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Costa Rica Trek - Team Depaul North East
The Depaul North East Costa Rica Coast to Coast Jungle Challenge is happening from 22 November to 3 December 2017.
The Coast-to-Coast Challenge will be an adventurous journey on foot and by raft from the Pacific to the Caribbean Coast!
We’ll follow a route that takes us from traditional farming communities through coffee plantations and oak forests, deep into cloud forest and dense tropical rainforest, serenaded by howler monkeys and exotic bird calls. We take in the country’s highest active volcano before our challenge ends with an unforgettable journey by raft and boat to a beautiful tropical beach.
How much does it cost?
The fundraising target for this trek is £4,000 (for the full package) or £1,500 (for the self-payment option where you pay £1,750). For both options there is a deposit of £450 to pay and a fuel supplement of £250. We can support you in your fundraising and training throughout 2017 in the run-up to the event. This is a chance of lifetime. The money you raise will change the life of a young person too.
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Day 1: Fly London – San Jose
We arrive late afternoon/early evening, transfer to our hotel and relax! Night at the hotel.
Day 2: San Jose – Pacific Coast – Londres Drive, approximately four hours, trek approx 12km / five hours
After an early morning breakfast, we transfer by bus to a beach on the Pacific Coast. Turning inland, we start our trek! Our route takes us through palm oil plantations and agricultural land which is predominantly flat, before reaching the foothills of the more remote and forested highlands. The site of our evening’s camp is a small farming community.
Day 3: Londres – San Isidro, trek 18km / eight hours
Today we trek to the small village of San Isidro along good tracks and paths that gradually climb up to the edge of the rainforest. There are several demanding ascents and descents and several stream crossings and it can be quite muddy, but we are rewarded by fabulous views down to the Pacific Coast.
Day 4: San Isidro – Betania, trek 8km / six hours
Today our trail is initially steep with several stream crossings as it takes us into dense vegetation. Watch out for wildlife such as beautiful tree frogs. It is often quite dark and damp in the dense vegetation of the rainforest as sunlight cannot penetrate the canopy above our heads. The trail is slippery and we have to clamber over and under enormous roots and fallen trees as agile spider monkeys mock our progress from above. We continue until we reach a clearing and our accommodation at Betania in the Cascades area.
Day 5: Betania – Naranjo – Quetzal y Tucan, trek approximately 17km / 10 to 12 hours
Today is our most strenuous day: a long route on challenging terrain with demanding, muddy ascents and descents. Keep your eyes open for the many wonderful birds and the occasional small group of howler monkeys! Our tracks are narrow with thick vegetation towering up to each side, and we cross several rivers and cascades. Reaching our high point of 1965 metres, we descend sharply to the Rio Brujo. The track becomes wider as we make our way further into cloud forest to our farmstead and camp for the night.
Day 6: Quetzal y Tucan – Santa María de Dota, trek 19km, approximately seven hours
Today’s trek takes us through small communities and agricultural land. We leave this amazing area of rainforest; sad to leave such an incredible habitat behind us, but perhaps glad to rejoin less challenging paths! We trek on wider, easier tracks, but there are still several steep climbs before us, which take us to a high-point of 2045 metres.
Day 7: Santa María de Dota – Volcan Irazu – Rio Pacuare, total drive approximately four to five hours, trek approximately 6km / two hours
Today sees us driving to the spectacular Volcan Irazu (3432 metres), the highest active volcano in Costa Rica. We have time to explore the crater rim with its views over the vivid green lake in one of the
craters. On a really clear day it is possible to see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts! We then have a further drive to the start of our trek, which takes us uphill on relatively good tracks though
farmland and jungle before a challenging descent takes us on a narrow mud track through rainforest to the banks of the Rio Pacuare. Time permitting, there may be a chance for a refreshing
river swim on arrival.
Day 8: Rafting Rio Pacuare, raft approximately four to five hours, trek approximately one hour
We will be rafting for around 30km (19 miles), which will take between four and five hours, depending upon the water level. The beautiful stretch of water includes several white-water rapids (Grade Three or Four, no experience necessary) but also plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. This is considered one of the best rafting rivers in the Americas, not just because of its exciting waters, but also because of the lush vegetation that surrounds it. We will trek up to a waterfall and have a break for lunch during the course of the day, but this will be an exhilarating day that becomes a trip highlight for many. We camp again on the banks of the Pacuare River.
Day 9: Rio Pacuare – Caribbean Coast, drive two hours, trek approximately 12km / three to four hours
After an early breakfast and a last look at the river, we meet our vehicles and have a lovely drive along the beautiful palm-tree-lined coastline towards Cahuita National Park. The final section of our Costa Rica trek takes us along the beach – a wonderful end to our challenge! Our wide, level track turns into a narrow trail which winds alongside the white sands of the Caribbean coast. We may see wildlife such as capuchin and howler monkeys and crab-eating raccoons. We reach our hotel in the small town of Cahuita, and for the first time in a week can enjoy the comforts of a hotel! We meet later in the evening for a slap-up barbeque and celebrate our huge achievement.
Day 10: Cahuita
Cahuita’s black-sand beach is within walking distance of the town, and you can swim or surf in the warm Caribbean waters. Slightly further away there are white-sand beaches and coral reefs perfect for snorkelling, and the Cahuita National Park with its diverse wildlife. We have the day free to relax and enjoy our surroundings.
Day 11: Depart San Jose, drive five to six hours
We have an early morning drive back to San Jose and to the airport for our afternoon flight back to the UK.