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Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

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Cycle three Central American countries from Nicaragua to Panama

  • Reviews 76 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate / Challenging
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama.

Starting in the graceful colonial city of Granada and ending in bustling Panama City, our route takes us into Costa Rica’s steamy rainforests, alongside active volcanoes and to the tropical island paradise of Bocas del Toro. We explore the island of Ometepe at Lake Nicaragua, search for Howler monkeys whilst rafting on the Tenorio River, and ride through rural villages along the Caribbean coast. Our journey ends with a cycle near the Panama Canal, following our visit to the famous Miraflores Locks.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* 11 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights standard hotels all en suite
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Cycling leader and support team
* Local bike hire

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

 

Highlights

  • Cycle through three different countries in two weeks
  • Relax on Pacific beaches and the idyllic Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro
  • Discover the dramatic Ometepe Island, with its twin volcanic peaks
  • Ride along the Panama Canal, see the colossal Miraflores Locks in action
  • Look out for wildlife in Costa Rica’s multiple eco-systems
  1. Day 1 Start Granada.

    Those on the group transfer from Managua airport and will be transferred to Granada (approx. 1 hour). Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.*Hotel Patio del Malinche, Granada (or similar)*

  2. Day 2 Ride along shore of Lake Nicaragua; visit Masaya Volcano N.P.

    After breakfast, we have an overall tour briefing as well as indications for the initial cycling stage. Any last-minute adjustments to the bikes are made before we set off towards the shore of Lake Nicaragua. As we reach the lakeshore, we enter into the Asese Peninsula recreation area, a beautiful protected area, where the traffic is kept to a minimum and several species of exotic birds can be spotted. Our lunch stop offers stunning views of the large volcanic mass of Mombacho.Upon arrival back at our hotel, we’ll have time for a swim or stroll along La Calzada, Granada’s main pedestrian street. In the late afternoon we will head for the popular Mirador Catarina, overlooking pretty Laguna Apoyo. Our Sunday visit will allow us to experience the local people enjoying the wonderful view while being entertained by strolling marimba bands and souvenir vendors. Afterwards we will head for the Masaya Volcano National Park for a night visit to observe molten lava bubbling away in the depths of the huge crater. It may also be possible to spot the ’Chocoyos’, a sub-species of parakeet which nests in the crater walls, having evolved to become resistant to the constant emissions of sulphuric gas. Due to safety concerns, the visit to the crater is limited to 15 minutes (and occasionally the park is closed altogether). We then return to Granada for dinner.Gradual descent down to the lakeshore, then virtually flat (but bumpy) out to the tip of the Asese Peninsula. The roads are 65% paved, 35% dirt/rock.*Hotel Patio del Malinche, Granada (or similar)*

  3. Day 3 Transfer to San Jorge; ferry to Ometepe Island and cycle to fresh water spring.

    After breakfast we transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) south to the port of San Jorge on Lake Nicaragua, where we will board the vehicle ferry for the 1 hour trip out to fantastic Ometepe Island, with the twin volcanoes of Concepcion and Masaya dominating the view. Upon arrival at busy Moyogalpa, we start our cycling with a stretch around the west face of Concepcion, the active volcano on Ometepe. We then continue with a climb up and over the isthmus which leads out to rainforest clad Maderas, the extinct volcano on Ometepe. Our destination is lovely Ojo de Agua fresh water spring ($5 entry fee), where we will have lunch, and enjoy a swim in the cool, crystal-clear spring water, a welcome respite on a hot day. Afterwards we get back on our bikes to head for the wildlife-filled Charco Verde Lagoon, where our hotel is set. The west facing location right on the lake allows for some spectacular tropical sunsets, as well as the possibility to take a dip in the warm waters of Lago Cocibolca, the Indigenous name for Lake Nicaragua.The roads are all paved except for the final half mile to Charco Verde.*Hotel Charco Verde, Isla Ometepe (or similar)*

  4. Day 4 Ferry to mainland; ride to San Juan del Sur.

    Today we depart the hotel around 10:30am, which gives us some free time beforehand to hike the trails around the lagoon to spot more wildlife or relax on the beach and admire the view. For keen cyclists looking for a challenge, an early morning ride along the single-track trails within the Charco Verde Reserve ($2 entry fee for hotel guests) is a great start to the day. Those looking for a hike can do the same trails; make sure to bring your camera as the reserve is full of wildlife, best seen in the early morning. Departing the hotel, we cycle to Moyogalpa and get the ferry back to the mainland. We then hop on the saddle again for a ride to Rivas, the largest city in southern Nicaragua, and then along La Chocolata Road towards San Juan del Sur, a Pacific beach town. The road takes us through dry forest where we may see (or hear!) Howler monkeys and spot large iguanas. We also pass through several small villages which experience no tourism other than our biking groups. If you plan to bring any gifts for local people, the children and teachers in the small rural schools along the way really appreciate pencils, pens and crayons. After finishing the mild climb which then drops us onto the Pacific side of Nicaragua, we ride just a bit further west to the beautiful beach ‘Playa Marsella’, in time for a late afternoon swim. Our hotel for this evening is close to the main San Juan del Sur beach, a great place to watch the sunset or simply enjoy the hotel pool.Along mostly level roads with some mild climbs. The road is 60% well-groomed dirt and 40% paved.*Hotel Gran Oceano, San Juan del Sur (or similar)*

  5. Day 5 Ride from Pacific to Lake Nicaragua; transfer to Costa Rica.

    Starting early to avoid the heat, we cycle over the continental divide and down to a backroad (subject to road/weather conditions) near La Virgen, which then take us on to Sapoa, close to the border with Costa Rica. We then have a 5 minute transfer which will take us to Peñas Blancas where we will exit Nicaragua. After clearing immigration on the Costa Rica side, we will stop for lunch near La Cruz and then continue south along the Pan Am highway to just outside Cañas, another good sized town. Our arrival will be late in the afternoon due to ongoing highway constructions.Initial climb departing San Juan del Sur, then gradual descent to near La Virgen. Back road to Sapoa is mild rolling terrain, graded dirt. 40% paved / 60% dirt*Hotel Hacienda La Pacifica, Cañas (or similar)*

  6. Day 6 Wildlife trip on Tenorio River; Bijagua valley ride; ride to Lake Arenal.

    This morning we get out of the saddle early in the morning for a 2 hour float down the Tenorio River, a haven for birds and wildlife. As our raft takes us gently along the river, we can expect to see several species of monkey, iguanas, coatis and a wide range of birds. There are also crocodiles along the lower stretch of the river and our experienced guides will not only handle the oars but will also point out as many species as possible. This is likely to be a big wildlife highlight of the trip! Afterwards, we transfer up to near Bijagua, then cycle back down to the Pan American Highway before lunch. After our meal we head up to the hilly region surrounding Lake Arenal where our afternoon biking stage will begin. This is quite a challenging section and although the distance is short there are several climbs and it can also be rather windy. The rewards are the spectacular views of the lake with the surrounding hills and Arenal Volcano off to the east.Morning stage is fast downhill after climbing out from Bijagua but can be pot-holed. Afternoon stage from outside Tilaran to Mystica includes several fairly steep climbs through rolling hills. 100% paved.*Mystica Resort, Lake Arenal (or similar)*

  7. Day 7 Cycle to La Fortuna.

    After breakfast we set off on our bikes towards La Fortuna. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages, starting in lush agricultural land which gradually gives way to thick rainforest as we approach the dam which forms Lake Arenal. Watch out for monkeys, toucans and the amazingly colourful neon-blue Morpho butterflies as we cycle. If it’s clear the dam is a great place to take a break for a wonderful view of Arenal Volcano. The town of La Fortuna is a major tourism destination within Costa Rica, so those looking for souvenirs will be well satisfied.Mostly on rolling hills with some short but fairly steep climbs, followed by fast downhill to La Fortuna. The road is 95% paved and 5% dirt or gravel.*Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna (or similar) *

  8. Day 8 Ride up from tropical lowlands with views of Arenal volcano; visit thermal springs.

    Today’s ride follows a circular route through the region surrounding La Fortuna, taking in a great variety of terrain and ecosystems. Starting from the hotel, we head south toward Chachagua, then divert to a backroad leading to El Bosque where we pass through agricultural land devoted to bananas and sugar cane before heading into a rugged hilly zone leading back towards rainforest near the small town of La Tigre. Toucans are especially common here and there are some incredible views of the jungle and Arenal Volcano. As we approach La Fortuna again, there is one final steep climb before we reach our hotel. This evening we include a visit to the Eco-Termales Hot Springs to soothe any aching muscles – the best hot springs in the area!Paved roads, mostly level for the first half, followed by several challenging climbs./Please note: Traffic can be heavy near La Fortuna; a modified route may be selected./*Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna (or similar) *

  9. Day 9 Morning easy ride; short afternoon cycle near the Caribbean coast.

    We have another early start today as we head east into the rolling terrain of the San Carlos plains, riding through rich agricultural zones, sugar cane and pineapple plantations and rural villages. We are generally descending on this leg, which levels off as we get closer to Muelle where we conclude the morning stage. Have your cameras handy upon arrival, as there is a population of large iguanas posing while the staff will load the bikes for the transfer out to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. As we will be crossing a large portion of Costa Rica, this is a long transfer (approx. 3 hours). Just outside the busy port of Limon we put the bikes back into use for a short ride using a more tranquil back road which will take us to the main coastal highway at Rio Banano, we then have a short transfer to the southern zone of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our destination is bustling Puerto Viejo, a popular destination on this coast of Costa Rica.Morning stage fast descent leaving La Fortuna, then level out to Muelle. Afternoon stage fully level  100% paved for both stages.*Hotel Escape Caribeño, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (or similar) *

  10. Day 10 Ride to Panama border; boat to Bocas del Toro islands.

    Today we begin riding south at the base of the towering Talamanca Mountains. We follow the main coastal road at first before turning off to the indigenous community of Bri-Bri, home to members of the Guaymi tribe. We may see some of the traditionally dressed women in flowing embroidered dresses as we pass through this area. The ride continues through vast banana plantations to the border crossing on the banks of the Sixaola River. After a quick lunch we leave Costa Rica and cross to Guabito, the Panamanian port of entry. After the border formalities, we board the bus through the frontier town of Changuinola, and then through steep rainforest hills which are inhabited by indigenous people. We hit the coast and embark on a private boat transfer to cross into the Caribbean to the wonderful Bocas del Toro Islands, our home for the next two nights.Mostly flat roads, although there are some climbs as we head to Bri-Bri. The roads are paved although there are often potholes and washouts close to the border.*Hotel Gran Bahia, Bocas del Toro (or similar) *

  11. Day 11 Free day in Bocas del Toro.

    We enjoy a free day today to explore the beautiful Bocas del Toro Islands, which are rapidly becoming a popular destination in the Caribbean. Today you will get a chance to see why: spectacular palm-shaded white sand beaches, crystal clear water, wonderful snorkelling and diving, lots of wildlife, kayaking and even great surfing are all available! It’s also possible to take boat trips to the other islands, or go on dolphin-watching tours. All of these optional activities can be arranged through the hotel or nearby tour agencies whom we have long-established relationships with.For those who want to ride today, biking is available on the island and the 32km round trip to Bocas del Drago on the island’s western tip is recommended. Our bikes will stay on the mainland at Almirante, but other bikes can be hired locally.*Hotel Gran Bahia, Bocas del Toro (or similar) *

  12. Day 12 Jungle ride; descent to Pan-Am Highway; transfer to Pacific coast.

    After taking a private boat back to the mainland, we drive to Punta Robalo for a ride through beautiful jungle scenery. After lunch we transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) through the mountains that separate Panama’s two coastlines after which we begin our second ride of the day. The change in temperature, humidity and eco-systems are significant as we gain altitude. At the top of the pass we find beautiful Lago Fortuna, set in a rainforest-clad tropical valley. We then have a fast downhill ride with great mountain views and several river crossings to Gualaca and the Pan-Am Highway beyond. Upon meeting the Pan American Highway junction, we board the minibus for the drive down to Las Lajas, an isolated Pacific beach which stretches for miles. Here we can enjoy a great tropical sunset while relaxing under the shade of a palm thatch palapa. Some moderate hills near start, then level AM / Fast downhill to Pacific plain then some short climbs near finish PM. 100% paved.*Las Lajas Beach Resort, Playa Las Lajas (or similar) *

  13. Day 13 Tropical lowland forest ride; transfer to Panama City.

    We have an early start today as we avoid the heat and traffic on our ride through the Panamanian countryside. We take a short drive to Guabala, a customs/passport control point on the Pan Am highway, and once our documents have been checked, we will offload the bikes for a fairly challenging ride through a quite remote and hilly section of the western portion of Veraguas Province. Some of the morning’s ride takes us along remote backroads past large sugar plantations and through dry tropical forest. We finish cycling close to the town of Jorones, where we start our transfer to Panama City (approx. 4 hours), with a quick lunch stop in Santiago, the main city in this part of Panama. We cross the famous canal where we’re very likely to see huge ships as they make the journey between the Caribbean and the Pacific. Our hotel is located in the suburb of Albrook, where many opulent residences are a testament to the days when US military officers and Canal Authority officials lived in the city.Level start but becoming increasingly hilly during the middle section. The last stage is level again and the road is fully paved./Please note: A different stage may be selected if the weather conditions are very hot./*Hotel Holiday Inn Panama Canal, Panama City (or similar) *

  14. Day 14 Ride alongside the Panama Canal.

    Our final day is truly memorable, as we travel along a stretch of the Panama Canal to observe some of the highlights. Starting from our hotel which overlooks the Pacific entrance to the canal, we transfer to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre (entry fee to museum and video presentation included) to view the process of raising and lowering the ship traffic. We then have a short transfer to the entry point of the Soberana National Park, where we will enjoy a final biking stage through lush rainforest. Our biking concludes with lunch at lovely Los Lagartos, set over Lago Gamboa, with the canal as a back-drop. This offers a great photo opportunity as ships pass by during their transit. After lunch we transfer back to our hotel for some free time or a swim. In the afternoon we visit the World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo, the historic old portion of Panama City. We will have our final group dinner in the Casco Viejo this evening. This is mostly level along the canal, but with some climbing within the Soberana Park. The main road is fully paved.*Hotel Holiday Inn Panama Canal, Panama City (or similar) *

  15. Day 15 End Panama City.

    Our trip ends after breakfast this morning, and those on group transfer will be transferred to the international airport.

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Where you stay

Hotels

Patio del Malinche, Granada, Nicaragua

14 nights in a mixture of comfortable and standard hotels, with two-night stays at four of the properties used.

Nicaragua:

In Granada, we usually stay at Hotel Patio del Malinche which is a restored Colonial house located in the centre of this historical town. Rooms are arranged around a pretty courtyard with a swimming pool, and all have aircon and WiFi. On Isla Ometepe our accommodation is usually the Hotel Charco Verde, situated on the shore of Lake Nicaragua and in the protected area of the natural reserve with amazing views of the Concepcion volcano. In San Juan del Sur, we usually stay at the Hotel Gran Oceano, just a short walk to the beach and again with rooms set around a courtyard garden. There is a swimming pool, air conditioning and free Wifi available.

Costa Rica:

Our first night in Costa Rica will be at the Hotel Hacienda La Pacifica, in the area of Cañas. The rustic style hotel is located in a tranquil area with a good chance of seeing exotic birds in the garden. When we visit Lake Arenal we usually stay at the Mystica Resort. The lodge sits atop a rolling green hill and is surrounded by lush gardens. The rooms don’t have TV or WiFi, but there is free WiFi in the reception and restaurant area. In La Fortuna our accommodation will be Hotel San Bosco, located right in the centre of La Fortuna which is a lively town with plenty of great restaurants to choose from. In Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, our accommodation will normally be at the Hotel Escape Caribeño. This peaceful hotel is a short walk away from the beach and a 10 minute walk away from the town.

Panama:

In Bocas del Toro we usually stay at the Hotel Gran Bahia for two nights, set in an antique wooden building that is located opposite the beach. It also has free WiFi. Our accommodation at Playa Las Lajas is the Las Lajas Beach Resort. The resort is located directly on the beach with a beach front pool and bar/restaurant, as well as hammocks. For the last two nights of the trip we usually stay at the Hotel Holiday Inn Panama Canal. The hotel has comfortable rooms, an outdoor pool and is located very close to the Panama Canal locks.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Mango Rosa Hotel, bedroom
Mango Rosa Hotel swimming pool
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

The trip price includes all breakfasts throughout the trip. Restaurant stops for lunch and dinner are selected throughout the itinerary to allow you to try out good quality local cuisine. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality ‘gallo pinto’ and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Most days we are on a fairly tight timing schedule, especially at lunchtimes when we have cycling stages and transfers in the afternoon. In order to help us save time and hassle when we are dining as a group, the leader will take a note of people’s orders and settle the total group bill him/herself. The leader will then ask clients for individual payments at a convenient time before leaving Nicaragua and then again before leaving Costa Rica. We find that this method is the most efficient, however if you object then you are of course free to opt out.

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 44km (27 miles)
Number of days cycling: 12
Vehicle Support: 100%
Terrain and route: surface 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved track, some hills and generally rolling terrain.

Our routes follow quiet back roads where possible. In Costa Rica, as we make our way from the Northwest corner of the country to our exit at the Southeast corner, there will be sections where we will use roads with heavy traffic. This is because in some regions they are the only paved roads available.

This tour covers some remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are in good condition, there can be potholes and poor road conditions in some sections. The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns. In the harder areas there are some longish climbs, requiring good fitness, (particularly as the region is invariably hot and humid) and also some steep descents.

Occasionally it may not be possible to follow the itinerary exactly as planned. Leaders will always watch for hazardous traffic situations, road closures, ferry cancellations etc. and look for alternate routes/solutions whenever required. In all such cases that involve shortening a cycling stage, every effort will be made to recover lost mileage (or missed visits) later in the trip.

Proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination is required in Nicaragua if arriving from a Yellow Fever country which includes a number of Latin American and African countries. 

Please note it is now compulsory to produce a Yellow Fever certificate if you spend more than 24 hours in Panama before flying into Nicaragua. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorized this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveler on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CYCLE NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA AND PANAMA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to choose from....The trip to the top of the Masaya volcano and seeing inside the crater (thankfully the wind was blowing away from us so we didn't get engulfed by the smelly gases).The 2 hour river rafting trip where we saw everything from iguanas, crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and all kinds of exotic birds.Cycling from the most beautiful resort of Mystica through the rain forests, along Lake Arenal seeing Monkeys in the trees at the side of the road and a Coati strolling around in front of us without a care in the world.Having a beer in the hot springs (everyone else had the best pina colada's apparently!). Our guide spotting a very well camouflaged sloth in a tree...and there after a few more sloths spotted!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Kevin was excellent.  He was faced with a few challenges throughout the trip, in particular and issue with a boat trip and the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border crossing, which he dealt with as well as he could do - sheer tenacity and a very dry sense  of humour seemed to serve him well!  He was very conscientious, regularly checking how everyone was and if they were having a good time.  His knowledge of all the areas was fantastic and he talked us through our routes, showing us detailed maps every day we cycled. The whole team was extremely helpful, good humoured and very organised.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are two or three opportunities to do laundry, the main one being in La Fortuna where you stay for two days.  The laundry service is quick and cheap.  Make sure you get some hill training in, you can be extremely fit but still struggle if you aren't bike fit (spinning classes help if you haven't got any big hills near you). Take plenty of insect repellent...they are everywhere!Finally, the only downside to this trip was the border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It took us 7 hours. The group were all very patient and Kevin managed everyone's expectations very well.  We all soon forgot about this little blip the following day when we floated down the river for two hours spotting wildlife!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CYCLE NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA & PANAMA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling on the deserted roads on Ometepe getting a real feel for how the villagers live and being waved at in a welcoming and friendly manner by everyone we met.The courtesy shown our group by drivers in Nicaragua on the couple of occasions we had to cycle on very busy roads and a roundabout.Cycling 45 miles on one day (the furthest we'd ever cycled) and still raring to get back in the saddle the next morning!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberto (Chino) was outstanding and ably assisted by Memo. They were both lovely people - good humoured, cheerful, positive, diplomatic, encouraging, patient at all times and extremely hard working. They answered all our questions and told us lots about each different country. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The very occasional problem with a bike was solved immediately. A great deal of behind the scenes work was being done so that everything went so smoothly.Roberto was efficiency personified – the slick and quick way he checked us all into each hotel was most welcome after a hard day's cycling. We liked his briefing each evening and morning and appreciated the really detailed supplementary trip notes he provided us with.The safety of the group when out cycling was paramount – Roberto's attention to this aspect of the trip was exemplary.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get  as fit as you can – we found the cycling quite tough. There are a lot of hills.Padded cycling shorts are essential!Don't expect to see wild life at every turn. This is a cycling trip but you'll still get to see some amazing animals and birds.The bikes were excellent but another time I'd consider taking my own saddle.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was hillier than we'd expected – and rainier at times!The frequent stops for fresh fruit and to re-group were well organised and appreciated.If you are concerned about being in a group all the time, you also get a lot of time on your own as you cycle through the wonderful scenery. The others in the group were a good mix of ages, nationalities and cycling abilities.It's a very busy trip – don't expect to have lots of free time to read!All the hotels had wi-fi.We chose to spend an extra day in Granada at the start and found plenty to keep us busy.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

MUC Review

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing volcanoes, ending ride a swim in the Pacific, stopping at a school to see the students, the waterfall, seeing sloths on a few different occasions! Going zip lining over the canopy in La Fortuna on a day off, a rafting trip where we saw so much wildlife and flora, and a visit to the Panama Canal...the entire trip was fantastic from start to finish! The cycling was fantastic and a perfect way to see areas you may not otherwise notice if you were in a car. The locals were incredibly friendly, especially the children who were so excited to come out to say hello and wave as we went by!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The guide group consisted of our leader Janiell who was assisted by Luis and Guillermo, and Ronald. The combination of these 4 was great. J was so well organized and managed all of the details. Should would go over our itinerary each morning, showing a map of our route for the day, and would give another overview after dinner every night of what to expect the following day. She ensured we were always taken care of before herself. and answered all of our questions and had a good sense of humour to deal with our group. J was also quick to come up with an alternative when we requested a slight change in the itinerary and handled it like it was no problem. Ronald greeted me with a smile every single day. While there was definitely a language barrier between us, we did our best to communicate with each other each day and he taught me a few key phrases in Spanish. He was very patient and always made sure I was ready to go at the start of each ride. Luis was great; I was never near the front of the pack with him on the rides but he was always friendly and just like with Ronald, he and I would do our best to have conversations. He was always quick to help adjust the bike and was able to fix any issues they had. Guillermo, being a Tico, was a great addition to the team. He has so much knowledge about the flora and fauna and was always on the lookout to point things out to us. He answered all of my questions about local culture, history and traditions in detail and with so much pride for his country. He told stories on the bus which helped pass time (using an impressive sloth drawing and a CR t-shirt used to share facts and history) and was always happy with a good sense of humour.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you bring padded shorts, lots of mosquito repellent, sunscreen and some hydration tablets. A small backpack or bento box you can put on the bike would be handy to hold a camera for taking photos along the way. Pack your binoculars as well, lots of fantastic wildlife to see along the way!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is the trip of a lifetime. If you're on the fence, just book the trip. You'll be glad you did. Pura vida!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Nicaragua-Costa Rica- Panama Cycle Tour MUC

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through Nicaragua, a country I had only heard about political turmoil. It is a great place, with great people, great landscapes and very interesting history.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrea is an excellent guide tour. She knows a lot about Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Paul the mechanic was also great setting the cycling pace and attending to all our bike needs. Sabo the driver was very professional and efficient. We didn't quite understand the role of Diana the American extra guide.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for long transfers. The cycling is not as hard as other tours with the same rating, cycling distances are much shorter. Lots of rain.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend that the boat ride on the Tenorio river be done before breakfast to avoid the high heat and to possibly see the wildlife just waking up. Wish there had been longer cycle distances and shorter transfers, but realize that covering three countries is constraining.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Miss

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sharing it with a great group and listening to their travel stories and being with like minded people it has inspired me to go on other exodus trips.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic lady was very patient with all our questions no matter how daft some of them were.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a gel cover for your seat and don't think too much about booking the holiday. JUST BOOK IT!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be open minded and take Imodium.

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