Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|17 November - 27 November 2020||On Sale|
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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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 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
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 nights, for 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