Nicaragua: Coast to Coast

MOUNTAIN BIKING ADVENTURE

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11 Days: $2,499

Mountain Bike Tour

Dates (Thurs > Sun):
August 17 – 27
November 9 – 19
December 28 – January 7
February 1 – 11
March 1 -11
May 3 -13

*Private groups of 6 or more select their own dates*

Highlights

*Bike rental included*
Cross from Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean
Ferry to Ometepe Island & ride around
Explore colonial Granada
Rural trails and single track in remote foothills
Beaches of Pearl Lagoon
Coastal boat trip to Bluefields
Domestic flight over the rainforest
See the Build Program in action

Guaranteed Departures

No more worrying about whether or not a trip will run due to group size. If you book, you go.

Daily Itinerary

This trip is designed for those looking to get away from the busy roads and see Nicaragua from its core: quiet dirt roads that wind through the countryside and tiny village farms. Cross the entire country, starting at the Pacific Ocean and finishing on the creole Caribbean side. Mountains, tropical lowlands, and everything in between.

Day 1: Lago de Apoyo

¡Bienvenidos a Nicaragua! From the airport, we head to a beautiful crater lake where national hero Sandidno was said to sit and ponder the strategy of his revolution. Once everyone arrives, we’ll settle in for a welcome dinner and go over the trip briefing.

Day 2: Playa Popoyo

Our first ride takes along a quiet back road to one of the best beaches on the Pacific side, Playa Popoyo. We’ll get there with time to cool off in some of Nicaragua’s premier surfing waves and catch an incredible sunset.

Day 3: Ometepe Island

Two volcanoes form a magical island in the middle of one of the world’s largest lakes – it’s unlike anywhere in the world and an amazing place to ride. We take a ferry to the island and pedal around Concepcion Volcano, through rural towns where subsistence farming is the way of life. Incredible views and a swim in a natural spring before checking into individual cabins for the night.

Days 4 & 5: Granada

One of the oldest colonial cities of the Americas and the beating heart of Nicaragua’s food, music, and art scene. We’ll go for a ride out to massive Lake Nicaragua and take a boat trip through Las Isletas, hundreds of tiny islands formed after nearby Mombacho blew its top. Extra time here to enjoy some great restaurants and nightlife.

Day 6: Juigalpa

Today we head around Lake Nicaragua on another great unpaved road through a number of small communities. Once we get to the highway, we’ll load up and shuttle to Juigalpa, a classic cowboy town where ranchers and farmers stock up before heading further east.

Day 7: El Rama

After a scenic morning ride back towards the highway, we shuttle out to El Rama. Right in the middle of the lowland region, El Rama is the jumping off point for the few people headed to the Caribbean – this is where you’ll start to hear reggae and feel a totally different cultural vibe.

Days 8 & 9: Pearl Lagoon

At last, the Caribbean! Beautiful, clear water and an entire day to check out local fishing villages, go for a swim/snorkel, or just kick your feet up and relax in a hammock with an ocean breeze. We take an extra day to properly explore the area.

Day 10: Managua

After a boat ride down the coast from Pearl Lagoon to Bluefields, today we get a real treat: a short but incredible flight over the country. We’ll see our entire route in reverse from the air. A final dinner in Managua to celebrate.

Day 11: Departure from Managua

A short transfer gets you from Managua to the airport in time for your flight home.

210 Total Cycling Miles

Avg. mile/day 30
Days cycling 7
% Paved roads 20
% Unpaved roads 80

Roughly 80% off road, this is our more rugged mountain bike trip that takes you through some rural parts of Nicaragua with some slightly more technical riding. Bring your own bike or rent one of our quality hardtail mountain bikes (Cannondale, Trek, or Haro), which go on top of a support vehicle along with luggage and gear…or you if you decide you don’t want to ride a certain section.

Being in a much more visited part of the country for the first half of the trip, accommodations fit our normal bill: clean, comfortable, and always thoughtfully selected. As we move to the interior, rooms become more basic as there are fewer options. Regardless, you’ll get everything from classic and colonial to beachside bungalows. Rooms are booked as double occupancy unless you want to pay extra for an individual room.

Plenty of fresh fish to start/end the trip as we’ll be near the ocean. In between, you can expect primarily meat-based dishes. But vegetarians need not fear, for fresh produce is always available as are the usual rice, beans, and plantains. Not to mention harvest-ripe fruit. Refreshing, cold lagers and quality rum everywhere.

For all trips, Day 1 is the arrival date and the last day is the departure date. Please note that we do not book international flights.
Arrive MGA > Depart MGA

The Build Program

The Build Program is a unique way of mobilizing communities and supporting them through the power of bicycles. It aims to create more access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

By booking a Revolución trip, you are directly contributing to the cost of the bike that gets delivered.

Included

*Bike rental*
All accommodations
All in-country transportation, including airport transfers
All breakfasts
Support vehicle w/snacks & water
Entrance to Masaya Volcano National Park
Boat ride from Pearl Lagoon to Bluefields
Ferry to Ometepe Island
Domestic flight from Bluefields to Managua (La Costeña Airlines)
Bilingual guide & mechanic
Boat ride through Las Isletas islands
The Build Program – mobilize a local NGO

Not Included

Airfare to/from Nicaragua
Lunches & dinners
Travel/medical insurance (required)
Trip cancellation insurance (recommended)
Single supplement for individual rooms ($275)
Tips for guides

Difficulty Level: Moderate – Challenging

Although we don’t cross any huge mountain ranges, we do ride through some hilly regions of the country so coming prepared will definitely help, as will being comfortable riding unpaved roads. We make regular water/fruit stops and the support vehicle allows us to accommodate a very wide range of speeds. Want more info? Contact us and we’ll send you the elevation profiles for each day.

Questions? Let’s talk it out…

Feeling like you need to talk to someone before booking? Never done anything like this before? Worried about flights or just curious to hear more about our approach to designing trips?

Call or email with ANY question and we’ll gladly help. Seriously, there’s a lot going on here so don’t hesitate.

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