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Backpacking Central America


Paul Sarfati studied a degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Babson College in Boston from 2001-2005. During his college experience he had the opportunity to create a business plan during his freshman year and continue to develop a business plan through an (Operations Plan, Financial Plan, Marketing Plan) in many different courses. During this process he got lots of help from his best friends Felipe Pimentel, Juan Brando & Nicolas Steiner. His last year in college he developed a final business plan participated in a business class contest and was awarded 1st Place. Thus, after graduating Paul decided to go back to Mexico and start his own business.






Founded in 2005, by Paul Sarfati and Arturo Martinez, with a vision to provide an unforgettable learning and travel experience in Mexico for all types of travelers, they decided to start BambaExperience.com. As a world traveler himself, Paul's focus has always been on enjoying every single moment in life, traveling and meeting new people and going to amazing off-the-beaten-path destinations, all while directly interacting with local villagers and appreciating the natural environment during the process.





Bamba Experience started operating a hop-on hop-off bus service similar to the one offered by companies such as Oz Experience in Australia, Kiwi Experience in New Zealand, Fez Travel in Turkey, Baz Bus in South Africa, and Busabout in Europe in Mexico. After trial and error, Bamba Experience realized that travelers where very interested on not only being with other backpackers and meeting them, but also they wanted to have the opportunity to travel in Public Buses, and have many more interactions with the local people.

For this reason, Bamba decided to create a new travel method called Hop-on Hop-off Bus Pass, meaning that you still have the same flexibility to stay as long as you want in each destination, and create your own itinerary, but at the same time you will travel not only in shuttle vans with other backpackers but with a mix of public transportation such as Public Buses, Boats, Trains and sometimes flights. The idea behind this is to make sure travelers have the opportunity to travel exactly the same way as if they where traveling on their own, but much easier and with the security that they would be making the most out of their travel experience. Today, BambaExperience.com has grown in size from Paul and Arturo’s original vision to include buses experiences, guides and support staff in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.






Bamba Experience is the one stop solution for independent travelers in Latin America. Bamba Experience’s purpose is to make independent travel very easy. We help travelers make the most out of their travel experience and give them the opportunity to make their own schedules, choose the route they want to do and let them stay for as long as they want in each destination. Bamba Experience objective is to remove language barriers and the bureaucracy of developing countries by acting as an office where travelers can easily contact us, speak English, make bus bookings, changes to their bus trips, get information on bus schedules, departure points, book day and multi-day trips easily and get information about each destination.. We are like a living guidebook, and respond to the real time necessities of the clients. With our help the traveler will make sure to spend more time traveling, and less time arranging and figuring out their trip. We are expert travelers in Latin America, and we love what we do!!





In 2010 Laurent Steiner, a passionate traveler and entrepreneur, joined the Bamba Group team in order to grow the company by implementing new marketing and technological advances into the development of co-branded websites such as www.BambaAdventures.com and www.BambaWorld.com. The Bamba Group has become very successful through it's years of operation with thousands of happy travelers. We hope to continue growing with new projects and implementing the same business model in many different countries across the globe with the goal of providing access to the most amazing destinations this planet has to offer.





Most importantly, Bambaexperience.com’s primary concern is that every single traveler returns home safely, with a smile on their face, with a list of amazing experiences, new friends and a greater consciousness of our world’s nature and community.




You are a traveler, not a tourist. We want you to be able to explore the world exactly as you have always dreamed it. You are free to travel at your own pace with no tour leaders or set schedules.
Depart any day you want, 365 days a year whether you are traveling on your own or in a group.
We make it easy for you to be spontaneous! Enjoy the freedom of making an unlimited amount of changes to your schedule before and during your trip. Your pass is valid for 12 months so you can take all the time you need to enjoy your journey!