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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Cycle stretches of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline.



At a glance

* 13 nights hotels all en suite
* 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
* Routes mainly follow quiet roads
* Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs

Cycle stretches of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline.

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest,
volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south
with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing
the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee
plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where
banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle
to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero, before
travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal
Volcano.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day (13
breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners). Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet
style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure
of any special dietary requests. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican
speciality ‘gallo pinto’ and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Start destination: San Jose (near to)

End destination: San Jose (near to)

Cycling profile

Day 1

Those on the group flight land at San Jose and will be transferred to our
start hotel in La Garita, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only
arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes
before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical
forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage
concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch
stop. In the afternoon we’ll have a second cycling stage, passing mango
orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we
arrive at our lodge for the night.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

Following an early breakfast we transfer 10 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a
private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water
birds, shore birds and Scarlet macaws. A 20 minute transfer brings us to the
outskirts of Jaco where we return to our bikes and cycle to the small town of
Parrita. We will stop en route for lunch at the beach. From Parrita we have a
30 minute transfer to Manuel Antonio, aiming to arrive in time for sunset on
the beach. This evening we will have dinner at a seafood restaurant with
beautiful sea-views. 

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4

We start the morning with a 2 hour guided hike in Manuel Antonio National
Park, an outstanding region for wildlife. The forest here meets the sea and
iguanas and White-headed Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. A
30 minute transfer takes us to Rio Savegre where we begin to cycle on the
Coastal Highway and continue all the way to Playa Tortuga. This is a
spectacular stretch of road, with dense forest and steep hills on the left
and fantastic Pacific views on the right.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5

Our ride today takes us through Palmar Sur and onto Finca 6 where we will
stop to observe some of Costa Rica’s famous spherical rocks, made by
ancient indigenous cultures. The rocks were originally found in an area being
cleared to make way for banana plantations but the land has since been
delcared a protected area. From here we will transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) by
bus to the Osa Peninsula where we recommence our journey by bike, riding
along planted fields bordered by rainforest to Puerto Jiminez.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

Today has been left free to take a break from the saddle and enjoy the
beautiful region surrounding Puerto Jimenez. The coastline and beaches here
are lovely and there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from;
canopy/zip wire tours, kayaking, surfing, fishing, cacao plantation tour or
hiking within Corcovado National Park. There is also a nice bike ride out to
Playa Platanares if anyone wants to cycle (13km round trip).

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

We board a private boat this morning for a 30 minute journey across the Golfo
Dulce to Golfito, here sometimes dolphins can be seen frolicking in the
surrounding waters. Our cycle route heads to Rio Claro via a tropical garden
where we will learn about the medicinal properties of indigenous plants and
the history of the United Fruit Company in this region. Following a 1 hour
bus transfer across the steep mountains surrounding San Vito, we arrive at
Las Cruces Biological Station, our accommodation for the evening. Las Cruces
Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where
we will enjoy a short guided hike this afternoon.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

Back in the saddle we take a different route downhill to the Pan-Am Highway
at Paso Real, passing through an indigenous area where villagers can often be
seen in traditional dress. We board our bus for the 4 hour journey across the
3451m Cerro de la Muerte pass, arriving at Savegre by mid-afternoon (we’ll
take at least one stop en route). Orosi Valley is spectacular and said to be
one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting the shy quetzal. Our
mountain lodge this evening has wonderful views, set high above the beautiful
Orosi valley.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

We transfer 15 minutes to the lovely town of Orosi and then start our ride
past lush coffee plantations set on the rugged mountains which form the Orosi
Valley. During harvest season we will visit a coffee plantation to see how
coffee is grown, harvested and processed. The views today are incredible, as
we ride past Lake Cachi, visit the Cachi Dam and see Turrialba and Irazu
volcanoes.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 10

This morning we set off on bikes to the final ridge that separates Costa Rica
from the coast and from here it’s a mostly downhill ride to the Caribbean
plains. We transfer to isolated Pavon by bus and then board a river launch to
take us on the final leg of our journey along wildlife rich canals and
waterways to Tortuguero. Our lodge has easy boat access to the beach where
nesting turtles come ashore to lay eggs (in season, July to October).

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 11

Spend today at your leisure exploring the natural wonders of Tortuguero. This
area is rich in wildlife and it’s common to see monkeys, caiman, iguanas,
turtles, butterflies and many of the 309 bird species recorded here.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 12

We re-trace our route by boat to the dock at Pavon where we mount our bikes
and travel along the quiet back roads that run through the huge banana
plantations of the Caribbean plains. It may be possible to stop at one of the
plantations to learn about the process of banana production – right through
from picking the bananas to them arriving on the breakfast table! At Guapiles
we travel by bus for approx 2.5 hours to La Fortuna, a lovely little spot at
the foot of Arenal Volcano. Following a massive explosion in 1968, Arenal was
Costa Rica’s most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting
phase. This evening there is an included excursion to Eco-Termales hot
springs, by far the best in the area.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 13

Our final cycling stage covers the lush region surrounding La Fortuna, as we
cycle past tropical farmlands where exotic fruits and vegetables grow in the
surrounding fields. This gives way to dense rainforest as we head towards
Bajo Rodriguez, our lunch stop. The last leg of our journey is completed by
bus as we transfer back to La Garita, travelling for around two hours with
tropical views on the way.

*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 14

Our trip ends in San Jose (La Garita) after breakfast this morning and those
on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the
return journey.
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Customer Feedback

MUD: 2017-03

Summary:
Excellent trip. Very well planned in terms of route chosen and day-to-day
logistics. Staff were all great, helpful, friendly and professional.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
In a certain way, each day was inspirational. The biking segments were all
fun and at times challenging, but I thought the hilly bits added a personal
achievement component. Each day we were exposed to a new area and our leader
was very good at explaining to the group what we were to see an do.

Just to focus one moment, I was take aback by the spherical rocks on day 5.
It is mind blowing to try to understand how these perfect spheres could have
been carved and moved using primitive tools.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Andres Ramirez is a great leader. Throughout the trip Andres behaved in a
professional yet amicable way. He was always well organised and ready to
brief the group or deal with specific logistical issues that arose. Andres
knows and obviously enjoys talking about the costa rican wildlife, he was our
guide for the visit of the Manual Antonio Park and it was interesting to see
him interact with the other guides and tourists.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is in shape. I would give a bit
of warning to potential travellers with regard to the hills. While they were
all manageable, some were indeed challenging. The trip notes made available
before the trip were rather discrete about hills. Potential travellers
should know clearly what they are getting into. couple of participants on
our trip were not able to handle these hills,

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The detailed trip notes should have been sent to the travellers before the
trip, if not before booking, it is only by reading these notes, and assessing
the profile that one can assess whether this trip is for him/her. The notes
should also be identified by each specific day, this would help potential
travellers in preparing for the trip. In any case I found surprising to be
handed notes on one-side-use paper, we are after all in 2017 and one can
safely assume that participants would have preferred to have these notes
downloaded and readily available on their smart phone.

I would instruct the leader and key staff to tell the group in which room
they could be found in case of emergency.

Some of us had mold growing in our water bottles because of the heat and the
sugar in the Gatorade. I would warn cyclists to empty and rinse their bottle
every evening. That said, keep the Gatorade, it is needed when cycling in a
hot climate

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Cycling coast to coast Costa Rica

Summary:
We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised, scenic trip, to visit some of
Costa Rica’s highlights

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing somnulent crocodiles by the waters edge. Watching the Cappucin monkeys
balance on telephone wires. Getting up close to a 3 toed sloth.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Andrés is a very well organised and efficient gude, he communicates with the
group well, and is interested and passionate about the local fauna

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring binoculars !

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
We really enjoyed this trip, the scenery is wonderful and the wildlife
abundant. It is warm but the cycling stages are well managed with multiple
stops for drinks and fantastic fresh fruit

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Summary:
Almost everything about the trip was brilliant. Roberto and his team were
probably the best guides I have done any trip with. They were pasionate about
their country and went above and beyond to make our holiday as memorable as
possible. Our major hiccups were with transfers and this is an Exodus issue.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling down the ridge from Las Cruces to Paso Real with mountains either
side. The guided tour of Rio Tarcoles Mangrove estuary was wonderful too.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Roberto was superb, knowledgable, helpful, humorous, sensitive, patient and
diverted any potential problems by clear explanations. His team followed his
lead. I cannot rate this group leader or his team highly enough.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do not book on this trip if you cannot cycle off road or amongst traffic or
are not fit or competent enough for the grade. I think the Exodus grading was
spot on but there were folks on our trip who struggled to meet the standard
and their behaviour put themselves and others at risk and put an awful
pressure on our guides.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
There was dreadful confusion about transfers. We booked our holiday and
flights all through Exodus so you would assume that that would include
transfers either a free group transfer or an extra sum for the transfer.
Mercifully I checked up before we left and found out there was no transfer
arranged so arranged it for £30 for our group of 4. On arrival there were 9
of us on this transfer, every group whether a single, a couple or as with us
had paid £30 for a transfer that cost for 4 of us on the way back. As a
gatroup we had paid £120 for the transfer on the way out. That seems very
excessive.
With 9 of us(out of a total group size of 15) coming off the London Gatwick
flight on the way out and 9 going back to UK on this flight I do not know why
this was not the free included group transfer.

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Jan 2017

Summary:
We had a fabulous time; Costa Rica is a beautiful and fascinating place and
the itinerary was varied and interesting. The reason we booked on this is
that we went to Vietnam with Exodus a couple of years ago and wanted
something similar and this certainly ticked that box. Neither are really out
and out cycling trips, more journeys with the opportunity to enjoy some of
the country from the vantage point of a bike.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Its difficult to think of just one; contenders would be the boat trip to
Tortuguero, the cycle from Las Cruces to Buenos Aires and the ride on the
last day near the Arenal volcano. Its difficult to avoid the cliches about
the vast biodiversity and I was particularly taken by the rain-forests – kept
expecting to see Tarzan swinging on the creepers. I must not forget the
profusion of wildlife; I particularly enjoyed the sloths and the crocs but
the sound of the howler monkeys was probably the stand out – we thought that
the Hound of the Baskervilles had emigrated.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent! Chino was a star. Trip went like clockwork.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I guess the only negative was some of the roads we cycled on; we spent a fair
amount of time on highways and I did feel intimidated occasionally. I should
probably also mention that two of our party had minor accidents due to being
brushed by motor vehicles; the roads on the Vietnam trip were much quieter.
Having said that both the accidents could have happened biking in the UK.
It was hot when we were there which added to the degree of difficulty of the
rides but we never felt over challenged; we were quite happy with that but I
guess some of our cyclist friends back home might have felt disappointed. 300
miles over 10 days with 16000 feet of ascent was fairly undemanding.
BUY SOME GOOD BINOCULARS otherwise you will miss out on the wildlife.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This sort of trip really is the natural habitat of the MAMIL; most of the
others on the trip were part of a similar demographic to us – in 50s or 60s,
middle class, professional background (why does Exodus attract so many GPs?
Is there a discount?) Because of the biodiversity of Costa Rica there was
also a significant smattering of bird watchers. Not sure if all the trips are
like this but youngsters (under 50!) beware.
In terms of comfort there were lots of early starts and some the hotels we
stayed in were a little basic; the room we had in Tortuguero was unusual in
that it was difficult to sleep because of the jungle sounds – reminded me of
the David Attenborough programs in my childhood. We enjoyed the sense of
adventure but I guess others would not.
This was a wonderful,vivid, life enhancing experience; many thanks to
Chino,Rafa and the team!

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Costa Rica Cycling Coast to Coast

Summary:
A fabulous cycling holiday with an opportunity to experience nature at it’s
best.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
A boat trip to stay two days in a lodge in the National Park.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Andreas our group leader was as good as they get. First, he understood
cycling and all the risks attached an put safety at the top of his agenda. As
a guide he had an exceptional and proud knowledge of his country and all it’s
birds, animals and fauna .As a team Andreas, as leader, Walter, as mechanic
and rear gun cyclist and Louis, bus driver and responsible for refreshments,
couldn’t have done a better job. They were a pleasure to be with.
Andreas’s ability to speak English was better than mine as a Scot!!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Cycling in Costa Rica can be dangerous. On the west coast in particular the
roads are good with lots of fast, heavy traffic. A cycle lane exists and MUST
be used and single file cycling is essential. Steep hills are the norm here
and I wouldn’t recommend this holiday for novices.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A wonderful country. We covered a great extent of it and felt absolutely
safe, apart from traffic.
San Jose is quite an unusual city as is widely spread but wonderful once you
found your way around. Nice bars and some good hotels. As a Brit I would say
it is about 30% more expensive than here as the currency is tied to the
American dollar. Food good though. Definitely worth a visit. Exodus you did a
great job, once more.

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Feb 2016

Summary:
A truly amazing holiday! Hot and very sweaty cycling was a big part of almost
every day (the first few days on the Pacific Coast were particularly hot)-
but we did so much more besides! Beware if you don’t like early mornings! –
we were up by 6am most days, breakfast by 6.30 and on the bikes not long
after that! We didn’t often cycle more than 10 – 12 miles without a break and
it was always wonderful to see the bus and Ronald our driver cutting up
delicious fruit for us!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The beauty of the mountainous regions – especially first thing in the
morning.
The warmth of the Pacific sea
The “sunset” canoe trip
Scarlet Macaws literally flying in front of our faces on our “day off” as we
cycled to the beach
…. many more!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Roberto was fantastic in every respect! Very professional, organised and hard
working with an eye for detail. He connected with every member of the group
and was always supportive and thoughtful. He had a very good knowledge of
wildlife and bird life, but also of the history and and geography of his
country.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t forget to pack Imodium (a few of us needed it!), lots of mosquito
repellent, high factor suncream, binoculars, a jumper and trousers for the
few days in the mountains….. and of course a good camera to capture the
wild life.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A huge thank you to Roberto for his leadership and also to Ronald our
wonderful driver and Deo our mechanic and patient cyclist often bringing up
the rear . They all made us feel so welcome in their beautiful country!

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Costa Rica cycling coast to coast

Summary:
Costa Rica is an amazingly varied country, with different landscapes and
vegetation in relatively close proximity, and with a hugely rich and abundant
wildlife. The cycling was mainly on Tarmac roads – the majority of which were
great – some days they were undulating, but there were some more challenging
hills…& it was hot! Whilst cycling was the focus of the trip, there were
other great activities arranged including walks in the national parks & boat
trips with informative guides, and visits to coffee and banana plantations,
botanical gardens, beaches, hot springs, a museum, church, school etc.
Fantastic organisation & leadership (see below) & can’t speak highly enough
of Roberto who was organised, informative, delightful, funny and just great
at his job. Accommodation wasn’t luxurious (though the beds were
comfortable), hot water a bit patchy, but generally in fabulous locations &
in amongst the wildlife…& beautiful in the early mornings in particular.
The food was generally good & places we ate at well chosen, but it wasn’t
gourmet quality – Though the fruit and fruit juices were amazing. We were so
well looked after & it is certainly a trip that I would recommend highly to
others.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many highlights, it is hard to keep this brief:
. Jungle crocodile safari on the Tarcoles River – saw so much & great guide
. The wildlife, birds & butterflies – so abundant & exotic. The sloth in the
grounds of the hotel at Tortugero; toucans, humming birds & other amazing
birds & animals – most abundant in the Manuel Antonio National Park
. The beauty & rich variety of the landscapes & early morning mists
. The beaches at Manuel Antonio & Playa Platanares
. The school visit
. The hot springs at La Fortuna
. Time with our wonderful guide, Roberto & the rest of the group who were
great

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Roberto is a fantastic guide… A delightful man who is kind, funny, and very
genuine as well as highly organised (though relaxed with it & never
‘stressy’), informative & knowledgeable. He worked so hard, but made it look
effortless – & it all ran so smoothly – we never had to wait for the bus, a
tour, a guide, or for food & he always seemed to provide us with a great
guide for the extra activities & was always there to answer questions and
deal with any queries. He was very clear about dangers on the road, &
reminded us when the roads were wet & there were rough patches ahead. One of
our party unfortunately had an accident on the last day & Roberto had to take
him to the hospital. Whilst that necessitated the cycling finishing early & a
change in the itinerary, Roberto was able to conjure up an alternative plan
from nowhere very quickly so that the remainder of the group were fed and
properly cared for in the meantime. I can’t recommend him highly enough. He
worked really well with Ronald (our fabulous driver) & the lovely young
mechanic, Dio, who changed my burst tyre in the blink of an eye & quietly &
efficiently got on with blowing up tyres & fixing minor glitches/turning on
lights/loading bikes etc without fuss. They worked very well together & made
the holiday such a joy.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be prepared for heat (though odd days of colder wetter weather); take
mosquito repellant & Imodium & some washing powder to rinse out cycling
shorts & tee-shirts at the end of the day. Binoculars, and good camera with
zoom lens are a must – & I would recommend a wildlife/bird book to identify
what you will see & a diary to keep notes.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I can’t speak highly enough of our guide. The accident on our last day was
such a shame as it had been a brilliant 2 weeks & Roberto was key to that. He
is such a lovely mix – fantastically well organised, delightful & charming in
a very genuine way & he made it all so easy & such fun (including providing a
flag and claxton at the end of the toughest hill to encourage us!). He was
also very interesting and interested – which really helped the group to bond
well & be relaxed together.

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Trip of a lifetime

Summary:
This was a wonderful trip: the wildlife and scenery are superb and there is a
good mix of challenge (one 1.2Km hill at 1 in 3 gradient (!) and one 5Km
climb but also some great downhill runs and nice flat stretches. There are
some long bus transfers but otherwise you wouldn’t cover as much ground. we
were very lucky to be in such a nice group and our group leader and his team
(‘Memo’ Sanchez, Ronald Miranda (the driver) and Dionisio Alvarado) were
excellent. Driving in Costa Rica can be a nightmare and Ronald got us all
safely through the trip. Memo knew so much about all the wildlife and
organised all the meals / payments with the minimum of fuss. He and Dionisio
were superb cyclists and could easily match the pace of anyone in the group
and always did their best at junctions to keep us safe and heading in the
right direction! Crises where they arose were well-managed. The itinerary was
well constructed with rest days at excellent locations. We saw lots of
monkies and the two inclusive water-based tours were very rich in wildlife –
I never new there were that many different herons and egrets! Crocodiles and
caymans looked menacing on cue and the noisy scarlet macaws and their smaller
cousins were regular ‘spots’ – and such beautiful toucans as well. You will
get up close and personal with the production of coffee, sugar cane,
pineapples, bananas, palm oil, etc. and understand the importance to their
local economy and to the environment.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The hummingbirds are such beautiful little things and at the highest point of
the tours, at about 10,000-feet (happily reached by bus rather than bike!), a
restaurant stop for coffee comes with free views on masses of these birds
which come to the feeders and can be persuaded (easily) to land on your hand!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Memo (Guillermo) was excellent and worked so well with his team of Ronald and
Dionisio to make sure that we all made it through safely and had a good time.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
When we travelled (in November 2015), it was hot and humid, and most
afternoons it poured rain (happily most cycling was concluded by the time the
heavens opened each day, so we rarely got wet in the saddle from rain – that
was just lucky, I guess). You will eat a lot of rice and beans! Binoculars
and a good camera would seem essential. It didn’t really matter if you had US
dollars or local currency – most places where we needed to spend accepted
dollars at a fair rate (never worse than 500 colones to US. ATMs are not
that plentiful, but do exist and many dispense local currency or dollars.
Some of the roads used are busy with lorries and cars and some of the drivers
are maniacs! There is usually a hard shoulder or sorts for cycling and road
surfaces are generally very good. Single file cycling is the usual
arrangement.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
You will have no regrets about going on this holiday – but you will work
hard!

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast – Just do it. You have to do it!

Summary:
Absolutely amazing trip. From start to finish. Sights, accommodation,
wildlife. All of it. I wrote more about it in my blog
http://spinbella.com/2015/11/22/why-cycling-is-simply-the-dogs-bollocks/ [1].
Excellent bikes and the whole back up team.

[1] http://spinbella.com/2015/11/22/why-cycling-is-simply-the-dogs-bollocks/

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing so many crocodiles and monkeys. Spending time in beautiful lodges with
only wildlife around us.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Memo was fantastic. He made us laugh but also feel we were safe and well
looked after. His wildlife spotting skills were so good they were annoying…
Make sure he shows you his drawing of a sloth’s digestive system.
Seriously… I had medical issue and the team couldn’t be more helpful. With
Dionisio the mechanic and Ronald – the best bus driver in CR – they were the
A-Team. Memo was very organised, knowledgeable and clearly loves his country
which made the whole holiday great.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We went at the end of the wet season which basically seem to be: morning till
1pm – hot, humid but no rain. From 1pm – downpours. Warm but torrential.
or 0 are a no no. Get small denominations.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I loved the crew, the group and I WANNA GO BACK! Next year it will probably
be Nicaragua, Panama & Costa Rica. So worth the money 🙂

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast ride

Summary:
A great trip with a good balance of cycling & other activities.
Lots of wildlife to see which was all around, no need to go & hunt it out
Stayed in several jungle/ rain forest areas & away from other tourists often
in bungalow type rooms.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the beautiful birds but also the early morning call from the Howler
monkeys

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very good. Very well organised efficient & safe but also lots of fun

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The cycle mileage isn’t high but at the time of year we did it good to be
finished by lunch most days in case of the rain storms
Also several hills but mostly manageable by the average cyclist, no problem
for a good cyclist

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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