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Can I do this?

It is surprising how much we are truly capable of. A big part of a trip like this is experiencing the rewards at the end of the day. Some will find it easier than others and some may have to push a little harder. It is important that you look over the level of difficulties and distances to make sure that you choose the right tour for you.The tour is not a race! We realize that bikers will ride at different paces and accommodate for this. No one will be left behind.  

Is Central America a safe place to travel?

The people of these countries have proven to be very friendly, hospitable and very helpful. We will mainly be traveling through small towns where we are welcomed and respected by the locals. Like anywhere else in the world, most crime seems to be centered in and around cities. It is important that you use your common sense and avoid things such as; carrying a lot of money, walking alone at night, wearing fancy/flashy clothes or jewelry, etc.  Facts about Nicaragua

What is the best to way to carry money?

It is important that you have some cash on you to start the trip ($300). American currency can easily be exchanged. It is best that you keep the rest of your money safe in your bank account. There will be plenty of ATM machines along the way that you can withdraw the local currency from. It is important that you let your bank and credit card company know when and where you are traveling to avoid any problems.

Is the food and water safe to eat and drink?

It is recommended that you drink bottled water to avoid any problems. Bottled water is readily available from vendors as well as your hotel. Some precautions should be taken with food as to avoid getting sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before eating
- Make sure food is fully cooked
- Avoid raw vegetables
- Eat fruits that you can peel
- Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized
All this been said, I myself drink water straight from the tap in Costa Rica and have eaten at Hundreds of different local restaurants throughout Central America and have never had any problems.

What vaccines are recommended for this area?

CDC Travel Health provides complete travel health recommendations for every country. It is free and updated daily.

Should I bring rain gear?

It is recommended that you bring lightweight rain gear. In mountainous areas we could run in to some rain and colder temperatures.

How do I do my laundry?

It is recommended that you bring small laundry detergent packets and wash as you go. Quick-dry clothing will assure that your clothes are dry by morning. In most hotels they will do your laundry for a small cost. 

Will there be hot water where we stay?

Some places along the coast may not offer hot water as the temperatures are warm. In the cooler mountainous areas there is often hot water. 

What identification and documents do I need?

You must have a valid passport. It is recommended that you make copies of your passport and any other important documents such as your plane ticket and insurance papers. Leave copies with someone back home and have a copy that you keep separately from your original documents on hand.

What will the weather be like?

November is the first reliably dry month at the beginning of the dry season. What little rain does fall usually comes as afternoon or evening showers. 

On the Caribbean side of the central mountains it is wetter, especially in the northeast where cool air pushes across the Gulf of Mexico picking up heat and moisture.

The beaches and lowlands experience high temperatures in the mid 80’s to 90's and low temperatures in the 70’s to mid 80’s. 

Does Backpackers on Bikes provide bicycles?

We do provide bikes and all necessary gear which are now included in the price. 

Will there be internet access?

Internet is fairly cheap and widely available. Many of our hotels offer free secure Wi-Fi networks.

How do I prepare for biking in hot temperatures?

We will have early morning start times in order to help beat the mid day heat. It is important that you choose clothing that allows perspiration to evaporate quickly so that it can do its cooling job better. Cotton is not recommended as it absorbs and holds onto sweat. Opt instead for fabrics such as spandex and lycra.To avoid dehydration it is recommended that you start drinking water before you set off for the day. During your ride you should drink fluids every 20 mins. Wetting your head frequently and wearing a wet bandana on your neck also helps.
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