To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, we thought we’d shed a light on its long and dangerous history. Come take a history lesson with us, today on the Looptail.
Cycle in Nicaragua Costa Rica and Panama, Pedal around the active Concepción Volcano on Ometepe Island, Cycle along mountain roads and coffee farms between colonial Costa Rican towns, Go white water rafting on the Pacuare River, Chill on Carribean beaches, ride through the jungle in Panama’s Soberanía National Park
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This trip provides a piece of magic; aboard your bike, pedal through the lush countryside of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama; past gleaming lakes, enormous volcanoes, colonial towns, and sunny beachfronts across the Caribbean. These are iconic destinations and seeing them on two wheels gives a unique perspective on the region. The ride of your life is waiting to begin. All that’s missing is you.
More information about the equipment that we use for this trip, and any specifics about the route or itinerary can be found in the 'Important Notes' section of the trip details
Arrive at any time.
Cycle to Masaya Volcano National Park and transfer by bus along the Pan-American Highway before reaching the ferry to cross Lake Nicaragua for a Planeterra-supported homestay on Ometepe with a local family.
Explore Ometepe Island on a cycling day trip.
Continue along the Pan-American Highway and cycle around Lake Arenal on the way to La Fortuna.
Cycle up Arenal Volcano to El Castillo.
Cycle from La Fortuna to the town of Santa Clara, then transfer to the capital of San José.
Follow downhill tracks on the slope of Costa Rica's highest volcano (Irazú) to the colonial town of Orosi.
Continue cycling along the scenic Orosi and Reventazon River Valleys, past coffee and sugar cane plantations to Turrialba.
Raft through the land of the Cabecar indigenous tribe, stopping for a riverside picnic lunch before continuing down river to the Caribbean lowlands.
Free time in Puerto Viejo to relax on the beach or enjoy the beauty of Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
Cross the Panamanian border and transfer from Changuinola across to the Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro.
There's plenty of free time here to cycle around the islands or snorkel in the clear blue sea.
Return to mainland Panama and transfer across the isthmus to the highlands of Boquete. There is time to relax here or visit Caldera hot springs before your guide takes you through the highlands on pristine wide highland tracks.
Set off on a full day of cycling through the highlands of Boquete. Enjoy the wild jungle tracks, varied terrain and cooler climate. This day is all about enjoying the fresh mountain air of the Panamanian countryside without having to worry about trucks or traffic.
Transfer to Panama City.
Cycle to Soberania National Park. The trip ends this afternoon, depart after 3pm.
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