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In the thick of it

Days 4-6

Reality had well and truly set in, with a (jetlagged) 7am wakeup call to load up the bags and trek straight into the humid rainforest for a challenging 17.8km. The team had a mid-point pit stop to refuel and catch their breaths and were lucky enough to enjoy incredible views of the rainforest and Turrialba Volcano during the first challenging hike of the trip, which certainly helped to keep spirits high! The day ended with an overnight camp base in Barbilla to lay their heads.Reality had well and truly set in, with a (jetlagged) 7am wakeup call to load up the bags and trek straight into the humid rainforest for a challenging 17.8km. The team had a mid-point pit stop to refuel and catch their breaths and were lucky enough to enjoy incredible views of the rainforest and Turrialba Volcano during the first challenging hike of the trip, which certainly helped to keep spirits high! The day ended with an overnight camp base in Barbilla to lay their heads.

Hiking continued after a night’s rest in Barbilla, with the planned route progressing through the Costa Rican rainforest for approximately 14km. This is an area that is maintained as much as possible in its natural state, with bright and beautiful wildlife calling this their home! The vegetation was untouched, extremely dense and challenging to navigate through… meaning our team had to battle through! They were well and truly in the thick of it!

On completion of a physically demanding day, the group reached their base for the night, El Nido Del Tigre Camp, which is named after the huge patches of ginger plants covering the ground beneath it. The camp also hosts a multitude of rainforest trails, leading to hidden waterfalls and swimming holes (for a cheeky dip)!

Our hardworking execs continued reaching Day 6, with wakeup call of 5am, to trek another 7km to reach the starting point for mountain biking (which Carl was not too excited about).

After jumping on their bikes, they passed through coffee and sugarcane plantations, whilst soaking up breath-taking views of the Turriabla Volcano, just about enough to distract from the 70km of demanding gradient and terrain!

The last part of the biking jaunt found the team pedalling down a peaceful lakeside road, enjoying the scenery as they reached camp in Orosi for the night. On arrival to camp, after a difficult day, our amazing exec team were feeling very sore, exhausted and quite emotional, as the challenge really starts to take its toll.