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Backpackers on Bikes
We are small intimate company able to provide a truly personable experience to our clients. We are young, energetic and very knowledgeable of the areas we tour. Our routes are very well researched enabling us to provide a hassle free and truly unique experience. We provide a means of responsible and culturally friendly tourism. We have good knowledge of Spanish and bicycle mechanics.
Mark & Julie
We are married and from Hudson, a small town near Montreal, Canada. We started Backpackers on Bikes four years ago after backpacking for many years. We have ventured to numerous countries in Asia, Latin America and beyond. With a thirst for a more adventurous way of traveling, we started bike touring 10 years ago and find it a great way to experience the beauty and culture of a country. We wanted to share that experience with others. For this reason we started Backpackers on Bikes.
Harold is Nicaraguan and grew up on the Coast in the town of Casares. He studied English as a foreign language at UNAN Managua University. He has been working as an interpreter and as a tour guide for 10 years. He got involved with tourism after being an interpreter and local guide for various medical teams visiting as volunteers. Harold loves to be active and out in Nature which has helped shape his passion for touring. He has a tremendous knowledge of Nicaragua, its history, flora and fauna.
Come join us! We know the routes and can guide you on an awesome adventure abroad!
Tony North The Best of Nicaragua The Multi sport Tour of Nicaragua with Backpackers on Bikes was wonderful. Our family of four (two kids aged eight and nine) was looking for a holiday with lots of activity as well as a chance to experience a culture significantly different from our Ontario lifestyle, This trip had all of this in spades. It was brilliantly organized. Julie and Mark had clearly planned each part of the trip in a thoughtful and intelligent manner. The riding days were highly enjoyable. The routes were picturesque and had little traffic. We were able to witness life in Nicaragua at the gentle pace of a bike. The scenery was often stunning and we had the feeling we were seeing many of the most striking parts of the country. Our kids (and us) also loved the other activities: horse- riding on a beach, kayaking up a river, climbing a volcano and having a surf lesson. As we are vegetarians, Mark and Julie also spent time researching an array of delicious restaurants for us; this extra care was evident in all aspects of the tour. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys activity and adventure in their travels and a chance to spend time in a beautiful, fascinating country. It is ideal for families, groups of friends, or strangers who would like to become friends.From Tony and Melissa North Sharon Auclair Volcanoes and Coast This was a trip of a life time. 8 dynamic women and 2 very special delightful guides (Julie & Mark). We were a large group to accommodate but hats off to Julie and Mark for being so well organized, easy going and a pleasure to be around. They made our trip a delight, the only thing we ever had to think about was what we were going to eat next. This was a wonderful way to see the country and how the people live. I would do it again in a heart beat. I think a few of us are already thinking about which tour to take next year. So if you are looking for some adventure, beautiful weather, exercise, good food, no stress holiday this is it. A perfect vacation and a healthy one. Thanks again guys for everything. Sharon Danielle Perrault Volcanoes and Coast Had a great time in Nicaragua. Mark and Julie did an excellent job providing us with a customized tour that allowed us to see the beautiful sights! We were well guided and kept safe! Thank you so much! Lenore Volcanoes and Coast Fantastic week. Enjoyed every minute of it. Marc and Julie are great guides and hosts Gabriela Steinmetz Volcanoes and coast What a trip of a lifetime!! I can't express how much I enjoyed our bike tour through Nicaragua. It was the perfect way to see the country - in fact I would love to do another tour with my husband and kids!Nicaragua is a beautiful country with so much to see - Julie and Mark's tours are really well thought out with a good mix of biking and relaxation. Thank you for a great experience! Jim Quirk Custom Tour Costa Rica It was one of the best trips and vacations I've ever had.The country and beaches were beautiful, the food was varied and good,the riding, challenging but fun, and the group was great.I highly recommend Marc's and Julie's tours. Carole Custom Tour Costa Rica We had an amazing tour, very well prepared by Mark and Julie. Every detail was carefully thought of including great accommodations, restaurants & fabulous bike routes. They even took great pictures of all of us along the way. Mark & Julie were terrific guides and we are already planning our next trip with them! Margaret King Volcanoes and Coast What a great time! It's increasingly difficult to find a vacation that is relaxing AND active, especially if you want to get off the beaten path- this is the vacation was all 3 of those things! I would definitely recommend Backpackers on Bikes. The pace of the tour was just right for me. We rode our bikes from one destination to the next, but we usually had a few days in each city to relax. Also, my bike was fantastic. In Nicaragua, you're going to experience some rugged terrain. Julie and Mark have that covered. On a rental bike, I'm sure I would have wiped out on a couple of the steeper, rockier roads, but the bike that Mark tuned up for me every day of the trip was perfect! Mark and Julie are fantastic tour guides. I couldn't have asked for a pair of warmer, more laid- back people to travel with. They've both travelled in Nicaragua so they're very knowledgeable and familiar with the lay of the land. I really appreciated that they treated me like a friend, rather then a client. Mark Allen Custom Tour Costa Rica A fabulous tour! MarK and Julie thoughtfully put together a route, and captured every highlight along the way. Very relaxed and the tour was done in such a way that one could bike at one's own pace. The negotiations that Mark and Julie made on accomodation prices, more than paid for their guide fee. They chose some great places to stay. Lots of beautiful natural settings along the way. Gary Custom Tour Costa Rica can,t say enough about our tour guides Marc and Julie who also own backpackers on bikes, the tour was fantastic the biking in costa rica is amazing and I felt safer on the roads than back at home in Ottawa.The couple of days at sea level was very hot and by noon you are longing for the beach or pool.a day off biking was great to hit the Manuel Antonio national park,monkeys,butterflies,racoons,and 100,s of species of birds.the 2nd halve of the tour was inland at about 1800 meters above sea level going down to about 600/m unbelievable views. Marc and Julie took care of everything, great restaurants and great hotels. I would not hesitate to do another tour with them Im already thinking of next year.