The Adventure




Nicaragua Tuk-Tuk Adventure

The ultimate Nicaraguan Adventure holiday - drive a Tuk-Tuk, explore the country and complete challenges .


The Adventure

Get ready for an adventure that's hotter than a habanero pepper and wilder than a howler monkey in Nicaragua! Imagine zipping through 1,000 kilometers of jaw-dropping landscapes, all from the cozy confines of your very own Tuk-Tuk. Welcome to the Waves and Volcanoes Adventure—where every twist and turn is a heart-pounding thrill ride and every pit stop is a chance to make memories that'll last a lifetime.

Nicaragua isn't just the biggest kid on the block in Central America—it's also the safest. With its mix of untouched natural beauty, more lakes than you can skip stones across, volcanoes that'll make your jaw drop, endless stretches of sandy beaches, and the granddaddy of all colonial cities, Granada, it's no wonder they call it "Central America's uncut diamond." And let's not forget about the locals—they're as warm and welcoming as a freshly brewed cup of Nicaraguan coffee. 

Don't be surprised if you find yourself invited into someone's home for a taste of that famous Nicaraguan hospitality as you cruise through the country.

Nicaragua isn't just another destination—it's an exotic playground where the sun never seems to clock out. From rugged tropical rivers to crystal-clear crater lakes, towering volcanoes to quaint colonial cities, and from the friendly faces of its people to the lively energy that pulses through every street corner, this place is a feast for the senses and a playground for the adventurous soul. So pack your sense of wonder and your spirit of adventure—we're about to embark on the journey of a lifetime!

The Route

Laguna de Apoyo > Leon > Matagalpa > Granada > Popoyo > Ometepe Maderas > Granada

The Highlights


Our Nicaragua Tuk-Tuk Adventure encapsulates the true spirit of exploration and discovery, being a completely new discovery for us. Set against the backdrop of Nicaragua's breathtaking scenery, this journey is an invitation to dive headfirst into the heart of adventure. Drive your own Tuk-Tuk through picturesque landscapes, encounter local culture, and immerse yourself in the beauty of this Central American gem. Prepare for an adventure like no other—one that promises waves, volcanos, surprises, and endless moments of awe.

The Route Less Travelled

Our adventure kicks off on the shores of Lake Nicaragua , Granada where you'll begin your journey . From there, you´ll wind our way through the lush countryside, passing by towering volcanoes and pristine lakes, before looping back to our starting point. Roads are generally straight, flat and in good condition and with few other cars on the road, excluding the major cities. Each stop along the way offers a new opportunity to connect with the land and its people. 


Our Nicaragua adventure travel experience includes daily challenges based on themes of Culture, Language, Physical, Culinary, and Photography. These challenges are fun, creative ice breakers designed to encourage exploration and local discovery, making your adventure holiday in Italy not just a trip, but a journey of cultural and personal exploration.

Tuk-Tuk Adventure sounds good...

Why Nicaragua?

At Large Minority, we're always on the lookout for unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer unforgettable adventures. That's why we're thrilled to introduce Nicaragua as our newest destination!

Nicaragua is a land of unparalleled natural beauty, boasting lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse ecosystems. On this Tuk-Tuk Adventure you will traverse rugged terrain and explore the crater lakes of dormant volcanoes and enjoy the landscapes of the Pacific coastline. Nicaragua offers a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. 

As far as we're concerned, there are two ways to see Nicaragua: in a Tuk-Tuk, or not in a Tuk-Tuk. And we're going with one. Join us as we uncover the secrets of this captivating country and embark on an unforgettable journey through Nicaragua with Large Minority Travel. Who's coming?

 Training and driving lessons on arrival day.

 Accommodation for 2 people in double or twin room for the duration of your booked trip. 1 room per team. (Twins subject to availability)

 Delicious locally-made breakfasts.

 Welcome dinner

 Nicaragua Tuk-Tuk Adventure logistics & legal stuff (mechanics, support team, permits, luggage truck).

 Welcome pack (sim card, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase-book, navigational sheets).

 Awards ceremony & farewell party. (excluding weekend adventures)

Flights, visas, airport transfers.

Day to day costs (lunch, dinner, drinks & gratuities)

Spare parts and repairs (approx. total £40-120 per team).

Fuel (approx. total £100 per team).

 Tuk-Tuk deposit (1500GBP)

 Travel Insurance


Check out what others have said about our Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure.


Such an adventure! It was a different type of holiday with daily challenges that took us out of our comfort zones but offered a great sense of achievement once completed. Not so much lazing by the pool but great fun interacting with the friendly people and seeing all the aspects the beautiful country has to offer. A fabulous holiday, much better than I ever imagined.

Jen, Team Wise Wanderers


¨Yes, that was really a WOW and crazy adventure and I really enjoyed it very much. The first thing I would like to comment is about Mark and Luigi. They did a great job taking care of us. Their organisation, kindness, patience and professionalism made the whole trip a wonderful experience. Also the efficiency how you handled the ¨break down¨ , I was impressed! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! This was my first Tuk-Tuk Trip, so for me everything was new and exciting. I enjoyed the nice hotels and the hospitality of the hosts. We lived so many great moments with local people. Unforgettable!! All in all a truly memorable Tuk-Tuk adventure. I am so very happy that I was part of it. Yeahhh!! Who knows …. maybe we will come back….. ¨

In the Unfortunate Event of a Breakdown

The Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-Tuks are unique vehicles that require careful handling and maintenance. While our team works tirelessly to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet, it´s important to note that Tuk-Tuks are delicate machines that can experience mechanical issues or breakdowns due to improper handling or poor road conditions.

We take great pride in providing our customers with an authentic and adventurous travel experience, and part of that experience is accepting the risks and challenges that come with driving a Tuk-Tuk.

In the event that a Tuk-Tuk does experience mechanical issues we have mechanics on hand and, depending on the nature of the breakdown, it may be the responsibility of the driver to repair the vehicle at their own expense. 

We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but we believe it is a fair price to pay for the thrill and excitement of Tuk-Tuk travel.

So, if you´re ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure, just remember to drive carefully, follow our safety guidelines, and embrace the challenges that come with this unique mode of transportation. 

After all, it's all part of the adventure!


Ah, the humble Tuk-Tuk. The ride so nice they named it twice. These are standard issue, Indian-made, Nicaragua Tuk-Tuks.

They’ve got three wheels (don’t ask us why), an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than a horse.

Tuk-Tuks have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, climate or level of abuse. Their cruising speed is a tasty 35kph (22mph). Their cruising altitude is about one foot.

Warning: Tuk-Tuks can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.


  • Engine: 4 stroke engine – 200 cc
  • Petrol tank: 6 litre normal capacity plus 1 litre of reserve
  • Average petrol consumption: 1 litre approx 20 to 25 Km’s
  • Top speed: 55 kmph

For a comprehensive answer, go and Google ‘internal combustion engine’. But here are the cliffnotes.

  • The accelerator is found on the right.
  • The clutch and gears are located on the left.
  • The main break is actioned by your right foot.

On the first day of the event, everyone is required to attend a mandatory Tuk-Tuk driving induction and safety training session (this means you). You’ll get lots of time to practice before hitting the road. A Tuk-Tuk is a cross between a car and a scooter, so clutch control is key. If you´ve driven a scooter or motorbike before, it’ll be a breeze.

It’s worth remembering that the Nicaragua Tuk-Tuk adventure is just that – an adventure. It’s not a race. It’s not like Cake’s seminal 90s hit The Distance. Speed should not be your priority. If anything should be, it’s probably fun. 

A team is made up of either 2 or 3 people. Apparently there is no ‘I’ in it. You get one Tuk-Tuk per team. 

Yes, you’ve got to be at least 18 years old in order to participate. We don’t have a maximum age, but if you’re over 65 we definitely recommend checking with your insurer to make sure you qualify for the medical insurance you’ll need to take part. The Challenge is physically tough, but by no means extreme – we won’t sugar-coat it. You should really only take part if you’re in decent physical shape and your health is A-Okay.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to strap suitcases to the roof of your Tuk-Tuk. We’ve got a luggage truck that will follow us around. Each morning you’ll load it up with your heavy bags, and each night we’ll hand it back at our hotel. Job done. Simples.

Don’t stress, they’re very friendly. If you can ride a bicycle that has a clutch and an engine, you can drive a Tuk-Tuk. Besides, on the first day everyone gets mandatory Tuk-Tuk driving instructions and a chance to get used to your vehicle. You’ll have plenty of practice before hitting the open road. NOTE: We cannot teach you to drive like an Italian. Unless off-course, you are Italian.

To put it bluntly – not really. There will be an element of danger, if only because you’re sitting behind the handlebars of a three-wheeled Tuk-Tuk, on top of 200CC of raw power, and tackling unfamiliar roads in a foreign country. But don’t worry too much – if you’re sensible and cautious, you should be fine, and we have a fully trained crew to swing in if anything goes wrong.

Warning: Tuk-Tuks can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.

Your humble steed will be handed over in a good road worthy condition and from then onwards it is your responsibility to take care of any repair costs. Our team of mechanics will be at your disposal throughout the event and will assist you with this at a cost. Otherwise you can turn to the locals to help you out. But don’t worry spare parts are not that expensive!

The cost of repairs depends on how each teams looks after their vehicle. Naturally there is a small amount of wear and tear on these type of events, but you will only be charged for parts that are damaged or need to be replaced. There will be a full vehicle inspection prior to handing over your ride. On average, the cost of repairs ranges from £40-£120 per team.

Tuk-Tuks are unique vehicles that require careful handling and maintenance. While our team works tirelessly to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet, it's important to note that Tuk-Tuks are delicate machines that can experience mechanical issues or breakdowns due to improper handling or poor road conditions.

These wonderful machines are surprisingly fuel efficient, so unless you drive like a madman your wheels will do at least 30 km to the litre so you won’t really be spending more than £100 for the whole adventure (based on 8 days).

Whoa there, speed racer. These bad boys can’t really get over 50kph. The average speed should be around 35kph. Fast enough to get the blood racing, but not so fast you hit a Ferrari (that would not be good).

The Adventure is broken up into various driving legs. Each team gets a road map and a daily navigational sheet, which they’ll use to get from A to B each day. The winning team isn’t necessarily the team that finishes first, it’s the one that accumulates the most Challenge points. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way.

That means that racing is not really encouraged. In fact it’s actively discouraged. There’s no need to set a new ground-speed record in Nicaragua (very difficult to do on a 200cc Tuk-Tuk, but still…) 

We’ll provide mechanical support when you need it, but essentially you’re hiring a Tuk-Tuk and driving it independently each day. By yourself. Han solo.

If possible, try not to do this. One of our registration requirements is to pay (or better block the amount off your credit card) a refundable deposit of £1,500 per team. This will (ideally) cover you for most touch ups and accidents, although if the rickshaw is a complete write-off the bill might increase. At the end of the adventure, we’ll inspect the vehicle, come to an agreement, and return any balance to you before you leave Italy. A pretty standard car-hire type system, really.

Travel insurance is a must-have on all our Adventures; in fact it’s a condition of entry. 

Please ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance which covers Emergency & Medical insurance for the duration of the trip as well as ensuring that you have cover to drive the Tuk-Tuk. It is also advisable to have cover for things such as luggage loss and flight cancellation etc.

We can suggest you take a look at Campbell Irvine or SafetyWing.

Easy peasy. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up.

  2. Pay your initial deposit.

Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.

Third party insurance is included under the hire of the Tuk-Tuk. Scratch as many Ferraris as you want (please don’t actually do this).

Everyone who competes has to provide us with a valid International Driving Permit with a Category A stamp. It’s your responsibility to have the correct DL.

Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. Just be aware that the rickshaws we use have limited branding space (we take up some for our own branding purposes). If you need more info on this, just let us know.

Once your registration is locked and loaded, we’ll email you and ask you to provide us with:

  1. A passport copy for each team member (we promise not to laugh at the photos).

  2. a copy of your National Driving Licence and /orInternational Driving Permit (if required for your country)

  3. Your arrival and departure details.

We’ll double check all these docs on the ground in Italy, so please bring copies with you.

30 days before the Challenge.

Ah visas, our old nemesis. You can find out if you need a visa by contacting your home government and learn how to apply from them.

We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time.

Unfortunately, no. Only because each leg will start from the hotel / over-night stop and the idea is to share our challenging travel experience together. Most importantly you wouldn’t want to miss out on each night’s social gatherings… 

Not really. Some luxuries can be a little pricey (hence the ‘luxury’ bit), but for the most part it’s super reasonable. 

All our hotels will have internet connection, but the campsites not so much. Throughout the day you will be WiFi free YAY! No internet connection but pure connection to the present moment.

Over 90% of Nicaragua's population are members of Christian denominations. Approximately 73% of Nicaraguans follow the Roman Catholic religion with about 15% attending evangelical churches. If in doubt, just smile and be friendly. 

The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish; however there are areas that still speak their Indigenous languages, English or Creole. Be prepared to communicate in your best spanish or broken English and you´ll be grand!

This is completely up to you (and your doc), but generally it’s a good idea to be up-to-date with standard vaccinations like Tetanus, Hap A and Polio. Other jabs to consider are Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Typhoid. Anti-malaria meds might also be a good idea. If in doubt, check with your GP.

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  • Only 20% deposit required to signup.

  • Outstanding amount is required 60 days before the start of the Challenge.

  • 60+ days before the challenge starts: Loss of deposit

  • 59-45 days before the challenge starts: 50%

  • 44 days or less before the challenge starts: 100% 

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.