Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Costa Rica
Trip Code:
Activity Rating - Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

15 Days Flight Inclusive
14 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero before travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal Volcano.

At a Glance

  • 13 nights hotels all en suite
  • 12 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet roads
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle along the stunning coastal highway with incredible Pacific views and beaches 
  • Ride through ever-changing tropical scenery, alongside coffee farms, volcanoes, banana plantations and rainforest 
  • Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 39km (24 miles)
No. of days cycling: 12
Vehicle support: 100%
Terrain and route: 80% tarmac, 20% groomed dirt road with some moderate climbs. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads.
This tour covers some remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are good you should expect some potholes and poor road conditions in places. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads apart from some sections on the Pacific coast, where only one road is available. 

Please note that in the region of Tortuguero and Cahuita the sea has very strong rip currents and is not suitable for swimming from the beach. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
Min group size:
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Land Only

Start City:
San Jose (near to)
End City:
San Jose (near to)

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
End City:

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start San Jose.

    Those on the group flight land into San Jose and will be transferred to our start hotel in La Garita de Alajuela, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening.

    Hotel Rosa America (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Ride to Rio Tarcoles.

    We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch stop. In the afternoon we'll have a second cycling stage, passing mango orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we arrive at our lodge for the night.

    Cerro Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 42 km / 26 miles
  • Day 3

    Boat tour; cycle to Playa Bejuco.

    Following an early breakfast, we transfer 20 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water birds, shorebirds and Scarlet macaws. A 30 minute transfer brings us to a quiet backroad heading to Guacallillo where we return to our bikes and cycle to Cascajal. From here we will have a short transfer to our lunch stop. After lunch depending on the tide, we will get back on the bikes for a short ride on the beach to Playa Bejuco, our destination for tonight. 

    Hotel Playa Bejuco (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 28 km / 17 miles
  • Day 4

    Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P; to Ciudad Cortes.

    We start the morning with a 2 hour guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park, an outstanding region for wildlife. The forest here meets the sea and iguanas and White-faced Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. A 20 minute transfer takes us to the coastal road outside Quepos where we begin to cycle south to Playa Dominicalito, where we will have a lunch at a scenic restaurant. This is a spectacular stretch of road, with dense forest and steep hills on the left and fantastic Pacific views on the right. 

    Hotel Las Palmas de Cortez (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 54 km / 34 miles
  • Day 5

    To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.

    Our ride today takes us from Ciudad Cortes on to Palmar Norte, where we cross the Rio Terraba, Costa Rica's longest river, then to Palmar Sur, where we will stop at the central park for a look at some of the famous spherical rocks, made by a little-known ancient indigenous culture. Afterwards we will board the coach for a transfer (approx 1.5 hours) to La Palma, stopping for lunch on route. We will resume our cycling, passing through Puerto Jimenez en route to our beach hotel, set on the beautiful Playa Platanares.

    Agua Dulce Lodge (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Day 6

    Ferry to Golfito; ride to Rio Claro; transfer to Las Cruces.

    We board a ferry this morning for a 30 minute journey across the Golfo Dulce to Golfito. Here, sometimes dolphins can be seen frolicking in the surrounding waters. Our cycle route heads to Rio Claro using a short but hilly biking stage. Following a 1 hour bus transfer across the steep mountains surrounding San Vito, we arrive at Las Cruces Biological Station. Las Cruces Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a guided hike in the afternoon. 

    OTS Las Cruces Lodge (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 21 km / 13 miles
  • Day 7

    Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to San Gerardo de Rivas.

    Back on the saddle we enjoy a fantastic ride from the hilly region near San Vito downhill to Paso Real, far below at the Rio Terraba. En route we pass through an indigenous area where villagers can sometimes be seen in traditional dress. We will stop in Buenos Aires to have lunch before boarding the bus for our transfer (approx. 2-3 hours) to San Gerardo de Rivas. We will pass the first of many pineapple plantations, which has now become Costa Rica's most exported crop. As our hotel tonight is located in the mountains it may be chillier than you expect.   

    El Pelicano Mountain Lodge (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 51 km / 32 miles
  • Day 8

    Cycle to Perez Zeledon; transfer to the Orosi Valley; cycle to Tapanti Media.

    This morning we start with a short downhill stage before jumping on the bus for a transfer that will take us over the infamous Cerro de La Muerte. At 3,541 metres above sea level, this is the highest point of the PanAm Highway in all of Central America. On this stretch we will drive through rainforest, up into the cloud forest before we start our descent back down towards the Central Valley. From here we will get back on our bikes for another downhill stage into the Orosi Valley. 

    Tapanti Media Lodge (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 35 km / 22 miles
  • Day 9

    Ride to Turrialba.

    After breakfast we start cycling from the hotel for perhaps one of the most beautiful cycling stages riding past numerous coffee plantations. With any luck, we will see some farmers using their colourful traditional oxcarts to haul the coffee to nearby processing facilities. Along the way we will stop to look at coffee trees and the tour leader will give an explanation on coffee and its part of the history of Costa Rica. As we continue our ride through the valley, we will ride around a hydroelectric dam before starting a section that involves some climbs. We will arrive at the little town of Tucurrique where will stop off for lunch. Afterwards we will cycle through lush scenery sugar cane plantations before a short transfer to our hotel for the night. Our mountain lodge this evening has excellent views of the surrounding region, including the coffee growing Orosi Valley and both the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes.

    Hotel Turrialtico (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
  • Day 10

    Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

    After breakfast we will start cycling a hilly section with incredible views, followed by a fast downhill to the town of Siquierres from where we will board the coach and take a transfer to the Caribbean coast, stopping for lunch on route. On arrival near the coast we will start a second biking stage through an isolated backroad and as we arrive at the Rio Banano Junction, the traffic can get really heavy so we will board the coach again for a short transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to our hotel in Puerto Viejo,  a typical Caribbean town with lively reggae music/culture and spicy cuisine. 

    Hotel Escape Caribeno (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 47 km / 29 miles
  • Day 11

    To Tortuguero.

    This morning we will start by riding to Cahuita National Park for a guided hike. During this hike you can expect to see lots of wildlife including two and three-toed Sloths, Capuchin monkeys and also Iguanas. At the end of the hike we will transfer to Guapiles where we will stop for a quick lunch before getting on the bikes for today's cycling stage. Concluding our biking, we transfer out to tiny La Pavona, where we board a boat which will take us out to Tortuguero along the wildlife rich rivers and canals used for transit in this densely forested area. 

    La Baula Lodge (or similar) 

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 16 km / 10 miles
  • Day 12

    Boat trip; ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.

    An early morning boat trip enables us to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero, passing serenely along the waterways. At this time of day wildlife is usually at its most active and with the help of our expert guide we are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300+ bird species recorded here. We retrace our route by boat to the dock at Pavon where we will start cycling through banana plantations, stopping for a brief explanation about the importance of these plantations to Costa Rica. Afterwards we have a transfer to just outside Guapiles for an early lunch provided by our Tortuguero lodge. After lunch we head towards La Fortuna and the imposing Arenal volcano. Following a massive explosion in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. En route we will take a break to observe the thriving pineapple operations in Costa Rica before continuing on to our hotel, set in the centre of town. This evening there is an included excursion to Eco-Termales hot springs, by far the best in the area. 

    Hotel San Bosco (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 22 km / 14 miles
  • Day 13

    Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to La Garita de Alajuela.

    Following a short transfer, our final cycling stage starts with a ride through the dense rain forest surrounding beautiful Lake Arenal, with several spots to observe the volcano as we continue back toward La Fortuna. Departing Fortuna, we bike through tropical farmlands dedicated to exotic fruits and vegetables, then do a bit of climbing through forested hills up to the conclusion at Bajo Rodriguez. The last leg of our journey is completed by bus as we transfer back to La Garita de Alajuela, travelling for around two hours with tropical views on the way. 

    Hotel Rosa America (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Distance covered: 39 km / 24 miles
  • Day 14

    End San Jose.

    Our trip ends in San Jose (La Garita) after breakfast this morning and those on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the return journey.

    Meals included:

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.


Hotels & Lodges

You will spend 13 nights in comfortable hotels with en suite rooms. Hotels are full of character and most have swimming pools. There are 3 nights in remote mountain lodges with lush gardens and superb views; one with a famous tropical botanical garden. All accommodation are well maintained, very clean and most are long-time favourites in Costa Rica.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Single supplement from £560.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day (13 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners). Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality 'gallo pinto' and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.


The support vehicle will carry all your luggage and personal belongings. The vehicle will follow the riders all of the time, allowing you to cycle as much or as little as you like. While distances covered in the coach are relatively short, some transfers are longer in duration due to poor road conditions and/or rugged terrain (for example day 8 can be 4+ hours en route to Orosi Valley)

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Costa Rica is located 10º north of the equator and has a tropical climate. The average temperature range is 10ºC - 13ºC in the highlands and from 22ºC - 26ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to November when there are daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine, so August for example is not necessarily a bad time to visit as the temperature can be pleasant. December to April is the driest period of the year and can get incredibly hot, be prepared for some rain even at this time of year. August offers moderate temperatures.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive

15 days, normally depart London Sat, return Sat

Itinerary Start

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

We normally use the scheduled services of United Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up-to-date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only

14 days, normally start San Jose (near to) Sat, end San Jose (near to) Fri


Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note we have also included an arrival transfer for those clients arriving on BA flights that coincide with the group flights.  We do not offer a departure transfer for clients flying with BA.

Transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight and also the BA flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

This trip does not include a departure transfer for the BA flights as this departs one day after the trip has finished.

Location start:
San Jose (near to)
Location end:
San Jose (near to)

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)
Cycling shorts
Waterproof jacket
High factor sun cream
Sun hat
Hand sanitiser

You must take your own helmet and ensure that you wear it at all times when cycling. The tour leader will not start a day's ride unless all clients comply with this legislation. Driving standards can be poor and it is sensible to avoid unecessary risks. It tends to get dark at around 6pm all year round, but our rides will always be finished before this time. 

Other recommended equipment or clothing:

Long sleeved shirts and light trousers are good for helping to keep mosquitoes off during the evenings
Mosquito repellent containing DEET is generally thought to be the most effective deterrent
Sun screen
Strong-soled shoes for walking in the jungle
Waterproof rain poncho or waterproofs
Warm sweater (for cloud forest)
Malaria protection

At the start of the trip, our local staff will provide you with a print-out which features a much more detailed version of the daily itinerary. Two water bottles are also provided for each rider, and two holders are installed on the bike frames.

Optional Equipment

Your own saddle
Your own pedals
Cycling gloves
Water bottle (2 per person are provided)

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Scott Aspect 740/750 mountain bikes with front suspension.

Discount for bringing your own bike: £150.

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.


1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may, of course, bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling your bike as well as bringing along spare parts and any tools specific to it. Our cycling team only carry the relevant spares for the hire fleet. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

Reading List

Costa Rica Handbook Christopher. P. Baker (Moon Publications)  An excellent and comprehensive guide.

Practical Information


Costa Rica

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.


Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them. All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see here for more information. The same applies to travel via Canada which also requires an Electronic Travel Authority. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy. 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.


Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The Travel Health Pro website recommends to have a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

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Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Costa Rica's Timezone:
America/Costa_Rica CST (GMT -06:00)


Costa Rica's Electricity:

120 volts AC, 60Hz. 

120 volts AC, 60Hz.


Costa Rica's Currency

The national currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 785 to the GBP, 603 to the USD, 459 to the CAD, 647 to the EUR, 428 to the AUD and 400 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

It is best to take US Dollars to Costa Rica, as sterling is difficult to exchange and the rate can be poor. In practice, US dollars are widely accepted as payment in Costa Rica.

ATMs are increasingly available in Costa Rica and are now present in most tourist areas. A flat fee of up to US$3 and a small commission usually applies with debit card withdrawals.

MasterCard and Visa are quite widely accepted in the bigger hotels, restaurants and tourist shops, though not, of course, in rural areas. Always check the handling fee when paying by credit card as it can be high.

Travellers cheques (in US Dollars also) can be quite difficult to change, especially outside the capital. It is certainly much more convenient to carry as much of your money in cash as possible, so long as you are security conscious. We recommend that you bring some small denomination notes ($1 and $5 notes) since getting change is often a problem when paying for small items.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

You should allow extra to cover the cost of meals not included in the price of the holiday. Snack lunches are approximately $10-12 and evening meals $20-30 per meal (excluding drinks).

Average costs for drinks are $1-2 for mineral water or soft drinks, $2.50-3.50 for a bottle of beer and $3-4 for a glass of wine.


It is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to contribute about US$3-4 per day.

Porters at the airport and hotels are normally tipped about US$1 per piece.

Coatimundi crossing a jungle road with cyclist, Costa Rica

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodations that are locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. Our small group size allows us to support smaller hotels and restaurants that do not usually benefit from mass tourism, bringing a positive impact on the overall employment levels and economy in the region.

Costa Rica is well known for being dedicated to conserving the environment, having protected areas for conservation activity. Our visits to National Parks and protected areas, such as the Wilson Botanical Garden help to encourage and expand the ongoing effort to preserve and protect the environment. Our entry fees to Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park, go towards park maintenance, staff salaries, training programmes and the research and monitoring of the plethora of rich wildlife there.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.



The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.


These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.