Costa Rica Trek for the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead 2017


Event type

Minimum fundraising
Registration fee
Minimum age

You must be 18 years old to register for this event.

0207 853 3415
San José
Costa Rica

Take part in the Costa Rica Trek for the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead and Marie Curie Nurses in London. You'll be helping us to care for more people living with a terminal illness.

Trek through pristine rainforests, marvel at exotic wildlife and take an exhilarating Arenal canopy walk. This is both a physical challenge and an opportunity to experience an incredible country. This eight-day trip includes six days of trekking, during which you will experience the most breathtaking views imaginable.

On this experience of a lifetime you will explore towering mountains, turquoise-blue lakes, gleaming glaciers and enchanted forests.

Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. Please contact us on or call us on 0845 052 4184.

Why trek with Marie Curie?

By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:

  • Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
  • Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out some of these ideas.
  • Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
  • Two Marie Curie representatives who will trek the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
  • A brightly coloured Marie Curie Overseas T-Shirt
  • Access to a Facebook Group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers beforehand
  • A 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors

Here’s what you’ll be doing on the trek:

Day 1

Leave London Heathrow and overnight in Madrid

Overnight accommodation in Madrid.

Day 2

Depart Madrid for San Jose

After breakfast you will take the shuttle bus to Madrid Airport for your flight to San Jose. Upon arrival in San Jose we will be met by our friendly local team and privately transferred to the

centrally located group hotel. Once we have checked in we will have a meeting with our guides to

discuss the trip and itinerary and Costa Rica in general. Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious meal in

a local restaurant to celebrate our arrival in this beautiful country.

Day 3

Irazú Volcano to Prussia National Park - 5–6 hours' trekking

After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Irazú Volcano for our first days trekking. We will spend the day trekking through stunning rainforests, visiting some of the craters and continuing along the trail until we arrive at Prussia National Park, where we will transfer back to our hotel in San José.

Day 4

Poás Volcano National Park and Laguna Hule trail - 5 hours' trekking

Today we will trek in Poás National Park, viewing the stunning crater and lake, said to be one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica. Keep an eye out for the wide variety of birds found here. After a short transfer, we will trek the picturesque Laguna Hule trail, before a late afternoon transfer back to San José.

Day 5

Arenal Mountain - 5–6 hours' trekking

After checking out of our hotel and breakfast, we will transfer to Arenal, an area of great natural beauty, home to another imposing volcano and a beautiful lake. Today we hike high above the tree tops, across a system of suspension bridges on a dedicated canopy walk trail, allowing us to observe the rainforest at its best. Tonight we stay in a hotel in Arenal.

Day 6

Cerro Chato climb - 5–6 hours' trekking

Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano that flanks the south-east side of the Arenal Volcano. It has been inactive for some 3,500 years and rests at an elevation of 3,740 feet (1,140 metres). We will start from the west side, up the mountain, and walk towards the crater lake at the summit. After enjoying the panoramic views, we will descend the east side of the mountain to the Fortuna waterfall, before continuing back to the hotel.

Day 7

Arenal to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano - 4–6 hours' trekking

Saying farewell to Arenal, we transfer to Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, following a circuit to Las Chorreras waterfalls. Here you can choose to either spend some time swimming and enjoying the surrounding rainforest or undertake an optional canyon canopy tour complete with zip-lines and Tarzan swings. Tonight we will stay in a local hacienda in Rincon de la Vieja.

Day 8

Las Pailas Trail to La Cangreja Waterfall – 7 hours’ trekking

Our final day of trekking will see us head deep into the forest following the Pailas trail, until we reach the mighty Cangreja Waterfall. Once there, we can cool off in the refreshing water and take in the jungle scenery around us. We will then walk to our vehicles and transfer to Hermosa Beach to celebrate the completion of the trek.

Day 9

Playa Hermosa

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and have some free time before your transfer back to San Jose for our flight back to the UK.

Day 10

Arrive back at London Heathrow

After an overnight flight, we will arrive back in the UK.

Do I need to sign up online?

Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available   to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?

Who can take part?

You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-35, with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

How fit do I have to be?

This is a strenuous challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure.

Will I need specialist kit?

We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

What is not included in the package?

  • Registration fee
  • Recommended vaccinations
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money

What food and drink will there be?

All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too.

Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

What about vaccinations?

As a guide, typhoid, diphtheria and hepatitis A and B vaccinations are advisable and tetanus should be up-to-date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP regarding travel vaccines.

How will I be supported?

Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you'll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.

During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night's accommodation.

Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,300. A minimum of £1,975 will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0845 052 4184 for further information.

What will the weather be like?

There are several distinct climatic zones in Costa Rica and, as it is a tropical country, there is no winter or summer. Because of the changes in altitude, coastal temperatures can reach 28–32ºC (82–89ºF). Mountain regions can be considerably cooler with temperatures dropping to as low as 5ºC (40ºF), at the highest point of the trip.

What will the accommodation be like?

Good quality hotel accommodation throughout on twin share basis.

Passports and visas Participants should have at least six months' validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. No visas are required for British passport holders; other nationalities are advised to check with their embassies or consulates.

Can I extend my stay?

Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through World Expeditions at a cost and subject to availability.

Do overseas challenges damage the environment?

Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.

What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?

We require the 80% minimum of £3,300 (£2,640) by 5 November 2016. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.

Further questions

If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0845 052 4184 or email

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