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Getting Around Nicaragua by Bicycle

Nicaragua’s highways are ideal for long distance biking. Over the last decade the road system has been greatly improved, but, as cars are still out of reach for most normal citizens, the new highways are often empty—making them ideal to explore by peddle power. Cycling is common, so cars, buses, ox-carts etc. will not be surprized by your presence, and will act accordingly.

Your own bike

If you intend on bringing your own bike to Nicaragua it is sensible to have proof of ownership with you to ease the customs process. This can be complex depending on the officer; if you are charged, ask to speak to a superior and find out exactly what you are paying for. You should also bring all spares for any repairs that you may have to do, as imported parts are extremely hard to find. Most towns will have a bike shop where basic repairs can be carried, however, it is often best to do everything you can do yourself. The best way to secure your bike at night is to take it into your hotel room with you, something that many places will let you do.


Renting a bike is a great, cheap way to explore Nicaragua’s countryside and keep fit at the same time. Bikes are widely available for hire in all tourist hot spots from rental stores, as well as many hotels and hostels. As with all rented bikes, the equipment may be old and not in the best condition; check your bike thoroughly, and if you are not satisfied find another.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Nicaragua : Getting Around Laguna de Perlas, Getting Around Islas Solentiname, Getting Around Nicaragua by Air, Getting Around, Getting around, Getting Around, Getting Around Nicaragua by Train, Getting Around San Juan del Sur, Getting Around Nicaragua by Boat and Getting Around.

By Tom Ravenscroft
Initially intending to just pass through Ecuador on his year-long sojourn across the world, Tom Raven Scroft decided to set up camp in Quito as an...
11 Mar 2009

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