Challenge level: 4 out of 5
|16 November - 27 November 2019||On Sale|
Join this wonderful cycle challenge traversing on your steeds from the east to the west coast raising vital funds for the work of The Urology Foundation.
What an amazing opportunity to cycle 360 km through one of Central America's most fascinating countries. Our route takes us from Parismina on the eastern Caribbean coast, to the beautiful Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast. Along the way, we'll experience breathtaking 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 will assist in the work TUF is carrying out into beating all urology diseases through cutting-edge research and leading education and training to ensure that fewer lives will be devastated.
Our adventure begins with a flight to San José, where we transfer to our hotel, this evening we'll dine together and hear more about the challenge ahead. Well rested, we wake up on Day 2 and have our morning free to relax at the hotel or explore San José, the capital of Costa Rica. Later, we transfer to our campsite in Finca Pacuarito on the East Coast, where we will get fitted out with our bikes and then settle down for our evening meal.
Today, after transferring to Parismina, we enjoy a short boat ride down the canal to the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Here, we start our challenge by riding 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.
We begin today’s ride on a paved road towards the Sarapiqui River, looking out for capuchin monkeys and exotic birds as we go. Pedalling on, we go even more bananas for bananas - and pineapples for that matter, as we pass through lush farms, ripe with fruit and finally reach our hotel in Sarapiqui.
Cycling alongside more of San Carlos’ farms, we see a rainbow of yucca, papaya and pineapples. This gears us up for a testing climb, before we reach flat, paved roads right to Arenal Volcano. We find our hotel tonight in the nearby town, La Fortuna, which is home to some fantastic natural 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.
Today is an absolute highlight of the trip and we're rewarded for the tough climbs with views 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)!
We start the day with 20 km 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! Tonight we enjoy a celebration meal right on the beach.
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 will go towards the work that directly supports those affected by urological illnesses.
Miniumum sponsorship target
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 for the TUF Cycle Costa Rica Challenge on their own. Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the TUF Cycle Costa Rica 2019. 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, 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.