Volcan Baru - Panama
Even though a lot of people will say this is an easy trail to do, don’t underestimate it. It is actually quite challenging because of the rocky (sometimes muddy) lands and quite steep hills you will encounter whilst climbing up.
Are you a business owner in Panama?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Panama.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Volcan Baru
Things to do in Panama
The Volcan Baru National Park is located in Chiriqui province close to the mountain range of Talamanca with a surface of 14,322 hectares (35,000 acres) and house of the highest point in Panama, The Baru Volcano (Volcan Baru).
This park is of very special geological and ecological value as it is a mix of tropical rainforest and volcanic remains from the last volcanic blast that happened millions of years ago. Six different climate zones can be found here: humid mountain forest, low humidity mountain forest, low humidity mountain rain-forest, mountain rain-forest, very humid low mountain forest and pre-mountain rain-forest.
The park also offers a rich biodiversity featuring 250 bird species including the Resplendent Quetzal, the five species of big cat that live in Panama, the cougar (Puma Concolor) being the most abundant one, as well as several other mammals.
There are many natural trails that will be of great attraction for hikers in this park but as the name of the park suggests, the most popular one is the Baru Volcan hike.
The Baru Volcan is 3,474 meters (11,400 feet) high and it is the biggest hiking challenge in our country. The complete hike (up to the summit and return) can be done in one day but depending on your physical conditions you might want to do it over two. Even though there are several entrances to the park, the easiest access to do this hike is the one near Boquete town. There you will first need to register with the park ranger providing your name and passport for the park records and let the adventure begin. On average, the way up can take from 4 to 7 hours and the way down is normally 1 hour less of what you took going up. If you plan to do this alone, we highly recommend starting very early morning (6am) to make sure you have clear visibility the whole way. However, you can arrange with tour operators for a guided two day hike including camping over night or to do a night hike normally timed to hit the summit for an spectacular sunrise.
From the top of the Volcano you can have an amazing view of both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. This is the only place on earth where you can do that!
For camping, you can either do it on the camping site called Los Fogones around the 12km mark going up or at the top, near the cell phones antennas.
You also need to be aware that temperatures on this area varies from 20 ° C to a little bit less than 10° C when at the summit, so make sure to bring appropriate clothing.
If you really want to get this experience but feel that you are not suited to do this challenging hike, you can rent a four-wheeler ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in Boquete town and take it to the top.
IMPORTANT: There is no water or food stops on this trail so you need to come prepared with all your supplies.
SPECIAL NOTE: There is another very popular trail in this park called El Sendero de Los Quetzales ( Quetzals Trail) but we decided to talk about it in a separate section to make sure you don’t get confused.
You may also like
The Buenaventura Zoo is a wildlife rescue center that invites you to find out more about conservation and have a closer relationship with nature. It is a rehabilitation center for animals that, in turn, provides a learning experience about animals and their conservation for the whole family.
La Yeguada Forest ReserveVeraguas, Panama
La Yeguada is the first forest reserve in Panama and due to its spectacular scenery with mountains, lakes and even a waterfall it has become one of the most popular campi...
Escudo de VeraguasVeraguas,
Hidden beaches, crystal clear waters, white sands and thick jungle make this destination an earthly paradise. There lives a gnabe community and animals as wonderful as the lazy pygmy and the red frog.
Cebaco Island has 8,500 hectares with a population of approximately 650 people.
Most of the inhabitants are native fishermen, humble and hardworking. Isla Cebaco offers a phenomenal setting for diving, snorkeling and other water sports.
In the mountains of the island, you can find a great abundance of fruit, exotic wood trees, and fresh water from the mountains. You can see both sides of the island from the top of the mountain. Isla Cebaco is located in the district of Montijo, province of Veraguas.
You can leave Puerto Mutis, 25 minutes from Santiago (the main city of Veraguas) and 4 hours from Panama City.
The distance from the port to the island is relatively short, depending on the speed of the boat. The island is approximately 30 to 40 kilometers from Puerto Mutis.
Coiba National Park - Isla CoibaVeraguas, Panama
Coiba National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Panama. It offers diverse marine life, coral reefs, wildlife, hiking trails, sport fishing and great swimming b...
Isla IguanaLos Santos, Panama
Isla Iguana is the top natural attraction of the Azuero Peninsula offering the only white sand beach and the best preserve coral reefs of the region.It is a snorkeling an...
International BrewersCauseway, Panama City,
Welcome to The Crew
Every day, homebrewers around the world create delicious brews, but they can only share them with their closest friends. Today, in order to reach a greater audience, brewers have to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in expensive equipment, locations, licenses, marketing, and distribution.
Golfo de MontijoVeraguas,
The tropical humid forest predominates, there are also pastures, savannahs, ciénegas and secondary vegetation. In the Gulf, the mangrove forest predominates, with different representative species such as red mangrove, black mangrove and white mangrove.
Pedasi Paradise ToursLos Santos,
On the Pacific coast of Panama, Pedasí is the ultimate destination for nature lovers. Pedasi, located at the tip of the Azuero Peninsula, province of Los Santos, offers a rural lifestyle in optimal conditions.
Wet-Rappel and India DormidaCocle,
Ideal activity for groups of friends who love nature, requires some physical conditions for the hike on the sleeping Indian trail, you walk approximately 20 minutes to reach the salto del sapo waterfall where rappelling takes place and then 45 min to the top of the sleeping Indian.