About This Tour

Experience this multi-day enduro tour with Husqvarna TE250i throughout the province of Chiriqui in Panama. This is a round trip with about 80 to 100 kilometers off-road per day, which is spent every night in another hotel. This tour covers all types of enduro rides - from the beach to the cloud forest.

 

Tour Program

Day 1

Arrival Day- Pick up at Enrique Malek airport in David and transfer to Hotel Ladera in Boquete. Orientation to the town of Boquete and introduction, setup of controls and suspension to the Husqvarna TE250i enduro motorbikes at Jarvis Signature Tours headquarters.

Day 2

Caldera-Fortuna-Chiriquicito. 8.30am tour introduction and safety briefing before we head out for a day of riding. We will ride from the area of Volcancito to Lucero through country lanes with coffee plantations on either side, once we get to Lucero we will be riding down a gravel trail that leads to the sleepy town of Caldera . Crossing the Caldera River we will pass by the hot springs and ride a flowing easy trail to the town of Paja Sombrero. From Paja Sombrero we will head up the Caldera Valley to a height of 1,337M with fantastic views down the valley. The riding in this stretch of trail is fast double track along the side of the valley and it comes to an end at the Fortuna dam which is the halfway point between Chiriqiui and Bocas del Toro. We will stop here for a rest beside a waterfall and eat some fresh fruit and some chicken empanadas to fuel us up for the next leg of our adventure. We cross over the dam and work our way down the other side of the valley arriving back in the town of Caldera for lunchtime. Lunch is at our favorite local restaurant which serves some excellent local food. After lunch, we will cross over the Caldera river again and ride down the trail to the hot springs “La Abuela”. Bring your swimsuits so we can take a well-earned dip in the therapeutic waters. After the hot springs, we will ride on the upper Caldera circuit which is a fun double track with a short technical rocky section to arrive at the Hotel Horizontes in Chiriquicito where we will spend the night

Day 3

Starts at 9 am with a double-track ridgeline ride to the beginning of a farm. We will drop down through this farm using single track cow trails which will lead us down to reservoir Barrigon. A fast run alongside the reservoir on a gravel track brings us out into the sleepy town of Gualaca famous for its mini canyon “Cangilones”. We will have a typical Panamanian lunch here next to the horse rodeo and after lunch, we will ride down to Cangilones to jump into the canyon to cool down. After our swim, we will have a choice of either riding a single track technical climb back up to the town of Caldera or a faster flowing trail. Once we are back in Caldera we have a short ride on the road to our destination for the night which is Eden Canyon which overlooks the Caldera canyon.

Day 4

Starts at 9 am with a short 5 minute ride down the road to bring us to some double track trails interspersed with some short technical pieces which lead to the town of Dolega on the highway to Boquete. We will cross the highway and head up on some easy trails up to the area of Potrerillos famous for its orange groves. The trail for the next few hours is fast flowing but it has some tricky sections thrown in to break things up especially a nasty loose hill climb named after Kieron! Riding through a coffee farm and through some cloud forest we eventually come out onto a farm track for a faster run to our lunch spot. Stopping for lunch in the tiny town of “El Paraiso” we will continue on towards the town of Volcan riding through a cattle farm and some rural tracks to bring us to town. If we still have time left we can ride up to an area called the bus and the jeep high up in the cloud forest for those that still have energy left. We will stay for the night at Hotel Los Brezos in the farming town of Volcan.

Day 5

Leaving at 9 am with a quick run on the road leading down to David we will reach the trail head at a place called “Cuesta de Piedra” Here we have 2 options depending on the ability of the group. The easy way is a fast gravel track all the way down to “Bugaba” the other has a bunch of technical single-track trails and a tough river crossing with some double track in between for a breather. Once we get down to “Bugaba” we will ride alongside the river down to “Alanje” This section is pure river rocks everywhere but we do have a couple of exit points on to some rural roads if it gets too much. From “Alanje” down to the ocean we have some sandy fast trails through sugar cane fields. Stay the night at Barqueta beach in Hotel las Olas.

Day 6

Volcano Challenge, Barqueta beach to the top of Volcan Baru. With an early start, we head off along fast sandy trails from the beach through small villages and then across a boulder-strewn river and then through sugar cane fields. Right before David, we come to a canyon that the river destroyed the bridge so the only way across is to lower the bikes down the canyon side by ropes! Refuel in David, then we reach the trails of San Antonio and El Valle which are super fun fast tracks leading up to Gualaca. Crossing the wide river at Gualaca we take the technical single track up to Caldera and then further single track up to the famous “Nino Grande” hill which seems to be never-ending! Arriving at Jaramillo we pass through some more single-track connections that drop down to Boquete. Refueling in Boquete we then ride through a coffee plantation to arrive at the foot of the Volcano. Only 30 more minutes and we will be at the top of the Volcano the highest part of Panama. Important to keep your momentum up on this last stretch as there is a lot of loose rock in sections. Finally, we reach the top at 3,474M. Mission completed! Once we are back at JST HQ we will transport you down to Hotel Ladera. 110km double track, 50km single track, 0-3474M altitude.

Day 7

Transport down to Enrique Malek airport in David

Chiriquí Province Tour (6 nights, 5 Day riding) package includes:

 

  • Transfers to and from David Airport to the Hotel Ladera located in Boquete, Chiriqui
  • 6 nights accommodation at different hotels based on double occupancy
  • 5 days of awesome riding in the beautiful province of Chiriquì
  • All riding to be accompanied by an expert bilingual guide
  • 5 days of rental of Husqvarna TE250i 2019 (including fuel)
  • Lunch on riding days either at a local eatery or packed lunch

 

Note: If the selected hotel is unavailable for the chosen dates, we will try our best to secure lodging at an equivalent hotel.


Accomodation Options
Hotel Ladera
Option one:Hotel Ladera

Our packages include lodging at Hotel Ladera located in Boquete, a small picturesque mountain town located in the north of the Chiriqui province. The town is located on the slopes of the Volcan Baru, Panama’s highest peak, and is surrounded by rivers and near the La Amistad National Park, making it the ideal location to begin your off-road adventure.

Boquete is well known as the coffee mecca of Panama so make sure to sample the various award-winning coffees.

 

Meet the Instructors

Cesar Pitti

Instructor Panama

Nationality: Panamanian

Age: 25

Language: Spanish, English

Experience: 6 years

Events: 2017, 2nd place, Beginners Category, Panama Cross Country Championship

2018, 1st place, Intermediate Category, Panama Enduro Championship

2018, 1st place, Intermediate Category, Panama Cross Country Championship

2019, 2nd place, Expert Category, Panama Cross Country Championship

Daniel Koeck

Instructor Panama

Nationality: German

Age: 34

Language: German, Spanish, English

Experience: 15 years riding motocross, 4 years riding enduro

Events: 2017, 1st place, Expert Category, Panama Cross Country Championship

2019, 1st place, Expert Category, Panama Cross Country Championship

2019, 1st place, Expert Category, Panama Enduro Championship

Kieron Baudains

Owner / Instructor Panama

Nationality: British

Age: 49

Languages: English, Spanish

Experience: 9 years riding enduro. Owner has been involved in the tourism industry for over 20 years, initially as a Scuba Instructor, Dive Operator Manager and most recently as a General Manager for a luxury boutique island resort in various parts of the world.

Events: 2018, 1st place, Masters Category, Boquete Panama Enduro Competition

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