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This amazing 360km coast to coast cycling challenge starts in vibrant Limon on the eastern Caribbean coast and finishes in the beautiful Playa Hermosa on the western Pacific coast. Along the way, you'll experience breath-taking scenery, exotic Caribbean culture and abundant local wildlife.
It will be a journey full of fun, friendship and incredible support as women of all ages and from all walks of life challenge themselves for an amazing cause. This fantastic challenge is a great opportunity to get fit and have the experience of a lifetime.
Funds raised by Women V Cancer are divided equally between three important charities: Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
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Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.Alice
Our adventure starts with a flight from London to San José, the capital of Costa Rica, where we settle down in our local hotel. There, we have our first group dinner and a challenge briefing, before getting a good night's rest. The next morning, we're free to relax at the hotel or explore the city. In the afternoon, we transfer to our hotel in Guápiles and finish the day with our bike fitting.
Starting the day with a short transfer and a boat ride to the Caribbean Sea, we mount our bikes at Parismina and ride through bustling banana farms to the river. We enjoy another boat ride upriver and continue our cycle with a beautiful route alongside the same river. This takes us across a suspension bridge, where we stop for lunch and we finish the day with a short cycle to our hotel in Guápiles.
We have a wonderful start to our day, pedalling on a paved road to the Sarapiqui River, where we’re likely to spot groups of monkeys and beautiful, exotic birds. As we cycle on, we pass lots of the lush and tropical vegetation this region is known for, including corn, coffee, cocoa, cardamom, and hearts of palm. This takes us to our comfortable hotel in Sarapiqui. Today we get extra fruity as we ride through a rainbow of pineapple farms and even more banana plantations, now passing through the heart of Costa Rica's banana growing region. This gives us a brilliant insight into the local lifestyle here as we see farmers out in the fields, hearing the uplifting sound of tropical birdsong as we go. Later, we follow paved roads to our comfortable hotel in Sarapiqui.
Today we get extra fruity, as we ride through a rainbow of yucca, papaya and pineapple farms. This gives us a brilliant insight into the local lifestyle here as we see farmers out in the fields, hearing the uplifting sound of tropical birdsong as we go. We then have a bit of an uphill climb, before reaching a flat, paved road, which leads us right to our hotel in La Fortuna, neighbouring the staggering Arenal Volcano and its hot springs.
Today, we tackle a tough but stunning stretch of our journey as we bike the hilly northern shores of Lake Arenal. Along the way, we’re rewarded with breath-taking views of the gleaming fresh-water lake and the lush, green volcano, which has been dormant since 2010. We eventually reach our hotel in the small town of Tilarán for a good night’s sleep.
We have an extra exciting route today as we cycle across the continental divide in Costa Rica, right through quite a dramatic change in scenery. We bid goodbye to the dense green vegetation of the humid tropical lowlands and discover the red earth and dry forest of the higher West. Yesterday has prepped us well for another challenging day, but you’ll be pleased to know, we ride a shorter distance and end our cycling in the pretty town of Bagaces. From here, we transfer to our hotel in Liberia, now very close to the Pacific Ocean.
We have a joyous, fairly flat cycle today as we pedal towards the coast. We finish our challenge with a last up-hill push to the absolutely stunning Playa Hermosa. Here, we settle down in our hotel near the idyllic, white-sand beach that stretches between two mountains.
Today is free for us to have a well-deserved rest at the beautiful Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast. Playa Hermosa is a picturesque town with a beach stretching between two mountains. It’s a perfect place to relax or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can check out the various watersports activities the town has to offer or simply wander about the pretty town and shop for some last-minute souvenirs.
Day 10 starts with some more time for us to relax at Playa Hermosa in the morning, before we transfer to our hotel in San José in the afternoon. The next day, we transfer to San José airport and catch our overnight flight back to the UK, arriving in London on Day 12.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for women who are looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the women who will take part in this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime. Once you are signed up for the challenge we give you a realistic training programme, which gradually builds up as the event gets closer.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Women V Cancer challenges are renowned for the incomparable 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 your group on the Women V Cancer Cycle Costa Rica. 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 Women V Cancer is that women of all ages will come together to do something very special to raise funds for three fantastic women’s cancer charities. The age range is likely to be from 18-80!
How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own tour costs (£1,650) so they can tell their donors that the donation they are making is going directly to support the work of the charities. Others will fundraise the full amount.
A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a Camelbak-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 it is suggested that 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 nights when we'll be camping.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you a can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
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), personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses including travel to and from the departure airport in London.
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 will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in Costa Rica. There is no Visa requirement for Costa Rica.
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