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7 Days Guided Enduro Motorcycle Tour All Over the Province of Chiriqui, Panama

San José de David, Panama

Off-Road Motorcycle Tour Panama

Come and join this exciting guided enduro riding on Husqvarna TE250i all over the province of Chiriqui in Panama. This a circuit tour with approximately 80 to 100 kilometer of off-road riding every day with stays each night in a different hotel. This tour encompasses all types of riding - from the beach to the cloud forest.

Key information

  • Terrain: off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Husqvarna TE250i)
  • Mileage: 482 kilometers / 300 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 155 kilometers / 37 - 96 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet, goggles, boots, knee guards, elbow guards, body armor, trousers, hydration pack
  • Meals: all breakfasts and 5 lunches

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in David
  • Experience all types of riding terrains
  • Head up the Caldera Valley to a height of 1,337 meters
  • Ride down to Cangilones and jump into the canyon to cool down
  • Take a well-earned dip in the therapeutic waters of La Abuela
  • Go to the top of the Volcano the highest part of Panama
  • Cross the Caldera River and pass by hot springs
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Enrique Malek International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wireless internet

During this tour, you will be accommodated in various hotels in double or single occupancy. Your hotels are as follows:

Hotel Ladera, Boquete

Hotel Ladera is located in Boquete, a small town north of the province of Chiriqui. Located on the slopes of Volcan Baru and near the La Amistad International Park. Boquete is ideal for those looking for a wonderful holiday with minimal impact on the environment instead.

Hotel Ladera presents a unique contemporary architecture that reflects comfort and relaxation. The design does not compete with the natural environment of Boquete, but it makes a contrast that highlights the best of the surrounding nature, while emphasizing modern comfort.

Hotel Horizontes, Chiriquicito

At the Hotel Horizontes, health, happiness, and a pure lifestyle are encompassed in every aspect of this property. The hotel integrates natural features, with luxury rooms to maximize the view and accentuate natural lighting.

The resort is dedicated to guests’ personal well-being with offerings of a first-class spa, beauty salon, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi whirlpools and three swimming pools.

Eden Canyon Cabins, Caldera

Eden Canyon Cabins provides all the comforts of the city in the countryside and they think of your comfort first and a pleasant rest.

Hotel Los Brezos, Volcan

Beauty, elegance, comfort, quality and good service is what you will find in Hotel Los Brezos. The rooms of the hotel are made with great attention to detail so the guest will find heaping their demands.

The rooms have cable TV with over 60 channels. They are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, USB connections, blower, bathrobes, alarm clock, minibar, coffee Nescafá, and safe.

Hotel Las Olas, Barqueta

Hotel Las Olas is a tropical paradise, on nine miles (18 kilometers) long La Barqueta Beach, on the Pacific coast of Panamá. Perfect for families, each (recently remodeled) room has an oceanfront balcony or terrace from which you can walk out to sparkling volcanic sand and secluded beach or view spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Program

Day 1: Arrival Day

You will be picked up at Enrique Malek Airport in David and transfered to Hotel Ladera in Boquete. You will have an orientation to the town of Boquete and introduction, setup of controls, and suspension to the Husqvarna TE250i enduro motorbikes at Panama Enduro Tours headquarters.

Day 2: Caldera - Fortuna - Chiriquicito (99 kilometers / 62 miles)

At 8:30 a.m., you will have a tour introduction and safety briefing before you head out for a day of riding. You will ride from the area of Volcancito to Lucero through country lanes with coffee plantations either side.

Once you get to Lucero, you will be riding down a gravel trail that leads to the sleepy town of Caldera. Crossing the Caldera River, you will pass by the hot springs and ride a flowing easy trail to the town of Paja Sombrero.

From Paja Sombrero, you will head up the Caldera Valley to a height of 1,337 meters 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 half way point between Chiriqiui and Bocas del Toro.

You will stop here for a rest beside a waterfall and eat some fresh fruit and some chicken empanadas to fuel you up for the next leg of your adventure. You will cross over the dam and work your way down the other side of the valley arriving back in the town of Caldera for lunch time.

Lunch is at a favorite local restaurant which serves some excellent local food. After lunch, you will cross over the Caldera River again and ride down the trail to the hot springs “La Abuela”. Bring your swim suits so you can take a well-earned dip in the therapeutic waters.

After the hot springs, you 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 you will spend the night.

Day 3: Barrigon - Gualaca - Caldera (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

Your day starts at 9:00 a.m. with a double track ridge-line ride to the beginning of a farm. You will drop down through this farm using single track cow trails which will lead you down to reservoir Barrigon.

A fast run alongside the reservoir on a gravel track brings you out into the sleepy town of Gualaca famous for its mini canyon “Cangilones”. You will have a typical Panamanian lunch here next to the horse rodeo and after lunch you will ride down to Cangilones to jump into the canyon to cool down.

After your swim, you 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 you are back in Caldera, you have a short ride on the road to your destination for the night which is Eden Canyon which overlooks the Caldera canyon.

Day 4: Dolega - Potrerillos - El Paraiso - Volcan (82 kilometers / 51 miles)

Your day once again starts at 9:00 a.m. with a short five-minute ride down the road to bring you to some double track trails interspersed with some short technical pieces which leads to the town of Dolega on the highway to Boquete.

You 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 Panama Enduro Tours owner.

Riding through a coffee farm and through some cloud forest, you eventually come out onto a farm track for a faster run to your lunch spot. Stopping for lunch in the tiny town of El Paraiso, you will continue on towards the town of Volcan riding through a cattle farm and some rural tracks to bring you to town.

If there is still some time left, you 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. You will stay for the night at Hotel Los Brezos in the farming town of Volcan.

Day 5: Buagaba - Alanje - Barqueta Beach (82 kilometers / 51 miles)

You will leave at 9:00 a.m. with a quick run on the road leading down to David where you will reach the trail head at a place called Cuesta de Piedra. Here you have two options depending on the ability of the group.

The easy way is 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 you get down to Bugaba, you will ride alongside the river down to Alanje.

This section is pure river rocks everywhere but you do have a couple of exit points on to some rural roads if it gets too much. From Alanje down to the ocean, you have some sandy fast trails through sugar cane fields. Stay the night at Barqueta Beach in Hotel las Olas.

Day 6: Barqueta Beach - Volcan Baru (155 kilometers / 96 miles)

With an early start you will 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, you will 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 you will 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 you 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, pass through some more single-track connections that drop down to Boquete. Refueling in Boquete, you will then ride through a coffee plantation to arrive at the foot of the volcano. Only 30 more minutes and you will be at the top of the volcano - the highest part of Panama.

It is important to keep your momentum up on this last stretch as there is a lot of loose rock in sections. Finally, you reach the top at 3,474 meters. Mission completed!

Once you are back at Panama Enduro Tours headquarters, you will be transported down to Hotel Ladera.

Day 7: Departure

You will be transported down to Enrique Malek Airport in David.

Motorcycle rental - Husqvarna TE 250i 2019

Panama Enduro Tours only use the best bikes and the best equipment for their riders. Factory supplied Husqvarna TE 250i 2019 purchased new in August 2018, so you can be ensured you are riding the best enduro bikes in the world.

All of their bikes are fitted with Tubliss systems to ensure maximum grip and puncture free riding. The bikes are also fitted with bulletproof designs radiator guards, rear disc guards along with Polisport clutch covers, and AXP skid plates to keep you from damaging anything that would hold up a ride.

Cycra Ultra Probend guards are in place to protect the riders hands. Funnelweb filters complete their accessories to keep their bikes breathing well.

At the beginning of the day, Panama Enduro Tours invite all their riders to check over the bikes to make sure they are in optimum condition.

At the end of the day, their mechanics wash and check over the Husqvarna TE 250i for damage and complete their daily service checks such as air filter cleaning, chain tensioning, lubrication and tire air checks so you are ready to roll the next day. They carry a full range of parts to ensure nobody is left without a bike during a trip.

Bike rental deposit

No bike rental deposit is needed but riders must pay for any damage to the bikes. Please note any damage besides the normal scrapes to plastics will be charged at the end of the trip.

Terrain

The trails range from fast double track to extreme single track. Trails vary from sea level beach riding to 3045 meters high mountains and everything in between. Many rivers and stream crossings are common along with short sections of mud, rocks, and roots.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Food

During the tour, you will be served lunches either at a local eatery or packed lunch. Besides that, the accommodation also offers free continental breakfasts.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transport for arrival and departure to David Airport - Hotel
  • Transport Hotel to Panama Enduro Tours location
  • Rental of Husqvarna TE 250i 2019
  • Full protection equipment for five days
  • Fuel
  • 5 days of guided tour of between 60 to 155 kilometer each day
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (breakfast included)
  • Lunch on riding days
  • Support vehicle (Toyota Fortuner with a trailer)

What's not included

  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Motorbike damage insurance (riders are liable to pay for any damage to bikes)
  • Meals other than breakfast and lunch on riding days
  • 7% ITBMS tax

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Enrique Malek International Airport (DAV). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Panama Enduro Tours will pick you up from the airport.

In order to get to Enrique Malek International Airport (DAV), you have to book your flight first to Tocumen International Airport (PTY). The airport is accessible with direct flights from various major USA cities including Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta and European cities such as Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt.

Once in Panama City, you can fly to Enrique Malek International Airport (DAV) from Tocumen International Airport (the flight time is 45 minutes). You will be greeted there and driven to Boquete, located a mere 25 minutes away.

Airport: Enrique Malek International Airport Airport transfer included: Enrique Malek International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Please note that the prices below are based on regular season rates for hotels. Please inquire on latest prices at time of booking as hotel rates change depending on local events and season.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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