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Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama

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Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama - Exodus Travels
Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Granada
Destinations
+19
Ends
Panama City
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Highlights

  • Cycle through tropical scenery
  • View bubbling molten lava in a crater
  • Explore Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean
  • Spot a range of wildlife
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle
Travel style
Bicycle, Adventure, Discovery
Start in Granada and end in Panama City! With the bicycle tour Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Granada to Panama City and through Granada, Nicaragua and 19 other destinations in Latin America. Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 1
    Written on February 21, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Excellent guides and mechanism. Well planned tour. Nice combination of biking and experiencing the areas travelled.
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  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 2
    Written on April 29, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was the best holiday my husband and I ever experienced.   We feel in love with cycling, met so many great like-minded people.  It was the trip of a lifetime.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of our trip was in Costa Rica.    I'm new to cycling and wasn't in the best shape of my life.      I didn't realize my husband had booked us a moderate / challenge trip :-)        To get to the point Costa Rica has some pretty serious hills and I cycled up every single one of them !!!!   I may have been slow but I stayed on my bike and did it.     What did you think of your group leader?I must say that I owe so much to our tour guide, Rob. Rob was thoughtful, encouraging, supportive, kind ..... Rob gave me the power to accomplish so much on this trip just by being there and vocalizing his words of encouragement. Telling me how impressed he was for a first timer that I was doing well and I could do it .. and cycle I did. Thank you Rob. It is because of you that this was the best trip and we found our love of cycling, so much so that it will now be an annual event for us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advise to potential travellors is to have fun.    Enjoy yourself and remember even though other people are there for different reasons this is your vacation.   Stop and smell the roses { so to speak }   take picture, ask questions and if need be don't be embarrased to ride the bus.    I did one day and it ended up being awesome .. I was able to take pictures of the other group members and they loved it.Is there anything else you would like to add?I honestly feel this is such an incredible way to experience and see a country.   I would highly recommend travelling with Exodus.    The hotels were top notch, the food was fantastic.   Every aspect of the trip was put together, planned out and just left you with a feeling that you were in solid capable hands no matter what the situation.  Thank you Exodus.

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 3
    Written on April 29, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was the best holiday my husband and I ever experienced.   We feel in love with cycling, met so many great like-minded people.  It was the trip of a lifetime.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of our trip was in Costa Rica.    I'm new to cycling and wasn't in the best shape of my life.      I didn't realize my husband had booked us a moderate / challenge trip :-)        To get to the point Costa Rica has some pretty serious hills and I cycled up every single one of them !!!!   I may have been slow but I stayed on my bike and did it.     What did you think of your group leader?I must say that I owe so much to our tour guide, Rob. Rob was thoughtful, encouraging, supportive, kind ..... Rob gave me the power to accomplish so much on this trip just by being there and vocalizing his words of encouragement. Telling me how impressed he was for a first timer that I was doing well and I could do it .. and cycle I did. Thank you Rob. It is because of you that this was the best trip and we found our love of cycling, so much so that it will now be an annual event for us.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advise to potential travellors is to have fun.    Enjoy yourself and remember even though other people are there for different reasons this is your vacation.   Stop and smell the roses { so to speak }   take picture, ask questions and if need be don't be embarrased to ride the bus.    I did one day and it ended up being awesome .. I was able to take pictures of the other group members and they loved it.Is there anything else you would like to add?I honestly feel this is such an incredible way to experience and see a country.   I would highly recommend travelling with Exodus.    The hotels were top notch, the food was fantastic.   Every aspect of the trip was put together, planned out and just left you with a feeling that you were in solid capable hands no matter what the situation.  Thank you Exodus.

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 4
    Written on April 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A sensational and "safe" way to see the best of Central America by bicycle. You are immersed in the scenery, people and wildlife of the region from the moment you arrive, and are looked after with respect and concern throughout the journey, whilst still maintaining your own independence as much as possible.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Multiple observations of real life by passing alongside those who live and work in the towns and regions visited. So much activity occurs on the road and the bike is a fantastic way to participate in the journey. You see kids playing with simple toys, families walking to destinations, transportation of just about anything by bike, horse, oxen and people just living their lives. This is an enormous privilege.What did you think of your group leader?Rob is professional, endlessly patient, interactive, reliable and unwavering in his commitment to us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The cycling is wonderful, and be prepared for hills and heat. I was unaware of the very significant amount of bus travel involved, sometimes for over 3 hours. The bus is not really geared for a full complement of travellers and it can be squashed on board. So if you are expecting continuous cycling, you will be surprised regarding the bus commute, which is not really made apparent in the trip notes, at least not for the amount experienced. But also note there is really no other way to cover the distance so this aspect is unavoidable and it’s also to keep you off the really busy roads and hills. Just know that it is necessary to do the tour and see the 3 countries in the time allowed. There are also numerous restaurant lunch stops, so think about whether you would prefer snacks or lighter meals, rather than commit to these. Lastly, many meals are taken as a group but you can split if you want to, but definitely eat with the group a lot too.Is there anything else you would like to add?A totally fantastic experience and a wonderful way to see some of the best of Central America. You can dwell on minutiae regarding meals, bus, the odd poor accommodation etc, but the overall concept is amazing. Great value for money too, with most nights being comfortable at least and many really very good. You will love your photos and irreplaceable memories forever.

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 5
    Written on April 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A sensational and "safe" way to see the best of Central America by bicycle. You are immersed in the scenery, people and wildlife of the region from the moment you arrive, and are looked after with respect and concern throughout the journey, whilst still maintaining your own independence as much as possible.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Multiple observations of real life by passing alongside those who live and work in the towns and regions visited. So much activity occurs on the road and the bike is a fantastic way to participate in the journey. You see kids playing with simple toys, families walking to destinations, transportation of just about anything by bike, horse, oxen and people just living their lives. This is an enormous privilege.What did you think of your group leader?Rob is professional, endlessly patient, interactive, reliable and unwavering in his commitment to us all.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The cycling is wonderful, and be prepared for hills and heat. I was unaware of the very significant amount of bus travel involved, sometimes for over 3 hours. The bus is not really geared for a full complement of travellers and it can be squashed on board. So if you are expecting continuous cycling, you will be surprised regarding the bus commute, which is not really made apparent in the trip notes, at least not for the amount experienced. But also note there is really no other way to cover the distance so this aspect is unavoidable and it’s also to keep you off the really busy roads and hills. Just know that it is necessary to do the tour and see the 3 countries in the time allowed. There are also numerous restaurant lunch stops, so think about whether you would prefer snacks or lighter meals, rather than commit to these. Lastly, many meals are taken as a group but you can split if you want to, but definitely eat with the group a lot too.Is there anything else you would like to add?A totally fantastic experience and a wonderful way to see some of the best of Central America. You can dwell on minutiae regarding meals, bus, the odd poor accommodation etc, but the overall concept is amazing. Great value for money too, with most nights being comfortable at least and many really very good. You will love your photos and irreplaceable memories forever.

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 6
    Written on April 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ridiculously amazing!  If you want to see Central America off the beaten track, be refreshed by the wonders of the animals, birds, volcanos, amazing cycling and a perfect end every day with a body of water and cocktail waiting, then this is the trip for you.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day, every moment.  I think I woke up with a smile plastered to my face and ended with one as well.  Hiking through the tropical forest over rope bridges that extend across the expanses.  Riding 48 mph down a volcano.  Sipping pina coladas in the hot springs.  Rafting along the river to see iguanas, monkeys, birds, bats and the list goes on.  Doing the zipline tour in La Fortuna.  Fresh papaya, pinneapple, guava and coconut on the roadside stand.  Taking a leisurely dip in the ocean, gulf or pool at the end of every day.  Watching the sunset at the base of the volcano while floating in the lake.  Giving soccer balls to some very appreciative little ones.  All the smiling faces along the route both young and old, giving us encouragement and letting us see a bit into the wonderful countries that are theirs. What did you think of your group leader?The best ever!  Kevin kept us well infomed, made sure we were safe, well taken care of and basically spoiled us for any other potential guide we may have in the future.  Paul was an incredible guide, both on and off the bike, pointing out the sights and animals so that nothing was to be missed by our untrained eyes.  Taking great care of our bikes and us along the route during any mishaps with tires, chains etc.  Luis, Eugenio and Ronaldo kept us safe on the roads.  Amazing team.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get some cycling in before you come.  If the terrain is too rough or the heat gets to you, you can always get on the bus.  However you really don't want to miss a day of riding, cause there is nothing like seeing these countries from the saddle.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just a sincere thanks to Kevin, Paul, Luis, Eugenio and Ronaldo for the most remarkable adventure I've ever had and hopefully the beginning to many more!

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 7
    Written on April 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Ridiculously amazing!  If you want to see Central America off the beaten track, be refreshed by the wonders of the animals, birds, volcanos, amazing cycling and a perfect end every day with a body of water and cocktail waiting, then this is the trip for you.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Every day, every moment.  I think I woke up with a smile plastered to my face and ended with one as well.  Hiking through the tropical forest over rope bridges that extend across the expanses.  Riding 48 mph down a volcano.  Sipping pina coladas in the hot springs.  Rafting along the river to see iguanas, monkeys, birds, bats and the list goes on.  Doing the zipline tour in La Fortuna.  Fresh papaya, pinneapple, guava and coconut on the roadside stand.  Taking a leisurely dip in the ocean, gulf or pool at the end of every day.  Watching the sunset at the base of the volcano while floating in the lake.  Giving soccer balls to some very appreciative little ones.  All the smiling faces along the route both young and old, giving us encouragement and letting us see a bit into the wonderful countries that are theirs. What did you think of your group leader?The best ever!  Kevin kept us well infomed, made sure we were safe, well taken care of and basically spoiled us for any other potential guide we may have in the future.  Paul was an incredible guide, both on and off the bike, pointing out the sights and animals so that nothing was to be missed by our untrained eyes.  Taking great care of our bikes and us along the route during any mishaps with tires, chains etc.  Luis, Eugenio and Ronaldo kept us safe on the roads.  Amazing team.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get some cycling in before you come.  If the terrain is too rough or the heat gets to you, you can always get on the bus.  However you really don't want to miss a day of riding, cause there is nothing like seeing these countries from the saddle.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just a sincere thanks to Kevin, Paul, Luis, Eugenio and Ronaldo for the most remarkable adventure I've ever had and hopefully the beginning to many more!

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 8
    Written on March 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    very professional and a great experienceKevin Hill  is a wonderful operater, and his team are really slick and love what they do.group travel just dosnt get any better than this tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting my butt kicked by guys 20 years older than me. Made me want to try harder What did you think of your group leader?I think Kevin Hill and his team are just wonderful. Kevin really is the best I have come across in years it just dosnt get any better.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just get out there and into this trip it really is a great experienceIs there anything else you would like to add?cant wait to do another cycling trip with exodus

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 9
    Written on March 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    very professional and a great experienceKevin Hill  is a wonderful operater, and his team are really slick and love what they do.group travel just dosnt get any better than this tripWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Getting my butt kicked by guys 20 years older than me. Made me want to try harder What did you think of your group leader?I think Kevin Hill and his team are just wonderful. Kevin really is the best I have come across in years it just dosnt get any better.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Just get out there and into this trip it really is a great experienceIs there anything else you would like to add?cant wait to do another cycling trip with exodus

  • Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama reviewer 10
    Written on January 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    My fourth Exodus cycling holiday and it was by far the best.  Well organised, great people, great locations, good choices of restaurants, fantastic scenery - volcanoes, rain forests, lakes and carribean islands - and the weather was more than kind to us!  All three countries were different and special in their own way but Costa Rica was by far the highlight!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!

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  1. Day 1: Start Granada.
  2. Day 2: Ride along shore of Lake Nicaragua; visit Masaya Volcano N.P.
  3. Day 3: Transfer to San Jorge; ferry to Ometepe Island and cycle to fresh water spring.
  4. Day 4: Ferry to mainland; ride to San Juan del Sur.
  5. Day 5: Ride from Pacific to Lake Nicaragua; transfer to Costa Rica.
  6. Day 6: Wildlife trip on Tenorio River; Bijagua valley ride; ride to Lake Arenal.
  7. Day 7: Cycle to La Fortuna.
  8. Day 8: Ride up from tropical lowlands with views of Arenal volcano; visit thermal springs.
  9. Day 9: Morning jungle ride; afternoon cycle along Caribbean coast to Cahuita.
  10. Day 10: Ride to Panama border; boat to Bocas del Toro islands.
  11. Day 11: Free day in Bocas del Toro.
  12. Day 12: Jungle ride; descent to Pan-Am Highway; transfer to Pacific coast.
  13. Day 13: Tropical lowland forest ride; transfer to Panama City.
  14. Day 14: Ride alongside the Panama Canal.
  15. Day 15: End Panama City.

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  • I see that only breakfast is included, so all other meals like snacks while cycling and dinners I will have to bring or purchase?

    Yes, only breakfasts are included. As for the other meals, you will be able to purchase these along the way, there will be places to eat along the way. As for the last night, this meal is not included in the tour price.

  • I wish to know if flight ticket from Europe is included please?

    We specialise in giving you the best tours from around the world, however the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking your flights to meet with the group at the starting city. We do not recommend booking airfare before confirming your tour.

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  • Elvio18th May 2018
    When our chosen tour date was full other dates were suggested. The staff was patient in guiding us with regards to our many questions related to dietary needs and other information related to the trip. The staff was friendly and respectful on every phone call.

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Vaccinations

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Typhoid
Recommended for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Nicaragua and Panama. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Recommended for Panama. Ideally 10 days before travel.

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Location
Granada is the starting point and Panama City is the endpoint.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Exodus Travels to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 18 September 2018 the full payment of $3,422 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3422 for Cycle Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,008 km.
  • Granada (Nicaragua)
  • 23 km
  • Masaya Volcano National Park (Nicaragua)
  • 23 km
  • Granada (Nicaragua)
  • 20 km
  • Masatepe (Nicaragua)
  • 6 km
  • San Marcos (Nicaragua)
  • 67 km
  • San Jorge (Nicaragua)
  • 15 km
  • Moyogalpa (Nicaragua)
  • 19 km
  • Rivas (Nicaragua)
  • 20 km
  • San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua)
  • 18 km
  • La Virgen (Nicaragua)
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