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Cycle Costa Rica 2020

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

17 November - 27 November 2020 On Sale
Duration 11 days

What does it cost?

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

Cycle Costa Rica 2020

Cycle from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica on this gorgeous, tropical challenge. You’ll have more than a few life-changing experiences on this adventure, pedalling through the bright and beautiful rainforests, exotic fruit farms and vibrant towns and villages that make up this amazing Central American country. What’s more, we cycle past not one but two fabulous volcanoes with stunning views of their lakes.

Taking on a tough 384km cycle has never been more fun as we spot sloths, tiny green tree frogs, parrots, monkeys and more while pushing ourselves to the peak. We finish the challenge at the welcome site of Playa Hermosa, a wonderful sandy beach with lapping turquoise shores and soft sand to soothe our feet.

Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
Cycle Costa Rica 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.

You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.

Places are limited for this dazzling cycle and are likely to go very fast, so please don’t be a sloth to sign up. Register now to secure your place and get ready to go coconuts.


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Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
London - San José – Finca Pacuarito

We meet for our challenge at the airport in London and catch our flight to San José, where we transfer to our hotel in Costa Rica's capital city. On Day 2, we're free in the morning to explore San José independently or to relax at the hotel. Later, we transfer to our campsite in Finca Pacuarito on the Caribbean Coast, where we have our group dinner and our challenge leaders give us a challenge briefing for the adventure ahead.

Day 3
Finca Pacuarito - Guápiles | approx. 70km

We start the day by transferring to Parismina and catching a short boat ride to our starting point right at the Caribbean Sea. We hop on our bikes here and ride inland, along quiet roads past bustling banana plantations, all the way to the river. We take another short cruise upriver, before hopping back in the saddle and follow a charming, riverside route to our hotel in Guápiles.

Day 4
Guápiles - Sarapiquí | approx. 61km

Today, we get a gorgeous dose of the Costa Rican countryside and lush fruit farms that make up this part of the country. Cycling on paved roads, we head towards the Sarapiqui River, looking out for the exotic wildlife as we go, including capuchin monkeys, parrots and even sloths if we're lucky. Pedalling on, we go bananas for bananas - and pineapples for that matter, as we pass through lush farms, ripe with fruit and finally reach our hotel in Sarapiqui.

Day 5
Sarapiquí - Arenal Volcano | approx. 68km

Seeing a rainbow of yucca, papaya and pineapples, we ride alongside more of San Carlos’ farms. This gears us up for a testing climb, before we reach flat, paved roads to the awesome Arenal Volcano. We finish our day's cycling when we reach our hotel in the nearby town of La Fortuna, which is home to some fantastic natural hot springs.

Day 6
Arenal Volcano - Tilarán | approx. 62km

We have a tough ride ahead of us today, but the ridiculously beautiful views more than make up for it. We cycle a hilly route along the north side of Lake Arenal and enjoy views of the spectacular volcano and its surrounding flora, until we reach our hotel in the small town of Tilarán.

Day 7
Tiláran - Miravalles Volcano | approx. 53km

Today is an absolute highlight of the trip and we're rewarded for the challenging climbs with vistas of both Arenal and Miravalles Volcano. We notice quite a dramatic change of scenery as we cross over the continental divide and enter the dryer side of Costa Rica, now closer to the Pacific Ocean (and closer to our finish line)!

Day 8
Miravalles Volcano - Playa Hermosa | approx. 70km

We start the day with 20km of joyous downhill cycling, before our route evens out onto flat, paved roads. We follow these all the way to the stunning Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast. Our hotel sits very close to the beach!

Day 9
Playa Hermosa - San José

We have a free morning at Playa Hermosa today for you to relax on the wonderful beach and relish in the well-deserved sense of achievement. 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. Later, we transfer to our hotel in San José and get a good rest before we start our journey back to the UK tomorrow.

Days 10 & 11
San José - UK

Our morning is free to relax at the hotel or explore San José, before we transfer to the International Airport in the afternoon and catch our overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on Day 11.

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Funding options


Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.


Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
  • Your charitable funds must be paid in 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge), food, accommodation, transfers, guides, medical and technical support.
  • The more money you can raise, the higher the percentage of funds that will directly support the work of your chosen charity. You are therefore encouraged to exceed the minimum fundraising target.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (approx. £350).
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Self Funded

Pay the challenge costs yourself and then fundraise as much as you can for a charity of your choice with no minimum target or make a personal donation.


Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge cost yourself twelve weeks before the challenge starts. 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.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice with no minimum target, or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge. These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (approx. £350).
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Cycle Costa Rica 2020

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 will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime. We provide you with a week by week training plan, which builds up gradually as the challenge draws closer, so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we leave for Costa Rica.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Costa Rica 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and 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 in Costa Rica, 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 is 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've registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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