Panama Enduro Tours was founded in 2018 by Kieron Baudains, a Brit expat living in Panama since 1998, when he decided to take his hobby to the next level.
Kieron has been riding motorbikes for 30+ years, but became interested in enduro 8 years ago when he moved to the province of Chiriqui, Panama and saw the variety of terrain that was available to ride in the area. Here you can ride from the deserted sandy beaches of the Pacific to the cloud forest, with an endless number of single and double tracks waiting to be explored.
He quickly joined the local enduro club; comprised of Panamanians, Americans & Europeans; where the expats raved about the diverse terrain, but more importantly, the freedom they had to ride without any restrictions. The seed was planted in his mind and he forged ahead with his plan to offer ½ day, full day and 6-day packages of enduro riding to beginners and hardened enduro pros, combining the beauty of the local surroundings with the adrenaline rush of an adventurous ride.
When we saw Kieron's tours and what an amazing experience it was riding in Panama, we knew we had to share this with all enduro fans! We are thrilled that Kieron has now joined us at Jarvis Signature Tours and we know you'll have an unforgettable experience with us at Jarvis Signature Tours Panama!
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the accommodation like?
Our packages include lodging at Hotel Ladera located in Boquete, a small picturesque mountain town located in the north of the Chiriquí 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 know as the coffee mecca of Panama so make sure to sample the various award-winning specialty coffees such as Geisha and Pacamara.
The hotel offers modern, comfortable rooms with amenities such as cable TV, safes, Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant, Palo Cortao, offering international cuisine and and on-site bar, Toco Madera Bar. Also, a short walk away you’ll find a myriad of dining options in downtown Boquete, as well as bars, coffee shops and breweries.
NOTE: Due to the current COVID situation, the hotel is only offering continental breakfast and the on-site restaurant is closed. However, at the end of this document you will find a list of recommended restaurants in the area which are currently open.
What are the current COVID restrictions in Panama?
In order to enter Panama, you must present negative Covid test (antigen or PCR) taken within 48 hrs of your arrival. The airport also offers fast Covid testing on arrival for a fee (approximately $50).
How do I get to Boquete, Panama?
Panama’s Tocumen International Airport is the accessible with direct flights from various major U.S. cities including: Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, Atlanta -- and European cities such as: Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Once in Panama City you can fly to David, Chiriqui province via Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) from Tocumen International Airport -- flight time 45 minutes or via Air Panama (www.airpanama.com) from the Albrook domestic airport. You will be greeted at David Airport and driven to Boquete, located a mere 25 minutes away.
What is the currency in Panama?
Panama does not print bank notes, so since 1904 the U.S. dollar has been the legal tender and U.S. coins interchangeable with Panamanian coins of the same denominations, similar sizes and metals are used. The dollar bill is called the Balboa, cents are centavos. Prices are often written with $ sign or B/. before the amount.
Large denomination dollar bills can be difficult to change in Panama, particularly outside Panama City. Even for $50 bills you may be asked to sign a book and give your passport number. $20 bills and lower denominations are the most convenient, but in country areas where prices are low you are advised to carry smaller bills.
There are several ATM’s located throughout Boquete where you can withdraw cash. Most large restaurants will accept credit cards but smaller restaurants, coffee shops and bars are cash only.
What is the weather like in Panama?
Panama enjoys a tropical climate and average daily temperatures during the day are in the mid to high 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with slightly cooler temperatures in the evening. The average humidity is about 80%. Mountain areas such as Boquete are colder and windier. Caribbean side (Bocas del Toro) is more humid and rainier than the Pacific.
Length of day is 12 hours year-round because Panama is near the equator. Sunrise is approximately 6:20 a.m. and sunset is approximately 6:20 p.m. year-round. Panama never goes on Daily Savings Time as all days are the same length. Panama is also lucky in that it is out of the hurricane belt and therefore never gets hit by hurricanes.
The rainy season is from late May to early December, while the dry season is from late December to early May -- nearly exactly the same seasonal weather pattern as South Florida, except for the complete absence of hurricanes. The rainy season does not mean continuous rain. Usually mornings are sunny, with intermittent heavy rain in the afternoon. Continuous overcast and drizzle is not the norm except sometimes in the rainiest months of October and November. Local microclimates vary widely. Annual rainfall in the city of Panama is about the same as Miami at 8 feet per year. The rainiest areas are in the western mountains on the Caribbean. The dry season can be extreme in some areas on the south side of Panama in March and April.
Panama’s seasons are opposite of the US. Winter in Panama is known as summer up north and vice versa. Winter in Panama refers to the rainy season (May-December) and summer in Panama refers to the dry season (December-May). This means that in the cold months of winter time in the north when many people are seeking relief in warmer climates, Panama is having its summer with the highest temperatures of the year.
Do I need any special vaccines to travel to Panama?
Check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for any updates: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/panama
Can my non-riding family join me?
There is plenty to do in Boquete and the surrounding area for non-riders. There are plenty of hiking trails, coffee tours, waterfalls, rivers for river rafting, fishing, bird watching, zip lines to keep the family busy while you are out riding. Please inquire about alternative lodging for families and day-tours.
What time zone is Panama?
Panama time is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-5 GMT) and one hour ahead of Central American countries. Panama is the same time as US Eastern Standard Time when US time is not adjusted for daylight savings; during USA daylight savings time, Panama equals US Central time.
What language is spoken in Panama?
Spanish is the official language, however English is spoken and understood in Panama City and most hotels in major cities.
What kind of electric current is used in Panama?
The electric current used in Panama is mainly 110v -60hz and some 220v.
Will my cell phone work in Panama?
The country code for Panama is 507 and phone numbers are 7 digits long. Cell phone coverage is available throughout most of the country, make sure to enable roaming to receive your calls while in Panama.
How many riders in a group?
In order to make it an enjoyable and safe riding adventure we limit our groups to 6 riders plus a guide. This allows the guide to provide personalized attention to all the riders.
What is the best time to ride?
Dry season from mid-December to May we have clear skies and windy conditions and the Green season from June to mid-December brings refreshing rains in early morning and late afternoon. October and November are usually the wettest months with continuous days of rain so we do not recommend riding during those months.
What if I forget some of my gear or the airline misplaces my luggage?
We carry all riding gear in case of these circumstances.
What about medical emergencies and insurance?
We recommend you have international medical insurance coverage. There are two private hospitals in David capable of handling most cases and more serious cases can be referred to Panama City where Johns Hopkins is associated with Hospital Punta Pacifica. Our guides are trained in emergency first aid procedures.
How long are the rides? What happens if I can’t complete a ride?
Typical rides are 6-8 hours except for the last day which is the Volcano Challenge which we can be riding up to 10 hours. At anytime on ours trails we have chicken lines out to the paved roads which we can arrange pickups.
What are trails like? What is the terrain?
Our trails range from fast double track to extreme single track. Trails vary from sealevel beach riding to 3045 M high mountains and everything in between. Many river and stream crossings are common along with short sections of mud, rocks and roots. See our media page for clips of riding.