For cyclist who cannot cycle the whole tour but still want to ride a part of the North American Epic Ride, can ride the 11th section of our Epic Ride. The last section begins in Granada, Nicaraqua, travels through Costa Rica and ends in Panama city
1270 km / 789 mi
Costa Rica's amazing rainforests & birdlife
Manuel Antonio National Park
Western Panama's tropical mountain paradise
Cross the Panama Canal
There are 10 more sections.
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition Challenging = experienced, well trained
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
1270 km / 789 mi
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
The last section of the North American Epic begins in Granada, a beautiful city of architectural gems and friendly people. Spinning out of town, the riders will be able to spot the striking Ometepe Island, its twin volcanic peaks emerging from Lake Nicaragua before crossing into the tour’s penultimate country, Costa Rica.
A night in the hill top town of La Cruz will provide for some stunning views over the Pacific Ocean. The route winds south along the coast of the beautiful Nicoya Penninsula, stopping for a rest day at Playa Samara, one of the region’s most spectacular beaches.
The cyclists now cycle inland towards the Golfo de Nicoya and a ferry ride back to the mainland where they pedal south through a string of beach resorts. Closer to the border with Panama the route turns inland and weaves up into the Talamanca Mountain Range and through coffee and sugarcane plantations before arriving in the Panamanian town of Volcan for a well-deserved rest day and a chance to climb up Volcan Baru, the country’s highest peak.
The last stretch of this section takes the riders down off the high plateau, dropping over 1200m in the first 30km. Cyclists now spin east through the rolling countryside with the gorgeous green Chiriqui Highlands on one side and vast agricultural fields on the other. They will pedal past historic religious buildings in Santiago and make one last stop on the beach at Playa Blanca before crossing the famous Panama Canal and pulling into cosmopolitan Panama City, the end point for this section and for the North American Epic.
Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge.
11 Riding days, 2 rest day.
14 Nights in hotels
All roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
GPS tracks & route notes
Experienced tour leader
Pre-tour information bulletins
Flights and transfer to and from the tour
Food on rest days plus dinner on nights before rest days
Map & Routes
For this section, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c
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