Cycle Costa Rica & Panama

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Challenging rides through tropical scenery spanning 2 countries

Starting in San Jose and ending in bustling Panama City, our route takes us into Costa Rica's steamy rainforests, alongside active volcanoes and to the tropical island paradise of Bocas del Toro. We search for Howler monkeys whilst rafting on the Tenorio River, and ride through rural villages along the Caribbean coast. Our journey ends with a cycle near the Panama Canal, following our visit to the famous Miraflores Locks. 



  • Cycle through two different countries in two weeks
  • Relax on Pacific beaches and the idyllic Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro
  • Ride along the Panama Canal, see the colossal Miraflores Locks in action
  • Look out for wildlife in Costa Rica’s national parks

Key information

  • 9 nights comfortable hotels, 5 nights standard hotels all en suite
  • 12 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs.


What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Cycling leader and support team
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation only (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Cycling

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour



Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved track

Day by day breakdown
Day 242.0km/26.0miles
Day 330.0km/19.0miles
Day 456.0km/35.0miles
Day 554.0km/34.0miles
Day 640.0km/25.0miles
Day 738.0km/24.0miles
Day 848.0km/30.0miles
Day 962.0km/39.0miles
Day 1053.0km/33.0miles
Day 1161.0km/38.0miles
Day 1338.0km/24.0miles
Day 1411.0km/7.0miles

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San Jose
Panama City
  • Day 1

    Start San Jose

    Those on the group flight land at San Jose and will be transferred to our start hotel in La Garita, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening. You’ll meet your guides and get to know your fellow travellers. 

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Ride to Rio Tarcoles.

    We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch stop. In the afternoon we'll have a second cycling stage, passing mango orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we arrive at our lodge for the night.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Boat tour on Rio Tarcoles; cycle to Cascajal.

    Following an early breakfast, we transfer 20 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water birds, shore birds and Scarlet macaws. A 30 minute transfer brings us to the start of our cycling stage in Costonera. This will be a beautiful 30 km stage through lush lowland forest, tiny villages and with very little traffic. Once we arrive at Cascajal we will transfer to our hotel for the night. 

    Comfortable Hotel


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ferry to Playa Naranjo; cycle to Mansion; transfer to Playa Samara.

    Today is another early start as we catch a 6:30 AM ferry from Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo (approx. 1.5 hours). Upon arrival at Playa Naranjo we start cycling on well-paved roads and with little traffic.

    Once we arrive at Mansion depending on the time, we may have the opportunity to add some extra miles. Otherwise we will transfer to Playa Samara (approx. 45 minutes). 

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Alto La Roca; cycle to Guaitil; transfer to Canas.

    After breakfast, we will transfer to the top of the Cuesta Grande, to then start a great biking stage, with an initial 10 mile section down to Nicoya. We will then continue on through beautiful rural scenery, small villages and with very little traffic. On arrival at Guaitil we will stop at one of the ceramic workshops to observe the process of making the beautiful Chorotega ceramic plates, vases, jars, planters etc. This is a unique opportunity as it is one of very few places in  Costa Rica where tradition is retained. We will then carry on cycling to Santa Cruz, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will transfer via the Puente de la Amistad and join the normal itinerary of the trip. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Wildlife trip on Tenorio River; Bijagua valley ride; ride to Lake Arenal.

    This morning we get out of the saddle early in the morning for a 2 hour float down the Tenorio River, a haven for birds and wildlife. As our raft takes us gently along the river, we can expect to see several species of monkey, iguanas, coatis and a wide range of birds. There are also crocodiles along the lower stretch of the river and our experienced guides will not only handle the oars but will also point out as many species as possible. This is likely to be a big wildlife highlight of the trip! Afterwards, we transfer up to near Bijagua, then cycle back down to the Pan American Highway before lunch. After our meal we head up to the hilly region surrounding Lake Arenal where our afternoon biking stage will begin. This is quite a challenging section and although the distance is short there are several climbs and it can also be rather windy. The rewards are the spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding hills.

    Morning stage is fast downhill after climbing out from Bijagua but can be pot-holed. Afternoon stage from outside Tilaran to Mystica includes several fairly steep climbs through rolling hills. 100% paved.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cycle to La Fortuna.

    After breakfast we set off on our bikes towards La Fortuna. This is one of the most spectacular cycling stages, starting in lush agricultural land which gradually gives way to thick rainforest as we approach the dam which forms Lake Arenal. Watch out for monkeys, toucans and the amazingly colourful neon-blue Morpho butterflies as we cycle. If it's clear the dam is a great place to take a break for a wonderful view of Arenal Volcano. The town of La Fortuna is a major tourism destination within Costa Rica, so those looking for souvenirs will be well satisfied.

    Mostly on rolling hills with some short but fairly steep climbs, followed by fast downhill to La Fortuna. The road is 95% paved and 5% dirt or gravel.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Ride up from tropical lowlands with views of Arenal volcano; visit thermal springs.

    Today’s ride follows a circular route through the region surrounding La Fortuna, taking in a great variety of terrain and ecosystems. Starting from the hotel, we head south toward Chachagua, then divert to a backroad leading to El Bosque where we pass through agricultural land devoted to bananas and sugar cane before heading into a rugged hilly zone leading back towards rainforest near the small town of La Tigre. We stop for lunch at Chachagua. Toucans are especially common here and there are some incredible views of the jungle and Arenal Volcano. As we approach La Fortuna again, there is one final steep climb before we reach our hotel. This evening we include a visit to the Eco-Termales Hot Springs to soothe any aching muscles – the best hot springs in the area!

    Paved roads, mostly level for the first half, followed by several challenging climbs.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Morning jungle ride; afternoon cycle along Caribbean coast to Cahuita.

    We have another early start today as we head east into the rolling terrain of the San Carlos plains, riding through rich agricultural zones, sugar cane and pineapple plantations and rural villages. We are generally descending on this leg, which levels off as we get closer to Muelle where we conclude the morning stage. Have your cameras handy upon arrival, as there is a population of large iguanas posing while the staff will load the bikes for the transfer out to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Given that we will be crossing a large portion of Costa Rica, this is a long transfer (approx. 3 hours). It is well worth the effort as we arrive at a beautiful beach, Playa Manzanillo, which will be your introduction to the Afro-Caribe culture on the east side of Costa Rica. We will have lunch at a seafood restaurant where you can try the fresh seafood and the Caribbean rendition of “riceandbeans”, very tasty due to the use of coconut and spices. After lunch you have time to check out the beach in front of the hotel, but be very careful as the sea has very strong rip currents, especially if the waves are big. Then it's back onto the bikes for an afternoon ride through the rainforest and along the coast to bustling Puerto Viejo, one of the most popular destinations on this side of Costa Rica. From here, we head to Hone Creek, where we will transfer (approx. 15 minutes) to Cahuita, a typical Caribbean town with lively reggae music/culture and spicy cuisine.

    Morning stage fast descent leaving La Fortuna, then level out to Muelle. Afternoon stage fully level  100% paved for both stages.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Ride to Panama border; boat to Bocas del Toro islands.

    Today we begin riding south at the base of the towering Talamanca Mountains. We follow the main coastal road at first before turning off to the indigenous community of Bri-Bri, home to members of the Guaymi tribe. We may see some of the traditionally dressed women in flowing embroidered dresses as we pass through this area. The ride continues through vast banana plantations to the border crossing on the banks of the Sixaola River. After a quick lunch we leave Costa Rica and cross to Guabito, the Panamanian port of entry. After the border formalities, we board the bus through the frontier town of Changuinola, and then through steep rainforest hills which are inhabited by indigenous people. We hit the coast and embark on a private boat transfer to cross into the Caribbean to the wonderful Bocas del Toro Islands. On arrival you will be able to join a boat trip to the other islands or go on dolphin-watching tours. All of these optional activities can be arranged through the hotel or nearby tour agencies whom we have long-established relationships with.

    Mostly flat roads, although there are some climbs as we head to Bri-Bri. The roads are paved although there are often potholes and washouts close to the border.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Jungle ride; descent to Pan-Am Highway; transfer to Pacific coast.

    After taking a private boat back to the mainland, we drive to Punta Robalo for a ride through beautiful jungle scenery. After lunch we transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) through the mountains that separate Panama's two coastlines after which we begin our second ride of the day. The change in temperature, humidity and eco-systems are significant as we gain altitude. At the top of the pass we find beautiful Lago Fortuna, set in a rainforest-clad tropical valley. We then have a fast downhill ride with great mountain views and several river crossings to Gualaca and the Pan-Am Highway beyond. Upon meeting the Pan American Highway junction, we board the minibus for the drive down to Las Lajas, an isolated Pacific beach which stretches for miles. Here we can enjoy a great tropical sunset while relaxing under the shade of a palm thatch palapa. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free day in Las Lajas.

    Today is a free day, and you may wish to spend your time swimming in a pristine tropical beach and relaxing on a golden sand beach. However for those who want to ride today, we have an extra 19-mile ride up to the Village of San Felix, providing a rare opportunity to interact with the indigenous culture of the area.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Tropical lowland forest ride; transfer to Panama City.

    We have an early start today as we avoid the heat and traffic on our ride through the Panamanian countryside. We take a short drive to Guabala, a customs/passport control point on the Pan Am highway, and once our documents have been checked, we will offload the bikes for a fairly challenging ride through a quite remote and hilly section of the western portion of Veraguas Province. Some of the morning's ride takes us along remote backroads past large sugar plantations and through dry tropical forest. We finish cycling close to the town of Jorones, where we start our transfer to Panama City (approx. 4 hours), with a quick lunch stop in Santiago, the main city in this part of Panama. We cross the famous canal where we're very likely to see huge ships as they make the journey between the Caribbean and the Pacific. Our hotel is located in the suburb of Albrook, where many opulent residences are testament to the days when US military officers and Canal Authority officials lived in the city.

    Level start but becoming increasingly hilly during the middle section. The last stage is level again and the road is fully paved.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Ride alongside the Panama Canal.

    Our final day is truly memorable, as we travel along a stretch of the Panama Canal to observe some of the highlights. Starting from our hotel which overlooks the Pacific entrance to the canal, we transfer to the Miraflores Locks Visitor Centre (entry fee to museum and video presentation included) to view the process of raising and lowering the ship traffic. We then have a short transfer to the entry point of the Soberana National Park, where we will enjoy a final biking stage through lush rainforest. Our biking concludes with lunch at lovely Los Lagartos, set over Lago Gamboa, with the canal as a back-drop. This offers a great photo opportunity as ships pass by during their transit. After lunch we transfer back to our hotel for some free time or a swim. In the afternoon we visit the World Heritage Site of Casco Viejo, the historic old portion of Panama City. We will have our final group dinner in the Casco Viejo at Las Bovedas, an excellent restaurant set on the historic Plaza de Francia. 

    This is mostly level along the canal, but with some climbing within the Soberana Park. The main road is fully paved.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Panama City.

    Our trip ends after breakfast this morning, and those on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the return journey to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

FCO Advice for Nicaragua


Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them. All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see here for more information. The same applies to travel via Canada which also requires an Electronic Travel Authority. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy. 


Most nationalities, including Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Panama for 90 days without a visa.


Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be expected to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you.  


There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip. Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

The trip price includes all breakfasts throughout the trip. Restaurant stops for lunch and dinner are selected throughout the itinerary to allow you to try out good quality local cuisine. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality 'gallo pinto' and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Most days we are on a fairly tight timing schedule, especially at lunchtimes when we have cycling stages and transfers in the afternoon. In order to help us save time and hassle when we are dining as a group, the leader will take a note of people's orders and settle the total group bill him/herself. The leader will then ask clients for individual payments at a convenient time before leaving Costa Rica. We find that this method is the most efficient, however if you object then you are of course free to opt out.


Costa Rica and Panama lie between 5º and 15º north of the equator, and have an almost perfect tropical climate. The average temperature is 10-13ºC in the highlands, and 22-28ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to October when there may be daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine. November to April is the driest time of the year but you should still expect some rain, particularly in the cloud forests. August offers moderate temperatures.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 45km (28 miles)
Number of days cycling: 12
Vehicle Support: 100%
Terrain and route: surface 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved track, some hills and generally rolling terrain.

Our routes follow quiet back roads where possible. In Costa Rica, as we make our way from the Northwest corner of the country to our exit at the Southeast corner, there will be sections where we will use roads with heavy traffic. This is because in some regions they are the only paved roads available.

This tour covers some remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are in good condition, there can be potholes and poor road conditions in some sections. The roads are generally free of heavy traffic until we reach towns. In the harder areas there are some longish climbs, requiring good fitness, (particularly as the region is invariably hot and humid) and also some steep descents.

Occasionally it may not be possible to follow the itinerary exactly as planned. Leaders will always watch for hazardous traffic situations, road closures, ferry cancellations etc. and look for alternate routes/solutions whenever required. In all such cases that involve shortening a cycling stage, every effort will be made to recover lost mileage (or missed visits) later in the trip.

Please note that in the region of Cahuita the sea has very strong rip currents and is not suitable for swimming from the beach. 


Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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You will spend 14 nights in comfortable hotels. This includes a mixture of colonial-style and modern hotels all with en suite facilities. On standard departures you will stay in a variety of good quality, comfortable colonial-style and modern hotels, all with en suite facilities.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed March 2019
    Russell Dawson

    Fabulous Cycling

    Having done quite a few fantastic Exodus holidays, I have to say that this 2 week trip was one of the very best. It had everything; fantastic leaders Memo and Anthony, great weather, and very helpful drivers. My fellow cyclists were so welcoming and friendly that we soon were like one extended family on holiday together. However the real star of the show was the location; Costa Rica is a wonderful cycling venue, as is Panama.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Very difficult to say. Every day was full of wonderful experiences.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Memo and Anthony did everything to make the holiday relaxed and stress free. Memo gave us background information on the various areas we were in whilst travelling to our starting points, complete with excellent diagrams. Both had a very well rehearsed and executed procedure to make sure that tricky junctions were safe for us to negotiate.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget the bug spray; essential in a few places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Barry Weiss

    Fun trip

    We had a really nice time on this trip. The group of cyclists was wonderful, as was our guide and our bike mechanic. Of note, we brought our own tandem bicycle on the trip. The crew was really good about taking care of it during transport on the bus. So, everything went smoothly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We really enjoyed being awakened in the morning by the sound of howler monkeys. Some of the side trips, like the Tarcoles River trip and our hike the La Fortuna Falls, were really special. Also had lots of opportunity to practice my Spanish.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Guillermo ("Memo") was super. Hard to imagine having a better group leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for hot weather and bring lots of sunscreen. Also, some of the days we were riding on roads with heavy truck traffic, so make sure you are comfortable with that.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The folks at Exodus were also super-helpful as we were planning the trip.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Earle Shields

    Cycle Costa Rica and Panama

    High-handed and unfriendly trip leader tarnished what otherwise would have been a great trip with excellent logistics, amazing wildlife, and wonderful accommodations

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Either seeing Osama, the 18 foot crocodile, or the sight of the Panama Canal in operation.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knowledgeable about the wildlife and geography in Costa Rica. Plus Gerhard speaks perfect English. However, his shortcomings described above (high-handed and unfriendly) outweighed his attributes and resulted in a flawed trip.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Earle for his feedback. We are pleased that he found the wildlife to be amazing and the accommodation to be wonderful, but we were very sorry to read that he was unhappy with the tour’s leadership. The tour leader, Gerhard, has 23 years of experience and normally receives very positive feedback. We have reviewed the feedback for him from other members of Earle’s group and from previous departures, and we are very confident that he continues to meet Exodus’ high expectations. We are nonetheless very sorry that Earle felt that aspects of the leadership had a negative impact on his trip and we have asked Gerhard to ensure that he interacts with all clients in a friendly manner.

    Malcolm Parkinson – Product Manager

  • Reviewed February 2019
    KEITH Panter

    Coatas Rica and Panama cycling

    good trip - first 2-3 days need re-thinking as clearly hotels not up to scratch Good and varied visit Great group of folks Good Guide Some long transfers

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Long Downhill ride in Panama

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - good English, caring and fun

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit - it worked for me and I am 69 Don't be put off by challenging status - there is always the bus!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall would have like more 2 day hotels and maybe less trasnferring
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Andrew Moncrief

    Cycle nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama... omitting Nicaragua due to civil unrest

    Another great trip, despite the disappointment of Nicaragua being excluded due to civil unrest. CR is a lovely, friendly country and the guide was pleased to showcase it for us. The wildlife is a highlight on this tour, so do bring binoculars to see birds, lizards, crocs etc close up. Some fantastic hotels , some quirky but always clean, secure and friendly. The cycling is fine, no really long days but some rides are a bit lumpy and some of the group found it a bit challenging with the heat/humidity. No issues with illness on the trip, and no serious untoward incidents luckily. The tour guide and cycling guide/mechanic were excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really loved seeing sloths at the sanctuary in Fortuna- pricey, but just haggle! Toucans at dawn at Mystica! Bocas del torro- dancing in the forbidden Iguana bar! Panama canal (although our visit was curtailed by a fire alarm)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader was Andrea, who had many years of experience in the industry and her knowledge and English were very good indeed. She worked tirelessly to meet our needs and keep us happy, and i learnt a great deal about the places we were travelling through from her. Anthony was our cycle guide/mechanic and was learning his trade quickly. He was friendly, encouraging, helpful and kept the bikes in good repair. He is an inspirational cyclist too- think twice before issuing a challenge! Ron was our driver, and aquited himself very well, with no incidents along the way. Even though his English was limited, he was always there to help load the bikes or cut the pineapple etc during our breaks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please please Exodus, don't book flights with United Airlines (shocking customer service, minimalistic or no in-flight food included, pay to view tv's (which didnt even work if you paid). We will NEVER fly with them again. Transitting through Newark to San Jose was also an experience we never wish to repeat. To call it an international airport is a contradiction in terms. Despite having submitted and paid for an ESTA, we were forced to queue for nearly 3 hours, and as the time to make our connection was running out, the official helpful advice received was "book another flight". Dreadful, hostile and unhelpful. Why they bother to paint "welcome" at the arrival gate is a mystery. A bit more time at a few places might have been nice- Bocas del Torro, Las Lajas
  • Reviewed November 2018
    christopher richardson

    Smelly tours

    Great cycling but we got wet (repeatedly}. We got wet but it was never unpleasant as it was lovely and warm but the bus did get very smelly. Hotels generally very good. Costa Rica expensive but great coffee and beer. Panama cheaper but coffee and beer not so good. The short days, dark by 5.45 limit, activities after cycling. Good wildlife. Hope you like Rice and beans.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the Las Lajas beach resort on day 12 and virtually the whole group charging into the surf.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberto was an efficient well organised leader. Terrible Chinese impression.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a telescopic brolly and newspaper to help dry shoes.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Alice Dain

    cycling costa rica and panama

    Fun trip with plenty of cycling and wildlife. Plenty of opportunity to sample local food including excellent seafood. Cycled through varied terrain with enough hills. Grading of 4 is correct as none of the hills were extreme and daily cycling distance was easy/moderate. Very hot, so sunblock essential. Two days of deluge- rest of time remained dry.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing lock working on Panama Canal Seeing sloth in the wild Fantastically coloured flowers and birds

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader - Memo-excellent. Good organiser and gave us mini lectures on wildlife during bus transfers.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Maeve Gleeson

    Rainforest, beaches and wildlife.

    Another fantastic Exodus trip with some great cycling in varied scenery and terrain, wonderful wildlife and beautiful beaches, Pacific and Caribbean. Well planned itinerary with a good variety of hotels, wild life lodges, quiet beach resorts, good seafood where available. Finishing in Panama City with all the interest of the canal and contrasting the charm of the old city with the shiny high rise of the new.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Best moments included watching pelicans fishing from the early morning ferry while Gabriel's Oboe played over the speakers, cycling the loop at Fortuna, biking to the sounds of the rain forest, relaxing tired muscles in the hot springs, the boat trips spotting wildlife, some lovely early morning bike rides, the toucans, the hummingbirds, the howler monkeys showing off in the trees before breakfast, the surf on Red Frog Beach.... every day offered something different

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Top marks to Andres who was super organised, always helpful, an excellent communicator, incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about wildlife and his beautiful country. He led a very happy team who all worked really hard to make the trip fun for each member of the group. He was also brilliant at spotting birds and animals and identifying wildlife photo opportunities for the keener photographers in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy, don't miss the hot springs, bring rain gear for the rain forest though we were lucky with the weather. A group of 4 or more can hire a boat in the islands (Bocas del Torres) and decide your own itinerary.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really well done to the local guides who rearranged the trip when travel to Nicaragua became a problem. The replacement days included one of my favourite hotels (one of the wildlife lodges) and an excellent guided river safari we all enjoyed.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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