process.

As a tour operator, we actively strive to support such forward thinking countries to help drive their tourism economy and hence, the local people and communities involved. Here are some of the reasons why Costa Rica is one of the most sustainable travel destinations you may ever have the privilege to visit.

Renewable energy

Costa Rica was almost exclusively (99.62%) powered by renewable energy in 2019, a remarkable feat considering the country is still technically a developing nation. Investing heavily into hydropower, solar power and wind power, alongside the assistance of six volcanoes for geothermal energy, has facilitated this milestone achievement. The country aims to be carbon neutral by 2025 and looks set to achieve this goal.

Reforestation

Costa Rica has managed to increase forest cover by 30% over the last 30 years. Only South Korea and Costa Rica have been able to reverse the worldwide trend of deforestation, a hugely commendable achievement. This is largely due to a government scheme providing farmers with grants for every hectare of rainforest they preserve. This is particularly important for farmland that is between national parks, creating buffer zones for wildlife travelling between the parks.

Farmers are also rewarded for sustainable practices and for replanting forest. Costa Rica puts a price tag on environmental services provided by rainforests, not just tourism, and this has proven very successful.

No to plastic

Costa Rica is already a pioneer when it comes to reducing single-use plastic and is taking dramatic action against plastic waste with a plan to ban all single-use plastics by 2021. This includes straws, bottles, cutlery, cups and bags.

The government is offering incentives to businesses, as well as investing in research into alternatives to single-use plastics in order to achieve its goal.

To help eliminate our plastic footprint in such a pristine and green destination, when you book on this adventure you well receive a complimentary Adventurous Ewe Water-To-Go Bottle to help with our mission below:

  • Protect our planet by offering an environmentally friendly reusable water bottles as an alternative to single-use plastic bottles
  • Protect your health and well-being by offering safe, healthy water anywhere in the world
  • Protect your finances by delivering clean water at a fraction of the cost of bottled water.

Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories’ whilst also supporting the ban of single use-plastic in Costa Rica.

As part of our commitment to the Future of Tourism, we proudly support the development of more of our trips in countries who are actively making a difference to sustainable tourism such as Costa Rica.

In 2017 Costa Rica ranked highly in the Sustainable Destinations Top 100. The Top 100 list celebrates efforts of tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism. Nominators had to provide extensive information on their destination sustainability efforts.

Location
Americas
Duration
11 days & 10 nights
Difficulty
Cost From
£2310.00