Starting their day in Tetley Lodge camp in Orosi, the group needed to remain driven and prepared to tackle some tough uphill biking and trekking through the valley on dirt roads and trails. A hefty 15km bike in the morning was soon followed by a 4.5km ascending trek to reach the half way point for the day, Estreya. Climbing a 70% gradient after a demanding biking route proved to be physically and mentally intense for our execs.
As motivation became tougher, so did the terrain, as the afternoon commenced with an immensely difficult 10.5km climb through the rainforest on single track trails. Upon reaching the end of the climb, the final steep and long ascent of 15km on the bikes brought the team to their next stop, Santa Maria de Dota. This small, yet beautiful Costa Rican town became the base for the evening and lies within a tranquil lush green valley, surrounded by plantations, hills and mountain peaks.
On the final morning, spirits were high, with the team itching to conquer the final stretch of a hugely challenging and rewarding expedition! The day comprised of one main mode of transport… mountain bikes (Carls favourite)!
After jumping on their bikes for 50km on a trail through farmland to reach the peaceful village of Rio Naranjo. the group cast their sights on untamed and untouched tropical forest, home to exotic, brightly coloured toucan and kingfisher birds! What a treat!
As the trail came to an end (after a good few injuries and accidents), everyone remounted their bikes for the final 25km stretch to Manuel Antonio. This glorious route is a worthy finishing point, riding onto the white sand beach, and end of the expedition trail, where they dipped their (worn out) toes in the turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean!
The celebratory dinner marked the end of a life-changing experience for the whole group. The last day of the trip had our team seeking a bit of hard-earned R & R! With the remaining 24 hours exploring the beautiful Costa Rica before jetting back to the UK!
So, what next?