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Sat 16 Nov - Sun 24 Nov 2024

In aid of Cystic Fibrosis Canada

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 16 Nov 2024

Arrival in to Costa Rica

You will meet your Charity Challenge leader and local guides at the hotel lobby for registration around 4pm (exact time to be confirmed one month prior to departure). Following a full trek briefing and kit check, you are free at leisure to go for dinner (at own expense). Get a good night's rest before the challenge begins early tomorrow morning! 

Accommodation: Hotel in San Jose


Day 2, Sun 17 Nov 2024

Trek Bajo Pacuare - Santubal (4-5 hours)

This morning transfer 1.5 hours to Volcan Irazu (3,432m) the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. A quick stop to stretch your legs to admire the view before continuing a further 2 hours to the start of today's trek. The route takes you along country roads through farmland and sections of tropical rainforest. Crossing a couple of bridges, the trail today is not too steep but nicely undulating. Your first glance of the Pacuare River comes a few hours into the trek on your way down to the valley floor. After lunch you will cross the river and begin trekking up the other side of the valley until you reach the settlement of Santubal where you set up camp.

Accommodation: Camp (B,L,D)


Day 3, Mon 18 Nov 2024

Trek Santubal - Mollejones (6-7 hours)

Today you spend the day following the Pacuare River on trails heading down stream. Setting off from camp you will pass several indigenous communities and observe their unique way of life. You'll head into the tropical jungle on a single file trail before a fairly steep descent to the river where you will enjoy a well deserved snack stop. Take on your last climb of the day as you leave the valley floor and head inland and up into the surrounding mountains. You will end up in the town of Mollejones, the high point of the journey at over 1000m above sea level, and your camp for the night. Tonight, you can tend to sore feet and enjoy the village community of Mollejones.

Accommodation: Camp (B,L,D)


Day 4, Tue 19 Nov 2024

Trek Mellejones to "put in" La Cruz (6-7 hours)

Set off this morning from camp on a 6-hour hike on country roads and along the river side to reach the camp situated next to the Pacuare River. Set off uphill on relatively good tracks through farmland and jungle before descending down to reach your campground for the night. 

Accommodation: Camping (B,L,D)


Day 5, Wed 20 Nov 2024

Hike to indigenous huts and waterfall visit (6-7 hours)

Today hike from camp to an indigenous community, trekking through the reserve that lines the Pacuare River. Learn about the traditional indigenous huts and the way of life on this 12km hike. Head into the mountains as you tackle a 700m ascent, looking out at dramatic viewpoints along the way, including looking down on the Pacuare River where your rafting adventure begins tomorrow. 

Accommodation: Camping (B,L,D)


Day 6, Thu 21 Nov 2024

Raft the Pacuare River (5-6 hours rafting)

An early rise, breakfast and start the day with your rafting briefing in preperation for today's White Water Rafting Challenge. Today the Pacuare River takes you through virgin rainforest, cascading waterfalls and river carved canyons. You will maneuver through the exhilarating rapids and see the intricacies of the rainforest at the river’s edge. Along the way you will take some time out to hike to some spectacular waterfalls and have lunch on the shore. Finish your rafting experience mid afternoon before a final short walk in the heart of banana plantation country to Finca Pacuarito.

Accommodation: Camp. (B,L,D)

*White water rafting will be Grade II-IV today. No previous experience necessary. A full saftey briefing and guideance will be given prior to the activity.


Day 7, Fri 22 Nov 2024

Beach Trek (2-3 hours) / Transfer to Cahuita

A 2-hour transfer this morning will take you to the last trek of your Costa Rica Challenge, in the Cahuita National Park. Enjoy a final walk on wooden walkways while spotting wildlife, before exiting the rainforest to the beaches of the Caribben Sea. You will continue your walk along trails lined by volcanic beaches before a final dip in the sea to celebrate completing your challenge. Lunch is served and the afternoon is at leisure to explore the coastal town and its laid back Caribbean vibe from cute coffee shops, souvineer shopping and beautiful beaches to relax on. It's party time tonight as you head to a local restaurant for a celebratory meal.

Accommodation: Hotel (B,L,D)


Day 8, Sat 23 Nov 2024

Day at Leisure & Transfer to San Jose

This morning is yours to do as you wish. Explore further the relaxed Caribbean town or spend the morning relaxing on the beach. Choose from one of the many local restaurants and cafes for lunch (at own expense) before re grouping back at the hotel to pick up the 6 hour transfer back to San Jose. You will stop on route to pick up snacks or food at your leisure before arriving at the San Jose Hotel early evening. Dinner at leisure tonight (at own expense) at the hotel before getting a well deserved night's rest. 

Accommodation: Hotel. (B)


Day 9, Sun 24 Nov 2024

Departure San Jose

This morning following breakfast say goodbye to your fellow trekkers for your onward journey home. (B)


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