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Costa Rica – Cordillera to Pacific

From 4000m high mountains, dreamy beaches, deep jungle and coastal tracks in the most environmental-friendly country in the world… Get away from your daily city life, and dive into peace & tranquility. This is the ultimate runcation you can dream of in Latino America.

2020 DATE: Feb 22nd – 29th
Price: $1,650  $1,450 (deposit $500)

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This expedition in a nutshell

  • Transfers from/to San Jose and all local transportations
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • 6 runs and ascents fully guided and supported, 90% of single track trails
  • 100km, 4000d+ (ajustable for all levels) across mountains along the sea
  • Coffee tasting and farm tour, and a full blend of activities (rafting, Stand Up Paddle)
  • 6 nights in great hotels
  • 2 nights in shared mountains cabins 

Some testimonials

  • For the first time, we discovered Latin America outside of mass tourism
  • Every stage was singular, from the deep green jungle, to the muddy mountains, and of course, the beautiful Ocean coast
  • The adjustable runs are designed for runners that want to reach their limits. 
  • Impressive efforts to put us in the local way of life, inside farms, plantations and little villages. 
  • This is the perfect runcation for people that want to get out of their citizen environment. 

More testimonials

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers and all transportation during the expedition
  • Accommodations in good traditional hotels (based on twin/double shared rooms, and 2 nights in shared mountain cabins
  • Breakfasts, packed lunchs, dinners and wine along the expedition. Please detail dietary requirements in advance.
  • Equipment for all adventures
  • Local guides & Photographer
  • Daily activities, rafting, SUP, farm & local immersion

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights to San Jose
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Energy gels and electrolytes (even if we provide some local snacks to fuel on the runs)

Week overview

For this trip, you’ll have to join us and the rest of Albera-runners in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. We will all meet at the Hotel Costa Verde, to share important details and informations about the week to come.
This expedition aiming at showing you the wide variety of environments of Central America, we will stay each night in a different accommodations, fully immersed in the local culture.
In the peaceful Costa Rica, you will run from the high mountains (4400m of altitude) to the sea level, passing by the deep and wild jungle. Milking and organic coffee farms, little villages lost in the jungle, you will be completely lost, away from your everyday life, and able to enjoy what Costa Rica has to offer: peace and tranquility.

Activities include: a lot of local immersion in little mountain & jungle villages; milk, coffee & all kinds of organic farms tours; yoga ; rafting & Stand Up Paddle

Detailed itinerary

Day 1, we always organize a formal meeting with all participants to share important information and details about the following days and routes. It’s also the time for everyone to get to know the runners you will share the week with.

On Sunday, we get transferred to Cerro de la Muerte (Death´s Peak at 4392 meters above sea level) to start a descending stage. We will then descend to San Gerardo de Dota, a small milk farming town right beside the Savegre River. We will immerse ourselves in the forest with this almost exclusively single-track trail run route.
Run: 12k ; 290m+ ; 1200m-
Meals: BLD

After the first stage, we start a slightly more difficult stage with more ascent. We will run to Providencia de Dota, a town known for its rock climbing and coffee. After an amazing single track and some dirt roads we will arrive to Armonia Ambiental a family owned project, with an organic farm in site today you will delight your senses with some typical and organic Costa Rican food.
Run: 14k ; 600m+ ; 900m-
Meals: BLD

Tuesday´s run leads us into the jungle, in the National Park of Piedras Blancas. We will aim at an amazing wooden cabin in the mountains. We will be greeted by a local family and will get the chance to spend a day in their home and eat some more Costa Rican meals.
Run: 15k ; 600m+ ; 1000m-
Meals: BLD 

After the descending first stages, we will leave our lovely accommodation and continue through undulating terrain towards the mthic Ranchos Tinamu. This “posada” (big ranch) is a famous hub for hikers seeking to start their adventures in Costa Rica. Spending the night with gorgeous views of the mountains and with breathtaking sunrises, you will enjoy this lost-in-the-world environment

Run: 15k ; 800m+ ; 800m-
Meals: BLD 

On Thursday, we will leave the Ranchos, and aim at going out of the Jungle. Heading to another farm Project after dealing with some open roads and undulating terrain we will arrive to Campesinos Ecolodge. A farming project started by an association of farmers.

Run: 16k ; 600m+ ; 100m-
Meals: BLD 

Finally out of the Jungle, after some days running through the forest and small towns. On Friday we will reach the Pacific Ocean in Quepos. This day is the longest but as per terrain it will probably the fastest as well.


Run: 24k ; 200m+ ; 450m-
Meals: BLD

We’ll get up early to head back to San Jose, where our trip ends. Those who want to stay further in this peaceful country, will be provided with a lot of tips (and trekking paths 😉 ).
Run:  :'(
Meals: B 

Useful information

All levels are welcome, as long as you consider yourself a runner. Terrains are steep and muddy, so we recommend that you try yourself on these conditions before signing up. Daily run maximums are showed under stages details, and there are no minimum required nor time restrictions. No daily run is mandatory. Easier runs options are available any day (except for one) for recovery.

Running equipment: a detailed list will be provided 3 months before the trip starts, but no specific equipment is required for this expedition. 

The price for this trip is $1,650
A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot.

  • 91+ days from the trip start date : Deposits are non-refundable
  • 61-91 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
  • 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds

**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, we will retain your full deposit

The group size limit for this trip is 15. In addition, you will be accompanied each day by 2 or 3 guides, with at least one of the 2 founders of Albera. The ratio runner / guide is maintained under 1/6. 

  • For US citizen: US nationals do not require an entry visa to Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica within 90 days.
  • For the others, very often, no visa is necessary, but you will find more info here

Why Costa Rica ?
Costa Rica is ouf first expedition in Latin America. We wanted to enter this natural and wild part of the world in peaceful latitudes. What would be a better option than Costa Rica? The climate is simply amazing and the variety of landscapes is unmet in the other countries of the zone. The country is extremely safe, which was a non negotiable requirement for us.

What are the accommodations?
We want this trip to be as diverse as possible, as it is one of the big strengths of this country. We decided to make an itinerant trip with no base camp, contrary to some of our other trips. It is also a way to mingle with the local population. In this trip, we alternate 5 nights in hotel & ecolodges, with 2 nights in mountain huts, that are one of the signatures of our trips, the best way to build a good team.

What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication, airport transfers from/to San Jose, all accommodations during the trip, all meals (BLD) & snacks, hot beverages & juice with breakfasts, water and some local snacks for the runs. Transportation, drivers, experienced guides, for organized & supported runs and an Albera Expeditions hat. To sum up, pretty much everything is provided between San Jose & San Jose ! For travelers wanting to discover the rest of the country, we will provide you with some useful tips, do not hesitate to ask !

What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include your flights to/from San Jose & travel insurance. Why ? Because runners are coming from all around the world, and everyone will have a different schedule and travel expectations. However, if needed, we can set you up with a local travel agency that will provide you exactly what you’ll need.

2020 Dates: Feb 22nd – 29th

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