My fourth Exodus cycling holiday and it was by far the best. Well organised, great people, great locations, good choices of restaurants, fantastic scenery - volcanoes, rain forests, lakes and carribean islands - and the weather was more than kind to us! All three countries were different and special in their own way but Costa Rica was by far the highlight!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Too many to choose from....
The trip to the top of the Masaya volcano and seeing inside the crater (thankfully the wind was blowing away from us so we didn't get engulfed by the smelly gases).
The 2 hour river rafting trip where we saw everything from iguanas, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and all kinds of exotic birds.
Cycling from the most beautiful resort of Mystica through the rain forests, along Lake Arenal seeing Monkeys in the trees at the side of the road and a Coati strolling around in front of us without a care in the world.
Having a beer in the hot springs (everyone else had the best pina colada's apparently!).
Our guide spotting a very well camouflaged sloth in a tree...and there after a few more sloths spotted!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Kevin was excellent. He was faced with a few challenges throughout the trip, in particular and issue with a boat trip and the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border crossing, which he dealt with as well as he could do - sheer tenacity and a very dry sense of humour seemed to serve him well! He was very conscientious, regularly checking how everyone was and if they were having a good time. His knowledge of all the areas was fantastic and he talked us through our routes, showing us detailed maps every day we cycled.
The whole team was extremely helpful, good humoured and very organised.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
There are two or three opportunities to do laundry, the main one being in La Fortuna where you stay for two days. The laundry service is quick and cheap.
Make sure you get some hill training in, you can be extremely fit but still struggle if you aren't bike fit (spinning classes help if you haven't got any big hills near you). Take plenty of insect repellent...they are everywhere!
Finally, the only downside to this trip was the border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It took us 7 hours. The group were all very patient and Kevin managed everyone's expectations very well. We all soon forgot about this little blip the following day when we floated down the river for two hours spotting wildlife!