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Big Heart Bike Ride - Costa Rica

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

22 November - 2 December 2018 Sold Out
24 January - 3 February 2019 On Sale
Duration 11 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £299
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

Big Heart Bike Ride - Costa Rica

Pump up the volume for our Big Heart Bike Ride in Costa Rica. In this nine-day adventure we cycle from coast to coast to raise funds for the heart charity of your choice.

This is an amazing opportunity to cycle 360 km through one of Central America's most fascinating countries. Our route takes us from vibrant Limon on the eastern Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast. Along the way, we'll experience breath-taking scenery, exotic Caribbean culture and abundant local wildlife and we'll finish with a free day to treat ourselves and explore San Jose.

With a huge amount of fun and friendship along the way, this challenge is open to people of all abilities. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the country and the most rewarding part is that your participation supports heart charities across the world. You can either fundraise or self-fund with a personal donation to your chosen heart charity.

 The Big Heart Bike Ride

Funds raised by the Big Heart Bike in Costa Rica will support a number of heart charities. The Big Heart Bike Ride in India 2015 raised an amazing £200,000 for sixteen different heart charities. The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London - San Jose

Our adventure begins with a flight from the UK to San Jose, where we transfer to our local hotel. Here, we enjoy a group dinner and a challenge briefing from our local ground handler. Day 2 is free to explore San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, filled with stunning Spanish Colonial architecture.

Day 3
Limon - Finca Pacuarito | approx. 61 km

Today, after transferring to the East Coast, we start our cycling challenge alongside dazzling Caribbean sea. We follow dirt tracks past extensive bustling banana plantations and alongside the local railway, before resting at Finca Pacuarito for the night.

Day 4
Finca Pacuarito - Guápiles | approx. 61 km

The second day of cycling takes us through the heart of the Caribbean lowlands and includes three river boat crossings! We begin with the Pacuare River crossing, enjoy the bustling town of Siquirres, then tackle our second and third crossings – before lunch at a local restaurant and the final push to Guápiles where we spend the night.

Day 5
Guápiles - Sarapiquí | approx. 61 km

We begin today’s ride on a paved road heading toward the Sarapiqui River, where we're likely to encounter several groups of monkeys and exotic birds! This region is known for lush, tropical vegetation, and we spend the day cruising past corn, coffee, cocoa, cardamom, and hearts of palm.

Day 6
Sarapiqui - Arenal Volcano | approx. 78 km

This morning, we cycle through the San Carlos agricultural area, famous for its tropical plantations of citrus fruit, papaya, yucca and pineapples. Following a challenging, hilly section along dirt roads, the afternoon levels out as we bike along paved roads to the active Arenal Volcano.

Day 7
Arenal Volcano - Tilaran - Liberia | approx. 72 km

Today is an absolute highlight of the trip, as we bike the rugged southern shores of Lake Arenal, before transferring to the small town of Liberia. The terrain is tough, the hills challenging, and the route may involve river crossings; but the sweeping vistas and breath-taking scenery are our reward.

Day 8
Liberia - Playa Hermosa | approx. 54 km

We transfer from Liberia to Guanacaste, a larger Costa Rican town, where we have a local lunch; before finishing our crossing on paved roads, riding right to the Pacific Ocean. This evening we celebrate our achievement, and reflect on the brilliant experience of riding across Costa Rica.

Day 9
Playa Hermosa - San Jose

This morning is free to explore Playa Hermosa, relax at the hotel or beach, before transferring to San Jose for the night. Playa Hermosa is a picturesque town with a beach stretching between two mountains. The town is a popular destination for tourists and surfers with shops, restaurants and plenty of water sports activities.

Days 10 & 11

We transfer to the International Airport in San Jose, for our flight back to the UK and arrive on Day 11 (2 December).

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen heart charity.


Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the heart charity of your choice, or make a personal donation.
  • In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge), food, accommodation, transfers, bike hire, guides, medical support etc.
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Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum amount.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Your charitable funds must be paid in by 14 September 2018.
  • The charities will pay challenge costs on your behalf.
  • In return, everything for the challenge will be provided – flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge), food, accommodation, transfers, bike hire, guides, medical support etc.
  • The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support the work of heart charities. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
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Big Heart Bike Ride - Costa Rica

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.

A cycle helmet is essential and must be worn at all times. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a camel back-type hydration system. Apart from that, no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and we suggest you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.

We will stay in tourist class hotels in shared rooms throughout the challenge, except for one of the nightsfor which we'll camp.

No, your main luggage will be transported each day by our support team. You will need a bag to go on your bike or a waist bag for things like your camera, sun cream, tissues etc. Any extra items you may need during the day can be carried on the support vehicle, which you will have access to during lunch and the snack stops.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course, we would deduct the cost from your balance).

In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (currently £350 but subject to change – up or down), personal travel insurance, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we can send you. Otherwise, you can take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Costa Rica. British nationals don't need a visa to enter Costa Rica. You can stay as a visitor for up to three months.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.

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