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Excellent trip. Very well planned in terms of route chosen and day-to-day logistics. Staff were all great, helpful, friendly and professional.
In a certain way, each day was inspirational. The biking segments were all fun and at times challenging, but I thought the hilly bits added a personal achievement component. Each day we were exposed to a new area and our leader was very good at explaining to the group what we were to see an do.
Just to focus one moment, I was take aback by the spherical rocks on day 5. It is mind blowing to try to understand how these perfect spheres could have been carved and moved using primitive tools.
Andres Ramirez is a great leader. Throughout the trip Andres behaved in a professional yet amicable way. He was always well organised and ready to brief the group or deal with specific logistical issues that arose. Andres knows and obviously enjoys talking about the costa rican wildlife, he was our guide for the visit of the Manual Antonio Park and it was interesting to see him interact with the other guides and tourists.
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is in shape. I would give a bit of warning to potential travellers with regard to the hills. While they were all manageable, some were indeed challenging. The trip notes made available before the trip were rather discrete about hills. Potential travellers should know clearly what they are getting into. couple of participants on our trip were not able to handle these hills,
The detailed trip notes should have been sent to the travellers before the trip, if not before booking, it is only by reading these notes, and assessing the profile that one can assess whether this trip is for him/her. The notes should also be identified by each specific day, this would help potential travellers in preparing for the trip. In any case I found surprising to be handed notes on one-side-use paper, we are after all in 2017 and one can safely assume that participants would have preferred to have these notes downloaded and readily available on their smart phone.
I would instruct the leader and key staff to tell the group in which room they could be found in case of emergency.
Some of us had mold growing in our water bottles because of the heat and the sugar in the Gatorade. I would warn cyclists to empty and rinse their bottle every evening. That said, keep the Gatorade, it is needed when cycling in a hot climate
We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised, scenic trip, to visit some of Costa Rica's highlights
Seeing somnulent crocodiles by the waters edge. Watching the Cappucin monkeys balance on telephone wires. Getting up close to a 3 toed sloth.
Andrés is a very well organised and efficient gude, he communicates with the group well, and is interested and passionate about the local fauna
Bring binoculars !
We really enjoyed this trip, the scenery is wonderful and the wildlife abundant. It is warm but the cycling stages are well managed with multiple stops for drinks and fantastic fresh fruit
Almost everything about the trip was brilliant. Roberto and his team were probably the best guides I have done any trip with. They were pasionate about their country and went above and beyond to make our holiday as memorable as possible. Our major hiccups were with transfers and this is an Exodus issue.
Cycling down the ridge from Las Cruces to Paso Real with mountains either side. The guided tour of Rio Tarcoles Mangrove estuary was wonderful too.
Roberto was superb, knowledgable, helpful, humorous, sensitive, patient and diverted any potential problems by clear explanations. His team followed his lead. I cannot rate this group leader or his team highly enough.
Do not book on this trip if you cannot cycle off road or amongst traffic or are not fit or competent enough for the grade. I think the Exodus grading was spot on but there were folks on our trip who struggled to meet the standard and their behaviour put themselves and others at risk and put an awful pressure on our guides.
There was dreadful confusion about transfers. We booked our holiday and flights all through Exodus so you would assume that that would include transfers either a free group transfer or an extra sum for the transfer. Mercifully I checked up before we left and found out there was no transfer arranged so arranged it for £30 for our group of 4. On arrival there were 9 of us on this transfer, every group whether a single, a couple or as with us had paid £30 for a transfer that cost $16 for 4 of us on the way back. As a gatroup we had paid £120 for the transfer on the way out. That seems very excessive.
With 9 of us(out of a total group size of 15) coming off the London Gatwick flight on the way out and 9 going back to UK on this flight I do not know why this was not the free included group transfer.
‘In-country’ bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size and, as there are a limited amount of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Andy Ross - Product Manager
No. The leader carefully breaks up the distances covered with refreshment stops and lunch. The terrain will vary but clients are always free to hop on the support vehicle that shadows the whole group, if they feel like a break. Saying that, you do cover more ground than you think, especially with a tailwind behind you!
Will Shoubridge - Agency Sales
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP150 will apply if you do so.
A burrito from a local restaurant! - if its busy with Costa Ricans then it will be good and well priced.
Sharmil Goswami - Sales
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
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