Costa Rica Traverse
An adventure high on the wish list of active adventurers keen to take on the challenge of traversing Costa Rica under their own steam. Our crossing takes us on bike, foot, raft and kayak across this spectacular natural wilderness through farmlands, foothills and mountainous regions reaching the peaks of the Central Highlands. The trails are often slippery and poorly defined, with several river crossings. We encounter indigenous settlements deep in the cloud forest and hope to glimpse rare wildlife and birdlife in this pristine tropical rainforest. The views and terrain vary greatly as we traverse the mountainous backbone of Costa Rica. Our journey will take us into the depths of the Pacuare River on one of the world's classic whitewater experiences, for an exhilarating rafting trip with class 2-5 rapids through a series of spectacular canyons. In between the powerful rapids there is time to absorb your superb surroundings and the tropical rainforest. We leave the rapids and gorges behind as we ease our way by sea kayak along a much slower moving section of the river, through banana plantations to our final goal, the Caribbean coast.
|DAY 1||Join San Jose|
|DAY 2||Transfer to the Pacific coast|
|DAY 3||Cycling and trekking to Esquipulas|
|DAY 4||Full day of trekking to Naranjillo|
|DAY 5||Cycling and trekking to Santa Maria|
|DAY 6||Cycle across the Continental Divide to Orosi|
|DAY 7||Full day of cycling to Mollejones|
|DAY 8||Trekking to the river before rafting on the upper reaches of the Pacuare River|
|DAY 9||Rest day on the banks of the Pacuare River with optional hike|
|DAY 10||Rafting on the Pacuare River|
|DAY 11||Cycle to Freeman, sea kayak to the Caribbean Sea and transfer to San Jose|
|DAY 12||In San Jose, trip concludes|
The trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my travelling life. The group was fantastic. The guides and other support staff were exceptional. The level of service and quality of what was provided, in terms of food for example, was highly impressive given the environment and basic conditions. The best aspect of this particular trip is the combination of activities - bike, walk, rafting, kayaks. It was never boring, and the variety allowed the saddle sores to calm down in between the rides :-) Not to mention that the idea of crossing a country coast to coast is the added 'wow' factor.
So, tell me - how does one top the Costa Rica Traverse?