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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
Our adventure starts with a flight from London to San José, the capital of Costa Rica, where we settle down in our local hotel for a snack and a good night's rest. The next morning, we're free to relax at the hotel or explore the city, before we transfer to our campsite at Finca Pacuarito on the east coast. Here, we enjoy a group dinner and a briefing from our guide for our exciting challenge ahead.
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 then enjoy another boat ride upriver and finish our day’s cycle riding a beautiful route alongside the same river until we reach our hotel in Guápiles.
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.
We wake up to another fruitful ride, feasting our eyes on yucca, papaya and more pineapples as we cycle. This gears us up for a bit of an uphill climb, before reaching a flat, paved road. This takes us right to our hotel in La Fortuna, which neighbours 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.
Yesterday has prepped us well for another challenging day that gives us some beautiful sights for our sore thighs, including views of both Arenal and Miravalles volcano. Riding an undulating route over Costa Rica’s continental divide, we notice a change in scenery as we enter the dryer side of the country, closer now to the Pacific Ocean (and closer to our finish line).
We have a joyous cycle today, starting with a 20 km down-hill ride. Our route then evens out on a flat section and we bike along paved roads towards the coast. Our challenge ends with a final up-hill push to the absolutely stunning Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast. Here, we settle down in our hotel near the idyllic, white-sand beach that stretches between two mountains.
This morning is free for us to relax at the hotel or the beach, while reflecting on our absolutely amazing challenge and the wonders your funds will do for the Women V Cancer charities. Later, we transfer to San José, where we settle down in our hotel for our last night in Costa Rica.
Day 10 sees us transferring to the San José international airport, where we bid "Adiós" to Central America and catch our overnight flight back home to the UK. We arrive on Day 11 and part ways with fond goodbyes and a lifetime of memories.
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.