Bamba

Abbie“Amazing 3 day experience of Colca Canyon. Highly recommend to do over 3 days (rather than two like some other tours). Guide was knowledgeable with plants and very encouraging. It is a good challenge of a walk! Food was great and pool on second night was in...“

Bamba

Bamba

4.3/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Mineola, Texas, USA
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The beginning... bamba started operating with a hop-on hop-off bus service. After trial and error, bamba realised that travellers were very interested in not only being around other backpackers and meeting them, but they also wanted to have the opportunity to travel ...

The beginning... bamba started operating with a hop-on hop-off bus service. After trial and error, bamba realised that travellers were very interested in not only being around other backpackers and meeting them, but they also wanted to have the opportunity to travel in local transportation, and have many more interactions with local people. For this reason, bamba decided to create a new way of travelling, called the Flexible Travel Pass. Travellers still have the same flexibility to stay as long as they want in each destination, and create their own itinerary; while at the same time travelling not only in shuttle vans with other backpackers, but also with a mix of local transportation such as Public Buses, Boats, Trains and sometimes flights. The idea behind this is to make sure travellers have the opportunity to travel in exactly the same way as if they were travelling on their own, but much easier and with the reassurance that they make the most out of their travel experience. Today, bamba has grown in size from Paul and Arturo’s original vision to include buses, experiences, guides and support staff in more than 80 countries worldwide! What bamba is today... bamba is the one stop solution for independent travellers in Latin America and around the world. bamba’s purpose is to make independent travel very easy. We help travellers by giving them the opportunity to create their own schedules, choose the route they want to follow and let them stay for as long as they want in each destination. bamba’s objective is to remove language barriers and the bureaucracy of developing countries by acting as an office where travellers can easily contact us, speak in English, make bus bookings, changes to their bus trips, get information on bus schedules, departure points, book day and multi-day trips easily and get information about each destination. We are like a living guidebook, and respond to the real time necessities of the clients. With our help, travellers will spend more time travelling, and less time arranging and figuring out their trip. We are expert world travellers, and we love what we do!

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1,088 Bamba Reviews

Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Average
10%
Rather Poor
4%
Bad
3%
Accommodation
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Transportation
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Meals
4.5 / 5
Value for money
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Guide
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  • OS
    Cape Town Food & Culture Experience 6D/5N
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on March 26, 2020
    I didn’t get to go due to the current situation in the world. I haven’t heard back from Bamba about a refund or rescheduling.
  • TH
    Japan Highlights 8D/7N
    4.0 - Good
    Written on March 26, 2020
    Japan when it comes to cleanliness excellent. Organized tour very good,most especially when it comes for help ,can reached right away most especially (whats app…
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  • TF
    Machu Picchu Jungle Trek 4D/3N (Biking, Zip-Line & Rafting)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 15, 2020
    The tour in and of itself was excellent. Non-stop breath taking views for four days, a quite challenging hike and the Grand Finale, Machu Picchu. Our tour guide…
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  •  reviewer 4
    Costa Verde Explorer 5D/4N
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 13, 2020
    Sooo nice to not have to worry about booking transfers and hostels myself and just check the app for pickup times! (Just be patient with that, as they're rarely…
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  • AL
    Swakopmund & Sossusvlei Safari
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 2, 2020
    Awesome tour with a great guide.
  • GT
    Puerto Maldonado Amazon Eco-Lodge 4D/3N (from Puerto Maldonado)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on March 1, 2020
    Excellent guide, fantastic activities, great food and nice accommodation
  •  reviewer 7
    Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 4D/3N (La Paz to Atacama)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on February 28, 2020
    Nando was the perfect guide. A fantastic few days crossing to Chile with the best company. Our guide directed us to some of the best areas with barely any other…
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  • PT
    Ranthambore Tiger Experience 5D/4N (from Delhi)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on February 24, 2020
    Once at the hotel near Rathenbourne the trip was well planned and carried out. The young man who met us at the station, Arbaz, was courteous and on time. The ho…
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  • CW
    Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N (Start Trek on Day 1)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on February 23, 2020
    Didn’t actually go on this trek as the route has been closed due to poor weather, something to be aware of if you’re planning on going during the rainy season. …
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  •  reviewer 10
    Colca Canyon Trek (3 days)
    4.0 - Good
    Written on February 19, 2020
    Amazing 3 day experience of Colca Canyon. Highly recommend to do over 3 days (rather than two like some other tours). Guide was knowledgeable with plants and ve…
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About Bamba

The beginning... bamba started operating with a hop-on hop-off bus service. After trial and error, bamba realised that travellers were very interested in not only being around other backpackers and meeting them, but they also wanted to have the opportunity to travel in local transportation, and have many more interactions with local people. For this reason, bamba decided to create a new way of travelling, called the Flexible Travel Pass. Travellers still have the same flexibility to stay as long as they want in each destination, and create their own itinerary; while at the same time travelling not only in shuttle vans with other backpackers, but also with a mix of local transportation such as Public Buses, Boats, Trains and sometimes flights. The idea behind this is to make sure travellers have the opportunity to travel in exactly the same way as if they were travelling on their own, but much easier and with the reassurance that they make the most out of their travel experience. Today, bamba has grown in size from Paul and Arturo’s original vision to include buses, experiences, guides and support staff in more than 80 countries worldwide! What bamba is today... bamba is the one stop solution for independent travellers in Latin America and around the world. bamba’s purpose is to make independent travel very easy. We help travellers by giving them the opportunity to create their own schedules, choose the route they want to follow and let them stay for as long as they want in each destination. bamba’s objective is to remove language barriers and the bureaucracy of developing countries by acting as an office where travellers can easily contact us, speak in English, make bus bookings, changes to their bus trips, get information on bus schedules, departure points, book day and multi-day trips easily and get information about each destination. We are like a living guidebook, and respond to the real time necessities of the clients. With our help, travellers will spend more time travelling, and less time arranging and figuring out their trip. We are expert world travellers, and we love what we do!

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The Bamba Experience Travel Styles

Self-Guided Adventures

There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.

Small Group Adventure:

These small group adventures include great local guides, all of your transportation, accommodation, and some meals. They give you the chance to move around more easily, step off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 12 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

Hop-on Hop-off Passes

Travellers looking for a flexible way to travel, with no fixed schedules, can choose from our many open-dated Hop-On Hop-Off Passes all around the world. These passes include all public transportation and handpicked experiences along a set route of your choice with flexible schedules. All you have to do is decide on the route that suits you best, depending on where you want to go and how much time you want to travel!

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Is accommodation included in the Hop-on Hop-off passes?

    For Hop-On Hop-Off Passes, accommodation is not included because we want to give travellers the flexibility to stay as long as they wish in each destination. Bamba provides you with a list of recommended accommodation in each destination so you can choose where to stay.

  • What transportation is included in the Hop-on Hop Off pass?

    Depending on the route or activity, you may be travelling by bus, boat, train, airplane, shuttle van, bicycle, canoe or even on foot… (you get the idea). On the trip of a lifetime, you may find yourself sitting next to a local on a public bus or riding in an air-con shuttle, bumping along in a motorised canoe or going by foot… the possibilities are endless! Whatever the mode of transportation, getting from one point to the next will surely be a memorable experience.

  • What is a bus tour adventure?

    Bus tours offer a cheap way to visit touristic sites. You will usually be travelling with a large group by bus, on a fixed schedule. Most of these tours only include bus transportation and accommodation, entrance fees and activities must be paid locally. These are independent tours accompanied by a tour coordinator who will organise the tour but not guide you.

  • What to expect on a small group adventure?

    These small group adventures include great local guides, all of your transportation, accommodation, and some meals. They give you the chance to move around more easily, step off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the local culture. You’ll usually share your trip with no more than 12 like-minded travellers, though the average group size is often lower.

  • What is a self guided Adventure?

    There’s no tour leader to follow around on these adventures, only local guides for each included activity. You will travel independently on a fixed itinerary with prebooked public transportation, activities and accommodation. Take advantage of some free time to go explore at your own pace. Choose to stay overnight in hostels, 3-star, or 4-star hotels.

  • Is accommodation included in Hop-on Hop-off passes?

    For Hop-On Hop-Off Passes, accommodation is not included because we want to give travellers the flexibility to stay as long as they wish in each destination. Bamba provides you with a list of recommended accommodation in each destination so you can choose where to stay.

  • What is a Hop-on Hop Off Pass?

    Travellers looking for a flexible way to travel, with no fixed schedules, can choose from our many open-dated Hop-On Hop-Off Passes all around the world. These passes include all public transportation and handpicked experiences along a set route of your choice with flexible schedules.
    All you have to do is decide on the route that suits you best, depending on where you want to go and how much time you want to travel! Choose from our many options or create your own tailor-made pass!

  • What are the Bamba Adventure Trips?

    Travellers looking for a structured itinerary, with accommodation included, and a fixed trip length, can choose from our many Adventure Trips all around the world. Adventure Trips are organised trips with set itineraries which can be combined with any other Bamba trip or booked independently.

  • Who will I be travelling with?

    Most of our trips cater to the adventurous independent traveller. In fact, many of our travellers arrive on their own and they quickly find that they easily meet like-minded people along the way at their hostels, on transportation, or during activities.
    Regarding transportation, depending on the route, you might find yourself travelling on a public bus side by side with locals while at other times, you’ll take a tourist shuttle.

  • Do I need a visa?

    Bamba recommends that you check the visa requirements at the appropriate embassies for your nationality at least 2-3 months in advance so you will have time to prepare your documents. Remember to make sure you have a valid passport with at least 2 empty visa pages and a minimum 6-months validity before travelling.

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