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					                                                             COSTA RICA
                                            Coast to Coast Rainforest Trek

This is an Open Challenge itinerary; you can take part on          farming communities
the dates shown and raise money for a charity of your              through coffee plantations
choice. Itineraries for bespoke trips (run for sole charities)     and oak forests, deep into
may differ slightly, and will have different dates and pricing     cloudforest and dense
schedules.                                                         tropical rainforest,
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights                                      serenaded by howler
Trip Grade: Tough                                                  monkeys and exotic bird
Dates:                                                             calls. We take in one of the
                                                                   country’s highest
4 Feb – 15 Feb 2012           2 Feb – 13 Feb 2013
17 Nov – 28 Nov 2012          16 Nov – 27 Nov 2013                 volcanoes before our
                                                                   challenge ends with an
Payment Options:                 2012            2013              unforgettable journey by
                                                                   raft and boat to a beautiful
Registration Fee                £399            £449
                                  +               +                tropical beach.
Fundraising Target              £3500           £3600              This is a challenging trip through remote and rarely-
                                                                   visited regions. The terrain is tough with some hard
Self Payment:
Registration Fee                £399            £449               climbs but the rewards are immense!
                                  +               +
Trip Cost                       £1400           £1440
Please note Registration Fee is in addition to Trip Cost /
Fundraising Target                                                 Day 1: Fly London – San Jose

_______________________________________________                    We arrive late afternoon / early evening, transfer to our
                                                                   hotel and relax! Night hotel.
Costa Rica has a huge variety of landscapes, climates
and environments and it is home to five per cent of the            Day 2: San Jose – Pacific Coast – Londres
planet’s biodiversity. From palm tree-lined tropical
                                                                   After an early morning breakfast and trip briefing, we
beaches to smoking volcanoes, cloudforest, rainforest
                                                                   transfer by bus to the Central Pacific Coast south of
and mangrove swamps – it all awaits us in Costa Rica!
                                                                   Quepos. It’s not long before we leave the coast behind us
                                                                   and set off on our adventure
                                                                   across Costa Rica! Our trek takes
                                                                   us first across rough ground and
                                                                   agricultural land which is
                                                                   predominantly flat, before
                                                                   reaching the foothills of the more
                                                                   remote and forested highlands.
                                                                   Londres, the site of our evening’s
                                                                   camp, is a small farming
                                                                   community on the edge of the
                                                                   rainforest. Night camp.

Our coast to coast challenge is an adventurous                     Drive approx 3 hrs; trek approx
journey on foot and by raft from the Pacific to the                7 hrs
Caribbean Coast! Our route takes us from traditional

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Day 3: Londres – San Isidro                                       climb along a narrow trail on
                                                                  the other side. The
Today we trek from Londres to the small village of San
                                                                  afternoon’s trek to Naranjo
Isidro along good tracks and paths that gradually climb up
                                                                  takes us on slightly better
to the edge of the rainforest. We pass through thriving rural
                                                                  trails that gradually become
communities that provide us with a great insight to life in
                                                                  wider as we make our way
this part of Costa Rica, and our long gradual climb rewards
                                                                  into cloudforest. Night camp.
us with great views down to the Pacific Coast. We camp at
the edge of San Isidro. Night camp.                               Trek approx 6-7 hours

Trek approx 7 hrs                                                 Day 6: Naranjo – Santa
                                                                  María de Dota
Day 4: San Isidro – Cascades
                                                                  We leave this amazing area
After a good night’s sleep we rise early and head off into
                                                                  of forest with its huge variety
the rainforest. The trail undulates through dense vegetation
                                                                  of flora and fauna behind us
very different to our surroundings yesterday. Watch out for
                                                                  with mixed feelings; sad to
wildlife such as beautiful tree frogs, some no larger than
                                                                  leave such an incredible habitat behind us, but perhaps
your fingernail, which are perfectly camouflaged amongst
                                                                  glad to rejoin less challenging paths! Today’s trek takes us
the leaves and vegetation of the forest. Beware – we are
                                                                  through small communities and agricultural land to our
also in the snake zone, though they usually get out of your
                                                                  camp near the small town of Santa Maria de Dota. Very
way long before you know they are there! It is often quite
                                                                  picturesque, the town lies in a green valley surrounded by
dark and damp in the dense vegetation of the rainforest as
                                                                  coffee plantations, forested hills and distant mountain
sunlight cannot penetrate the canopy above our heads.
                                                                  peaks and feels very busy after our two days in the
The trail is slippery and we have to clamber over and under
                                                                  rainforest. Night camp.
enormous roots and fallen trees as agile spider monkeys
mock our progress from above. We continue until we reach          Trek approx 6 hrs
a clearing and our camp at Cascades. Night camp.
                                                                  Day 7: Santa María de Dota – Selva Madre
Trek approx 7-8 hrs
                                                                  A slap-up breakfast of refried beans and eggs gives us the
                                                                  energy to walk today’s route along a rough mule track
                                                                  through several small villages. There’s a gradual incline to
                                                                  the small village of Copey before a steep walk up to the
                                                                  Pan American Highway. A short walk then takes us through
                                                                  forest towards our campsite near Selva Madre. Night

                                                                  Trek approx 6 hrs

                                                                  Day 8: Selva Madre – Turrialba

                                                                  Our trek starts on a steady and undulating track into
                                                                  cloudforest, before we descend along a steep, wet path
                                                                  into a more remote area of jungle. The track is unclear at
                                                                  times but it is truly beautiful! We eventually emerge from
Day 5: Cascades to Naranjo                                        the forest and arrive at a coffee plantation. From here, we
In the morning we continue along narrow and slippery trails       load up into vehicles and drive through beautiful scenery to
through dense rainforest. Keep your eyes open for the             Volcan Turrialba (3328m), one of the highest volcanoes in
many wonderful birds and the occasional small group of            Costa Rica, where we can explore the crater rim and soak

howler monkeys – small but extremely loud! Our track              up the spectacular views. Night camp.
climbs to a high point of 1900m and then descends sharply         Trek approx 6 hrs; drive approx 2½ hrs
to the Rio Brujo. We cross a stream and embark on a steep

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Day 9: Turrialba – Rafting – Caribbean Coast                      (Lunch and dinner not included)

After an early breakfast and a last look at Turrialba, we         Day 11: Depart San Jose
meet our vehicles and head towards our raft put-in point on
                                                                  You are free to explore San Jose until we transfer to the
the Pacuare River. We will be rafting for around 30km (19
miles), which will take about 4 or 5 hours, depending upon
the water level. The beautiful stretch of water includes          (Lunch not included if afternoon departure)
several white-water rapids (grade III – IV; no experience         Day 12: Arrive UK
necessary) but also plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the
scenery. This                                                     Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the
is considered                                                     route or itinerary for safety reasons should local
one of the                                                        conditions dictate.
best rafting
rivers in the
Americas, not
                                                                  GENERAL INFORMATION
just because                                                      TOUR COST
of its exciting                                                   All accommodation is included as well as all flights and
waters, but                                                       transport; camping equipment (except sleeping bag and
also because                                                      sleeping mat); all meals except 4 as specified in the
of the lush vegetation that surrounds it. There is a chance       itinerary; white-water rafting equipment, guides and
to swim in the river, and keep your eyes open for wildlife –      instruction; entrance to Reserves and any sites visited as
there’s often a better chance of glimpsing creatures from         part of the itinerary.
the river than when walking through the dense vegetation.         Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and doctor
From our finishing point at Siquerres, we load into vehicles      (depending on final group size) are also included, along
and head for Matina and the last part of our journey to the       with a local support crew of horses, guides, cooks and
coast. From Matina we have a short motor-boat ride                drivers.
through inland canals to the Pacuare Reserve, an area of
                                                                  It does not
pristine beaches and lowland rainforest set up protected
primarily to preserve the habitat of the leatherback turtle.
                                                                  personal travel
Here we walk our last trekking section to the Caribbean
Coast. Our last adventure is an hour’s boat ride along the
                                                                  airline fuel
coast to Cahuita, where buses meet us and take us to the
                                                                  supplement if
comfort of our hotel, where we check in, tired but
                                                                  charged by the
exhilarated! We meet later in the evening for dinner to
                                                                  airline, four
celebrate our achievements. Night hotel.
                                                                  meals as
Raft approx 4-5 hrs; trek approx 1-2 hrs                          specified, tip for local crew, or international departure tax. It
(Dinner not included)                                             also does not include any entrance fees to any optional
                                                                  sites or attractions.
Day 10: Cahuita – San Jose
                                                                  Costs in Costa Rica
Your morning is free to relax and enjoy the delights of
Cahuita. Its black-sand beach is within walking distance of       We recommend you budget for the following costs in-
the town, and you can swim or surf in the warm Caribbean          country:
waters. Slightly further away there are white-sand beaches        - Tips for Local Crew (see below): US$30
and coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. In the afternoon we      - Meals not included: US$35-45
transfer to San Jose, where you are free for the evening.         - Departure tax: US$25
Night hotel.                                                      Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs & other
                                                                  personal expenses.
Drive approx 3-4 hrs

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This recommendation is a guideline only. Please note that         Flying Separately
costs may fluctuate and we have no control over any               If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a
changes.                                                          land-only cost. You will be responsible for making your
                                                                  own arrangements for meeting the rest of the group,
We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case             though we can advise you. We need to know if you do not
of personal emergency.                                            require our group flight as early as possible; please
                                                                  complete the form in the information pack you’ll be sent
                                                                  with your booking confirmation.


                                                                  We camp for 7 nights during the trek in two-man tents; you
                                                                  will be sharing with another person on the challenge. The
                                                                  remainder will be in hotels which are comfortable, clean
                                                                  and with private facilities. Please do not expect the same
                                                                  standards as you would in the UK!


                                                                  All food is included except 4 meals as specified in the
                                                                  itinerary. The food is great and there is plenty of it.

FLIGHT INFORMATION                                                Dietary Requirements
                                                                  Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is
Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick and           not usually a problem provided you let us know well in
are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL              advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you
licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are       would have access to at home – we will be in rural areas
protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).                  and among people of a different culture who may not
We are most likely to fly with Iberia Airlines. However, we       understand your requirements, however willing they are to
don’t always fly with the same airline so this is a guideline     help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat
only. You will usually receive confirmed flight details           you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can
several months before departure.                                  top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for
Our itineraries are always based on current flight
schedules and are therefore subject to change by the                CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
                                                                    For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a
Connecting Flights                                                  different country is to see new sights and enjoy new
If you book flights to Heathrow or Gatwick, it is your              experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can
responsibility to allow plenty of time to connect to the group      make life harder or more inconvenient than you may
flight and to cope with any flight schedule changes. Please         like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a
be aware that the best deals allow little flexibility if you        different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of
need to change them. We regret that we are unable to                the challenge you are signing up for!
book connecting flights for you.                                    We are very privileged to live in a country with a high
Transit Stops                                                       standard of living, and travelling exposes us to
                                                                    different challenges – all of which help broaden our
When booking group flights we endeavour to find the best
                                                                    horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face
flights that match our itinerary. There are often no direct
                                                                    with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’
flights to our destination, so do be prepared for transit
                                                                    will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and
stops: bring a good book or chat to your fellow trekkers!
                                                                    provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A
Airlines that do offer direct flights rarely offer competitive
                                                                    sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of
rates for groups. Please remember that the main purpose
                                                                    the most important things to bring with you!
of our trips is to raise money for charity!

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Other Meals                                                       much more useful when training to think about the hours
                                                                  you need to walk for, and the type of terrain you will be
Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are
                                                                  trekking over!
generally when we are in towns or cities and you are free
to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is           We are always happy to talk through the trip in more
always something to suit every budget.                            detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at
                                                                  any stage.

A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for
at least six months after return from Costa Rica. There is
currently no visa requirement for UK citizens. Other
nationalities should check entry requirements.

We insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last
ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio,
Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Although malaria is not prevalent
in the majority of the regions we trek through, there is a risk
in the coastal areas where we finish. We therefore strongly
advise you to take malarial prophylaxis. A Yellow Fever
certificate is essential only if arriving from an infected
country.                                                          Weather

You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for            Average min-max temperatures & number of rainy days per
up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.                month in San Jose:

                                                                  Feb-March: 14 - 24ºC; 2                Oct-Nov: 15 - 26ºC; 14

TREKKING INFORMATION                                              The weather will vary based on the ecosystem and our
                                                                  elevation: in hillier regions it may be cooler at night.
                                                                  Generally, it will be hot and humid. When in a rainforest it
Terrain varies from clear wide tracks and small village           rains – expect to get wet!
roads to muddy, root-covered, slippery paths in the               Clothing & Equipment
rainforest. This terrain is very challenging. There are many      We are travelling through remote terrain where we could be
steep inclines and descents, made more challenging in wet         exposed to bad weather at any time. The information
conditions.                                                       above gives you an idea of the climate, but be prepared for
                                                                  all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can
 FITNESS WARNING: DESIGNED TO BE                                  change quickly in these regions. We provide you with a
 CHALLENGING!                                                     detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on
                                                                  useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover
 This trek is designed to be challenging for those of
                                                                  Adventure customer. We are always available if you need
 good health and fitness, and is achievable for most
 people provided they train well in advance. We will
 supply you with a thorough training guide when you               Fitness Levels
 have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of
                                                                  Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience
 the preparation and requires commitment! Without it,
                                                                  and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all
 you will find the trek less enjoyable – and we want you
                                                                  participants to train hard in advance to achieve this
 to have the time of your life!
                                                                  challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our
                                                                  challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this
Trekking Distances                                                is not a race.

Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps,          For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-
it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also       group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for

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the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a        They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly and
team effort that enables people to achieve their personal         encourage you when things get tough.
goals and earn sponsorship.
                                                                  The number of crew looking after you will depend on the
                                                                  final size of your group, but an average-sized group in
 TRAINING WEEKENDS: £129 SPECIAL OFFER!                           Costa Rica would be led by two leaders and a doctor. At
                                                                  Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader:
 Only when you book online at the same time as
                                                                  trekker ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment
 registering for your main challenge
                                                                  as well as excellent trip safety.
 Discover Adventure Training Weekends in Snowdonia
 National Park are designed help you prepare for your
                                                                  Local Support Crew
 challenge. Whether you use the weekend to gauge your
 fitness, get your training back on track, boost your             Our local
 confidence, get advice or meet other trekkers, you’re            support crew is
 bound to find it incredibly useful!                              made up of
                                                                  local guides,
 For dates and further information see our brochure or
                                                                  drivers and
                                                                  cooks, and
                                                                  horses where
Rafting Information
All safety equipment will be provided, along with a full          Your local guide
safety briefing and support staff. It does not matter if you      knows the local
have never been white-water rafting before – you just need        area well, and is a great source of knowledge about local
a sense of adventure! Rafting is a participatory team event,      customs and lifestyles. Drivers, cooks and horse-men do
so your paddle is not just for decoration! Between the            not always speak English but are very friendly and
rapids the river is calm and beautiful – relax and enjoy it!      approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely
                                                                  with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and
                                                                  Tips for Local Crew
Discover Adventure Crew
                                                                  Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local
Your trip will be led by                                          support crew at the end of your trek. Tipping is not
experienced Discover                                              obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your
Adventure leaders. Our                                            behalf you will be happy to donate something! See ‘Costs
leaders are selected for                                          in Costa Rica’ above for a guideline amount; your leader
their experience in harsh wilderness environments,                will let you know if there is any change to this guideline. All
knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and             our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the
approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and        average wage in this country is far below what you would
effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in       spend on a normal night out.
very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.
All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking
                                                                  Vehicles take the group to the start of the trek and pick us
countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have
                                                                  up at the end. All luggage, food, water and camping
‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to
                                                                  equipment is carried by vehicles or horses.
the same destination for months on end – we want them to
be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are.                    Space in camp is limited and hard-sided luggage is not
                                                                  recommended, so we suggest your kit is packed in a soft
Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they
                                                                  rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-
are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic
                                                                  designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already.
(dependent on group size), who is there to look after the
well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents.

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Bags must be waterproofed – wrap the contents in durable          BTCV and work on an environmental project local to you.
plastic bags, especially your bedding.                            Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling,
                                                                  creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your
You should bring a small daypack to carry for items needed
                                                                  community. Make your volunteer pledge by going to
during the day as you will not have access to your main
luggage until the evening.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest
priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in
mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and
emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and
other safety apparatus where necessary. They always
have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our
leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make     Please contact the Discover Adventure office
any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should           with any queries, using the contact information at the foot
local conditions dictate.                                         of this page.
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Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical
questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your
safety in mind.

Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised
phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made
minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact
on the local communities we pass through. AITO, our
Trade Association, has recognised the work we do in this
area and has awarded us 5 stars as a Responsible Tour

Discover Adventure Projects

We are supporting a tree-planting
project in Peru and a children’s
home in Tanzania on a long-term
basis. If you would like to ‘give
something back’ please consider
donating £5 to our projects when
you sign up. Please see our
website for more details.

Carbon Offsetting

We encourage all our customers to offset emissions
connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the
lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our
website and making a donation to a worthwhile project
supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more
practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with

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Tel 01722 718444 Fax 01722 718445

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