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Coast to Coast Sport ¦ VctingCR.comCoast to Coast Sport 14 nights / 15 days GG-145-09 Resume: A 234-kilometer adventure expedition from Pacific to Atlantic shores mountain biking, trekking, whitewater rafting.
Coast to Coast Sport
14 nights / 15 days
A 234-kilometer adventure expedition from Pacific to Atlantic shores mountain biking, trekking, whitewater rafting. For the physically fit this multi-activity adventure is a trip of a lifetime. From the picturesque cliffs and beaches of Manuel Antonio you will be biking, hiking and trekking to challenge the Continental Divide. We cross the Talamanca and Central Mountain ranges mountain biking, trekking and whitewater rafting through some of the most diverse terrain in the world. Finally, having conquered many of nature’s great challenges, we drift and gently paddle our raft peacefully to the Atlantic shore, humbled by our deliverance.
- Beaches of Manuel Antonio
- Mountain Bike/Trek off and on-road, Los Santos to Continental Divide
- Coffee Valley of Orosi
- Hike Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge
- Whitewater Rafting Pejibaye and Pacuare Rivers
- Tortuguero’s intricate canals
- Mix of hotels, cabins and camping
- Overnight rainforest tent camp – El Nido del Tigre
- Accommodations for 14 nights
- Transportation (included airport transfer)
- Domestic flights
- Meals where indicated
- Group equipment (bikes, rafts,camping gear,etc)
- Support vehicle
- Experienced bilingual & fun guides
Day 1 – Arrival
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in San Jose.
Day 2 – Manuel Antonio
The day starts with a 25-minute flight to Quepos, a fishing village on the Pacific coast. You have time to relax, chill out on the beach or visit Manuel Antonio National Park, which is famous for its abundant wildlife, as well as do some prep work checking out your bike. (B,D). There are a variety of restaurants to choose from for Lunch.
Day 3 – Pacific Coast to Naranjillo - Mountain Biking (25 km)/Trekking (14km)
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS... We awake early and enjoy a light buffet of fresh fruit and coffee. We leave Manuel Antonio on our bikes and climb into the steep mountains and beautiful valleys of the sparsely populated Pacific Coast. In the small town of Esquipulas we have a hearty breakfast, rest up and prepare our packs for the next leg of the day’s journey. Trading our wheels for hiking boots, we continue by trekking into the cool mountains of Central Costa Rica. We camp overnight in the valley of Naranjillo. (B,L,D).
Day 4 – Naranjillo to Santa Maria- Trekking (13km)/Mountain Biking (13km)
We begin our day by trekking towards the Continental Divide and challenging the infamous “Cemetery Hill” - a strenuous 3 kilometer climb. We then head for the pueblo of San Lorenzo switching to mountain bikes along the way. We finish the day in the quaint village of Santa Maria where we refortify with some typical Costa Rican fare and rest up in comfortable local cabins. (B,L,D).
Day 5 – Continental Divide - Mountain Biking (46km)
Today we tackle the hardest, steepest climb of our adventure. The challenge before breakfast is mountain biking a 14-kilometer up-hill stretch to the Continental Divide, bringing us to an altitude of 2,330 meters - the highest peak of our journey. Following the rule that everything that goes up must come down, the remainder of the day is mountain biking at its best - mostly downhill on dirt roads and single-track trails. We finish the afternoon in the beautiful Orosi Valley where rich pastures and dark green forests of coffee carpet the land and we rest for the night in mountain top cabins. (B,L,D).
Day 6 – Orosi Valley - Free Day
Spent in the beautiful valley of Orosi, this day is a free day in which we relax after the first week’s adventure. You are free to explore the area or just use the day to relax. Your guide will have some options of what to do and see in the area. (B).
Day 7 – Tapanti - Mountain Biking (9km)/Trekking (13km)
After some coffee, snacks and fruit we mountain bike along a river to the Tapantí National Wildlife Refuge where we stop for breakfast. This is an area of vast rugged terrain covered with dense primary rainforest. Leaving our bikes, we take to the mountains trekking amongst thousands of trees covered with ferns, bromeliads, mosses and other epiphytes. The end of the day finds us on flatter ground, camping near the small settlement of Taus. (B,L,D).
Day 8 – Pejibaye River - Whitewater Rafting (10km)/Mountain Biking (20km)
Our day starts on water as we begin rafting on the Pejibaye River. The Pejibaye is a jungle river with fun rapids, clear water and spectacular scenery. It is a great introduction to rafting in Costa Rica and good preparation for the ‘real deal’ on the Pacuare River. From the take-out we have a short biking section finishing with a steep climb up a mountain road to reach our night retreat nestled high above the river valley. (B,L,D).
Day 9 – Pacuare River - Mountain Biking (18km)/Whitewater Rafting (10km).
After breakfast we mountain bike directly from the hotel towards the whitewater rafting “put-in” at Tres Equis, which is the gateway to the raging Pacuare River. From here we embark on a whitewater rafting journey through pristine rainforest spotted with waterfalls. The rapids section of the river is approximately 30 kilometers of Class II-IV rapids. This afternoon we arrive at our comfortable riverside camp, El Nido del Tigre. Nestled between the sounds of the rainforest and the hum of the river, take time to explore the lush environment first hand looking out for toucans overhead or simply relaxing in a hammock to the sounds of the river. (B,L,D).
Day 10 – El Nido del Tigre - Hiking
Today we spend some quality time at this unique location on the banks of the Pacuare River. This area of rainforest is maintained as much as possible in its natural state. The camp takes its name from the giant patches of ginger plants that carpet the floor of the main area. From the center of the camp trails radiate out to secreted areas of rainforest, waterfalls and swimming holes. (B,L,D).
Day 11 – Pacuare River - Whitewater Rafting (3-5 hours, 17km)
Today the Pacuare takes us through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. We maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and point out the intricacies of the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way we take time out to do some hiking to spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. We take-out in the heart of banana plantation country at Finca Pacuarito, where we rest for the night before an early start in the morning. (B,L,D).
Day 12 – Pacuare River – Rafting (5-8 hours, 40km)
THE SWEET TASTE OF SUCCESS...For the final leg of the crossing we continue rafting down the Pacuare leaving the rapids behind as the river eases into the Caribbean lowlands where banana plantations gradually swallow the receding rainforest. The river slows to a tranquil pace as we are rafting the last mile of the river, completing the mosaic of the landscapes we have experienced. At the end of the adventure, we reach the mouth of the Pacuare as it meets the Caribbean Sea, celebrating our passage with bubbly in the surf, while enjoying a well-deserved rest. After some time on the beach we are picked up by a motorboat and transferred to Moin from where we travel by vehicle to the beach. (B,L,D).
Day 13 – Caribbean Beach
The day is free to relax and enjoy the beach, the hotel and the nearby town of Cahuita. There are also a number of optional tours in the area. (B,D).
Day 14 – Caribbean/Return to San Jose
Today we journey back to San Jose taking time to appreciate the breathtaking views as we pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park. (B).
Day 15 – Departure
You will be picked up at your hotel in time for your departure from the airport. (B).
Jan 12 - 26
Feb 16 - Mar 1
Mar 8 - 22
Mar 29 -Apr 12
Apr 26 - May 10 *
May 17 - 31
Jun 21 - Jul 5
Jul 12 - 26
Oct 18 - Nov 01 *
Nov 8 - 22
Dec 16 - 30
- All dates are guaranteed departures. We will open a new date with a minimum of 4 people.
- Rates valid until October 31st, 2008.
- For single room please add a net supplement of $425.00.
- There is a maximum of 25 pounds of luggage per person allowed in the domestic flights, including the carry-on baggage.
- Please require extra charge availability for picks seasons.
- All rates are in US Dollars.
- These prices are not valid in special seasons, please consult supplement price.
- Rates include sales – and tourist tax.
- Please check the complete list of terms and conditions.
DO YOU FIT OUR CLIENT PROFILE FOR THIS TRIP?
You need to be reasonably fit and have good stamina as the Coast to Coast Trip is a real challenge. Good understanding and experience of mountain biking will make the trip more enjoyable and keep the pace even. Experience of whitewater rafting is not necessary but you will be paddling all the time you are on the raft so fitness and stamina are a must.