How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Explore describe their Leaders as hand picked and expertly trained - so I don't know where they found our leader as he was definitely not typical of Explore ! He handled the border crossings, ferries, airports, hotels etc: efficiently but gave very little in depth information apart from in his own country, Nicaragua. He was a nice enough chap but totally lacked the passion and enthusiasm I've come to expect from 18 previous tours with Explore.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Do your pre-trip research carefully - check out the many, expensive optional extras so you know what you're letting yourself in for ! Hotels were good, transport was cramped at times. Be prepared for long days of travel though with several days of relaxation in Bocas & Roatan Islands, Ometepe and Antigua. Go for the small, local eateries for dinner rather than the "recommended" steak houses.
Do you have anything else to add?
I enjoyed the trip as we were a very nice group - but this was definitely not a "typical" Explore holiday. Explore doesn't seem to attract the wide variety of age groups as it has done in the past. I've had some absolutely fabulous trips with Explore, so perhaps I won't give up - yet.