The Coast To Coast Trip
Cross Costa Rica without the use of motorized vehicles!
The experience of a lifetime!
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Sunset @ Manuel Antonio
Whitewater Rafting @ Pacuare
|Coast to Coast Trip 2012|
|Jan 7 - Jan 18||May 12 - May 23|
|Jan 28 - Feb 8||Jul 7 - Jul 18|
|Feb 15 - Feb 26||Sep 2 - Sep 13|
|Mar 24 - Apr 4|
|Until Oct 31, 2012|
Day 1: ARRIVE - Arrival to Costa Rica. After welcoming you at the San José Airport, our guides bring you to a comfortable hotel in the city and will take time to discuss your adventure, meet the group and prepare for your mountain biking, trekking and whitewater rafting expedition ahead.
Day 2: MANUEL ANTONIO (Transfer to Quepos) - The day starts with a transfer to Quepos, a fishing village on the Pacific coast. (It is linked to the town of Manuel Antonio). You have time to relax, chill out on the beach or visit Manuel Antonio National Park, which is famous for its abundant wildlife. Make sure you set aside a little time to check out your bike as it is an early start tomorrow morning. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for Lunch. The official trip briefing is scheduled for just after dinner this evening . (B,D).
Day 3: PACIFIC COAST TO NARANJILLO (Mountain Biking 25 km and Trekking 14 km) - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS... We awake early and enjoy a light buffet of fresh fruit and coffee. We leave on our bikes and climb into the steep mountains and beautiful valleys of the sparsely populated Pacific Coast. In the small town of Esquipulas we have 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. (B,L,D).
Day 4: NARANJILLO TO SANTA MARIA (Trekking 13 km / Mountain Biking 13 km) - Our day begins with a trekk towards the Continental Divide and the challenging infamous "Cemetery Hill" - a strenuous 13 kilometer climb. We then head for the pueblo of San Lorenzo switching to mountain bikes along the way. The day finishes in the quaint village of Santa Maria where we refortify with some typical Costa Rican fare and rest up in comfortable local cabins. (B, L, D).
Day 5: CONTINENTAL DIVIDE (Mountain Biking 46 km) - Today we tackle the hardest, steepest climb of our adventure. The challenge before breakfast is mountain biking a 14-kilometer 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. (B, L).
Day 6: REVENTAZON VALLEY (Mountain Biking 9 km and Trekking 13 km) - After some coffee, snacks and fruit we mountain bike along a river to the Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge where we stop for breakfast. 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. The end of the day finds us on flatter ground, camping near the small settlement of Taus. (B,L,D).
Day 7: PACUARE RIVER (Mountain Biking 40 km and Whitewater Rafting 10 km) - After breakfast we continue mountain biking from towards the whitewater rafting "put-in" at Tres Equis, which is the gateway to the raging Pacuare River. Here we have lunch and embark on a whitewater rafting journey through pristine rainforest spotted with waterfalls. The rapids section of the river is approximately 30 kilometers of Class II-IV rapids. 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, 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. (B,L,D).
Day 8: EL NIDO DEL TIGRE (Hiking) - 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 center of the camp trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, waterfalls and swimming holes. (B,L,D)
Day 9: PACUARE RIVER (Whitewater Rafting 3-5 hours, 17 km) - Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We maneuver 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. (B,L,D).
Day 10: PACUARE RIVER (Sea Kayaking 5-8 hours, 40km) - THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS... For the final leg of the crossing we continue rafting 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 Moin where we are transferred to a comfortable hotel on the Caribbean Coast. (B,L).
Day 11: CARIBBEAN (Return to San Jose) - The morning is free to relax around the hotel or on the beach. After lunch we head back to San Jose. (B).
Day 12: CARIBBEAN (Departure) - You will be picked up at your hotel in time for your departure from the airport.
DO YOU FIT THE CLIENT PROFILE FOR THIS TRIP?You need to be reasonably fit and have a good stamina as the Coast to Coast Trip is a real challenge. Good understanding and experience of mountain biking will make the trip more enjoyable and keep the pace even. Experience of whitewater rating is not necessary but you will be paddling all the time you are on the raft so fitness
and stamina are a must.
Trip Includes: As specified in the above itinerary, lodging, transportation within Costa Rica, airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/departure dates, meals [B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner], national park entrance fees, guide services, ground operator support within Costa Rica and taxes.
Not Included: International airfare, airport departure taxes, meals not specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages, personal equipment, extras in hotels (laundry, phone calls, room service), gratuities, or costs associated with changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control.