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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 thats missing is you.

Latin America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Road Cycling
  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 133001
  • Starts: Granada, Nicaragua
  • Finishes: Panama City, Panama
You will Visit
  • Granada
  • Panama City

Itinerary

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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

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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 (1.50 hour(s), 75km)
Ferry (1.00 hour(s), 10km)
Transfer from Moyogalpa dock to homestay
Private Vehicle

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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

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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 (0.25 hour(s))
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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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

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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 (4.50 hour(s))

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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 (0.50 hour(s))

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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

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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

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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.

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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 (1.50 hour(s), 70km)
Local bus (1.50 hour(s))
Boat (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 12: Bocas del Toro

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

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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 (8.00 hour(s), 340km)

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Day 14: Boquete

Set off on a full day of cycling through the highlands of Boquete.

Included Activities:
Boquete Cycling

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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 (6.00-7.00 hours, 480km)

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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)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (13 nts), homestay (2 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, bike, raft, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cycle in Nicaragua Costa Rica and Panama
  • Pedal around the active Concepcin 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 Panamas Soberana National Park