This trip has a great variety of scenes, nature, people, wildlife and weather.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I really enjoyed this trip (I have done 8 cycle tours with Exodus). Highlights for me included the friendly people of Nicaragua, getting up close with an amazing variety of humming birds and a night walk in the rain forest in Costa Rica. Seeing ships coming through the Panama Canal and cycling alongside was also amazing.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Each tour is guided by Kevin, who has great attention to detail and his meticulous planning ensures that this busy schedule runs smoothly.
Kevin prepares and gives out his own daily trip notes that provide extra details about the cycling, mileage and things to look out for.
A nice touch from Kevin was that immediately on coming into the arrivals hall, he offered a cold can of drink as a welcome. A very simple - but thoughtful touch.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This isn’t a ‘whole day, every day' in the saddle trip; (average 30 miles a day) but to cover the distances required, you’d struggle to do more. It is also very hot at times, which makes it harder to do large mileages.
Having said that, if you are one of these people like me, who promise you’ll do lots of training and then don’t! – then this trip is ideal. The mileage builds up to a 50-mile day ride, giving your muscles and bottom time to acclimatise!
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Things to note. It is called a rain forest for a reason – we got very, very wet on one day – but the bus is there if you do want to stay dry. Having said that virtually every other day was very hot and sunny. Also, run through to US customs as you transfer at Dallas – even though it is a transfer they make you ‘enter’ and ‘leave’ the U.S., which may take up all the ‘free’ transfer time.