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Number of Reviews: 20 Overall score: *****
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica Coast to Coast Feb 2016

5
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!
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica cycling coast to coast

5
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.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Trip of a lifetime

5
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.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica Coast to Coast ride

4
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.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica coast to coast ride

5
This was a brilliant trip, not just a cycle tour round a beautiful country but a wildlife tour as well. Two tours for the price of one - what value! Do I recommend this trip? You bet I do.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Coast to Coast Smiles

5
An incredible trip of a lifetime. A beautiful country with an astounding array of wildlife, happy people and wonderful cycling. We met some lovely like minded people and learnt so much about this fascinating country from our superb local guide. We didn't want to leave, and would love to do it all again!
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

4
Great trip covering nearly 300 miles, through varied scenery. Guided walks, boat trips, wildlife, plantation tours all added a little extra. The 'rollings' (rolling hills), and 'good hills' certainly made good use of the low gears, but there were some great downhill sections too.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

5
What a holiday and what a country! This trip more than lived up to our expectations and gave us a wonderful introduction to Latin America. We had a great crowd to travel with, the countryside was beautiful and varied from coast to mountain to rain forest, and the local people could not have been more friendly. All of this, coupled with great cycling, and plentiful food, made it a holiday that will remain long in the memory.
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Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

Costa Rica - Coast to Coast

3
This is a good trip, it can be very hot and humid in places so be prepared for some sweaty cycling. The scenery is great and there are quite a few breathtaking views down into the valleys, the wildlife is quite sparce but it is there if you look for it, and the guided walks and boat tours are well worth the effort if wildlife is what you are looking for. Some of the hotels are not of a very high standard compared to the U.S. and pretty basic, don't expect to sit watching TV in the evening as most of the hotels didn't have one. There are a few lodges which are really nice, there is one in particular that has a pool which overlooks the sea, it is worth waiting around for the sunset (but wear insect repellent!) The food is ok but like everyone else has said be prepared for rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It says moderate but there are some pretty big hills that will challenge even the fittest cyclist! The cycling days are pretty short and could/should have been longer. When you consider this is a cycling holiday, you do spend quite a lot of time in the bus so be prepared with books/ipod etc..
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