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Costa Rica Coast To Coast

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days 12 From US$ 2,500
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  • Cross Costa Rica using your own power: cycle, hike and kayak
  • Mountain bike and trek up and over the Continental Divide
  • Whitewater raft down the Pacuare River
  • Paddle a river until it ends on a Caribbean beach
Are you truly a sport adventurer? This is the only tour that includes a completely human-powered 248-kilometre (154 miles) crossing of Central America! The Coast to Coast Adventure is our flagship trip, challenging people since 1994. A true multi-activity eco-adventure - mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, plus playing under waterfalls and swimming in crystalline rivers, always progressing with your own muscles towards the goal of the east coast of the continent. It's all up to you - no motors or engines or animal packs to help.

The route traverses mountain villages, coffee and sugar plantations, riverside communities and small villages remote from pavement and traffic. Cross the Continental Divide and descend into virgin forests, camping and cooking under the stars.

Classified as HARD on our scale of difficulty, but the main requirement is a sense of adventure and a good dose of stamina.

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customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Amazing Coast to Coast adventure
Jason Marshall From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“Me and my travel companion, have been talking about how well done and amazing our Coast to Coast adventure was everyday since we completed it. This has brought big smiles to us.
Every moment was well done, right from the start with Juan Carlos picking us from the airport to the day he said goodbye. Juan Carlos is an amazing and knowledgeable man.
This can also be said for the other crew you have working for you as well. Memo, the man that knows everyone is an amazing cook and support ( I hope his back stays strong), Julio the kayak safety guide will be a very good guide with his passion for the jungle, rivers, wildlife and people and the wild fruit he shared with us.
Juan Carlos is so friendly and helpful. He gave us so much information about the areas we visited, the people we meet along the way and the different plants and animals. The organization JC and Memo provided was 5 star.
Coast to Coast Adventures is an incredible company your planning, communication, safety and details are a true credit to you, Thank You.”
A beautiful Costa Rica memory
Leah Paterson From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“I write this email to send a HUGE thank you to the recent team who made this experience in CR a lifetime beautiful memory.
From the moment we were met at the San Jose airport it was a seamless, well organized trip.
For the next 12 days our guide Juan Carlos(JC), our driver Memo and the boys made us feel like family.
The entire trip was exhilarating.. a sensory experience and sensation .. from the activities each day...the food.. the local changing scenery.. the teams knowledge...and being in the most wonderful and varied locations each night.
The accommodation never disappointed me...the small tents.. then a lovely hotel room.
Santa Maria and then the hill climb the next day.
The Soda eateries.. Memo & JC food.And and and and and.. the list is too long to type.It was utterly beyond my expectations.
Please say thanks to the team. As we sit in Santa Teresa surfing we recommend this trip daily to others.
Keep this adventure going and I would repeat it any day if I ever get another opportunity .”
3 Star Hotel at Sleep Inn (or similar)
Your tour guide will meet your flight and drive to your overnight accommodation in San Jose.
3 Star Hotel at Best Western Kamuk
Our challenge starts on the Pacific Coast. We leave 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.

We have set aside 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Camping
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS... We 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 your reward for hard work. In the small town of Esquipulas, we eat a hearty breakfast, rest up and prepare our day packs for the next leg of the day’s journey. Trading our wheels for hiking boots, we continue by trekking into the cool mountains of Central Costa Rica. We camp overnight in the valley of Naranjillo.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Cabins
Our day begins with a trek towards the Continental Divide and challenging the infamous “Cemetery Hill” - a strenuous 13-kilometre climb. We then head for the pueblo of San Lorenzo, switching to mountain bikes to reach the quaint village of Santa Maria where we refortify with some typical Costa Rican fare and rest up in comfortable local cabins.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel at Rio Perlas Spa & Resort
Today we tackle the hardest, steepest climb of our adventure. The challenge before breakfast is mountain biking a 14-kilometre up-hill stretch 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.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Camping
After breakfast, we mountain bike along a river to the Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge. This is an area of vast rugged terrain covered with dense primary rainforest. Leaving our bikes, we take to the mountains trekking amongst thousands of trees covered with ferns, bromeliads, mosses and other epiphytes... a primary cloud forest ecology. The end of the day finds us on flatter ground, camping near the small settlement of Taus.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
After breakfast, we continue mountain biking towards the whitewater rafting “put­in” at La Cruz, the upper gateway to the raging Pacuare River. We eat lunch then load up into the rafts to paddle through pristine rainforest, canyon cliffs, spotted with deafening waterfalls. By afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp, El Nido del Tigre, nestled between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river. You can wander off to explore this lush environment, looking out for toucans and boa constrictors and sloth, or simply relax in a hammock to the sounds of the river.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
We spend some quality time at this unique location on the banks of the Pacuare River, hiking the hills, exploring the primary forest, swimming in the Pacuare, exploring waterfalls and swimming holes with water so pure you can drink it (most of the year). This area of rainforest remains in a very natural state, with minimum disruption to accommodate our guests. El Nido del Tigre is the name of the giant ginger plants carpeting the area around the campsite. It's a very private place, with small numbers of guests, so the sense of purity and nature seep into your dreams at night.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river-carved canyons. We manoeuvre through the exhilarating rapids and in gentler sections you can see into 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. At last, in the late afternoon, we take-out at the beginning of the banana plantations at Finca Pacuarito, then rest for the night.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel at Casa de las Flores (or similar)
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 to Moin from where we travel by vehicle to the beach.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
3 Star Hotel at Sleep Inn (or similar)
The morning is free to relax around the hotel or on the beach. After lunch, we head back to San José, about 4 hours away. You will gasp at the beauty of breathtaking views as we pass through a high cloud forest, misty mountains, deep, steep, river-carved canyons, the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Coast to Coast will pick you up for your trip to the airport. So sad it had to end, so good you got to live it....
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals where indicated
  • Group equipment (bikes, rafts, camping gear, etc.)
  • Support vehicle
  • Experienced, bilingual & fun guides throughout the trip
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Sleeping pad rental
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Extra night in San Jose
what's excluded
  • International flight tickets
  • Meals and activities not indicated
  • Entrance fee to the National Parks
  • Departure tax ($29 USD per person)
  • Gratuities
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 12 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 14 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 14 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Alajuela, Costa Rica
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