Cycling holiday in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Description of Cycling holiday in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

The cloud forest of Monteverde, your next stop, is home to over 2,000 plant species, 320 bird species and 100 different types of mammal. Here you can take both day and night hikes, cross the forest canopy on suspension bridges and visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden.

At Manuel Antonio National Park, your final stop, you can enjoy some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and hike through tropical forest. Migrating whales can sometimes be spotted just off the coast.

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23 Nov 2019
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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cycling holiday in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Environment

On cycling trips, it is easy to use plastic excessively, especially in hot climates or during the summer months. Rather than use single-use plastic bottles we refill our water bottles from a large drum kept on our support vehicle. We also encourage people to snack on fresh, seasonal fruits rather than processed fruits in plastic wrappers, and avoid unnecessary items like plastic straws.

Our greatest contribution to minimising our transportation's impact on the environment is to travel by bike, avoiding any use of energy or fuel. When we do use a vehicle, we are committed to providing local experiences and as part of this philosophy we use local forms of transport wherever possible. Where we use private transport, we stick to the small back roads minimising our impact on locals using the main roads for daily routines. Where we do use a support vehicle, we will always ensure that it is an appropriate size to suit the cyclists it supports i.e. no using a 30-seater coach if we only have five people travelling.

On this trip we use our own local Costa Rica-based supplier who shares our commitment to responsible business, from waste and water management to ensuring we are leaving as minimal a foot(tyre)print as possible. Where we use a third party, we ensure they are educated on all aspects of responsible business and supported in making any changes they need to improve in this regard.

Community

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing “real life” in your chosen destination. On this trip, along with staying in locally-owned hotels and guesthouses, we visit small cafes and restaurants and buy locally produced crafts and fresh produce. This gives locals the opportunity to earn money directly and our travellers the chance to interact with local Costa Rican and Nicaraguan people in their everyday environment. We also use only local cycling guides and support staff, as well as local guides in many destinations.

We source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience. This could be as simple as spending time in a local café, to cooking classes in a home and shopping at small local stores. On this trip you spend a day and night at a local homestay in Juanilama (Costa Rica), an agricultural community where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know local villagers, help with farm chores or take a cooking lesson. You'll also visit the stone carvings at Altagracia (Nicaragua) and learn about the early, culturally developed indigenous tribes who inhabited Ometepe Island long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Our local leader will also assist you in learning as many Spanish words and phrases as you can remember to better interact with the locals.

The role of females in cycling has often been that of support staff. To help combat this we try and ensure as many of our cycling trips as possible have a head female cycling guide.

All aspects of this trip (on the ground) are operated by people local to the region, including all our cycling guides, support vehicle drivers, local site guides, and accommodation providers. We provide our cycling leaders with a formal 4-5 day cycling training so that they are up to speed with the needs of our travellers as well as building their own skills.

Locals know where the best food, souvenirs, local crafts and entertainment can be found. This trip is operated by locals and we ensure any shopping opportunities, from the larger centres like Granada and Panama City to the small villages and towns such as Juanilama we stop off at while cycling along the way, are authentic experiences that showcase Central America's rich and unique culture and crafts.

Local food and drink is often a highlight in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and we offer a variety of opportunities to sample the full range, from Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) for a Costa Rican breakfast to sipping down the national drink of Nicaragua, the refreshing Macuá cocktail made with white rum and fruit juices. Fresh fruit is abundant and delicious with papaya, coconut, pineapples, bananas and watermelon perennial favourites – something we keep an eye out for when visiting local markets.

Nicaragua and Costa Rica also have a rich arts and craft culture, with a special emphasis on woodwork, pottery and handmade jewellery. Nicaraguan hammocks are a popular favourite! Rather than shopping in larger tourist shops we recommend checking out the small morning markets that often feature the work of local craftspeople, our favourite being the Masaya Craft Market we visit on day two of this trip.

Our cycling trips usually have a maximum group size of 16 to minimise our impact on the smaller communities we cycle through in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. We believe this is the perfect size for a cycling trip in Nicaragua and Costa Rica while respecting the capabilities of the destinations we visit. Overtourism is an issue we are very conscious of and we are taking measures to ensure our impact on the communities we visit, and their environment is our top priority.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost will be donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport – in the form of a bicycle. In the developing world a bicycle is life changing, allowing access to health care, education, economic opportunity and wider community. A bicycle means you can travel twice as far, twice as fast and carry four times the load, providing a profound and lasting positive effect for the individual as well as their community. Bicycles for Humanity collect donated (used or new) bicycles, repair them if needed and send them to Africa. Along with donated bicycles each of the 40ft shipping containers that Bicycles for Humanity sends becomes a bike workshop, providing employment, skills, training, business, opportunity and economic development for the community in which it's placed, helping the community to move away from aid dependence.

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