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Pura Vida

Pura Vida

Pura Vida

Celebrate the 'pure life' with a 3 week loop of this tropical cycling paradise

RIDERS AND STAFF

Jairo Corrales

Tour Leader Trainee

San Jose to San Jose

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Jairo Corrales

Tour Leader Trainee
San Jose to San Jose

Costa Rica

Pura Vida!!

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader

San Jose to San Jose

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader
San Jose to San Jose

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Yanez Novoa

Tour Leader Trainee

San Jose to San Jose

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Yanez Novoa

Tour Leader Trainee
San Jose to San Jose

South Africa

Exited to be part of the team.

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Emily Currie

Tour Leader

San Jose to San Jose

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Emily Currie

Tour Leader
San Jose to San Jose

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Ryan Rice

Bike Mechanic

San Jose to San Jose

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Ryan Rice

Bike Mechanic
San Jose to San Jose

United States

Is there a more challenging, charming, or humbling way to travel the World and discover it’s people and treasures? If there is, I haven’t come across it yet, and perhaps I wish not to. I have been a bicycle mechanic for over ten years and it has led me towards new adventures and friendships. Here’s to clean and lubed chains, straight wheels, and a comfy saddle! See you on the next adventure!

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Victor Beijen

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Victor Beijen

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Netherlands

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Theo de Klein

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Theo de Klein

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Netherlands

Theo de Klein from the Netherlands,

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Xufeng (Gail) Cascketta

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Xufeng (Gail) Cascketta

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

I am retired now, has done 3 cycling tours. 2018 I joined Transoceania with TDA. I did two solo self supported trips in Taiwan in 2019 and 9 days solo bikepacking from AZ to NM in Oct 2020. I solo rode from Eugene OR to Dubois WY 25 riding days with spouse support summer 2021.

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Corinne Burt

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Corinne Burt

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

Digital nomad currently living in US but open to other options.

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Fabrizio Brentini

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Switzerland

Born in 1957. Fan of every kind of cycling.

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Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

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Renata Kurschner

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Renata Kurschner

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Canada

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Kuno Kurschner

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Kuno Kurschner

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Canada

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Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

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Wendy McDonald

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Wendy McDonald

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

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Ellen Kurland

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Ellen Kurland

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

I'm transitioning careers from working in the fire department to working as a humane law enforcement officer in Washington DC. I'm looking forward to getting out of DC and the US for the first time in almost 2 years.

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Dick Buter

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Dick Buter

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Netherlands

Cycling is the best way to discover the world.

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Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Switzerland

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Kevin Thiessen

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Kevin Thiessen

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Canada

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Bob Jensen

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Bob Jensen

Rider
San Jose to San Jose

Canada

I am a Calgary commercial lawyer who is semi-retired. I enjoy reading (historical fiction), cycling, running, swimming, triathlons, racket sports, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, travelling (and what better way than by bike), and volunteering. Fondness for beer (part owner of a craft brewery) and fine wines, rum and whisky. I am married with two adult children and 2 dogs.

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Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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Rider
San Jose to San Jose

United States

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader

San Jose to San Jose

Victor Beijen

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

Theo de Klein

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

Xufeng (Gail) Cascketta

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

Corinne Burt

Rider

San Jose to San Jose

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"There was some jaw droppingly stunning scenery, great interactions with locals and the TDA staff provided constant support and encouragement."

"A unique experience. Unbelievable landscape and a carefree time. TDA Tours are addictive."

"Fantastic staff and brilliant support means that all you have to do is ride, eat, sleep, repeat - it's perfection! Beware, these tours are addictive - I already signed up for the next one while I was in the middle of this one!"

OVERVIEW PURA VIDA 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • PURA VIDA
  • SAN JOSE TO SAN JOSE
  • DEC 1 TO DEC 19
  • USD 6500
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • PURA VIDA
    • SAN JOSE TO SAN JOSE
    • DEC 1 TO DEC 19
    • 6500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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