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This amazing 360 km 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.
Amazing experience that I'll never forget! It was so well organised and everyone was so enthusiastic.Alice
We meet at the airport for our flight to San José, Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San José we transfer directly to our overnight hotel. This evening, we dine together and hear more about the challenge ahead. After transferring to the East coast, we begin our cycling adventure and today we cycle alongside the dazzling Caribbean coast. We follow dirt tracks past extensive bustling banana plantations and alongside the local railway, before resting at Finca Pacuarito for the night.
Our second day of cycling takes us through the Caribbean lowlands, with three river boat crossings! We begin with the Pacuare River crossing, enjoying the bustling town of Siquirres and then tackle our second, resting tonight in Guápiles, in the heart of Costa Rica’s banana growing region.
We begin today’s ride on a paved road heading toward the Sarapiquí River, where we will likely 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.
In the 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.
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!
We transfer from Liberia to Guanacaste, a larger Costa Rican town, where we have a local lunch, before finishing our crossing on paved roads and riding right to the Pacific Ocean. This evening, we celebrate our achievement, and reflect on the brilliant experience of riding across Costa Rica!
This morning is free to relax at the hotel or beach, before transferring to San José for the night.
We transfer to the International Airport in San José, for an overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on Day 10.
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 women sign up for Women V Cancer events on their own and you will soon make new friends. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list for the women on your challenge. Often there will be someone in your local area who you can meet up with to train or fundraise with. We also hold an information day and a training weekend, which are both great opportunities to meet people before the challenge.
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.