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Highlights
  • Cycle in nicaragua costa rica and panama
  • Pedal around the active concepción volcano on ometepe island
  • Cycle along mountain roads and coffee farms between colonial costa rican towns
  • Go white water rafting on the pacuare river
  • Chill on caribbean beaches
  • Ride through the jungle in panama’s soberanía national park

This trip provides a piece of magic; aboard your bike, pedal through the lush countryside of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama past gleaming lakes, enormous volcanoes, colonial towns, and sunny beachfronts across the Caribbean. These are iconic destinations and seeing them on two wheels gives a unique perspective on the region. The ride of your life is waiting to begin. All that’s missing is you.

Trip Description
Cycle Central America
 
Travel Theme
Activities
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

42,855
G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 32,586 Great 10,221 Average 4 Disappointing 1 Terrible 4
Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Cycle Central America

M

Recommends

With a bike tour, opposed to a regular tour by bus or van, you get the opportunity to experience and see so much more of what each country has to offer. By taking the roads (or dirt paths) less travelled and being engrossed by my surroundings, I feel I connected with nature, wildlife and the people native to that country more than I could have otherwise. I would definitely recommend an active style tour for someone I know and would strongly consider booking another for myself in the future. June 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I had a great time with some amazing people I'm happy to now call my friends. The tour itself was one of the best I've experienced so far. Even on the travel days by bus (public or private) Chris gave us the option to stop at some unique place along the way, so I felt like we were always doing something or seeing something new. Fantastic!
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R

Recommends

It was a great tour we had a great tour leader Chris who really made the experience amazing the cycle was great and we got to see a wide variety of places. Depending on the persons fitness level though depends if I would recommend them as I feel you have to be quiet fit for this trip June 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Amazing experience great group of people and a great selection of places to go

Operator G Adventures

AA

Recommends

I had an absolutely fantastic time!! April 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was the best trip I've ever been on... until the next best trip... which I'm hoping will be another cycling trip with Gadventure next year!

Operator G Adventures

J

Recommends

Number one the outstanding quality of the leader, Chris. Number two the extensive variety of day to day experiences and trips you couldn't equal on your own. Number three the excellent choice of mid range hotels which in our case included 2 nights of home stays. Number four, this style of holidays attracts similar minded people - age becoming irrelevant. April 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just an outstanding experience/s says it all.

Operator G Adventures

M

Recommends

Excellent tour and nice activity level July 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Awesome experience! Really enjoyed the tour, the active biking and great guidance from our CEO.

Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Granada

Arrive in Granada at any time. Granada is approximately one hour from the Managua International Airport, and taxis are readily available to transfer you to the hotel. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Granada/Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Granada at 7:00am for our first journey on two wheels. Head to one of Nicaragua’s famous active volcanoes in Volcán Masaya NP. Cycle along a paved road out of Granada surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of Nicaragua. Travel south to San Jorge where we board a ferry and cross Lake Nicaragua to arrive at Ometepe Island. This unspoiled island paradise formed out of the lava flowing in between two volcanoes, Maderas and Concepción, is a nature-lover’s dream. Included Activities: Cycling Granada to Masaya Volcán Masaya National Park Visit Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay Transport: Travel from Laguna de Apoyo to San Jorge to catch the ferry to Ometepe. Private Vehicle Ferry Transfer from Moyogalpa dock to homestay Private Vehicle

Day 3 Isla de Ometepe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full-day cycling trip through towns and the countryside around the base of Concepcíon Volcano, stopping to see pre-Columbian statues before lunch and a swim at a local swimming hole. Included Activities: Ometepe Cycling Pueblo Hotel Community Guesthouse Stay

Day 4 Isla de Ometepe/La Fortuna (1B)

Our journey takes us onto one of the most iconic roads in all of the Americas. The Pan-American Highway travels from Alaska down to Patagonia, covering the length of the continent, and taking in a huge variety of terrain, the road snakes its way through 23 countries, with a break of just 87km along the way. Arenal Volcano, once quite active, has been dormant since the beginning of 2011, but still is a dramatic backdrop to the town of La Fortuna. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Nicaragua - Costa Rica) Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry Local bus Private Vehicle

Day 5 La Fortuna (1B)

Enjoy a half-day bike ride around Lake Arenal to El Castillo, then relax or explore the La Fortuna area in the afternoon. Included Activities: Lake Arenal to El Castillo Bike Tour

Day 6 La Fortuna/Cartago (1B)

Cartago served as the capital until 1823, and was given the title 'Very Noble, Very Loyal' by the Spanish Parliament. Opt to take a stroll around town to visit the ferrocarrill (train line), Basilica and the ruins of Santiago the Apostle's Church. The city lies at the base of the inactive Irazu Volcano, an incredible backdrop to this serene setting. Included Activities: Half-day Mountain Biking tour near Arenal Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 7 Cartago/Orosí (1B)

Situated in a river valley and surrounded by coffee plantations, Orosi offers thermal water springs and the magnificent colonial church built in 1739. Finish the day with a traditional Costa Rican “casado” dinner. Included Activities: Cycling Cartago to Orosí Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 8 Orosí/Turrialba (1B, 1D)

Spend the night at a lodge overlooking the valley outside of the town of Turrialba. Included Activities: Cycling Orosi to Turrialba

Day 9 Turrialba/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B, 1L)

Stop for a great riverside picnic lunch and continue rafting all the way to the Caribbean lowlands. After rafting, drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and explore town or walk along the beach. Included Activities: Pacuare River Rafting

Day 10 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (1B)

Ride or walk the quiet beaches south of Puerto Viejo all the way to the Manzanillo-Gandoca Refuge. Cycle, swim, surf or hike in the rainforest or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the laid-back vibe of this Caribbean village.

Day 11 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/Bocas del Toro

The Archipelago of Bocas del Toro is made up of six islands, only two of which have roads and services for tourists. Cycling here is a great choice because the island is almost entirely flat. The entire trip around the island is 32km (20 mi). If you prefer not to cycle, there are plenty of other options for you to consider. Snorkel, take a boat trip between the islands, or simple choose to relax on the beach. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Costa Rica - Panama) Transport: Private Vehicle Local bus Boat

Day 12 Bocas del Toro

Enjoy free time here to cycle around the islands or snorkel in the clear blue sea.

Day 13 Bocas del Toro/Boquete

It's a long day of travel before arriving at the impressive mountain retreat of Boquete. Transport: Shared van

Day 14 Boquete

Set off on a full day of cycling through the highlands of Boquete. Included Activities: Boquete Cycling

Day 15 Boquete/Panama City

It's a full day of travelling today to get to Panama City, the country's capital. After arriving, the evening is free to explore the city before our final day of cycling. Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 16 Panama City (1L)

Leave Panama City and head first for Summit Park, a 250-acre park teeming with Panamanian flora and fauna. Our ride continues to Soberania NP, close to the Panama Canal, popular with bird watchers. The tour ends in Panama City in the late afternoon. Included Activities: Soberania National Park Mountain Biking Departure Day (Activities)

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,799

Price Per Day:

$ 175 per person
 
Nicaragua exit tax: $2USD Costa Rica exit tax: 8USD Panama entrance tax: $3USD Panama airport exit tax: $40USD (if not already included in flight)
Details
Trip Includes
  • Guided cycling trip from Granada to Masaya Volcano
  • Masaya Volcano National Park visit
  • G Adventures-supported homestay on Ometepe Island with a local family
  • Guided cycling trip around Concepcíon Volcano (Ometepe)
  • Two guided half-day mountain biking excursions from La Fortuna
  • Two guided full-day cycling trips in central Costa Rica between Cartago and Turrialba
  • Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River
  • Beach time in Puerto Viejo and Bocas del Toro
  • Full-day guided cycling tour from Boquete
  • Guided mountain biking trip in Soberania NP (Panama City)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPublic bus, bike, raft, walking
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (13 nts), homestay (2 nts).
Start City
Granada
End City
Panama City
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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