Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want to see the world from a different perspective, traveling by bike is a great option. Central America is a particularly popular destination for bicycle travelers and for good reason. The region has a lot to offer, from beautiful scenery to fascinating cultures.
To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for traveling by bike in Central America.
1. Speak Spanish
Central America has the advantage of a common language so you might as well take advantage of it to learn Spanish! Before heading out I recommend that you understand the basics. There are dedicated websites and apps for this You can also take a class or simply study with a friend who speaks the language and/or a good dictionary.
2. Ride a “classic” touring bike
Far from being a mechanic, I recommend a classic touring bike. New parts are hard to find in some countries (Guatemala El Honduras and Nicaragua). On the other hand, a mechanic is easy to find by hand En or.
It is possible to travel with any bike and the most important thing is to be consistent with your mount!
3. Has useful apps and groups
To accompany you throughout your adventure I recommend downloading an app that can help you in all situations while also integrating conversations from various groups/cyclists. These are the people who used to be with me After and during my trip:
- Warm shower: A global platform to connect cyclists
- RAM: A Facebook group for Mexican cyclists. Do not hesitate to contact them to join the WhatsApp Mutual Aid Group (Familia Ciclo CentroAm CentroAme Cicloviajeros RACmx GENERAL)
- Cicloviajeros Cyclists: Facebook group
- Komoot BikeMap MapsMe: My app finds my way
- iOverlander: for finding campsites
4. My three “safety” rules
I think we all live in fear and fear. None will be inhumane or even dangerous.
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than sleeping in a place where you don’t feel confident. Here’s why during these two years of wandering I made rules to tame my fears and sleep soundly:
- Never ride at night
- Find my campsite an hour before nightfall
- Always trust my gut!
5. Find hospitality
Asking for a treat I just ask “Hello how are you?” I travel by bike and I want to rest here. Do you know where I can put my tent? This means in French: “Hello how are you?” I travel on the bike I want Rest here Do you know where I can put my tent?
You can always find a beautiful soul among the locals: firefighters police churches restaurants…anything is possible! Thanks to this I had an incredible encounter.
6. Say hello!
Raise your hand or call Hola with a smile it doesn’t eat bread it consumes beautiful positive energy!
7. Love frijoles
Don’t be afraid to eat street food except for frijoles which means “beans” it’s the best! I understand that the unknown can be scary but dare! This will make your trip tasteful too. Indeed tasting local food on a trip is immersing in The culture of the country you are visiting.
When traveling who can resist the unknown flavors and smells of typical local dishes?
8. Knowing how to say yes
I think it’s common to say “no” to meals or hospitality out of politeness or not to disturb humans. At the start of my adventure, I would rather refuse to eat if I have food in my bag and refuse to entertain if I have other accommodation solutions. Then I realized Accepting help from anyone is the greatest form of equality. Humans all over the world need to drink eat and sleep. To accept and say yes is to put everyone on the same pedestal.
Remember when traveling we encounter dozens of different cultures and rejection can be misunderstood.
9. Be ready to walk beside the bike
My calf remembers Guatemala’s disproportionate elevation! Be prepared to walk next to your bike just in case.. 😉
10. Live your adventure as you see fit
There are as many cyclists as there are ways to travel.
When it comes to equipment some like ergonomics some like comfort some value the quality of others. One Colombian friend with his drums another with his guitar another with their dog. I believe travel is like cargo it’s about everyone and adapts to your personality.
During my travels, I found it important to have a common thread to build a project in parallel. This red line keeps me from ever feeling lost and wondering why I wake up every morning and set myself goals. For over two years my common thread has been sharing my adventures with others children.