Discover volcanoes, rainforests and idyllic beaches on this cycling adventure through Central America.
From the deep rainforests of Panama to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, witness all the natural splendour of Central America from your unique vantage point in the saddle. Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are the ultimate trifecta of Central American and Caribbean living, with a diversity of wildlife and rich local cultures waiting to be discovered. This cycling adventure takes you off the beaten path for a journey that's not restricted to the mainland, with voyages to tropical archipelagos and isolated islands surrounded by active volcanoes.
Cycle across Central America, a land of mysterious Maya ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles
See the sights and engage in a wide range of activities across three different countries on this epic Latin adventure
Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings – Ometepe Island has it all. You'll have plenty of free time to explore the island, set in beautiful Lake Nicaragua
Encounter Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Whether it's reflecting back at you in the lake or heating the thermal pools you're soaking in, the magnificent volcano always makes its presence felt
Experience a real Central American jungle adventure deep inside the Cano Negro wildlife reserve
Chill out with Caribbean vibes in Puerto Viejo, a lively village with great food and even better music
Under the guidance of a local cacao farmer, help mill and roast cacao beans to make the greatest hot chocolate you've ever tasted
Bliss out in the beautiful Bocas del Toro Islands and enjoy spectacular palm-shaded beaches, crystalline waters, loads of wildlife and plenty of water sports
Cycle the Panama Canal and marvel at the leviathans sailing through the water
To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
This is a new trip - we have researched the itinerary and accommodation extensively but there is the possibility of some last minute changes if improvements can still be made.
Please note that many of the road we cycle on in Central America are not of the standard you may be used to riding on at home. To avoid riding on main roads with too much traffic, most of our riding is done on gravel/dirt roads (approx 75%) with the remainder on paved roads (approx. 25%).
The terrain also varies greatly as we make our way across 3 separate countries, but hills are a constant feature on this trip.
While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain of Central America is naturally hilly with a warm, humid climate. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember the support vehicle will be on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
As the riding is done on a mixture of sealed and gravel roads there are no technical cycling skills required. But given the gravel sections, it's best to practice riding off-road so you are comfortable with this once the trip begins.
Cycling and driving distances may vary due to local circumstances.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way, perhaps a puncture here and there, but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and even encounter the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of plans.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 15 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details. The single supplement is not available when staying at the homestay on Day 6.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
4. Border crossing fees are not included in the trip cost
Our Cycle Central America trips score an average of 4.67 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
This trip provides a unique way to see these beautiful three countries including the amazing scenery and wildlife. I found the cycling physically and often mentally challenging - I would recommend a good level of fitness and riding experience (and ideally some mountain bike experience). This is certainly an “active” holiday but definitely worth it for all the incredible things you see.
Review submitted 10 Dec 2017
This trip is harder than described, I am a cyclist, the surfaces vary from tar sealed, rough, very rough and some steep hills and long ascents. You need a good level of fitness and off-road biking skills. The tour I would recommend to all, stunning array of wildlife, magnificent scenery, beautiful jungles, forests and a chance to get to experience local culture at village level. Be prepared to rough a little in homestay and some of the accommodation is two/three star.
Review submitted 29 Sep 2017