Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

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Trip code: 
MUD
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Road Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Cycle stretches of the Pacific coastline and see the highlights of Costa Rica.

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero, before travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal Volcano.

Highlights

  • The stunning coastal highway with incredible Pacific views and beaches 
  • Ever-changing tropical scenery, alongside coffee farms, volcanoes, banana plantations and rainforest 
  • Short road transfers enable us to spend more time in the saddle! 
  • Guided wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • A full day to explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife

Key information

  • 13 nights hotels all en suite
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
353 (0)1 804 7153
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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10

Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

 

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved track

Day by day breakdown
Day 242.0km/26.0miles
Day 335.0km/22.0miles
Day 456.0km/35.0miles
Day 573.0km/45.0miles
Day 724.0km/15.0miles
Day 851.0km/32.0miles
Day 945.0km/28.0miles
Day 1030.0km/19.0miles
Day 1230.0km/19.0miles
Day 1337.0km/23.0miles

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Itinerary

San Jose (near to)
to
San Jose (near to)
  • Day 1

    Start San Jose.

    Those on the group flight land at San Jose and will be transferred to our start hotel in La Garita, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening.

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Ride to Rio Tarcoles.

    We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch stop. In the afternoon we'll have a second cycling stage, passing mango orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we arrive at our lodge for the night.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Boat tour; cycle to Parrita.

    Following an early breakfast we transfer 20 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water birds, shore birds and Scarlet macaws. A 30 minute transfer brings us to the outskirts of Jaco where we return to our bikes and cycle to the outskirts of Parrita. We will stop en route for lunch at the beach. From Parrita we ride along a pristine Pacific beach, aiming to arrive in time for sunset. This evening we will have dinner at a seafood restaurant with beautiful sea-views. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P; to Rio Savegre.

    We start the morning with a 2 hour guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park, an outstanding region for wildlife. The forest here meets the sea and iguanas and White-headed Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. A 30 minute transfer takes us to Rio Savegre where we begin to cycle on the Coastal Highway and continue all the way to Playa Tortuga. This is a spectacular stretch of road, with dense forest and steep hills on the left and fantastic Pacific views on the right.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.

    Our ride today takes us through Palmar Sur and onto Finca 6 where we will stop to observe some of Costa Rica’s famous spherical rocks, made by ancient indigenous cultures. The rocks were originally found in an area being cleared to make way for banana plantations but the land has since been delcared a protected area. From here we will transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) by bus to the Osa Peninsula where we recommence our journey by bike, riding along planted fields bordered by rainforest to Puerto Jiminez.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day in Puerto Jimenez.

    Today has been left free to take a break from the saddle and enjoy the beautiful region surrounding Puerto Jimenez. The coastline and beaches here are lovely and there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from; canopy/zip wire tours, kayaking, surfing, fishing, cacao plantation tour or hiking within Corcovado National Park. There is also a nice bike ride out to Playa Platanares if anyone wants to cycle (13km round trip).

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ferry to Golfito; ride/transfer to Las Cruces.

    We board a private boat this morning for a 30 minute journey across the Golfo Dulce to Golfito, here sometimes dolphins can be seen frolicking in the surrounding waters. Our cycle route heads to Rio Claro via a tropical garden where we will learn about the medicinal properties of indigenous plants and the history of the United Fruit Company in this region. Following a 1 hour bus transfer across the steep mountains surrounding San Vito, we arrive at Las Cruces Biological Station, our accommodation for the evening. Las Cruces Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a short guided hike this afternoon.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to Orosi Valley.

    Back in the saddle we enjoy a fantastic ride from the hilly region near San Vito downhill to Paso Real, far below at the Rio Terraba. En route we pass through an indigenous area where villagers can often be seen in traditional dress. We board our bus for the 4 hour journey across the 3451m Cerro de la Muerte pass, arriving at Savegre by mid-afternoon (we'll take at least one stop en route). Orosi Valley is spectacular and said to be one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting the shy quetzal. Our mountain lodge this evening has excellent views to the surrounding region, including the coffee growing Orosi Valley and both the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Cycle in the Orosi Valley.

    We transfer 15 minutes to the lovely town of Orosi and then start our ride past lush coffee plantations set on the rugged mountains which form the Orosi Valley. During harvest season we will visit a coffee plantation to see how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. The views today are incredible, as we ride past Lake Cachi, visit the Cachi Dam and see Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica; transfer via boat to Tortuguero

    This morning we make a short transfer through busy Turrialba, the largest town in this region, then start a challenging ride through the remote region along the lower and middle slopes of the Turrialba volcano, which often emits smoke and ash. Concluding our biking, we transfer out to tiny La Pavona, where we board a boat which will take us out to Tortuguero along the wildlife rich rivers and canals used for transit in this densely forested area. Our lodge has easy boat access to the beach where nesting turtles come ashore to lay eggs (in season, July to October).

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Free day in Tortuguero; optional boat tour.

    Spend today at your leisure exploring the natural wonders of Tortuguero. This area is rich in wildlife and it’s common to see monkeys, caiman, iguanas, turtles, butterflies and many of the 309 bird species recorded here.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.

    We re-trace our route by boat to the dock at Pavon where we transfer to just outside Guapiles for an early lunch provided by our Tortuguero lodge, having stopped along the way at a banana plantation for a short visit. After lunch we head towards La Fortuna and the imposing Arenal volcano. Following a massive explosion in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. On route we will take a break to observe the thriving pineapple operations in this zone before continuing on to our hotel, set in the centre of town. This evening there is an included excursion to Eco-Termales hot springs, by far the best in the area.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to San Jose.

    Our final cycling stage covers the lush region surrounding La Fortuna, as we cycle past tropical farmlands where exotic fruits and vegetables grow in the surrounding fields. This gives way to dense rainforest as we head towards Bajo Rodriguez, our lunch stop. The last leg of our journey is completed by bus as we transfer back to La Garita, travelling for around two hours with tropical views on the way.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End San Jose.

    Our trip ends in San Jose (La Garita) after breakfast this morning and those on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the return journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them.
All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see www.exodus.co.uk/USVisa for more information. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy.

Vaccinations

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The symptoms and impact of the disease is not serious, but a significant risk to foetus development has recently been highlighted. Therefore, if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant you should seek additional advice from a health professional.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners). Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality 'gallo pinto' and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Weather

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC in the highlands and from 22ºC - 26ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to November when there are daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine, so August for example is not necessarily a bad time to visit as the temperature can be pleasant. December to April is the driest period of the year and can get incredibly hot, be prepared for some rain even at this time of year. August offers moderate temperatures.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 43km (27 miles)
No. of days cycling: 10
Vehicle support: 100%
Terrain and route: 80% tarmac, 20% groomed dirt road with some moderate climbs. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads.
This tour covers some remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are good you should expect some potholes and poor road conditions in places. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads apart from some sections on the Pacific coast, where only one road is available. 

Call for general departures:
353 (0)1 804 7153
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

You will spend 13 nights in comfortable hotels with en suite rooms. Hotels are full of character and most have swimming pools. There are 3 nights in remote mountain lodges with lush gardens and superb views; one with a famous tropical botanical garden. All accommodation are well maintained, very clean and most are long-time favourites in Costa Rica.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
353 (0)1 804 7153
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Claude Fortin

    MUD: 2017-03

    Excellent trip. Very well planned in terms of route chosen and day-to-day logistics. Staff were all great, helpful, friendly and professional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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,

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Paul Mccormack

    Cycling coast to coast Costa Rica

    We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised, scenic trip, to visit some of Costa Rica's highlights

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing somnulent crocodiles by the waters edge. Watching the Cappucin monkeys balance on telephone wires. Getting up close to a 3 toed sloth.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrés is a very well organised and efficient gude, he communicates with the group well, and is interested and passionate about the local fauna

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring binoculars !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Lesley Pirie

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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 you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    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.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    steven elliot

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast Jan 2017

    We had a fabulous time; Costa Rica is a beautiful and fascinating place and the itinerary was varied and interesting. The reason we booked on this is that we went to Vietnam with Exodus a couple of years ago and wanted something similar and this certainly ticked that box. Neither are really out and out cycling trips, more journeys with the opportunity to enjoy some of the country from the vantage point of a bike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Its difficult to think of just one; contenders would be the boat trip to Tortuguero, the cycle from Las Cruces to Buenos Aires and the ride on the last day near the Arenal volcano. Its difficult to avoid the cliches about the vast biodiversity and I was particularly taken by the rain-forests - kept expecting to see Tarzan swinging on the creepers. I must not forget the profusion of wildlife; I particularly enjoyed the sloths and the crocs but the sound of the howler monkeys was probably the stand out - we thought that the Hound of the Baskervilles had emigrated.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Chino was a star. Trip went like clockwork.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I guess the only negative was some of the roads we cycled on; we spent a fair amount of time on highways and I did feel intimidated occasionally. I should probably also mention that two of our party had minor accidents due to being brushed by motor vehicles; the roads on the Vietnam trip were much quieter. Having said that both the accidents could have happened biking in the UK. It was hot when we were there which added to the degree of difficulty of the rides but we never felt over challenged; we were quite happy with that but I guess some of our cyclist friends back home might have felt disappointed. 300 miles over 10 days with 16000 feet of ascent was fairly undemanding. BUY SOME GOOD BINOCULARS otherwise you will miss out on the wildlife.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This sort of trip really is the natural habitat of the MAMIL; most of the others on the trip were part of a similar demographic to us - in 50s or 60s, middle class, professional background (why does Exodus attract so many GPs? Is there a discount?) Because of the biodiversity of Costa Rica there was also a significant smattering of bird watchers. Not sure if all the trips are like this but youngsters (under 50!) beware. In terms of comfort there were lots of early starts and some the hotels we stayed in were a little basic; the room we had in Tortuguero was unusual in that it was difficult to sleep because of the jungle sounds - reminded me of the David Attenborough programs in my childhood. We enjoyed the sense of adventure but I guess others would not. This was a wonderful,vivid, life enhancing experience; many thanks to Chino,Rafa and the team!
  • Reviewed November 2016
    James Singer

    Costa Rica Cycling Coast to Coast

    A fabulous cycling holiday with an opportunity to experience nature at it's best.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A boat trip to stay two days in a lodge in the National Park.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andreas our group leader was as good as they get. First, he understood cycling and all the risks attached an put safety at the top of his agenda. As a guide he had an exceptional and proud knowledge of his country and all it's birds, animals and fauna .As a team Andreas, as leader, Walter, as mechanic and rear gun cyclist and Louis, bus driver and responsible for refreshments, couldn't have done a better job. They were a pleasure to be with. Andreas's ability to speak English was better than mine as a Scot!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Cycling in Costa Rica can be dangerous. On the west coast in particular the roads are good with lots of fast, heavy traffic. A cycle lane exists and MUST be used and single file cycling is essential. Steep hills are the norm here and I wouldn't recommend this holiday for novices.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A wonderful country. We covered a great extent of it and felt absolutely safe, apart from traffic. San Jose is quite an unusual city as is widely spread but wonderful once you found your way around. Nice bars and some good hotels. As a Brit I would say it is about 30% more expensive than here as the currency is tied to the American dollar. Food good though. Definitely worth a visit. Exodus you did a great job, once more.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Paul and Sarah Sanderson

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast Feb 2016

    A truly amazing holiday! Hot and very sweaty cycling was a big part of almost every day (the first few days on the Pacific Coast were particularly hot)- but we did so much more besides! Beware if you don't like early mornings! - we were up by 6am most days, breakfast by 6.30 and on the bikes not long after that! We didn't often cycle more than 10 - 12 miles without a break and it was always wonderful to see the bus and Ronald our driver cutting up delicious fruit for us!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beauty of the mountainous regions - especially first thing in the morning. The warmth of the Pacific sea The "sunset" canoe trip Scarlet Macaws literally flying in front of our faces on our "day off" as we cycled to the beach .... many more!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberto was fantastic in every respect! Very professional, organised and hard working with an eye for detail. He connected with every member of the group and was always supportive and thoughtful. He had a very good knowledge of wildlife and bird life, but also of the history and and geography of his country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget to pack Imodium (a few of us needed it!), lots of mosquito repellent, high factor suncream, binoculars, a jumper and trousers for the few days in the mountains..... and of course a good camera to capture the wild life.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A huge thank you to Roberto for his leadership and also to Ronald our wonderful driver and Deo our mechanic and patient cyclist often bringing up the rear . They all made us feel so welcome in their beautiful country!
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Zoe Watts

    Costa Rica cycling coast to coast

    Costa Rica is an amazingly varied country, with different landscapes and vegetation in relatively close proximity, and with a hugely rich and abundant wildlife. The cycling was mainly on Tarmac roads - the majority of which were great - some days they were undulating, but there were some more challenging hills...& it was hot! Whilst cycling was the focus of the trip, there were other great activities arranged including walks in the national parks & boat trips with informative guides, and visits to coffee and banana plantations, botanical gardens, beaches, hot springs, a museum, church, school etc. Fantastic organisation & leadership (see below) & can't speak highly enough of Roberto who was organised, informative, delightful, funny and just great at his job. Accommodation wasn't luxurious (though the beds were comfortable), hot water a bit patchy, but generally in fabulous locations & in amongst the wildlife...& beautiful in the early mornings in particular. The food was generally good & places we ate at well chosen, but it wasn't gourmet quality - Though the fruit and fruit juices were amazing. We were so well looked after & it is certainly a trip that I would recommend highly to others.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many highlights, it is hard to keep this brief: . Jungle crocodile safari on the Tarcoles River - saw so much & great guide . The wildlife, birds & butterflies - so abundant & exotic. The sloth in the grounds of the hotel at Tortugero; toucans, humming birds & other amazing birds & animals - most abundant in the Manuel Antonio National Park . The beauty & rich variety of the landscapes & early morning mists . The beaches at Manuel Antonio & Playa Platanares . The school visit . The hot springs at La Fortuna . Time with our wonderful guide, Roberto & the rest of the group who were great

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberto is a fantastic guide... A delightful man who is kind, funny, and very genuine as well as highly organised (though relaxed with it & never 'stressy'), informative & knowledgeable. He worked so hard, but made it look effortless - & it all ran so smoothly - we never had to wait for the bus, a tour, a guide, or for food & he always seemed to provide us with a great guide for the extra activities & was always there to answer questions and deal with any queries. He was very clear about dangers on the road, & reminded us when the roads were wet & there were rough patches ahead. One of our party unfortunately had an accident on the last day & Roberto had to take him to the hospital. Whilst that necessitated the cycling finishing early & a change in the itinerary, Roberto was able to conjure up an alternative plan from nowhere very quickly so that the remainder of the group were fed and properly cared for in the meantime. I can't recommend him highly enough. He worked really well with Ronald (our fabulous driver) & the lovely young mechanic, Dio, who changed my burst tyre in the blink of an eye & quietly & efficiently got on with blowing up tyres & fixing minor glitches/turning on lights/loading bikes etc without fuss. They worked very well together & made the holiday such a joy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for heat (though odd days of colder wetter weather); take mosquito repellant & Imodium & some washing powder to rinse out cycling shorts & tee-shirts at the end of the day. Binoculars, and good camera with zoom lens are a must - & I would recommend a wildlife/bird book to identify what you will see & a diary to keep notes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I can't speak highly enough of our guide. The accident on our last day was such a shame as it had been a brilliant 2 weeks & Roberto was key to that. He is such a lovely mix - fantastically well organised, delightful & charming in a very genuine way & he made it all so easy & such fun (including providing a flag and claxton at the end of the toughest hill to encourage us!). He was also very interesting and interested - which really helped the group to bond well & be relaxed together.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Dermot Mulherin

    Trip of a lifetime

    This was a wonderful trip: the wildlife and scenery are superb and there is a good mix of challenge (one 1.2Km hill at 1 in 3 gradient (!) and one 5Km climb but also some great downhill runs and nice flat stretches. There are some long bus transfers but otherwise you wouldn't cover as much ground. we were very lucky to be in such a nice group and our group leader and his team ('Memo' Sanchez, Ronald Miranda (the driver) and Dionisio Alvarado) were excellent. Driving in Costa Rica can be a nightmare and Ronald got us all safely through the trip. Memo knew so much about all the wildlife and organised all the meals / payments with the minimum of fuss. He and Dionisio were superb cyclists and could easily match the pace of anyone in the group and always did their best at junctions to keep us safe and heading in the right direction! Crises where they arose were well-managed. The itinerary was well constructed with rest days at excellent locations. We saw lots of monkies and the two inclusive water-based tours were very rich in wildlife - I never new there were that many different herons and egrets! Crocodiles and caymans looked menacing on cue and the noisy scarlet macaws and their smaller cousins were regular 'spots' - and such beautiful toucans as well. You will get up close and personal with the production of coffee, sugar cane, pineapples, bananas, palm oil, etc. and understand the importance to their local economy and to the environment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The hummingbirds are such beautiful little things and at the highest point of the tours, at about 10,000-feet (happily reached by bus rather than bike!), a restaurant stop for coffee comes with free views on masses of these birds which come to the feeders and can be persuaded (easily) to land on your hand!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Memo (Guillermo) was excellent and worked so well with his team of Ronald and Dionisio to make sure that we all made it through safely and had a good time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When we travelled (in November 2015), it was hot and humid, and most afternoons it poured rain (happily most cycling was concluded by the time the heavens opened each day, so we rarely got wet in the saddle from rain - that was just lucky, I guess). You will eat a lot of rice and beans! Binoculars and a good camera would seem essential. It didn't really matter if you had US dollars or local currency - most places where we needed to spend accepted dollars at a fair rate (never worse than 500 colones to US$1. ATMs are not that plentiful, but do exist and many dispense local currency or dollars. Some of the roads used are busy with lorries and cars and some of the drivers are maniacs! There is usually a hard shoulder or sorts for cycling and road surfaces are generally very good. Single file cycling is the usual arrangement.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You will have no regrets about going on this holiday - but you will work hard!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Izabela Ruprik

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast - Just do it. You have to do it!

    Absolutely amazing trip. From start to finish. Sights, accommodation, wildlife. All of it. I wrote more about it in my blog http://spinbella.com/2015/11/22/why-cycling-is-simply-the-dogs-bollocks/. Excellent bikes and the whole back up team.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing so many crocodiles and monkeys. Spending time in beautiful lodges with only wildlife around us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Memo was fantastic. He made us laugh but also feel we were safe and well looked after. His wildlife spotting skills were so good they were annoying... Make sure he shows you his drawing of a sloth's digestive system. Seriously... I had medical issue and the team couldn't be more helpful. With Dionisio the mechanic and Ronald - the best bus driver in CR - they were the A-Team. Memo was very organised, knowledgeable and clearly loves his country which made the whole holiday great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We went at the end of the wet season which basically seem to be: morning till 1pm - hot, humid but no rain. From 1pm - downpours. Warm but torrential. $50 or $100 are a no no. Get small denominations.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved the crew, the group and I WANNA GO BACK! Next year it will probably be Nicaragua, Panama & Costa Rica. So worth the money :)
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Audrey Innes

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast ride

    A great trip with a good balance of cycling & other activities. Lots of wildlife to see which was all around, no need to go & hunt it out Stayed in several jungle/ rain forest areas & away from other tourists often in bungalow type rooms.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the beautiful birds but also the early morning call from the Howler monkeys

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good. Very well organised efficient & safe but also lots of fun

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycle mileage isn't high but at the time of year we did it good to be finished by lunch most days in case of the rain storms Also several hills but mostly manageable by the average cyclist, no problem for a good cyclist

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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