Day 5 - Riding
Volcano Challenge, Barqueta beach to the top of Volcan Baru. 5 am pick up at Hotel Ladera, tour introduction and safety briefing before we head out for a day of riding. Early rise as we have 160km of riding today! Load up the bikes and we drive down to the beach of Barqueta.
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 Panama HQ we will transport you down to Hotel Ladera. 110km double track, 50km single track, 0-3474M altitude.